The 21st Chromosome

The 21st Chromosome

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How do you tell the story of someone who's in your family but doesn't have a voice to say whether or not they want that story told? This loving and wistful portrait of a sibling creatively addresses entrenched societal prejudices against people with differences.

 

aftermeth: a family story

aftermeth: a family story

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aftermeth follows the roller coaster ride of one family as it battles with drug addiction and co-dependency.

Alfie Kamitakahara • Ohanashi: The Story of Our Elders

Alfie Kamitakahara • Ohanashi: The Story of Our Elders

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This episode of Ohanashi: The Story of Our Elders profiles Alfie Kamitakahara.

Alice in Big Noses Land

Alice in Big Noses' Land

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This documentary follows filmmaker Nicole Giguere and her adopted Chinese daughter Alice, as they and many of their friends face the challenges of living in North America within a hybrid family.

All ah We

All ah We

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Second-generation Caribbean Canadian Karen Chapman undergoes a cultural transformation into a carnival masquerader at Toronto’s Caribana Parade. On this colourful journey, she discovers her Afro and Indo-Caribbean heritage while asking, “Can you call a place home if you have never been there?”

Amma

Amma

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A lovingly hand-drawn animation of a young girl's life and her magical connection to her grandmother.

 

 

Assu of Cape Mudge • A Family Tree Narrative

Assu of Cape Mudge • A Family Tree Narrative

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The Assu family, members of the We Wai Kai band in Cape Mudge, BC, discuss the importance of their family roots and culture.

Baby Boots

Baby Boots

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Walt has cerebral palsy and lives on the farm with his recently separated father. Their daily routine is interrupted when a young woman shows up to use the phone.

Blue

Blue

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A young girl, caught between the harsh realities of cultural traditions and generational conflict in her family, takes a stand against her tyrannical grandmother, changing their lives forever.

The Boy Inside [43 min educational version with teachers study guide]

The Boy Inside [43 min educational version with teacher's study guide]

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Filmmaker Marianne Kaplan tells the personal and often harrowing story of her son Adam, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger Syndrome.

The Boy Inside [47 min version]

The Boy Inside [47 min version]

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Filmmaker Marianne Kaplan tells the personal and often harrowing story of her son Adam, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger Syndrome.

Cedar and Bamboo

Cedar and Bamboo

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Four people of mixed Chinese and First Nations heritage talk about their heritage and identity.

Chikas Bird

Chika's Bird

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Chika, a shy Japanese-Canadian girl, has trouble fitting in at home and at school, but she learns to fend for herself when her beloved grandfather is diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Chore Wars

Chore Wars

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Women still do most of the housework, even in dual-income families. Shifting unpleasant tasks to someone else is a pattern of behaviour that can carry over into the work place. Chore Wars employs humour and analysis to explore the practical and psychological effects on the partner left to pick up the slack.

The Commitment

The Commitment

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This quietly eloquent narrative film is rooted in real life experience. Robert and Ethan are an interracial gay couple who long to adopt a child.

Cry Rock

Cry Rock

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Banchi Hanuse returns to her home in Bella Coola. She enjoys the stories of her people. While there, she reflects on the nature of the oral tradition, wrestling with whether she should film her grandmother's stories or just listen.

Crystal Fear, Crystal Clear

Crystal Fear, Crystal Clear

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Crystal meth has become the drug of choice with teenagers in small towns across North America. This documentary sheds light on a rapidly growing problem for communities of all sizes.

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.

Dion of the Kehewin • A Family Tree Narrative

Dion of the Kehewin • A Family Tree Narrative

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The Dion family, members of the Kehewin Reserve in Alberta's northeast corner, discuss the importance of their family roots and culture.

Do You Really Want to Know? [57 min version]

Do You Really Want to Know? [57 min version]

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Do You Really Want to Know? is a documentary about the complex emotional, ethical and psychological issues surrounding the new frontier of predictive genetic testing.

Do You Really Want to Know? [72 min version]

Do You Really Want to Know? [72 min version]

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Do You Really Want to Know? is a documentary about the complex emotional, ethical and psychological issues surrounding the new frontier of predictive genetic testing.

Dont Be a Bully

Don't Be a Bully

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Riley Inge, formerly on stage with the Motown group The Temptations, wrote and directed this short drama that educates both children and adults about bullying and violence.

Dorion of Prince Albert and Cumberland House • A Family Tree Narrative

Dorion of Prince Albert and Cumberland House • A Family Tree Narrative

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The Dorion family, Metis from Prince Albert and Cumberland House, Saskatchewan, discuss the importance of their family roots and culture.

Embracing Bobs Killer

Embracing Bob's Killer

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Embracing Bob's Killer is a documentary exploring the relationship between a widow and the man who killed her husband.

The Family Image

The Family Image

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Poignant and powerful, this fictional drama takes a unique look at aging and the effect it has on family relationships. Through the use of "home video," it also examines issues of memory and control in the family.