xiTsonga with English subtitles
In this inspiring story of South African women sowing the seeds of change, three generations of older women in a village create a community garden to build a better future. They call it "hleketani" which means "thinking" because the women working there think about how to effect change.
"Deep down we're all fractured," an oil and gas representative tells young Aboriginal leader and lawyer Caleb Behn. Behn knows that feeling all too well, as he struggles with the role he'll play in protecting his traditional territory under Treaty 8 in northern British Columbia, an area that is currently under siege from some of the world's largest natural gas operations.
This is the story of remarkable women who, after surviving violence, war and genocide in Africa, are rebuilding their lives and societies, forgiving the killers of their families, adopting and raising orphans, breaking taboos, and redefining what it means to be a woman in their traditional cultures.
Slowing time down and creating obstacles to work through are central to Jeff Wall's working process. We have a rare opportunity to witness this in a film that follows the creation of two cinematically realized painterly photographs, Spring Snow and Woman with a Covered Tray.
The second inspiring film of a two-part collection, Space Suite II is a visually stunning reflection on the infinite wonders of our universe and our interactions with the cosmos. As the engines of a rocket ignite, three brave astronauts prepare to make their new home orbiting high above our Earth.
Commissioned by the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival for the Embargo Collective II, Bihttoš is an unconventional documentary that explores the complex relationship between a father and daughter. Through animation, re-enactments and family photos, Writer/Director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers delves into the dissolution of her parents' mythic love story and how past injustices have coloured her perception of love.
Based on a historical event recounted by the real-life Ojibway author, George Copway in 1850, Intemperance takes a satirical look at the introduction of "fire-water" to a village on Lake Superior in the early days of colonialism. Though it's a fiction film, the narration is taken directly from Copway's writing, with little editing, so therefore a hybrid.
Art is an expression of our humanity, and artists give expression to the time and place in which they live. In SILENT NO MORE, Pentz shapes clay into life-size female sculptures, scoring, marking and scarring them to create tactile surfaces that reflect the experiences of women whose lives have been restrained by culture, religion, illiteracy and fear.
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.
Traceable is set against the backdrop of the fast-fashion industry and our increasing disconnect of where and how clothing is made, and the hands that create a garment. Interviews with traceability experts, intercut with emerging designer Laura Siegel's journey across India to produce her collection, the film explores our connection to the communities impacted by the products we consume.
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.
Inspirational and raw, UNDEFEATED features five individuals living with Parkinson's, the second-most-common neurological disorder after Alzheimer's. All led very active lives and continue to be as active as they can. They share a wealth of information on daily challenges they face--while shopping, driving, getting dressed, shaving, representing a client as a courtroom lawyer, hiking, and many more.
Hattie's Heist is a transformational rags to riches comedy that makes a comment on the widespread plight of impoverished seniors and the dwindling pensions facing retiring boomers. It's best perceived as a caper film. It is not a story to encourage oldsters to rob banks, but an inspirational tale to encourage them to fulfill their dreams before it is too late.
In spoken French with optional subtitles in French, English, Spanish and German
Based on Arthur Rimbaud's poem Le Dormeur du Val, this art essay video stages different young soldiers from different times and countries, to illlustrate the absurdity of war. No matter the location or the context, the soldiers represent only one person--a victim.
The members of the so-called 'Vancouver School' are the biggest international art stars to ever come out of Canada, yet they remain little known, even to many Canadians. PICTURE START tells the remarkable, and unlikely, story of the emergence and rise of the original generation of this esteemed group: Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham and Ian Wallace.
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