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100 Films & A Funeral captures a seminal period in modern independent filmmaking as it chronicles the rise and fall of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (PFE), the company that made and distributed over 100 feature films that collected 14 Academy Awards...
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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...
Directed by Nettie Wild
Shot entirely on location over eight months, often in dangerous conditions, Wild’s film is far from being a dry study of the complex ins and outs of Filipino politics. Instead it follows five characters through the post-Marcos world: two NPA guerillas,...
Directed by Nettie Wild
Born into a world of wealth and privilege, he devotes his life to eliminating poverty and inequality. A religious leader who traces his ancestry back to the Prophet Muhammad, he struggles to balance the traditional with the modern. His Highness the...
Directed by
Jane Chablani
Bill Cran
5 days, 2 cultures, 1 beat. Capitalizing on the popularity of Hip Hop, Social Worker and longtime B-boy Stephen Leafloor has brought positive Hip Hop workshops to the north, this time to the remote Hamlet of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. While dancing to the...
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...
Directed by Gary Marcuse
Découvrez l’univers fabuleux d’un petit village pas comme les autres ainsi que les exigences, contraintes, plaisirs et divertissements du tournage peu ordinaire de Babine , un film réalisé par Luc Picard d’après un scénario de Fred Pellerin.
Directed by Francine Pelletier
Baise Majesté s'intéresse aux pratiques sexuelles contemporaines, en donnant la parole à celles qui aujourd'hui mènent le bal : les femmes. Cette série le fait de façon directe, personnelle et irrévérencieuse, c'est-à-dire en écoutant non...
Directed by Francine Pelletier
Light: More than Meets the Eye is a two part series. Part 1 - Beings of Light. Part 2 - Energies of Light. The series illuminates a vast, extended family of energies - a.k.a. light - that make up the forces at the very heart of our universe. Hour One...
Blockade (1993)
Blockade takes place in the mountains and valleys of northern British Columbia, at the heart of the boldest aboriginal land claims case to challenge the white history of Canada. The Gitksan and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs claim that everything within...
Directed by Nettie Wild
A story of art and passion, sorrow and tragedy, love and friendship, By Woman's Hand is a poignant documentary exploring the life and times of three of Canada's outstanding women artists from the 1920s - Prudence Heward, Sarah Robertson and...
Directed by Pepita Ferrari
Eight kids with eclectic tastes, one musical director with traditional visions, one holy dude, two countries and a trip that will take you far beyond India. Chaos, Chords & Karma is the story of a group of teenagers who banded together to change...
Directed by Lalita Krishna
Diamond Road (2008)
Every year, worldwide, 24 tons of diamonds are teased from the heart of the earth. Once mined they begin their year-long journey through the "pipeline," a vast, secretive network encompassing five continents and a diverse cast of characters. By...
Dean Wilson used to be an IBM salesman. Now he is possibly the most outspoken drug addict in Canada. As president of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) he is a loud and articulate advocate for street addicts from Vancouver's Downtown...
Directed by Nettie Wild
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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Since man's earliest history, tales of giants have become part of legend and myth in nearly every culture. Perhaps the most famous of all mythological giants in world literature is the biblical Goliath, slain by a shepherd boy who was to be king. As...
Directed by Mike Warmels
General Idea: Art, AIDS and the fin de siècle is an hour long documentary about the internationally acclaimed Canadian artists collective called General Idea. They produced art that targeted and mimicked the media, consumerism and celebrity, and...
Directed by Annette Mangaard
This hour-long film takes the viewer on an extraordinary journey through each of the turning points of our life cycle. In a series of unique short films, fading in and out, our ten characters are captured through vignettes on their birthdays....
Directed by Karen MacKenna
Homefront (2007)
A one-hour documentary about the heroes behind the heroes. Homefront records the experience of the spouses, children, parents, and families of Canadian soldiers steadfastly waiting at home as our military engages in its most dangerous mission since the...
Directed by Ava Karvonen
In My Parents’ Basement is an award-winning documentary that explores with sensitivity, humour and depth the stories of three adult children who have returned to their parents’ home to live. As we watch each of the subjects and their families grapple...
Directed by Maureen Judge
A feature documentary in HD about a young Chinese-American author's journey into the darkest reaches of humanity as she researched and wrote her best selling book ‘The Rape of Nanking’. Iris Chang's harrowing experience and dogged determination...
Directed by
Bill Spahick
Jambo Kenya! (2005)
Eleven kids sign up for a trip to Kenya. With no clear idea of what’s ahead. Some don’t know that they’ll be teaching kids in a local village. And some don't know that they’ll end up building a school house “from scratch." And for sure, no...
Directed by Lalita Krishna
A Silent Triumph is the story of the frailty, as well as the triumph, of the human spirit, of the steadfastness of relationship and the undeniability of true creativity. At the heart of the story is a reclusive artist, a house full of remarkable...
Directed by Pepita Ferrari
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
Pourquoi une femme qui a tout en veut-elle davantage? Comment expliquer qu’une brillante chef d’entreprise, fleuron de la couronne Québec Inc., ait détourné des millions de dollars? L’histoire de Micheline Charest est celle d’un destin en dents de...
Directed by Francine Pelletier
Asmaa Ibnouzahir et Geneviève Lepage, deux jeunes Québécoises engagées, indépendantes d’esprit et éduquées, sont également des femmes voilées. Geneviève s’est convertie à l’islam en 2001, à la suite des événements du 11 septembre. Musulmane d’origine,...
Directed by Francine Pelletier
Mom's Home (2010)
Moms Home is a compassionate, humorous and tension-filled documentary about aging mothers and their grown daughters moving in together. The film telescopes in on mothers and daughters in the autumn of their relationship, still wrestling with all their...
Directed by Maureen Judge
Morbidly Obese chronicles the lives, struggles and metamorphoses of the three patients before, during and after surgery-as they shed the pounds and work to regain their lives.
Directed by Alec Mathewson
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
My Different Life: An Intimate Portrait of a Family Living with Learning Disabilities. An education is a basic right most people take for granted. But when a child has learning disabilities, sometimes the system doesn't always work the way it...
Directed by Karen O'Donnell
From 1856 to the time of his death in 1891, William Notman ran the most important photographic studio in Canada. It is said that he is the most successful photographer in all of North America. In 1873 alone he produces 14,000 images. Some are treasured...
Directed by Murray Battle
Nuclear Dynamite reveals the untold story of American and Soviet plans to use nuclear explosives to launch spaceships and carry out gigantic “geographical engineering” projects including digging a new sea-level Panama Canal with atomic bombs. More than...
Directed by Gary Marcuse
Odd Kid Out (2002)
Odd Kid Out: An Intimate Portrait of Living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The stigma associated with this 'Disorder' is so severe that many individuals and those close to them suffer in isolation. In this deeply personal film...
Directed by Karen O'Donnell
Original Kin (2004)
When people go searching for their biological families, what are they hoping to find? And do they ever find it? Original Kin follows three very different yet equally compelling stories of adult adoptees and their search for their biological parents....
Directed by
Stefan Ranström
Susan Chang
The penis. Why is this wonderful wiggly appendage such a source of tension, confusion and anxiety? Can a search for penis perfection provide the answer? Is there such a thing as a perfect penis? PENIS DEMENTIA: The Search for the Perfect Penis is an...
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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