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Can a sacred plant from the Amazon heal our minds and spirits? For centuries, indigenous people of South America have used ayahuasca, a psychoactive plant medicine, to cure all manner of psycho-spiritual ills. Today, thousands of Westerners, seeking...
Directed by Richard Meech
Set in the Canadian Arctic, this is an intimate, first-hand account of how the isolated Inuit community of Cape Dorset became the internationally celebrated art capital of the North. This is the story of the success of Inuit artists who emerged from the...
Directed by Annette Mangaard
A fascinating and original look at the persona and work of Mordecai Richler - the writer, husband and father. Richler was part of a cohort of great Jewish writers that used their anger and Talmudic teachings to help create a new North American literature...
Directed by Francine Pelletier
"Beating the streets" traces six years in the lives of Marilyn Brighteyes, and Lance Marty, two inner-city Aboriginal teenagers struggling to turn their lives around. And it is the story of Joe Cloutier, the teacher and former dropout...
Directed by Lorna Thomas [nid:4925]
Edward Burtynsky is internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of nature transformed by industry. Manufactured Landscapes - a stunning documentary by award winning director Jennifer Baichwal - follows Burtynsky to China, as he captures the...
Directed by Jennifer Baichwal
Filmed over the course of several years, Reservation Soldiers focuses on the relationship between the Canadian military and aboriginal youth. For Blair, Mahekan and Noel, three teenage boys from remote Western Canadian reservations, the military...
Directed by Lisa Jackson
FOUND (2009)
Using biographical text, animation, old photos, home videos, and narrated poetry this visually rich film meditates on the theme of reconnecting to one's past and trying to decipher its impact on the present. In 1978, Toronto-poet Souvankham...
Directed by Paramita Nath
First-time filmmaker Simonee Chichester's father, Edgar, left her when she was just six years old. Since then, her only parent has been her overbearing and fiercely loving mother. Twenty-three years later, her father's alcoholism and depression...
In this short documentary, TTC Enthusiast and Urban Explorer Jeremy Woodcock travels to Bessarion Station, the least used Subway Station on the Toronto Transit Map, to find out if it really does exist and why it would be built in the first place.
Directed by Cameron Wyllie
This documentary follows the artistic life and struggle of figure skating coach and choreographer Ellen Burka from pre-war Amsterdam, to Westerbork and Theresienstadt concentration camps, to Dutch national champion in 1946, bohemian Toronto in the 1950’s...
Directed by ASTRA BURKA
"A short guy who is sensitive is in deep shit." So begins this investigation into the relationship between male height, self-esteem and success. With humour and bite, 5'3" Howard Goldberg tackles the tall issue of heightism. A few...
Directed by Howard Goldberg
FLATLY STACKED is a humorous yet poignant documentary that asks the question: How can a flat-chested woman find happiness in a world obsessed with big breasts? With personal stories, archives and hilarious animation, FLATLY STACKED lifts and enhances...
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BORN TO FLY (2007)
This is the story of one man who pursued that dream with an obsession bordering on madness: Angelo D’Arrigo, otherwise known as The Bird-Man. Angelo was one of the most accomplished hang-gliders in the world. In the course of his amazing sporting career...
A POV documentary exploring the life and work of James Beveridge, an idealist who never let go of his dreams. As a co-founder of the National Film Board of Canada, Beveridge was a disciple of John Grierson - making films with a political purpose to...
Directed by Nina Beveridge
What does it mean to live on the edge of the country, but at the heart of art? This and other questions are explored in Pretend Not to See Me, a whimsical film about performance artist Colette Urban that reminds us to believe in ourselves. Life and...
Directed by Katherine Knight
"Keepers of the Water" is a 4min documentary about a group of 9-12 year old kids who live in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta. Their town is directly downstream from the Alberta oil sands, the world's largest and most toxic industrial project, and...
Directed by Ayelen Liberona
As the last companion of Molinari, Jo Légaré was a privileged witness of his final years. Listening to him speak of his life and his work, she came to realise she would one day make a film about him. On screen, Molinari brings to life his childhood, his...
Directed by Jo Légaré
A trip to Paraguay to document the story of the traveling puppet theatre that his father started in the 1970s, leads the filmmaker on a nostalgic journey in which he reacquaints himself with the puppets of his childhood. Creatively using archival footage...
Directed by Nicolas Gulino
Mentalist. Illusionist. Escape Artist. Mandrake was not one magician, but many. Who was the real Leon Mandrake? This biography draws back the curtain once more for the great magician who mesmerized North American audiences for over 60 years. The...
Directed by Mary Ungerleider
What happens when you realize that your family is part of a global superstition that is neither spoken about openly nor even referred to by name? Filmmaker Agata De Santis sets out on a quest to uncover the world of MAL’OCCHIO – the evil eye – where...
Directed by Agata De Santis
The name "Tim Horton" dots the Canadian landscape. But few know the tragic and tangled story behind the hockey icon who founded on of Canada's most successful donut chains. What begins as a fairy tale got lost in bad luck and bad...
Directed by Daniel Gelfant
From acclaimed director Bruce McDonald, teaming with Emmy and Oscar nominated documentary producer Erin Faith Young and her producing partner Jennifer St. John, comes a rare and exclusive musical journey. Rita Chiarelli, an award-winning recording artist...
Directed by Bruce McDonald
This film is a powerful exploration of courage and strength. A musically enhanced one hour view into the world of Renee Rodrigues, a young website designer, moderator, reporter, charity organizer and victim of congenital muscular dystrophy. Renee has a...
Directed by Nina Beveridge
Created during the 1930s, not far from the 49th parallel, Les Jardins de Métis are unlike any other. Situated at the confluence of the Mitis, the legendary salmon river, and the majestic St. Lawrence estuary, they are protected by the site's unique...
Directed by Philippe Baylaucq