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CANADA'S MULTICULTURALISM: A WORK IN PROGRESS Canada is the first country in the world to have an official multiculturalism policy, which is now over three decades old. Most people think that multiculturalism is a well entrenched principle in this country. Yet, at the first sign of disquiet in any part…
Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story
Americans have long depended on Canada for three things: oil, maple syrup and comedians. David Steinberg counts among Canada's biggest comedic exports. Born in Winnipeg, he attended Yeshiva in Chicago, abandoning his studies to join the legendary Second City. He never looked back. The film features priceless archival footage of…
Tales of the Rat Fink
From the award-winning director of COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL and GRASS comes TALES OF THE RAT FINK, Ron Mann's wildly inventive bio about Renaissance man Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, who engineered a shift in mid-twentieth century culture with his customised cars, "monster" T-shirts and America's alternative rodent - "Rat Fink".
Poetry in Motion
Called the "Woodstock of Poetry" by American Film, and "Dazzling" by the Los Angeles Times, Poetry in Motion is an unprecedented anthology of twenty-four leading North American poets who sing, chant, anything but "read" their work. The result is a celebration of poetry's ancient oral tradition. And an energetic demonstration…
Mal'Occhio - The Evil Eye
What happens when you realize that your family is part of a global superstition that is neither spoken about openly nor even referred to by name? Filmmaker Agata De Santis sets out on a quest to uncover the world of Mal'Occhio - the evil eye - where one can become…
KOOP - The Art of Wanda Koop
The visionary Canadian artist Wanda Koop is preparing massive new paintings of archetypal cities and familiar yet disquieting landscapes. Named by Time Magazine as one of Canada's best artists, recipient of the Order of Canada, honorary doctorates and prizes, Koop's creative life is hectic. Taking a break from studio demands,…
The Union: The Business Behind Getting High
Ever wonder what British Columbia's most profitable industries are? Logging? Fishing? Tourism? Ever think to include marijuana? If you haven't, think again. No longer a hobby for the stereotypical hippie culture of the '60s, BC's illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into an unstoppable business giant, dubbed by those involved…
An Affirmation of Life
The Japanese-Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama is the creator of major, outstandingly individual buildings. An Affirmation of Life takes us into the serene, sweeping spaces of his administrative center in Ontario, and, most dramatically, into the Science North Center at Sudbury - a building structured like a snowflake spanning a huge…
Gardens Of Destiny
Has North America taken too many risks with its agriculture? In Gardens of Destiny we meet Dan Jason, an organic gardener on Salt Spring Island, on the Canadian west coast. Jason is the head of the Seed and Plant Sanctuary for Canada, a network of gardeners from around the world…
One Man's Journey Part I: Into the Great Solitude
Winner of many major awards, his best-known work provides a captivating look at Perkins as a young man willing to take on the challenges of the Canadian Arctic on a long solo canoe trip. Battling rapids and black flies, while dancing with his own demons and his shadow, Perkins explores…
Grass - A History of Recreational Marijuana Use in the Late 20th Century
Years in the making... Ron Mann's much-anticipated documentary presents a humorous and surprisingly balanced history of recreational MARIJUANA use in the late 20th century. Those who remain pure will see the degradation you've been missing. Those who have succumbed to temptation will learn how a nice person like yourself became…
The R Word
People have called them "village idiots", "imbeciles", "fools", "subhumans" and "retards". They have been incarcerated in prisons and institutions, abused and even at times murdered. They have been feared and misunderstood for centuries. This program chronicles the incredible struggles of a culturally diverse group of Canadian people with intellectual disabilities…