menocracy: Gender Representation in Government

menocracy: Gender Representation in Government

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Why is representation of women in government worse in Canada, the USA and the UK than in many other democracies? An exploration of attitudes, political structures and different democratic voting systems that affect how many women get their names on the ballot reveals answers and solutions.

Mightier Than the Sword

Mightier Than the Sword

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In Afghanistan, a significant advance since the fall of the Taliban has been the entry of women into media as reporters, directors, producers and authors. Their use of media to disseminate information that speaks to women's social, economic and political realities is helping to write a new future in a nation deemed as one of the most dangerous countries for women in the world.

Moon Water

Moon Water

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Métis videographer Rita Jasper provides a street-level perspective to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women in Vancouver, British Columbia, a province where the number of victims is disproportionately high. 

My Name Was January

My Name Was January

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When a trans sister, January Marie Lapuz, is brutally murdered in her own home, a community reacts. Her friends and other trans women of colour come to voice their issues, concerns, and challenges.

North Boys: The Story of Jimmy and Charlie

North Boys: The Story of Jimmy and Charlie

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In 1944, Charlie Post and Jimmy Dennis were both removed from their families to attend the Le Jac Indian Residential School. Just 10 years old, they never saw their families again. They share their experiences of event that illustrate why both men have spent a lifetime trying to overcome the impact of that traumatic day and the eight years that followed.

Out In The Cold

Out In The Cold

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On a freezing night, Soft as Snow and Cold as Ice meet Thomas, a young man in a drunken stupor, who has been dumped on the outskirts of town. When Thomas suggests the two men walk back to the city with him, they persuade him to stay the night.

Project Eagle Feather: When They Took the Children

Project Eagle Feather: When They Took the Children

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In reaction to the recent rise of aboriginal children taken into government care, Project Eagle Feather: When They Took The Children reveals the previously untold stories of First Nations' experiences growing up in Saskatchewan and British Columbia. 

Regarding: Cohen

Regarding: Cohen

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Outspoken and unconventional, Lee Cohen is a high-profile advocate for asylum seekers. For over 20 years, this dedicated Halifax lawyer has been the constant watchdog of Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board, an increasingly secretive entity in the wake of 9/11. Cohen continually drags closed-door refugee hearings into the public eye, as he does with the two talked-about cases at the center of this documentary.

Songololo: Voices of Change

Songololo: Voices of Change

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From Vancouver filmmaker Marianne Kaplan comes an exciting glimpse of the process of change presently taking place in South Africa. Instead of detailing the horrors of apartheid, Songololo portrays the emergent post-apartheid culture, born of the collective past and aspirations of black South Africa.

STRONG COFFEE: The Story of Café Femenino

STRONG COFFEE: The Story of Café Femenino

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STRONG COFFEE is an informative look at what it takes to get coffee into your morning cup and what your coffee purchase means to the farmers toiling in the world's coffee belt. It is a story of hope, determination, universal love, and tremendous strength.

Surviving Eugenics

Surviving Eugenics

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In 1996, Leilani Muir won a landmark legal case against the Canadian province of Alberta for wrongful sterilization and confinement at the Provincial Training School in Red Deer, an institution for "mental defectives". Surviving Eugenics traces the history and ongoing significance of eugenics in Canada.

Surviving In the Cracks

Surviving In the Cracks

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When Safe Houses for street youth in British Columbia faced closure, youth came together to create the play, Surviving In the Cracks. It was a play with a purpose, to inform an unaware public about why they ended up on the street and why the safe houses saved their lives. This is their story.

SUSPINO: A Cry for Roma [50 min version]

SUSPINO: A Cry for Roma [50 min version]

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SUSPINO: A Cry for Roma is an exploration of the human rights crisis of the Roma people (Gypsies) in Eastern Europe and Italy.

SUSPINO: A Cry for Roma [72 min version]

SUSPINO: A Cry for Roma [72 min version]

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SUSPINO: A Cry for Roma is an exploration of the human rights crisis of the Roma people (Gypsies) in Eastern Europe and Italy.

La terre: la base de la nation (La Voix des Mechif, Series 1)

La terre: la base de la nation (La Voix des Mechif, Series 1)

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In this second documentary from Series 1 of La Voix des Mechif, the essential need for land ownership to establish any form of jurisdiction is explored, along with how The Manitoba Act of 1870 allocating land to the Métis people failed them through the Scrip program exploited by both Church and State.

Too Close for Comfort

Too Close for Comfort

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Too Close…for Comfort is a short drama, the first film to tackle homophobia as it affects people with HIV infection and AIDS.

A Tropical Paradise • 80:20—The Developing World

A Tropical Paradise • 80:20—The Developing World

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A Tropical Paradise provides an overview of the 80/20 split of global wealth and introduces the concept of developing countries and the origin of the term “third world.”

Uganda Rising

Uganda Rising

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For two decades, the Acholi people of Northern Uganda have been caught in a civil war between a rebel group whose main objective is inhumane terror and a government whose military response has often increased misery and suffering. This film is the story of Uganda, her stolen children, and the fight to be free.

Unspoken Territory

Unspoken Territory

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Unspoken Territory depicts the "lost" or unspoken moments in Canadian history, told through the stories of First Nations, immigrant and Quebecois women. The film takes us back to the days of Chinese railway workers; the desolate setting of a Ukrainian internment camp in 1915; the shock of a Japanese woman learning of her father's internment only after his death.

Unveiled: The Kohistan Video Scandal [52 min]

Unveiled: The Kohistan Video Scandal [52 min]

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Englsih, Urdu and Pashto w/English sub-titles

Modernity clashes with tradition in a remote village in the Kohistan region of Northern Pakistan when footage shot on a mobile phone goes viral and conclusions are drawn that two families have been dishonoured.

We Carry Each Others Memories

We Carry Each Other's Memories

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In this collaboration between Marilyn Simon Ingram (IRS survivor and advocate), Barb Martin and Outreach Productions, Indian Residential School survivors in Atlantic Canada reflect on their experiences with the Shubenacadie Residential School in central Nova Scotia.

Where to Next? • 80:20—The Developing World

Where to Next? • 80:20—The Developing World

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Where to Next? gives a thoughtful perspective on foreign aid, pointing out that outcomes are often greater for business development in donor nations than poverty reduction in recipient countries.

Within These Walls

Within These Walls

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First-hand experiences of former patients reflect the complexities of health care for people who have received psychiatric treatment in this powerful documentary films 20 years ago and re-released on DVD. With mental health care increasing in importance today, their stories will ring true for those who have worked to re-envision appropriate mental health services in the past and present.

Without Running Water Part 1 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

Without Running Water Part 1 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

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Running water is taken for granted in Canada, yet Oji-Cree people in over  1400 homes 600 km north of Winnipeg live without it. Situated on Island Lake, the sixth largest lake in Manitoba, the absence of running water denies them fire protection. It creates daily challenges for cooking and maintaining adequate levels of sanitation. The result was unacceptably high levels of H1N1 flu during the epidemic of 2009.

 

 

Without Running Water Part 2 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

Without Running Water Part 2 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

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First Nations residents in the Island Lake region of east central Manitoba long for a clean supply of running water and sanitation that most Canadians take for granted. They discuss huge efforts that life without running water creates for cooking, bathing, laundry and keeping their homes clean. It isn't easy with their reliance on outdoor toilets and sanitation challenges of slop pail use for waste disposal during the winter.