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The Elder Project - Seven Seniors Face the Future
The Elder Project follows seven diverse seniors over two years and records their experiences through a series of short and candid episodic stories. As they face the possibility of increasing frailty and transitioning into more dependent-living scenarios, the elders talk…
The Cat Came Back
This hilarious Oscar-nominated animated short is based on the century-old folk song of the same name. Old Mr. Johnson makes increasingly manic attempts to rid himself of a little yellow cat that just won't stay away... Nominated for Best Short…
Madame Tutli Putli
Madame Tutli-Putli boards the night train, weighed down by all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past. She travels alone, facing both the kindness and menace of strangers. As day descends into dark, she finds herself caught up…
The Colours of My Father - A Portrait of Painter Sam Borenstein
An Oscar-nominated short documentary about a talented painter, made by his daughter. With great singleness of purpose, Sam Borenstein painted for over 40 years. Despite his obvious talent it was only near the end of his life that his work…
The Burning Times - Witchhunts & Violence Against Women
This beautifully crafted film is an in-depth look at the witch-hunts that swept through Europe just a few hundred years ago. False accusations and trials led to massive torture and burnings at the stake, and ultimately to the destruction of…
We Were Children - The Traumatic Legacy of Residential Schools
In this feature film, the profound impact of the Canadian government's residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of 2 children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from…
Through These Eyes - Anthropology, The Netsilik People & Politics
An American elementary school program from the 1970s. Man: A Course of Study (MACOS), looked to the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic to help students see their own society in a new way. At its core was The Netsilik Film…
Being Caribou - Efforts to Save Canadian Caribou
In this amazing odyssey, two scientists follow a herd of 120,000 caribou on foot, across 1,500 kilometers of rugged Arctic tundra to raise awareness of threats to the caribou's survival. This husband-and-wife team lets the caribou guide them through a…
Blackfly
This Oscar -nominated animated short is a breakneck romp based on the song of the same title, written and sung by Canadian folk singer Wade Hemsworth, with back-up vocals by Kate and Anna McGarrigle. This animated film recounts Hemsworth's battles…
Between: Living in the Hyphen - Ethnicity & Identity for People of Mixed Heritage
In Canada, diversity often means "one ethnicity + hyphen + Canadian," but what if you don't fit into an easy category? What if your background is a hybrid of ancestries and you live somewhere between, where cultural identities overlap? BETWEEN:…
Glasses
Milo is always losing his lunchbox, screwing up in class and humiliating himself on the playground. He'd like to be invincible like his comic book hero Captain Cosmo, but for a shy near-sighted kid, the humiliations of Grade One know…
Every Child
This Oscar-winning short film was at the invitation of the United Nations Organization to celebrate UNICEF's Declaration of Children's Rights. EVERY CHILD illustrates one of the ten principles of the Declaration, namely that every child is entitled to a name…
Goddess Remembered
This poetic documentary is a salute to 35 000 years of "pre-history," to the values of ancestors only recently remembered, and to the goddess-worshipping religions of the ancient past. Goddess Remembered features Merlin Stone, Carol Christ, Luisah Teish, Starhawk, Charlene…
Becoming 13 - Teenage Girls Attempt to Navigate Adolesence
Avi spends a lot of time in her room studying, or trying to. She is expected to achieve nothing less than academic perfection - an admirable but impossible goal. In some ways Avi is more comfortable with the camera and…
Circles - Restorative Justice at Work
A film about justice and community healing, hope and transformation. In the Yukon, an innovative program is bringing together a traditional form of Aboriginal justice--circle sentencing--and the Canadian justice system. Sentencing circles don't focus on punishment. Instead, they bring together…
Big Mouth
Filmmaker Andrea Dorfman has a way with words. In BIG MOUTH, she explores the experiences of a bright-minded, quick-witted child, questioning what it means to speak the truth, and coming to understand how our differences make us unique. Hand-drawn puppets…
Strange Invaders
Roger and Doris live a quiet, comfortable life until one night they are awakened by the arrival of a strange visitor. It's a child--the answer to their dreams! A gift from heaven... or, from much farther away? The strange little…
The Dingles
Created by award-winning animator/director Les Drew, this magical animation film is bound to win kids' hearts! THE DINGLES is full of singular characters that children can relate to, languid sunshine and warm friendship, sudden adventure and suspense, a happy ending,…
Sexy Inc. - Media Pornification & Children
Are children being pushed prematurely into adulthood? Sophie Bissonnette's documentary Sexy Inc. Our Children Under Influence analyzes the hypersexualization of our environment and its noxious effects on young people. Psychologists, teachers and school nurses criticize the unhealthy culture surrounding our…
The Formation of Clouds
Childhood is a private, fragile terrain in which the marks of our explorations are inscribed. A delicate, sensitive evocation of burgeoning desire, The Formation of Clouds follows the steps of a young girl in the midst of transformation, clearly delineating…