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Common Destiny, A Gayil Nalls
Thomas Banyacya, now in his 80's, is a spokesman for the Hopi high religious leaders. His words come from the heart as he interprets the potentially apocalyptic message of the petroglyph on Second Mesa. The Hopi believe that our culture suffers what they call Koyaanisqatsi, meaning "crazy life, life in turmoil, life out of balance," that we are living out of harmony and are spiritually bankrupt. Their message: the only hope for humankind to survive is to return to spiritual connectedness with Mother Earth. Community Spirituality
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New Leaf Parts 1,2 &3 Western Canada Wilderness Committee

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Part 1: BRANCHING OUT.The forests which blanket northern Alberta are as exciting a tourist destination as Alberta's mountain parks. The economic potential of nature tourism is stressed, as is the threat to both tourism and the eco-system posed by clear cutting and pulp mills. Part 2: NATURAL SELECTION. What is the alternative? Alberta selective loggers are shown in action using horses and machines. Existing, clean pulp mill technology is presented, including treeless paper. Part 3: THE ECONOMICS OF THE BOREAL FOREST. Part III dispels the myth that we have to choose between jobs and the environment: the type of industries that are best for the environment are also shown to be the most labor intensive, most stable, and require the smallest capital investment. Given a level playing field, local nature tourism operations, selective loggers, small sawmill operators and wood products manufacturers can ensure a stable, satisfying source of employment for Albertans. Environment
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Breaking the Silence Stories from AIDS Activists in Southern Africa Making W.A.V.E.S. Productions, CIDA

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Through Africa women's s eyes and words, we journey to the frontlines of the AIDS epidemic in Southern Africa. We witness the daily struggles and success of AIDS activists as they work together. "Breaking the Silence" focuses on a Canadian sponsored development programs that help Africans help themselves with very promising results. Health Activism

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Still Life for Woodpecker? Paynter
An exceptional film incorporating an ancient native myth that shows the importance of preserving old growth

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28 min. 1992

An exceptional film incorporating an ancient native myth that shows the importance of preserving old growth forests by focusing on the pileated woodpecker and it's critical role in the ecological chain. Environment
Winner of Award of Excellence, Amtec Media Festival. Grades 5 - adult.

Act of War Na Maka o Ka 'Aina

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60 min. 1993
This is a presentation of the events surrounding the overthrow of the Hawaiian nation in 1893. It is a look at the political situation that arose as the Hawaiians struggled to maintain their independence and the outside forces that made it impossible to do so. Aboriginal History

Adventures of Wayan and the Three R's ,The

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15 min. 1995

Through the experiences of Wayan, a young Indonesian boy, children are introduced to environmental concerns. The need to raise human awareness of the necessity to reduce, reuse and recycle is presented through an enjoyable shadow puppet play. Environment Children and Youth
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Albanian Journey End of an Era Paul Jay, Joan Hutton
This award-winning documentary examines Albania The video traces Albanian history from its 1944 establishment as a communist republic by Enver Hoxha until after his death in 1985. Filmed over a four year period, it features interviews with a variety of Albanian citizens. It is both the story of remarkable social achievements and fundamental political failure of utopian dreams. History Development

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Amazonia Voices from the Rainforest

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Glen Switkers, Marti Aquire
For the last 500 years the native people of the Amazon forest have defended their homeland against an invasion that has brought the mass extinction of over 700 tribes and the destruction of the rich rainforests in which they live. Amazonians gives voice to these native people, as well as the Rive Rine dwellers, rubber trappers, and small farmers, all of whom depend upon the rainforests along the Amazon River. Amazonia is a uniquely crafted film, blending vivid first-person accounts of the struggle for survival in the forests with stunning cinematography, a wondrous animation sequence, and an original music score by famed Brazilian composer EgBerto Gismonti. Aboriginal Environment
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Birthing in Peace Peggy Olsthern

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32 min. 1993
This video examines the world of Dr. Galba, a Brazilian doctor who set up natural birthing centers in rural towns in Brazil. Encouraging midwives to bring their knowledge to the centers, Dr. Galba was surprised to find that he was learning as much from them as he was trying to teach. The centers became a focal point for communities, mobilizing people to monitor pre- and post-natal care; and Dr. Galba worked to make hospital maternity wards conform to information gained from the traditionalist midwives. Health Community

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Blockade CWP
Produced by the acclaimed filmmaker Nettie Wild, the video documents tensions and conflict in a small B.C. community over and between land claims and resource development. Wild shows the conflicts and contradictions within both Native and non-Native cultures. In the face of a Native blockade of a logging operation, fear and questions are stated frankly and tension within the community becomes intense. Still, trust begins to develop. Wild uses a balanced approach to documenting these conflicts and is successful in portraying their complexity. Aboriginal Activism

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Bones of the Forest Heather Frise, Velcro Ripper

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This artistic montage includes voices on all sides of the forestry debate on Vancouver Island. Local environmental activists Melda Buchanan and Ruth Masters are featured as well as Merv Wilkinson who demonstrates sustainable alternative practices. This film received rave reviews at the 1995 Vancouver Film Festival.

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Casa Guatemala A School Global Education Project

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One of the most effective school projects in ethics development is the Richmond-Guatemala orphanage project. The Richmond students who have had the experience of going to Guatemala and working with disadvantaged children have almost without exception taken part in an experience that has profoundly affected them. Also shows Richmond schools' fish hatchery project and rejuvenated Remembrance Day ceremonies. Development Children and Youth
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Come Walk With Me Daniel J. Smith
Featuring Walkin' Jim Stolz, a friendly hiker and singer, this video follows Jim and a group of young children on a musical journey through the wilderness in Montana. A happy trip, leaving us with an appreciation for music, wilderness, and the importance of protecting the natural homes of the animal world. Environment Children and Youth

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Critter Songs

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6 min. 1994

Critter Songs emphasizes learning to be ourselves and encourages us all to look at animal behaviors in making connections. This is a lively, positive and upbeat video, blending live action with children's artwork. Environment Children and Youth
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Delta Force

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This film tells the story of the Ogoni people of Nigeria, led by Ken Saro-Wiwa, and their struggles with the multinational oil companies. Since Shell Oil came to Nigeria in 1958, it has realized $30 billion in revenue while the local people live in poverty and environmental degradation. As leader of MOSOP, (the Movement of Survival of Ogono People), Saro-Wiwa was viewed as an impediment to doing business and was executed in

November, 1995. Environment Economics
Warning - contains disturbing scenes. Not recommended for children.

