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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…
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…
The Necktie - Le noeud cravate
A mixture of puppet and hand-drawn animation, THE NECKTIE is the story of Valentin and his quest to find meaning in his life. Stuck in a dead-end job, he has forgotten all about the things that used to bring him…
Paris 1919 - Negotiating Peace After WWI
For six months in 1919, Paris was the capital of the world. The last shots had just been fired in the most devastating war of all time - and the old global order lay in tatters. Delegations from over 30…
Mon Oncle Antoine
Claude Jutra's sweeping portrait of village life in 1940's Quebec has been called one of the greatest Canadian films of all time. Recalling a time when the local general store was the crossroads of life, the film illustrates the way…
Men for Sale - Male Prostitutes Speak Out
In this documentary, 11 male sex-trade workers from Montreal are followed over the course of a year. They share their struggles to survive alcohol and drug-related addictions, abuse and stigmatization - but most of all, their troubled pasts.
Life With Murder - The Evolving Relationships of a Family Faced with a Devastating Crime
When their son is accused of murdering his sister, a mother and father face perhaps the most awful decision any parent could have to make: whether to break with their son or accept him back into the family. With astonishing…
Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen - An Intimate Look into a Poet's Life
This informal black-and-white portrait of Leonard Cohen shows him at age 30 on a visit to his hometown of Montreal, where the poet, novelist and songwriter comes "to renew his neurotic affiliations." He reads his poetry to an enthusiastic crowd,…
Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or There Must Be More To Life
Once Jennie had everything. She had two bowls to eat from, two pillows, and for cold weather, a red wool sweater. She even had a master who loved her. But Jennie didn't care. In the middle of the night she…
Hunger
In this Oscar -nominated animated short film, director Peter Foldes depicts one man's descent into greed and gluttony. Rapidly dissolving and ever-evolving images create a contrast between abundance and want. One of the first films to use computer animation, this…
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…
Strings
As beautiful as it is haunting, this animated short film paints a vivid portrait of two strangers intimately linked by the shared ceilings, floors and plumbing of their apartments. When an unexpected problem arises, these comfortable connections are compromised. Wendy…
The Danish Poet
Can we trace the chain of events that lead to our own birth? Is our existence just coincidence? Do little things matter? The narrator of The Danish Poet considers these questions as we follow Kasper, a poet whose creative well…
They Chose China - The POWs Who Remained in China After the Korean War
It is January 1954. The Korean War is over. Captured UN soldiers held in POW camps are free to return home. Those who refuse repatriation to their homeland are transferred to a neutral zone and given 90 days to reconsider…
Evolution
This short animated film about the evolution of life on Earth would make Darwin himself chuckle. It's funnier than any learned treatise, and yet it's all here - from the single-celled amoeba romping about the ocean depths, to the first…
A Chairy Tale
In this Oscar -nominated short film, a chair, animated by Evelyn Lambart, refuses to be sat upon, forcing a young man to perform a sort of dance with the chair. The musical accompaniment is by Ravi Shankar and Chatur Lal.…
Neighbours
In this Oscar -winning short film, Norman McLaren employs the principles normally used to put drawings or puppets into motion to animate live actors. The story is a parable about two people who come to blows over the possession of…
Ryan
This Oscar -winning animated short from Chris Landreth is based on the life of Ryan Larkin, a Canadian animator who produced some of the most influential animated films of his time. Ryan is living every artist's worst nightmare - succumbing…
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 Peacekeepers - U.N. Efforts to Aid the Democratic Republic of Congo
With unprecedented access to the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping, THE PEACEKEEPERS provides an intimate and dramatic portrait of the struggle to save "a failed state." The film follows the determined and often desperate manoeuvres to avert another Rwandan disaster,…