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There’s Something in the Water

The term “environmental racism” may be unfamiliar to many, but its meaning is fairly literal. It refers to the discrimination minorities face when they are subjected to toxic levels of pollution, often because factories or waste sites are placed...

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Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children (2012)

Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children

In 1994, then-General Roméo Dallaire was on the ground in Rwanda as a genocide unfolded. He returned to Canada haunted by these memories, and has found a new mission: to end the recruitment of child soldiers around the world.  ...

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nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up Year (2019)

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

On August 9, 2016, a 22-year-old Cree man named Colten Boushie was killed by a gunshot to the back of his head after entering a rural farm property in Saskatchewan with his friends. When an all-white jury acquitted the...

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One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk Year (2019)

One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

It is 1961 in Kapuivik, north Baffin Island, and Noah Piugattuk’s nomadic Inuit band live and hunt by dog team as his ancestors did when he was born in 1900. When the white man known as Boss arrives at...

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Letter From Masanjia (2018)

Letter From Masanjia

When Julie Keith finds a mysterious note in her box of Halloween decorations asking for help, it begins an adventure to find its writer in Masanjia, an illegal labour camp in China. A political prisoner as a result of...

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Sharkwater Extinction (2018)

Sharkwater Extinction

Rob Stewart’s final film brings another urgent message about shark conservation, as a new threat faces this misunderstood predator. While the inhumane practice of shark finning is being banned worldwide, Stewart goes deeper to find the pirates that continue...

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The Grizzlies

Based on an inspiring true story, The Grizzlies is a powerful film about the determination and resilience of a group of Inuit youth struggling with the legacy of colonization. When Russ Sheppard (Schnetzer) moves to Kugluktuk, NU, to be...

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Totem: The Return of the G’psgolox Pole (2003)

Totem: The Return of the G’psgolox Pole

In 1929, the Haisla people of British Columbia returned from a fishing trip to find their tribe’s nine-metre mortuary pole — otherwise known as the G’psgolox — missing, severed at the base. The pole’s fate was a mystery for...

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Where the Spirit Lives

A dramatic telling of the story of children in Canada being taken from their homes to attend residential schools. The film starred Michelle St. John as Komi, a young Kainai girl captured, renamed "Amelia" and confined to the residential school...

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Warrendale (1967)

Warrendale

Originally produced for the CBC (but not aired on TV due to profanity), Warrendale is one of Allan King’s most searing and revealing pieces of work. King places us inside Warrendale (a facility for troubled youth in Toronto’s Rexdale...

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Trick or Treaty? (2014)

Trick or Treaty?

One of the masters of Canadian documentary cinema, Alanis Obomsawin has spent decades chronicling the injustices visited on First Nations communities, creating a remarkable body of work. In her latest film, she digs into the difficult history of Treaty...

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The Boys of St. Vincent (Le collège St. Vincent) (1992)

The Boys of St. Vincent

This hard-hitting miniseries was based on real events that took place at the Mount Cashel Orphanage in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in Canada’s largest sexual abuse scandal. At the heart of this powerful film is a remarkable performance by Henry...

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