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For a Woman in El Salvador, Speaking Sara Halprin
This dramatic film conveys the force of events in one woman's life in war-torn El Salvador. With the use of sign language, the film follows a mother's narration of the story of her daughter, "disappeared" along with her infant son by soldiers in 1983, never to be seen again. Peace and Conflict Human Rights
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From the Heart of the World The Elder Brothers' Warning Alan Ereira

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Deep in the mountains of Colombia, the descendents of an ancient Tairona priesthood still rule. In cities more than a thousand years old, the ascetic Kogi tribe has preserved the culture and concepts of an advanced civilization wiped out by the conquistadors. After centuries of deliberate isolation, the Kogi have decided that the time has come to speak to us about these changes. They call themselves the Elder Brothers of the human race, and are convinced that we, the Younger Brothers, will soon destroy the balance of life on Earth. They believe that the only hope is for us to change our ways, and have set out to teach us what they know about the balance of humanity, nature and the spiritual world. A stunning film; you cannot be untouched by its Aboriginal Spirituality

Future of Progress ,The International Society for Ecology and Culture

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This video is made up of interviews with four leading thinkers/activists in the field of environment and development: Edward Goldsmith, founder, publisher and co-editor for The Ecologist magazine; Vandana Shiva, Coordinator of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy; Martin Khor, Vice-President for the Third World Network and the Consumers' Association of Penang; Helena NorbergHodge, Director of the Ladakh Project and the International Society for Ecology and Culture. The interviews were conducted at the International Seminar on Environment and Development in Biskops-Arno, Sweden, which was jointly organized by the International Society for Ecology and Culture and Friends of the Earth,

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Garbage Into Gold Beth Pike and Stephen Hudnel
This film profiles a new breed of environmental innovators, from students to scientists, who are taking recycling to a new level, creating new businesses and job opportunities that are both helping the environment and making money. Featuring a barber who turns hair into "FertHairlizer", and a business that rescues usable items from the dump and sells them as "urban ore". Environment Economics
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Gift of Sight Operation Eyesight

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This video documents the role of Operation Eyesight in protecting and restoring the vision of people in rural India. Sophisticated medical care is brought to poor villagers who suffer from diseases causing blindness. Older people have sight restored by medical intervention, and a screening program to prevent blindness in children is instituted. A huge difference in peoples' lives can be accomplished with surprisingly few resources. Health Development

Global Gardener ,The Parts 1 & 2 Living Systems Design

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Bill Mollison, the "global gardener", is a practical visionary. For nearly two decades he has worked to spread a method of sustainable agriculture he calls "permaculture", where plants work together to nourish the soil, not deplete it as in traditional farming. We are able to present just two parts of a series which follows Mollison to several bio-regions: Arid Lands - starting in the Sonoran Desert, Mollison looks at how the permaculture concept is helping to reverse the desertification in Botswana, Arizona and Australia. Cool Climates - Mollison's designs are shown at work in the cooler climates of Tasmania, Europe and Washington State. Environment Agriculture

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Guatemala When the People Lead
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For more than a decade, tens of thousands of indigenous Guatemalans who fled the violence in their country have lived in Mexican refugee camps. Now, with recent changes in Guatemala, they are organizing to go home. The film follows the first group of refugees on their long and perilous journey back to their remote mountain home, a heavily militarized area. To help protect them, a group of international observers accompanies the refugees and shares their fear and uncertainty. Among the refugees featured is Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, who describes the return as a "rebirth of life". Aboriginal Peace and Conflict
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In Good Hands Culture and Agriculture in the Lacandon Rainforest Jamie Kibben, Steve Barte

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While inefficient agricultural methods are destroying much of the world's rainforests, the Lacandon Maya of Chiapas in southern Mexico have been practicing a sustainable form of rainforest farming for centuries. A beautifully shot plea for respect for a practical alternative. Agriculture Environment

Heart of Tibet An Intimate Portrait of the 14th Dalai Lama Martin Wassell

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Thought to be perhaps too intimate for many in the Buddhist community, this documentary carries an important and inspiring message. Filmed while on a visit to Los Angeles, the Dalai Lama is revealed as a man of simplicity and humour dealing with highly complex ideas and sensitive issues. Woven into the story is recent footage smuggled out of Tibet as well as the performance of the Kalachakra - the purpose of which is to hasten the dawn of lasting world peace from within every human heart. Spirituality Peace and Conflict

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Heroes of the Earth
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45 min. 1994

GGP Inc.
Each year grassroots heroes in every corner of the globe are honoured with the Goldman Environmental Prize, considered the Nobel Prize of ecology. This film profiles the seven Goldman winners for 1993, along with the critical issues motivating them to action: including a Chinese woman who has led a crusade against a huge dam on the Yangtse River, and an Australian man who has fought to protect the largest sand island in the Activism Environment

Hormone Copy Cats World Wildlife Fund

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24 min. 1995
This presentation makes the statement that the world's biological diversity cannot be conserved in an environment filled with harmful chemicals. The endocrine system, which regulates hormonal activity in wildlife and people, can be adversely affected by chemical exposure. This can in turn wreak havoc on sexual and cognitive development, behaviour, fertility, and ultimately survival. Theo Colburn, world-renowned for her work in the area of chemicals and endocrine disruption, explains the effect of man-made chemicals on wildlife and human health. This is a wake-up call we all need to hear. Environment Health

Laxwesa Wa Strength of the River Barb Cranmer

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As distinct fishing societies of great spiritual, cultural and economic wealth, First Nations have always respected the resources of their rivers and oceans. But within their own lifetime, they have watched governments "manage" the fishery into a state of crisis. Now it is time, they say, for us to listen to what Natives have to say. Filmmaker Barb Cranmer, a member of 'Namgis First Nation, explores the rich fishing traditions of the Sto:lo, Heiltsuk and 'Namgis peoples of Canada's West Coast. Cranmer presents rarely heard stories of traditional fishing practices and documents Native peoples' efforts to build a sustainable fishery for the future. A thought provoking and beautiful documentary about a multi-faceted issue. Aboriginal Economics
Best Feature Documentary - American Indian Film Festival, 1995

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Manufacturing Consent Noam Chomsky and the Media Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick, NFB
Manufacturing Consent explores the political life and ideas of Noam Chomsky, author, linguist, and one of America's leading dissidents. Highlighting Chomsky's analysis of the media, this documentary focuses on the theory and practice of thought control in democratic societies. Chomsky posits that to cope effectively with the daily media barrage people must undertake "a course of intellectual self-defense." Travelling with him through Canada, Japan, Europe, and the U.S. we witness a tireless activist informing, challenging, and being challenged by the public and the press. In chorus with several producers of alternative media Chomsky

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demonstrates how the media and society can become more democratic. Media and Communication Education
In two parts on two tapes. Sampler. Original missing.

Mighty River ,The Hubert Tison, CBC

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24 min. 1993
Created by the Oscar-winning animator of The Man Who Planted Trees, and using the St. Lawrence River as its focus, this animated film wondrously recreates the grace, beauty and tragedy of nature, presenting a passionate lesson about human impact on our fragile natural resources. Academy Award Nomination - Best Animated Short Film, 1993 Grand Prize Winner - International Animated Film Festival, France Environment Science and Technology
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Moon's Prayer, The Wisdom of the Ages John de Graaf, KIRO-TV

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Combining traditional Native values of respect for the Earth with more modern tools and methods, Native people of the Pacific Northwest are working to restore natural fisheries, reform timber practices and clean up polluted bays and wetlands. They are having a positive impact on environmental policies, and are teaching everyone a great deal about resource conservation. Aboriginal Environment

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Mother Earth
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11 min. 1992

Mother Earth is a short, evocative, poetic film that celebrates life on our planet. This documentary film looks at the reality of human beings; the earth is our home and we are profoundly connected to all other beings. Powerful reference to the forces that threaten the earth and all the inhabitants offer us points for reflection. Haunting visual images selected from 50 years of NFB productions, accompanied by stirring music composed by Loreena McKennitt, speak without words to all people. An affirmation of life on earth, Mother Earth will inspire and initiate communication. Environment Community
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Mothers of Heroes and Martyrs

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57 min. 1991

Under the Samoza regime in Nicaragua, many young people disappeared. Mothers organized themselves in protest to challenge the dictatorship. After the Sandinista victory, many continued to be active in rebuilding their country. However, with the outbreak of the Washington-based Contra War, the mothers expanded their program of outreach and humanitarian aid to families displaced and broken by war. This eloquent documentary chronicles the struggle of one of Nicaragua's most inspiring community service groups. Peace and Conflict Women

