Arctic Shadows: The Arctic Journeys of Dr. R. M. Anderson

Arctic Shadows: The Arctic Journeys of Dr. R. M. Anderson

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Dr. Rudolph Martin Anderson spent seven winters and ten summers north of the Arctic circle in his
career as an Arctic scientist. This documentary salutes his contributions to conservation, Arctic science and cultural knowledge from three different expeditions.

BACKBONE: Vancouver Experimental Cinema 1967-1981

BACKBONE: Vancouver Experimental Cinema 1967-1981

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Celebrating artistic innovation in Vancouver from 1967 to 1981, this documentary follows a period when Canada was an international hub for experimental film. Vancouver artists, on Canada's west coast, had a particularly dynamic scene that inspired an enduring body of work that resonates today.

 

Burning Rubber

Burning Rubber

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When Ariella Pahlke leaves her house in rural Nova Scotia, she often encounters black marks that twist and turn along the road. Burning Rubber is an investigation into these marks, a provocative re-framing of burnouts and rural car culture.

Canadas Best Kept Secret: The Natural World of R.D. Lawrence

Canada's Best Kept Secret: The Natural World of R.D. Lawrence

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Between 1996 and his death in 2003, naturalist R.D. Lawrence wrote 30 books, published in 32 countries and in 16 languages. Canada’s Best Kept Secret combines interviews and archival footage to tell the story of the prolific Canadian author and ecologist who provided a voice for those without one.

Consequences: The Private Side of Britain

Consequences: The Private Side of Britain

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This provocative documentary chronicles the effects of Margaret Thatcher's right-wing policies on Britian in the 1980s and looks at how similar Canada's political landscape is 20 years later.

A Day of Thanksgiving

A Day of Thanksgiving

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A Day of Thanksgiving explores this holiday's history, visiting ancient harvest festivals around the world, through European immigration to North America and Thanksgiving as it exists today.

Freedom Babies

Freedom Babies

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A young family from the Secwepemc First Nation lives in a traditional pit house near Kamloops in the Thompson River Valley of British Columbia. Their lives are rooted in concern for the environment, respect for unceded traditional territory and a return to traditional First Nations culture. 

The Hand of Franklin

The Hand of Franklin

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A four-person team attempts to be the first to row self-propelled through the fabled Northwest Passage in order to shed light on the effects of climate change in the Canadian Arctic.

Hidden Legacies

Hidden Legacies

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This documentary, directed by Anishinaabe filmmaker Lisa Jackson, profiles young people whose parents and grandparents attended government-initiated, church-run, Indian Residential Schools.

The Hunt and The Walk (2 Parts)

The Hunt and The Walk (2 Parts)

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Inuvialuit and Vuntut Gwichin filmmaker Dennis Allen visits the tiny village of Colville Lake near his own childhood home of Inuvik in Canada's Northwest Territories. There he meets the Kahso Go'tine, a North Slavey Dene group and one of the last remaining truly traditional people.

The Hunt: Food from the Land • The Hunt and The Walk

The Hunt: Food from the Land • The Hunt and The Walk

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To balance modern influences of technology, the Kahso Go'tine people of Slavey Lake embark on a traditional caribou hunt every autumn, dressing the meat in the traditional ways of their elders. Invuialuit and Vuntut Gwichin filmmaker Dennis Allen documents this event.

Intemperance

Intemperance

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Based on a historical event recounted by the Ojibway author, George Copway in 1851, Intemperance takes a satirical look at the introduction of "fire-water" to a village on Lake Superior in the early days of colonialism. The film is fiction with narration taken directly from Copway's writing and reveals a tale as morally complex today as it was over a hundred years ago.

Muriel Duckworth: Practising Peace

Muriel Duckworth: Practising Peace

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This is a salute to Muriel Duckworth whose commitment to peace and social justice has spanned most of a century.

North Boys: The Story of Jimmy and Charlie

North Boys: The Story of Jimmy and Charlie

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In 1944, Charlie Post and Jimmy Dennis were both removed from their families to attend the Le Jac Indian Residential School. Just 10 years old, they never saw their families again. They share their experiences of event that illustrate why both men have spent a lifetime trying to overcome the impact of that traumatic day and the eight years that followed.

PICTURE START

PICTURE START

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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.

The Pristine Coast [110min version]

The Pristine Coast [110min version]

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The marine ecosystem off the coast of British Columbia is in trouble. Alexandra Morton, a biologist who lives in the Broughton Archepelago, began to document the decline of pink and chum salmon in the late 1990's following a massive expansion of open-net pen fish farming on the west coast of Canada. The Pristine Coast explores the policy decisons taken and not taken that have led to this crisis for the Pacific Coast ecosystem. 

The Pristine Coast [52min version]

The Pristine Coast [52min version]

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The marine ecosystem off the coast of British Columbia is in trouble. Alexandra Morton, a biologist who lives in the Broughton Archepelago, began to document the decline of pink and chum salmon in the late 1990's following a massive expansion of open-net pen fish farming on the west coast of Canada. The Pristine Coast explores the policy decisons taken and not taken that have led to this crisis for the Pacific Coast ecosystem. 

The QuébeCanada Complex

The QuébeCanada Complex

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This bold documentary provides a humorous perspective on the threat of the Québec/Canada split.

Regarding Vancouver

Regarding Vancouver

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Regarding Vancouver looks at the mythologies and image-making of the city with thoughtful comments from local residents such as architects Matthew Soules and Annabel Vaughan, poet and author Roy Miki, writer Derek Simons, Métis filmmaker and community planner Kamala Todd, and SFU professor Jerry Zaslove.

SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3--13 parts)

SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3--13 parts)

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This is the third of four documentary series on water--its role in culture, spirituality and life itself for North America's First Nations people. 

Smoke Traders

Smoke Traders

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For centuries, Europeans have run the North American tobacco trade; today the First Nations people are taking it back. But is the tobacco trade a road to independence or criminality for Native people?

Surviving Eugenics

Surviving Eugenics

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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.

Team Spirit: The Jordin and Terence Tootoo Story

Team Spirit: The Jordin and Terence Tootoo Story

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This documentary follows the story of brothers Terence and Jordin Tootoo, respectively the first Inuit hockey players to play professionally and to make to the NHL.