The Aswang Phenomenon

The Aswang Phenomenon

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A documentary investigation into "the aswang," a mythical creature in Philippine folklore-its origins, historical use as a tool for control and the place the aswang occupies in Philippine society today. DVD includes an extra feature, Aswang: A Journey into Myth.

 

CARRY THE FIRE: The Life and Time of Raoul McKay

CARRY THE FIRE: The Life and Time of Raoul McKay

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This tribute to Métis leader Raoul McKay (1934-2014) pays tribute to a prolific storyteller, filmmaker, educator and leader who advocated tirelessly for the rights of Indigenous people both in his home province of Manitoba and across Canada.

Le cercle imparfait: la colonisation  (La Voix des Mechif, Series 1)

Le cercle imparfait: la colonisation (La Voix des Mechif, Series 1)

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This third documentary from Series 1 of La Voix des Mechif, explores the history of Canada's Métis people, dispossessed from land allocated to them in Manitoba as they moved across the prairies into Saskatchewan and later Alberta. The contrast between how the Alberta Government handled the situation from that of Saskatchewan and Manitoba provincial governments reverberates today in the treatment of the Métis people.

Dear PETA: What the seal means to the Jerry Cans

Dear PETA: What the seal means to the Jerry Cans

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"The Jerry Cans" are a modern musical grup from Iqaluit, Nunavut who reflect a strong Inuit culture. Core to the Inuit culture is a relationship with the land and hunting for food, the seal in particular. This documentary explores how the judgment of Southerners on this practice conflicts with traditions that are centuries long.

Le drapeau: lorigine de la nation (La Voix des Mechif, Series 1) 

Le drapeau: l'origine de la nation (La Voix des Mechif, Series 1) 

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The Métis flag is the oldest Indigenous flag in the Northwest, dating back to 1816. As a young woman in Winnipeg reseraches her family roots, she learns about the early history of the Métis or Mechif people as they area also known.

How a People Live

How a People Live

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The Gwa'sala and 'Nakwaxda'xw First Nations people lived as two distinct groups along Canada's northwest coast. How A People Live traces their history, from traditions documented by Franz Boas and Edward Sheriff Curtis, the Indian Residential School experience and a forced relocation from traditional territories in 1964, to return visits to their homelands that ignited the healing process and aroused interest in rich cultural traditions.

Indian Food Fishing on the Fraser River

Indian Food Fishing on the Fraser River

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This 2014 digital release, created by Scott Renyard, pays tribute to the 1982 film by acclaimed BC cinematographer Dick Harvey (1930-2007).

Food fishing for sockeye salmon on the Fraser River has been practiced by British Columbia's first nations communities for thousands of years. With the world changing around them, both the fish and the people remain as close as ever. 

Potlatch: To Give

Potlatch: To Give

Available on DVD

Kwakwaka'wakw director Barb Cranmer has created two short films that recreate the experience of the modern-day potlatch, still praticed in her community of Alert Bay, British Columbia.

La terre: la base de la nation (La Voix des Mechif, Series 1)

La terre: la base de la nation (La Voix des Mechif, Series 1)

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In this second documentary from Series 1 of La Voix des Mechif, the essential need for land ownership to establish any form of jurisdiction is explored, along with how The Manitoba Act of 1870 allocating land to the Métis people failed them through the Scrip program exploited by both Church and State.