Murky Water Caper, The CITE, Clark Vancouver Television

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30 min. 1993
Who's been polluting the stream? Detective Tuesday is hired by Billie Beaver and Molly Duck to solve the mystery. Taped before a live audience, this play entertains while informing us about the causes and solutions to water pollution. A good giggle! Would you like to "do" this play yourself? We have script, music and rights to perform. Please enquire. Environment Children and Youth
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Prophets and Loss Nick Hart-Williams, Gabrielle Kelly
What is the bigger environmental picture? How are fossil fuel depletion, Third World debt, deforestation, and spiritual and philosophical values related? Some of the world's most informed and profound thinkers take an uncompromising look at the environmental crisis and the path to a viable future. Introductory comments by actor-environmentalist Robert Redford and extraordinary visuals by Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi) add drama and urgency to a production which originally aired to resounding popular response on the BBC. Environment Economics
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49 min. 1991

Rain Forests: Proving Their Worth Interlock Media Associates

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30 min. 1990
Is a living rain forest of greater economic value than one which has been cut down? This film explores the international marketing of foods, cosmetics and crafts derived from tropical forests and outlines a movement which holds promise for Native inhabitants to be able to provide the economic means of protecting their vanishing lands. Featuring Rainbow Crunch! Environment


Ray of Hope Operation Eyesight

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This film portrays the work of Operation Eyesight Universal in the slums of Bombay where preventative health care is a priority. Health Development

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Return of the Scorcher Ted White
In the 1890's, when the speed of a bike was considered amazing, "Scorcher" was a euphemism for a bicyclist. Return of the Scorcher is a spirited celebration of the bicycle, which not only asks why this cheap, clean, quiet and healthy method of transportation isn't more widely used in America, but also raises fundamental questions about the nature of "progress". Environment Science and Technology
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28 min. 1992

Running out of Time Oregon Public Broadcasting

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Ever feel like you can't get it all done? Ever wonder why some people are working fifty or sixty hours a week when others can't get a job? This is a serious look at the work crisis in modern industrial society, and how we can begin to deal with the twin crises of overwork and unemployment. Labour and Employment Economics

Trading Futures David Suzuki

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This film is positive and non-confrontational in giving a clearer understanding about sustainability, global economics and localized economies. It reveals the common sense behind environmentalism. Environment Economics
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Trees, Toilets and Transformation Variations on a Wave
Meet Lorenzo, whose job as a civil servant is to spread the "reduce, reuse and recycle" message in Victoria work that got him involved in a recent delegation to El Salvador to see how communities there are coping with environmental destruction far beyond what we have seen (so far) in Canada. With his engaging manner and down-to-earth commentary and enthusiasm, Lorenzo travels around El Salvador and makes the connections for us, showing how others are making heroic efforts to save their environment as a way to stimulate our own efforts here at home. Environment
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28 min. 1995

Unfinished Business First Nations, Canada, and B.C. Johnson and Assoc.

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Dr. Paul Tennant of the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia presents a concise and impartial outline of the historical background to the current treaty-making process in B.C.. This is an excellent starting point for a discussion of ways to build a new relationship between the aboriginal and nonaboriginal people of B.C. - a relationship based on mutual understanding, goodwill, and trust that will benefit all British Colombians. Aboriginal History

Washing of Tears, The Nootka Sound and Picture Company

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50 min. 1994
In 1903 a sacred Whaler's shrine was shipped from Yuguot, a 4,000 year old Mowachaht village, to the Museum of Natural History in New York. Removing the shrine removed the heart of the people and in the following ninety years, the community was relocated away from their traditional lands, eventually winding up on Vancouver Island in the shadow of a pulp mill. Revitalization of traditional knowledge, practices and community is now changing things once again. Aboriginal Community
Best Feature Documentary - American Indian Film Festival, 1994

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Waterwise Ending the Waste Mentality
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While sewage pollution increases in Baynes Sound, septic tanks continue to fail, and massive population growth increases the pressure on our local environment, alternatives exist here and now. This video, produced by the Georgia Strait Alliance, looks at alternative sewage treatment systems that are economically and environmentally more viable than many of our present technologies. A very positive contribution to the search for solutions that work. Environment Community

Other Side of the Rainbow: East Meets West, The Meeting of Tibetan and Native American Wisdom Ken Thurlbeck, True

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His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, Head of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, and Ven. Dhyani Ywahoo, Clan Chieftainess of the Etowah Cherokee Nation, speak simply and warmly to some of the major issues of our times. This auspicious and historic meeting of two spiritual lineages from East and West fulfills ancient prophecies of both peoples and reveals the unity of mind that underlines the world's nature. Spirituality Aboriginal

We Live in a Watershed

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10 min. 1996

From the Comox Valley to Cortes Island, a growing number of people concerned about habitat for wild salmon, are becoming actively involved in watershed stewardship. This not only protects and restores spawning and rearing grounds for wild salmon, but also helps create a strong sense of community empowerment as people connect with their neighbours and with the special places around them. Environment Community

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When the Spill Hit Homer Edith Becker
Homer was a quiet fishing community located near Alaska's magnificent Prince William Sound until it was hit by one of the greatest environmental catastrophes of our time - the Exxon Valdez oil spill. When The Spill Hit Homer provides a first-hand account of the spill's devastating impact from the perspective of the residents of this secluded port and nearby Alaskan Native villages - communities still desperately trying to recover their way of life. Environment Community
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27 min. 1991

Who's Afraid of A Little Yellow School Bus?

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35 min. 1995

Pastors for Peace is an American group which takes humanitarian aid to countries in Central America and the Caribbean. When they tried to take goods to a children's hospital in Cuba, they ran up against the economic blockade of Cuba by their own government. This is the inspiring story of Pastors for Peace and their refusal to back down in the face of the world's most powerful government. What can a small group with a commitment, civil disobedience, and a will to challenge Goliath accomplish? They can win! Development Activism

Who's Counting? Mariyln Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics Studio B, NFB

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When Marilyn Waring was elected to the New Zealand parliament in 1975 she thought she might one day return to her first love, classical music. Instead, the 22 year-old MP was re-elected three times and blazed a trail that eventually brought down her own government and launched her as the foremost spokesperson for global feminist economics. Witty and irreverent, this is an entertaining primer for anyone who suffers from what Waring refers to as "economic anxiety". See it and the news will never be the same! Women Economics

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Yanomami Keepers of the Flame Aldofo Rudy Vargas, Leslie Baer-Brown
The Yanomanmi are considered the last intact indigenous culture in the Americas, a tribe little changed over

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thousands of years. But their way of life and their very existence are threatened by gold-mining, development, and disease. Yanomami: Keepers of the Flame documents an expedition by a group of journalists, anthropologists, and doctors who journeyed to the Venezuelan rainforest to visit with the Ashetoeateri village, a Yanomami settlement never contacted by the outside world. Following a brief history of the native peoples in America, the film provides an in depth look at the Yanomami way of life through Western eyes. The film concludes with a plea from Native Americans and others for preserving the Yanomami and respecting all cultures. A fascinating cultural study, the film is also a reminder that even those with the best of intentions can impact a fragile culture. Aboriginal Development
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Through the Eyes of the Forest Gary Huber, Robin Olds

