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Life Under Mike

A look at the Mike Harris years in Ontario featuring exclusive interviews with Jack Layton and John Kenneth Galbraith. Post production was funded by Michael Moore.

Determinations

"A driving warp speed dissection of the Squamish Five story, with a soundtrack that alone is worth the price of admission." - Elizabeth Aird, The Vancouver Sun. An austere punkish political/poetic/analytic film from the late eighties that denounces the mass media trance and its creation of the illusion of freedom. That is denying us our human selves. The Squamish Five were a group of militant anarchist from the West Coast who were involved with a number of Direct Actions that occurred across Canada in the early 80's - their actions constituted the most radical political protest in Canada since the October crises. Key actions included protests against the then Liberal-Trudeau Government support of the U.S. Cruise Missile Tests in Northern Alberta and the manufacturing of the guidance system of the Cruise Missiles by Litton Industries of Ontario.

Encirclement - Neo-Liberalism Ensnares Democracy

Drawing upon the thinking and analyses of renowned intellectuals, this documentary sketches a portrait of neo-liberal ideology and examines the various mechanisms used to impose its dictates throughout the world. Neo-liberalism’s one-size-fits-all dogmas are well known: deregulation, reducing the role of the State, privatization, limiting inflation rather than unemployment, etc. In other words, depoliticizing the economy and putting it into the hands of the financial class. And these dogmas are gradually settling into our consciousness because they’re being broadcast across a vast and pervasive network of propaganda. In fact, beginning with the founding in 1947 of the Mont Pèlerin Society, neo-liberal think tanks financed by multinational companies and big money have propagated neo-liberal ideas in universities, in the media, and in governments. This ideology, convinced of its historical and scientific validity – as proven, in particular, by the fall of the Soviet Union – has intoxicated all governments, left and right alike. In fact, since the end of the Cold War, the rate of neo-liberal reforms has increased dramatically. Often imposed with force, either through the structural adjustment plans of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, under the pressure of financial markets and multinationals, or even by outright war, the neo-liberal doctrine has now reached every corner of the planet. But behind the ideological smokescreen, behind the neat concepts of natural order and the harmony of interests in a free market, beyond the panacea of the "invisible hand," what is really going on?

When Hockey Came to Belfast

When Hockey Came to Belfast is the striking story of how Canadian ice hockey is transcending religious lines. Bringing Northern Irish youth together in a shared love of the game, the rink gives boys and girls a haven from the turf warfare that pervades their lives. "When you're on the ice, you don't really think about Protestants and Catholics," says Andrew. "You just get on to play the sport with whoever's there." Set against the backdrop of a post-conflict society, this documentary also provides an intimate glimpse into the realities of life in Belfast - the 12 metre-high walls that divide Catholic and Protestant, the precautions Andrew and Paul must take to be friends and the safety they find on the rink at Dundonald.

Bilaal: Yes We Can

The story of a fundraising dynamo who sold clementines when he was four to help earthquake victims in India and has raised millions of dollars for various causes. With a resume that would be the envy of a CEO, it’s hard to believe that Bilaal is only 12 years old.

Breakout! The Power Of One

Three stories which demonstrate that you are never too young to make a difference. From 11 year old Alaina Podmorow who started an organization to help girls get an education in Afghanistan, to Craig Kielburger whose ‘Free The Children’ is the largest organization of children helping children, Breakout! The Power of One demonstrates the power of the individual to effect change.

The M-Word

CANADA'S MULTICULTURALISM: A Work In Progress. Canada is the first country in the world to have an official multiculturalism policy, which is now over three decades old. Most people think that multiculturalism is a well entrenched principle in this country. Yet, at the first sign of disquiet in any part of the world, Canada’s Multiculturalism policy is called into question. This hot-button issue is confronted head-on in this riveting documentary. The film records the history of various immigrant groups who are not officially recognized in history books. It also interviews a number of prominent Canadians to take the pulse of multiculturalism today, including Toronto Star Columnist Haroon Siddiqui, Strategic Counsel chair Allan Gregg, Aboriginal lawyer and stand-up comic Candy Palmater, Jack Jedwab, General Director, Association for Canadian Studies, and South Asian Legal Clinic Executive Director - Uzma Shakir. Their wide-ranging points of view explore the questions: Can the word ‘diversity’ replace ‘multiculturalism’? Is it just a word or a principle which determines how Canadians relate to one another?

Arktika: The Russian Dream That Failed

Arktika traces the ambitious and disasterous Soviet attempt to conquer a vast arctic region spanning half of the top of the world. Shouldering aside native hunters and herders, the Soviets built an industrial empire and moved two million people and a fleet of nuclear submarines into the Arctic. But, as an emerging and environmental and aboriginal rights movement can testify, the Soviet conquest left a legacy of nuclear waste, disrupted lives and environmental destruction in its wake. English with Russian subtitles.

A Place Called Chiapas

On January 1, 1994, the Zapatista National Liberation Army, made up of impoverished Mayan Indians from the state of Chiapas, took over five towns and 500 ranches in southern Mexico. The Government deployed its troops, and at least 145 people died in the ensuing battle. Fighting for indigenous Mexicans to regain control over their lives and the land, the Zapatista Army, led by the charismatic, guerilla poet Subcommandante Marcos, started sending their message to the world via the Internet. The result was what The New York Times called "the world's first post-modern revolution." Filmmaker Nettie Wild travelled to the jungle canyons of southern Mexico to film the elusive and fragile life of the uprising. Her camera effectively and movingly captures the human dimensions behind this war of symbols.
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