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?”
On Vancouver Island, a group called the Amazing Grays host an annual gathering to celebrate aging. This video presents six twhemes on the aging process: the force of gravity, menopause, cronehood, role models, life passages, and feminine spirituality.
In Face First, filmmaker Mike Grundmann and three other remarkable individuals who grew up with facial birth defects open old, surgically-sealed wounds to tell stark anecdotes about the physical pain of corrective surgery and the psychological sting of ridicule and rejection.
Jason DaSilva and New York filmmaker Colleen O'Halloran portray the struggle of a high school students from the 7th and 9th Wards of New Orleans to reunite their brass band after being dispersed from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Their passion for the music and fellowship that comes from the band inspire them to regroup against all odds and play, amid the ruins, in front of enthusiastic crowd on Bourbon Street.
In this youth-driven documentary, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students at a high school in the town of Hope, British Columbia explore issues they face at their high school. The film project created a dialogue among students and the community as a step toward eliminating bullying.
Psychosis: an illness that is apparently incurable, a diagnosis that literally turns the lives of those involved upside-down. For the first time ever, the afflicted author and director Gamma Bak dares to make an autobiographical film dealing with the various stages of her illness.
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.
Kids today are the most overprotected, overindulged, and overscheduled in history. Is all this attention giving the next generation a competitlve edge, or creating new problems that will last a lifetime?
Made in China tells the story of several remarkable children from China between the ages of five and thirteen who make three regions of Canada-British Columbia, Québec, and Newfoundland-their new home.
In this evocative and entertaining documentary, Su Yee Shum and her two daughters Mina and Mona share in a discussion that reveals the impact of conflicting values on their lives. Patriarchal expectations imposed by cultural traditions and by Mr. Shum clash with each woman's independent identity and feminist aspirations.