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This is a different kind of film about old growth forests: It chronicles one of the few successful movements to rescue an ancient forest. Bowen Gultch is a magnificent native forest located 12,000 feet up in the Colorado Rockies. This video portrays the beauty and value of this unique forest, while providing a broad perspective on the conflict that swirled around Bowen Gultch. Ultimately, through a diversity of tactics, including demonstrations, letter-writing, campaigns, and economic boycotts, Bowen Gultch was preserved. The film explores the tacticts and the old growth contraversy from the perspectives of all the parties involved, including conservationists, scientists, polititions, loggers, timber companies, and the Forest Service. Environment Community
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Breastfeeding: A Global Priority Infact Canada

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While formula companies promote bottle feeding as "modern" and families may spend up to 80% of their income to buy formula, the fact is that bottle fed babies in developing countries suffer from diarhea, malnutrition, and many may even die. This film looks at the programs which support the movement back to breastfeeding in Central America and elsewhere. Health Development

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Formula Fix, The Infact Canada
In spite of earlier efforts and an international code to expose and curtail the effects of formula feeding for babies, many women in developing countries continue to bottle feed. While formula companies still try to convince doctors, health workers and mothers that the bottle is superior to breatfeeding, children continue to die. This film examines the "prescription for death" that the formula companies are pushing. Health Development
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Development: A Better Way? The Ladakh Project

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Lessons from Little Tibet. Ladakh, or "Little Tibet", is a widely beautiful desert land in the Indian Himalayas. For more than a thousand years the Ladakhi people maintain a balance with their fragile environment. Recently, however, as a consequence of the regions increasing contact with the modern world, social harmony and ecological stability have been given way to divisiveness and environmental decline. Containing more than 200 slides interspersed with live commentary, the video explores the reasons behind the success of the traditional culture and looks at some of the problems caused by conventional development. It concludes with a description of the work of the Ladakh Project, which is striving to promote more human and ecological approaches to development worldwide. Development Environment

Salt of the Earth

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One of the most gripping controversial films ever made was created in a small New Mexico mining town. When released in 1954, almost every theatre nationwide boycotted its exhibition because it was made by a blacklisted Hollywood group. The story tells of a true-life struggle of a mining community to achieve better working and living conditions. In a startling anticipation of social changes still decades away, Salt of the Earth made an eloquent plea for economic and sexual equality at a time when the issues had yet to hit the front page. This landmark film must be seen because it represents more than the film itself; it is a piece of history. Community Labour and Employment

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Cover-up Behind the Iran Contra Affair Barbara Trent, Gary Meyer
A tangled tale of politics, drugs, hostages, weapons, assassinations, covert operations and the ultimate plan to suspend the constitution of the United States. Looking at the Hostage Deal, the Shadow Government, the CIA and their drug involvement from Vietnam to Central America, Assassinations and a first hand account of the bombing of the press conference in Nicaragua. Find out who the real targets are and who is behind it all! Cover Up starts where the hearings left off. Peace and Conflict Economics
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Nuclear Power Hot Debate David Suzuki, CBC

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David Suzuki looks at the nuclear power debate. A good basic primer which examines the production of nuclear power and especially the disposal of nuclear waste. No matter what one's view in this debate might be, all must agree that we need to find a safe solution to nuclear waste disposal. Environment Science and Technology

Culture Jammers Video Adbusters Media Foundation

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New Ideas for Television - ads to make you think. A series of anti-TV and environmental spots produced for television by the Media Foundation. Media and Communication Environment

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Bitter Paradise The Sell Out of East Timor
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This documentary tells of the story of one people's struggle for survival in a world dominated by the search for raw materials in markets. It is the story of Canada's shameless ongoing support for a predatory military regime. It is the story of Elaine Briere's personal political journey from the villages of East Timor to the halls of the United Nations, from political activism. Peace and Conflict Economics

Community Micheal Sheridan

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24 min. 1995
Addressing the root causes of poverty demands the equal participation of all members of the community, especially women. In Satkhira, Bangladesh, women and men show their progress in creating economic opportunity while addressing the issue of women's rights. This innovative program run by Uttaran, a local nonprofit organization funded by Oxfam, offers low-interest loans to women and men while involving them in training sessions that addresses the discrimination against women. Economics Women
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Deadly Embrace

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30 min. 1996

The war on Nicaragua is not over - it has just become more invisible. Deadly embrace traces the history of the U.S. involvement in the region, focussing on the current economic attack on the IMF, the World Bank and U.S. agencies. If you want to learn about how structural adjustment programs, the debt crisis and free trade hurt the people and communities of the Third World, this is the video to watch. A powerful and entertaining documentary that effectively humanizes critical economic issues. Peace and Conflict Economics
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Deep Water Danger
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19 min. 1996

Nestled quietly in Nanoose Bay is the most comprehensive underwater torpedo testing range of its kind in the world. Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental Test Ranges (CFMETR) is regularly visited by nuclear powered ships and submarines from the U.S. to develop and test new weapons. This video, narrated by David Suzuki, discusses the risks of nuclear accidents as well as environmental damage caused by testing. Science and Technology Environment
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Dreams Not Yet Dreamed (No Todos Los Suenos Han Sido Sonados)

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There are more than 600,000 children living in "especially difficult circumstances" in Nicaragua, many families are forced to send their children out to work. Most of these girls who are seen as less likely than boys to rebel against exploitive treatment. Although some of the groups are trying to work with street children, much more remains to be done. Disturbing. Children and Youth Labour and Employment
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Ecological Design Inventing the Future

Access no. 63 64 min. 1994

This award winning film features the ideas and prototypes of pioneering designers who have trailblazed the development of sustainable architecture, cities, energy systems, transport and industry. Starting with R.

Buckminster Fuller and ending on the doorstep of the 21st century, the film follows the evolution of ecological design from the visions of a few independent thinkers to today's powerful movement for regenerative design. This inspirational film offers vision and hope for the future. Environment Science and Technology

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State of the World's Children UNICEF
Million of children work long hours in hazardous conditions throughout the world. As a last resort, many children are forced into bonded servitude because their parents cannot afford to feed them. This video looks at the situation of child labour in India, Senegal, and Bangladesh. Boycotts which are designed to put pressure on manufactures to end child labour and to provide decent labour standards have put 50,000 children out of work and into even more treacherous occupations. Now Unicef and the International Labour Organization (ILO) are working on programs designed to give these children o they can afford to live and go to school. Children and Youth Labour and Employment
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27 min. 1997

Fragile Ecosystems Coral Reefs at Risk Classroom Video

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Underwater cameras take us on a magnificent tour of the coral reefs of Palau to see giant clams, the Mastigias jelly fish and the colourful fish and corals that thrive in tropical waters. But all is not well in the island paradise. Tourism and development are threatening one of the seven underwater wonders of the world. Is sustainable eco-tourism the answer? Environment Development

Get It Together John L. Jackson Jr., Mellisa Brockett

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28 min. 1993
A positive, fast paced look at the contributions of young people are making to transform their communities and protect the environment. Produced by youth for youth, the video begins by broadly defining "environment" to include urban blight as well as pollution. Young people tell how their involvement has helped them develop a sense of pride in themselves and their communities. The film also provides practical tips for activists on how to organize on local action. Children and Youth Activism

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Greening of Cuba, The
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38 min. 1994

When trade relations with the Soviet Bloc collapsed in 1990, Cuba lost 80% of its pesticides and fertilizer imports and half its petroleum - the mainstays of its highly industrialized agriculture. Challenged with growing food for 11 million people in the face of the U.S. embargo, Cuba embarks on the largest conversion to organic farming ever attempted. Campesinos, scientists and organic farmers working to reinvent sustainable agriculture reminds us that developed and developing nations alike can choose a healthier environment and still feed their people. Environment Agriculture

