May Komiyama • Ohanashi: The Story of Our Elders

May Komiyama • Ohanashi: The Story of Our Elders

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This episode of Ohanashi: The Story of Our Elders profiles May Komiyama.

Me, Mom and Mona

Me, Mom and Mona

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In this evocative and entertaining documentary, ­Su Yee Shum and her two daughters Mina and Mona­ share in a discussion that reveals the impact of conflicting values on their lives. Patriarchal expectations imposed by cultural traditions and by Mr. Shum clash with each woman's independent identity and feminist aspirations.

Midge Ayukawa • Ohanashi: The Story of Our Elders

Midge Ayukawa • Ohanashi: The Story of Our Elders

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This episode of Ohanashi: The Story of Our Elders profiles Midge Ayukawa.

My Hurricane

My Hurricane

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In this dreamy, fractured drama, a woman recalls the recent death of her lover against the backdrop of Hurricane Juan that pounded Nova Scotia in September 2003.

My Son the Pornographer

My Son the Pornographer

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My Son the Pornographer is a story about the stresses and strains that tear families apart, about values, life choices, guilt and ultimately about the love between a father and a son.

The Nature of Love

The Nature of Love

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This poignant short explores notions of sexuality, gender identity and desire.

New Frames

New Frames

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New Frames was created with active participation of young immigrant and refugee men to shed perspectives on mental health and well being as they seek a better life in a new country. In a time where the world is witnessing the largest displacements of people since the Second World War, this uniquely collaborative work gives voice to those not often listened to, encouraging conversations on topics stigmatized for far too long.

New Shoes: An Interview in Exactly Five Minutes

New Shoes: An Interview in Exactly Five Minutes

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This film presents a candid portrait of a male-female relationship that terminated with dire consequences.

No Numbers: Identity beyond measure [46 min version]

No Numbers: Identity beyond measure [46 min version]

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Examines the general sense of "dis-ease" in society and the increasing normalcy of hating ourselves. Three women use film to move away from the self-destructive practices of disordered eating toward those that are self-creating.

No Numbers: Identity beyond measure [62 min version]

No Numbers: Identity beyond measure [62 min version]

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Examines the general sense of "dis-ease" in society and the increasing normalcy of hating ourselves. Three women use film to move away from the self-destructive practices of disordered eating toward those that are self-creating.

Ohanashi: The Story of Our Elders (10 Parts)

Ohanashi: The Story of Our Elders (10 Parts)

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Ohanashi: The Story of Our Elders features 10 Japanese-Canadian elders who tell their stories, describing their lives both before the bombing of Pearl Harbour, which led to internment, and after World War II.

OMG!

OMG!

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After a monster fight with her parents over her texting habit, 14 year old Kaylee runs away to her understanding grandma's house. All is going well until Kaylee's cell phone battery runs out.

One Big Hapa Family

One Big Hapa Family

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Preconceptions about racial purity are under the microscope in this fact-paced, heart-warming documentary by Jeff Chiba Stearns, who has a heritage that is half-Japanese, half-European.

Patience and Absurdity

Patience and Absurdity

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Family love triumphs over Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis as a spunky Irish immigrant, "new to Alzheimer's" joins forces with her daughter, who is living with MS, to make a cup of tea.

Peter & the Space Between

Peter & the Space Between

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This animated short explores the difficulties of communication, it’s effect on relationships, and how one’s internal logic has the tendency to be grossly exaggerated.

Play Ball

Play Ball

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A woman finds herself symbolically spinning from scales to roulette tables, marriage to baseball. This humorous animated short shows how one individual deals with life's curve balls.

Ralph: Coffee, Jazz and Poetry- The Poetry of Ralph Alfonso

Ralph: Coffee, Jazz and Poetry- The Poetry of Ralph Alfonso

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Ralph Alfonso sets poetry in motion to jazz rhythms and beatnik inspired spoken-word performances. In this documentary, Patrick Jenkins transforms Ralph's poetry into fun-filled, colourful animation segments, interspersed with scenes from his film Vie de Nuit, live performances and interviews featuring Ralph, friends and fans.

Reclaiming Rights

Reclaiming Rights

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Hokouk is the word for "rights" in the language spoken by Afghan women. Reclaiming Rights follows a team of sassy Afghan lawyers and their clients, the young girls under the turquoise blue burqas, in and out of meetings and court appointments.

Shi-shi-etko

Shi-shi-etko

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Based on the children's book Shi-shi-etko by Nicola Campbell, this beautiful story follows a young Aboriginal girl on the last four days before she is taken to residential school.

Shipyards Lament

Shipyards Lament

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The Shipyards was a riverside squatters community in downtown Whitehorse that symbolized the Old Yukon lifestyle. Shipyards Lament follows the forced eviction of the residents of this neighbourhood, the last of its kind in urban Canada.

Shirley Omatsu • Ohanashi: The Story of Our Elders

Shirley Omatsu • Ohanashi: The Story of Our Elders

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This episode of Ohanashi: The Story of Our Elders profiles Japanese-Canadian, Shirley Omatsu.

So Wheres My Prince Already?

So Where's My Prince Already?

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So Where's My Prince Already? delivers a stunning salvo straight to the heart of the matrimonial bed. Its series of vignettes could serve as a cautionary tale for girls: beware socially constructed dreams. They can be hazardous to your self-image, let alone your health.

Solomon

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This final work by Vancouver film and video artist Saralee James documents an unusual friendship between the artist and a homeless man in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Suckerfish

Suckerfish

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When she was ten, Lisa Jackson fled Toronto to live with relatives in Vancouver to escape her mother's depression, alcoholism and prescription drug abuse - legacies of the residential school experience. Now, sifting through her memories and her mother's letters, she constructs a portrait of a mother whose drive to love her daughter triumphed over her demons of addiction. 

Susumu Tabata • Ohanashi: The Story of Our Elders

Susumu Tabata • Ohanashi: The Story of Our Elders

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This episode of Ohanashi: The Story of Our Elders profiles Susumu Tabata.