Hand that Feeds the World,The World Food Day Assoc. of Canada

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19 min. 1993
An exploration of the role of women in food production. African women are responsible for 75% of the food production on the continent, yet only 4% of women are counted as "economically active". In a cashed based economy, unpaid labour is invisible. As food is becoming an commodity to pay the foreign debt, families have increased. This video explores the way some development projects have made things worse for women when the focus has been on technological solutions which have ignored the people who do the work. Women Agriculture
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In the Jungle There is Much To Do

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The animals of the jungle are all busy with their work until the hunters arrive and take them away to the zoo. Find out how they get back. Clever music and animation. Environment Children and Youth

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I Will Remember You
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6 min. 1996

This remarkable video by Carihi Secondary (Campbell River) students, Rebecca Kaye and Lian Anson is a tribute to Rebecca's father, Dennis. Dennis Kaye became well know n across Canada through his letters to Peter Gzowski and his inspiring bestseller "Laugh, I Thought I'd Die: which is the story of his life with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also know as Lou Gehrig's Disease. This exceptionally moving tribute is an important continuing struggle to increase awareness of ALS. Disabilities Health
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Kaho'olawe Aloha 'Aina Project Kaho'olawe Aloha 'Aina

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The tiny island of Kaho' olawe Aloha 'Aina in the Hawaiian chain has been at the centre of a debate of global importance whether or not the U.S. military should control these 45 square miles. How did this island become an issue of concern? This video tells the story of the Hawaiian people to regain control of their sacred island which has been used as a naval artillery test target for many years. Aboriginal Community

Lady Marshall Luna Films

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21 min. 1990
Afro-Nicaraguan women successfully overcome race , gender and class barriers to form their own boating business. This lively documentary shows how they overcome skepticism from fellow villagers, including their husbands, to gain economic independence, pride, achievement and a critical role in the functioning of their community. This film will be of particular interest to people who want to become involved in the Comox Valley twinning project with the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. Women Economics

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Letters from Brazil Bona Fide Production, NFB
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59 min. 1996

Since 1979, Alphonse Gerwing, a retired teacher and Associate Brother of the Benedictine Order, has been writing back to his nieces in Canada, describing his humanitarian work with street children in Brazil. Eventually, Felicity and Maxine decided to visit and document the life and times of their remarkable uncle. Al is a shy, charming man, but he isn't shy about putting a political spin on things. He blames the First World for the grinding poverty of those he helps. But problems are solved as they are caused by people. The Brazil of the film is also a sunny land with lots of music and dancing. In the end we remember the faces of hope. "I think the planet is one human habitation for all the people of the earth, and that people have the right to move about it naturally, but to come as fellow human beings, not as conquerors" -Alphonse Gerwing, recipient of the Order of Canada. Activism Development

Not In Our Town California Working Group

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25 min. 1995
The inspiring story of the people of Billings, Montana who stood together to stop hate crimes in their community in 1993 and 1994. When the Aryan Congress appeared in Billings, KKK fliers were distributed; Jewish tombstones overturned; the home of a Native American family was spray painted with swastikas; and bricks were thrown through windows that displayed Menorahs for Hanukkah. Rather than accept the growing climate of hate, the community took a stand. The painters' Union formed a work force to paint over graffiti; religious and community leaders sponsored human rights activities, and the local newspaper printed full page menorahs that were displayed throughout the town. This film provides a dramatic portrait of an exsupremacist, and of community leaders who took the leap from being bystanders to actively fighting the hate. Peace and Conflict Community
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Peace Like a River
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13 min. 1995

Representatives of the world's major religions join together in this video to share their common vision for world peace and environmental responsibility. Together, these Baha'is, Jains, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Zoroastrians, Taoists, Buddhists and Sikhs made promises of solidarity to douse with soothing waters the flames of racial and religious hatred and violence. Peace and Conflict
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People of Porgera John Davis

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18 min. 1996
This production looks challenges brought about by the development of the billion dollar gold mine to the people of Pogera, in one of the more remote areas of Papua New Guinea. As the government of Papua New Guinea looks increasingly to mineral resources for its future wealth and development, the people are at a watershed. Their traditional culture and subsistence lifestyles are gradually giving away to western economy and culture. Environment Economics

Saviours of the Forest Bill Day, Terry Schwartz

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90 min. 1995
Not your typical rainforest film. Tired of filming TV commercials, two well-intentioned Los Angeles "camera guys" decided to do their part for the environment by exposing the villains responsible for destroying the rainforest. They pack up their cameras and head to South America to look for the bad guys. Along the way they meet a range of paradoxical characters including poor people who cut down the forest to survive, environmentalists trying to import an "ecological" sawmill, timber companies campaigning for reforestation, and Hollywood producers who use rainforest plywood to build their sets. Humorous and irreverent, they capture some of the paradoxes involved in these complex issues. Environment Economics

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Shackled Children Hubert Dubois
A travelogue in which each stage a meeting with an individual who sheds light on one of the aspects of this reality. These individuals are men, women or children who are committed to imposing respect for the rights of the child. They may be human rights activists, militants, social workers, child psychiatrists, members of an NGO, or a child speaking for an organization, each acting as a guide to his or her own country. The work being done by those we encounter in each case throws fresh light on the matter. We come to understand who the exploited children are and the daily hell they live, who is responsible for it and who looks on complacently. And finally, what solutions might be found to put an end to it. This film was nominated for an Emmy in 1993. Children and Youth Human Rights
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52 min. 1993

It Takes a Child …

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It Takes a Child … Craig Kielburger's Story, A Journey into Child Labour Judy Films

Access no. 79 56 min. 1998

When Craig was 12 years old, he read an article about the murder of Iqbal Massih, a 12 year old liberated Pakistani carpet worker who had been speaking out about millions of other children who lived lives of virtual slavery. Craig wanted to learn everything he could about child labour, so he went on a seven week trip to South Asia. He spent time with children leased by their poverty-stricken parents to work as bonded labourers in brick kilns and carpet factories. Since then, he has been telling the stories of these children to the media, governments, labour groups, and business leaders. Along with friends, he founded "Free the Children", a group run by children which is determined to keep the issue of child labour on the international agenda. Children and Youth Activism

We Love Our Children

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25 min. 1995

A multi-cultural group of parents share the steps they went through in their efforts to accept their children as gay. From their early suspicions to outright confrontations these parents have learned the difficult lessons inherent in coming out of the closet. A moving look at the diversity of our social communities. Sexuality Children and Youth

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Sense of Place, A
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28 min. 1994

In the act of honouring connection and dependency, which we have with the whole web of life, lies the possibility of deep and abiding communion. It is a mistake to view place only as a matter of land or geography. What is the appropriate relationship between humans and the whole living system? Authors, scientists, musicians and community organizers share their deeply held beliefs on these questions in this inspiring and Community Environment

All We Expect Nutrition: A basic Human Right

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This video illustrates the significance and the adverse consequences of micronutrient malnutrition, a deficiency suffered by more than 2 billion people worldwide, the majority of them women. It provides information on the most common micronutrient deficiencies: iron, iodine and vitamin A deficiencies, and shows several examples of solutions that are being used around the world. 'All We Expect' calls for immediate action to end these preventable tragedies by public and private sectors. It emphasizes that we all have a role and highlights the need to take action through the roles we play in society, in order to make the world free from micronutrient malnutrition. Health
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Art of The Wild

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This video is based on interviews conducted with 14 nature writers of prose and poetry during the time they were serving as faculty at the 'Art of the Wild' conference in Squaw Valley, California. In the film the writers express their background, philosophy and deep devotion to the land and all its inhabitants. Art and Culture Environment

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Burning Barrel, The Christina Cranton, Tim Schwab,
In a consumer culture, what are we really consuming? This film features the personal recollections of a man who throughout his life has spent at least one afternoon a week standing by the burning barrel, burning garbage in a remote prairie landscape. The film combines wry humour, intimate bittersweet home-movies and campy found footage in a dual meditation on the rise of the consumer culture and the decline of rural life. Education Community
Best International Short, Hot Docs Film Festival; Best of Fest, Big Muddy Film Festival

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27 min. 1996


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This video demonstrates that a western development model is possible without destroying the ecosystem, as shown by some far-seeing farmers in Costa Rica. They have changed their farming practices to a more sustainable level by introducing reforestation, trout farming, tourist accommodation and tours, and vegetable gardening. These activities have replaced their traditional monoculture system, to produce both a profit and a future. The campesinos say that it is more important, however, to transmit these values to the children. Environment Agriculture
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Community by Design Asterisk Production, Vision TV

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Various creative non-traditional approaches to meeting the needs of communities are explored. In Langley, single suites are now allowed above garages, while other communities in Palo Alto and Vancouver have tried

to incorporate the street into the neighborhood. Who says all neighborhoods have to look the same? How can we find ways to get to know each other where we live? Community Environment

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Crimes of Honour Shelly Saywell
From the Middle East to Pakistan, some families still hold on to age-old code of ethics. Chief among these is “family honour” which includes femicide, the killing of sisters or daughters who may have lost their virginity, refused an arranged marriage, or left an abusive husband. Even if a woman is raped, she must pay this price. Crimes of Honour documents this terrible reality as well as the work of a handful of women who have committed themselves to protecting young women. From girls in hiding to a brother who describes his reason for killing the sister he loved, the roots are explored. Although femicide is practiced throughout the Muslim world, it is a crime that has no basis in Islamic teachings and is also practiced in some Christian and Druze populations. Women Human Rights

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50 min. 1998

Eternal Seed Meera Dewan

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Seed savers in India say the seed is the heirloom of the earth. Using poetry and seed rituals, Eternal Seed shows how ancient plant science is passed from generation to generation. This film depicts Indian women’s struggle to use traditional farming practices instead of chemically based agriculture. As corporations declare the original breeders “intruders,” Indian farmers and activists such as Vandana Shiva resist the patenting of ancient grains. Agriculture Environment

Fast for Life Pastors for Peace

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In 199?, 500 volunteers participated in the INFOMED-Pastors for Peace caravan to send medical supplies to Cuba. Four hundred computers to be used for INFOMED, Cuba's medical information computer system, were donated by people in nineteen western cities and Canada, however the caravan was stopped at the border, and the computers were seized by the U.S. government. In response to this action, five people from the U.S. and Canada began a fast at the U.S.-Mexico border, vowing not to eat until the computers were released. Health
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Fiction and Other Truths A film about Jane Rule NFB
An intelligent, evocative and tender portrait of an artist who is not afraid to tell the truth as she sees it. This video traces her formative years in the US, her move to Canada during the McCarthy era, her outspoken defense of gay and lesbian issues over the years, and her continuing battle against censorship of all kinds. Art and Culture Sexuality

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Food-borne Diseases Harvey Birkal, Jenny Wells, CBC

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21 min. 1998
Food poisoning cases in Canada have doubled over the past 16 years, and many point to the way animals are raised and slaughtered as a major reason for this increase. A former government inspector says that safety is compromised because of pressure to produce more meat at a faster pace. High rates of infection are complicated by a hardy new strain of E. coli bacteria. Slaughterhouse workers sound a wake-up call. Health Economics
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Forests Forever Variations on a Wave

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60 min. 1996
A groundbreaking documentary about B.C. forestry and the public relations battles that have shaped the hearts and minds of British Columbians. This video investigates the myths amid the confusion. Is it a question of "jobs vs. the environment", "forests forever", or "sharing B.C."? This program examines the links between the forestry issues that have rocked the province and the public relations campaigns that have tried to win over the public. Hosted by Dr. Wade Davis. Environment Economics
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Forgotten Warriors Lorretta Todd
Although they could not be conscripted, when World War II was declared, thousands of Canadian Aboriginal men and women enlisted and fought alongside of their non-Native countrymen. As a reward for fighting, the Canadian Soldier Veteran Settlement Act allowed returning soldiers to buy land at a cheap price. However, many of the Aboriginal soldiers were never offered nor told about the land entitlement. Some returned home to find the government had seized parts of their own reserve land to compensate non-native war veterans. Poignant and unforgettable stories. Narrated by Gordon Tootoosis. Aboriginal Labour and Employment
Best Historical documentary, Hot Docs! Film Festival Best Short Documentary, Native American Film Festival.

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51 min. 1996

Future of a Nation,The Elan Canada

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'The Future of a Nation' is the video dialogue between the staff, parents and children at twinned daycare centers: Samuel Calero Child Development Centre in San Marcos, Nicaragua, and Glebe Parents Daycare in Ottawa, Canada. The staff and parents at Glebe have been supporting the daycare in San Marcos with equipment, supplies, and money for the last twelve years. This film also focuses on the effect the Sandinista revolution of 1979, and the subsequent restoration of the former government in 1990 due to US blockades, had on the people, particularly the children, of Nicaragua. Development Children and Youth

Good Wood Michael Allder, CBC

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47 min. 1998
Good Wood takes us to four forestry-based regions in Honduras, Mexico, Canada and the United States to look at the issue of reconciling interests of the logging industry, the environment, and consumers. Value added and locally produced goods are manufactured with appropriate technology in creative projects. This program shows how sustainable solutions to forest management can benefit us all by keeping people employed and preserving forests. Environment Economics
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Hurricane Mitch Uncovering the Cost of External Debt
Access no. 96 30 min. 1999

The people of Central America continue to struggle to rebuild shattered lives after the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in late 1998. This film explores how debt exacerbates any “natural’ disaster. External debt repayment, which takes one third of the Nicaraguan budget, was a higher priority for the right wing Nicaraguan government than rapid response after the hurricane. The strings attached to new loans for rebuilding will continue to make the poor even poorer. A call to move from charity to justice. Economics Development

In Remembrance: Ken Saro-Wiwa Parts 1, 2 & 3

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When his leadership of MOSOP was judged to be effective by the military government of Nigeria, Ken SaroWiwa, a very well-known writer, was targeted to be silenced. He was hanged after a ridiculous kangaroo court found him guilty of the murder of several important local chiefs in a long-running series of skirmishes between the Ogomi people, the military government of Nigeria, and Shell Petroleum. One of Nigeria’s most lucrative oil field lies under Ogomi lands in the delta of the Niger, and Shell and the Nigerian government have been less than pleasant in their dealings with the locals, who find their lands polluted and uninhabitable due to the practices of the petroleum industry. When repeated appeals to fairness have gone unheeded, Saro-Wiwa and others led a popular campaign for redress. Its apparent success led to their “day in court”, where a rigged trial with biased judges led to the guilty verdict. The uproar that resulted when they were hanged led to Shell’s scramble to cover up its complicity. The Ogomi, even after years of misery, are still hopeful that justice will prevail. Human Rights Activism
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Kyuquot Sound The Vanishing Rainforest Sierra Club, Variations on a Wave

Access no. 98 min. 1990

Through an examination of old growth ecosystems and their interactions with wildlife, rivers, and the marine environment, the viewer will understand the effects of clearcutting in this coastal region. Environment

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Lacandona The Zapatistas and Rainforest of Chiapas, Mexico Native Forest Network eastern North American Resource Centre
The indigenous Zapatista communities are situated on land believed to contain part of the second largest oil reserve in the Western Hemisphere, as well as rich deposits of natural gas, precious timber and other valuable resources. Furthermore the Lacandon jungle contains at least 20% of Mexico's biodiversity, however all of these natural resources have virtually been put on the global market with the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other trade agreements in Europe. Now, the indigenous peoples are

Access no. 99 26 min. 1998

struggling to protect their homelands from rich local landowners, the Mexican government, and international financial interests. The Zapatistas' struggle for self-determination and protection of their ancestral homelands has global implications, and this video educates society about these issues that are of paramount importance Aboriginal Peace and Conflict
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Last Stand of Salvador Allende,The Patricio Henriques

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In 1973 the world watched in horror as General Pinochet’s military rockets blasted La Moneda, the Chilean Presidential Palace where President Salvador Allende prepared to die. This brilliant and moving documentary, set in the final hours of his life and the aftermath of his death, takes viewers right into the eye of the crisis. Through gritty archival flashback footage and first-ever interviews with some of the colleagues and friends who were with Allende at the end, we experience the chaos, the tension and the profound sense of history Peace and Conflict History

Made in Denmark

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Cheminova, a large Danish Chemical manufacturer exports parathion and methyl parathion to third world countries which, it assures us, “have a responsible and well regulated agricultural production”. This expose from Danish TV shows the grim reality for Nicaraguan peasants working with these pesticides. example of the power of investigative journalism. Environment Agriculture
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Man Who Planted Trees,The Frederic Back
This classic video combines incredibly rich poetic language with the magic of filmmaker Frederic Back to create a production of exceptional vision and warmth. This is the story of the life of a plain and good man who posses an innate feel for nature, and creates a forest in a desolate and arid area. A masterpiece animation. Environment
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Maybe We're Talking About a Different God Homosexuality and the Church John Ankele, Anne Mocksaud

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John Ankele, Anne Mocksaud
When Reverend Jane Adams Spahr finally embraced her lesbian identity, her family and members of her church came to honour and respect her for being true to herself and for being a wonderfully wise and loving person. Her appointment as co-pastor of a Presbyterian church was challenged by other churches and led to a formal “hearing”. This is a celebration of diversity and the grace of human spirit. Sexuality Community

Mission Imperative May The Forest Be With You

Access no. 104 58 min. 1990

The gigantic Mitsubishi-Alberta Pacific pulp mill in northern Alberta threatens to decimate the forest of the area. This video pleads for a change to more sensible forest practices, and an end to the poisoning of the Peace River. The impact of the industry on the people of the area is highlighted. Environment Community
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No Storm Too Fierce Ross Howard, John Orr
This is a story of a West Coast First Nations Chief determined to revive his people and their ancient relationship with their own sockeye salmon run, in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Based on the promise of support from the federal government, Chief Charlie Cootes of the Uchucklesaht band has built the only private sockeye salmon hatchery in Canada. After six years the sockeye have started to return to Henderson Lake but the promise to pay may never be kept and now the hatchery faces an uncertain future. An action movie with dedicated people involved in titanic struggles. Aboriginal Economics

Access no. 105 50 min. 1990

Partners in a Global World A Story about Local Government Cooperation

Access no. 106 15 min. 1996

This documentary tells the story of a municipal partnership between Hinton, a small town in Alberta, Canada, and Chegutu, a similar municipality in Zimbabwe, Africa. This story demonstrates how friendship and solidarity between two communities can inspire institutional cooperation of local governments that provides concrete benefits for elected officials, municipal staff and community groups from both municipalities. Community
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Preserve Clayoquot Sound Western Canada Wilderness Committee

Access no. 107 60 min. 1993

This documentary delves to the roots of the problem of the April 1993 decision of the BC government to allow clearcutting in 2/3 of Clayoquot Sound. It shows WCWC’s campaign team protesting on the lawn of the BC Legislature, harassment of staff and volunteers at the Sutton Pass kiosk, trail builders at work, and the Kennedy River bridge blockades, with arrests of volunteers trying to halt the destruction of the old forest. Environment Activism

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Fury for the Sound The Women at Clayoquot TellTale Productions
In 1193, two thirds of the arrestees in Clayoquot Sound were women. Following the path of resistance paved by the suffragettes and the Chipko women of India (the original treehuggers), hundreds of protesters at Clayoquot Sound were arrested and ultimately jailed for standing immovably against the logging interests intent on clear-cutting old growth forests. This production links environmental concerns and struggles to women's empowerment and resistance. This is about the power of possibility. It is about personal and political inspiration, and the unexpected changes that can happen when people come together. Environment Activism

Access no. 108 86 min. 1997

Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square Shui-Bo Wang, NFB

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An animated visual autobiography of an artist who grew up in China during the upheavals of the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Through a rich collage of original artwork and family and archival photographs, Shui-Bo Wang offers a personal perspective on the turbulent Cultural Revolution and the years that followed. With deft strokes, the filmmaker powerfully renders both the idealism and the intolerance of this historic period. Best Short Documentary, Academy Award Nomination Art and Culture History
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Tibet - The End of Time Time Life Education

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Hundreds of years ago, Tibetans voluntarily abandoned their warlike past to worship their ruler, the Dalai Lama. Isolated within the Himalayas, they developed a civilization unique to the world. They perceive the world as an endlessly repeating cycle of life, death, and rebirth. In this video, you will see aspects of this real-life ShangriLa meeting with the modern world. Spirituality History
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Turbulence Carole Poliquin
The global market is not a neutral territory, but an unprecedented state of interconnections and interdependence. Circling the globe, we meet squatters in Paris, families living on welfare in Quebec, factory workers in Thailand, teachers in Ontario, fish processors in Senegal and debt-ridden Mexicans. We also meet market speculators and fund managers who help dictate economies worldwide and yet, for the most part, remain indifferent to the consequences of their actions. Irreverent, witty and fearless, Turbulence highlights the unprecedented power of the financial markets and threats they pose to democracy. It also shows people resisting corporate power worldwide. Globalization Community

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Turning Down the Heat The New Energy Revolution Jim Hamm

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The burning of fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide, which warms the atmosphere, leading to increased floods, droughts and hurricanes. This tape addresses the crisis of global warming and offers renewable energy conservation as economically viable solutions to climate change. Environment Economics
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Water - Sacred and Profane

Access no. 113 27 min. 1998

This inspiring video explores the sacred nature of this precious gift which is everywhere, surrounding us, enveloping our lives and those of every other living thing. In this program, six unique men and women share their experiences, poetry and insights about water. Compelling images of water in all its forms; rain, ice, snow, clouds, rivers, lakes and oceans, set to the music of David Foster. Environment

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Wildwood - One Tree at a Time Ed Homer
Merve Wilkinson has been selectively logging on his property for almost half a century. He estimates that there is more wood on his property today than when he started. We follow Merve into his forest as he selectively harvests trees and instructs eco-forestry students. At he age of 80, he and hi wife Ann got arrested at the Clayoquot Sound protests in 1993. This is a beautiful and inspirational portrait of people who know how to live with a light footprint on the earth. Environment Economics

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Living Land, The Jim Burch, Jim Little

Access no. 115 27 min. 1999

The deepening crisis in our food system is not only economic, social and political in nature. In its most radical form, it is an ethical and spiritual crisis that can only be overcome through a different way of thinking. There is an ever increasing awareness of the need to change our perceptions about how we grow our food and how we treat the land. This beautiful film features creative thinkers such as John Jeavons on the frontiers of this effort. Wes Jackson of the Land Institute says, "We treat soil like dirt: we don't recognize it as the source." Agriculture Environment
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Face First Mike Grundman

Access no. 116 29 min. 1998

For many individuals growing up with a facial birth defect, life is full of discrimination, harassment and loneliness. In this film, the filmmaker and three other remarkable individuals open up old, surgically sealed wounds to tell about the physical pain of corrective surgery and the psychological sting of ridicule and rejection. Through it all, four exceptional people have emerged, each with special strengths that have contributed to their success. Disabilities

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Voluntary Simplicity Anne Wordsworth, CBC
Many families and individuals are questioning the consumption-driven definitions of values and identity. In this program we meet those who have simplified their lifestyles, rediscovering their own priorities and values rather than those of the market. At the core of the Voluntary Simplicity movement is the philosophy that living with less actually opens the way to a richer life. Thought provoking and inspiring as we see people, including one from the Comox Valley, who are following this principle. Economics
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Access no. 117 24 min. 1997

Farmers of Gaho, The Bill Locke

Access no. 118 30 min. 1998

While images of Ethiopia are often bleak, farmers in the Gaho region have succeeded in growing a large selection of organic crops by using appropriate methods for their area. Unique land terracing to capture scarce water, composting, and interplanting have made the land productive. Music and dance are an integral part of living and working co-operatively together. Agriculture Environment
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Opra Roma Gypsies in Canada Tony Papa, NFB

Access no. 119 52 min. 1999

Since the Roma people fled India in the 11th century, they have suffered almost a thousand years of persecution. From European slavery to the ethnocide during the Nazi Holocaust, the people who became known as the Gypsies have survived as a unique global culture. Almost 80,000 Roma call Canada home. Many hide their identity out of fear of reprisals. Others have become assimilated, leaving their traditions behind. This film celebrates the culture and tenacious struggle of Canadian Roma. Personal stories are woven together with the vibrant music and dance borne of centuries of exile. Community History

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Chile Obstinate Memory
Access no. 120 52 min. 1998

Patricio Guzman, NFB
It was supposed to be his wedding day - September 11, 1973 - but instead Juan almost lost his life trying to defend President Salvador Allende against the troops of General Augusto Pinochet. Over 20 years later, Juan returns to Chile's Presidential Palace - this time as a crewmember on Patricio Guzman's film. After decades in exile, Guzman has returned home with a copy of The Battle of Chile, his landmark trilogy of films on the Allende years - banned by Pinochet and never seen in Chile. Guzman shows the film to Juan and other old friends, and to a group of young Chileans who have grown up under yeas of official censorship. The young people react with hock as they confront their county's painful history and know that there is no forgetting the past. A powerful call to build the new Chile of tomorrow. Peace and Conflict History

Soop on Wheels Sandy Greer

Access no. 121 52 min. 1998

This film is the story of the tenacity of the human spirit. Everett Soop I a witty and philosophical Blackfoot political cartoonist who lives on the Blood Indian Reserve in Alberta. His survival tool shave been a sense of humour, artistic gifts and spiritual values taught to him by his grandparents. Despite having muscular dystrophy, Soop has produced a large body of published works and is the only Aboriginal artist represented in the National Archives of Canada. A story of hope and healing. Aboriginal Art and Culture
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Democracy and the Dictator The Real APEC Story Dawn Brett, Amy Lennon

Access no. 122 54 min. 1999

A rare glimpse beyond the new headlines into one of Canada's most sensational political scandals, this film examines the political intrigue surrounding the infamous police crackdown on demonstrators during Vancouver's controversial Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. Canada's image as the Boy Scout of the world loses its sheen after this journey behind the scenes reveals how Canadian officials surrendered to a foreign dictator in a high stakes game of diplomacy and trade. A sobering look at the depth of commitment of the Canadian government to the idea of globalization and its willingness to sacrifice our democratic right. Activism Globalization

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Water, The Price of Privatization Glen Richards, CUPE
Water sustains life and yet trade ministers from around the world have agreed that water is a commodity - not a right. This film examines the experience of privatizing the water in the U.K. under Margaret Thatcher. Once the utilities were sold off, there was no investment in the infrastructure and the public was advised to boil drinking water. Citizen's and environmental groups are working with unions in Water Watch campaigns to pressure governments to provide water as a right. A wake-up call.

Access no. 123 10 min. 1999

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Gems of Hope - Bangladesh Kelly Peckham, Kirstie Smith

Access no. 124 10 min. 1999

Women in Bangladesh are often isolated and subject to violence. Gems of Hope is a non-profit governmental organization which provides micro-credit loans to women to start small businesses and provides training in business, primary and family health, women's rights, leadership and empowerment. Economics Women
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Ghost Dance Christina Graton, Tim Schwab

Access no. 125 9 min. 1996

The 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee is remembered through poetry, art and the haunting beauty of the Dakota landscape. Filmed on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, this film documents a pivotal event in North American First Nations history and features the work of some of America's poets and Lakota artists. Aboriginal Art and Culture

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Gift, The Gary Farmer, NFB
Ever since it was nurtured from a grass by the Maya, corn has held a sacred place in the lives of Indigenous peoples of the Americas. We travel from the Six Nations Confederacy to Southern Mexico where NAFTA's threat to the Maya's right to grow maize became a central issue in the Zapatista uprisings. Through interviews, dance and song, "The Gift" is a beautiful exploration of the intertwined lives of people and corn, capturing the traditional, spiritual, economic and political importance of this sacred plant. Aboriginal Agriculture

Access no. 126 49 min. 1998

No Man's Land Shelly Saywell

Access no. 127 50 min. 1994

Women war correspondents share their experiences in thought-provoking stories from Sarajevo, Afghanistan,

and other war-torn regions. The commonalities of personal sacrifices and the devotion to tell difficult and compelling stories have impacted on their won lives in ways they have not imagined. For instance, not one of these woman had a child. Especially moving is the intimate coverage of a family in Sarajevo, including 13 year old Zlata, whose war diaries have received much attention. Peace and Conflict Women
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Chico Mendes The People from the Amazon Rain Forest Raquel Couto, Edilson Martins

Access no. 128 48 min. 1994

A chilling documentary about the life and work of Chico Mendes, the president of the Rural Workers Union in Brazil. Chico Medes was an herbalist who warned of mercury contamination from mining and fought against deforestation long before he organized hundreds of rural workers. His vision included an agricultural reserve where chestnuts and medicinal herbs could be sustainable harvested along with rubber. His Attempts to protect the rainforest brought him into conflict with corporations and some local landowners and ultimately led to his murder in 1988. Activism Environment

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T'Lina: The Rendering of Wealth Barb Cranmer, NFB
In the Kwakwala language , t'lina (pronounced gleetna) is the valuable oil rendered from the eulachon - a traditional fishery now threatened by habitat loss and commercial over-fishing. A symbol of cultural wealth, an important trade item and a key food staple for First Nations of the West Coast, t'lina is of great significance at potlatch ceremonies. With great formal beauty, award winning documentary director Barb Cranmer has created a work which examines a cornerstone of Kwakwaka'wakw culture, providing a vibrant picture of the people maintaining the tradition and strength of this nation. Aboriginal Economics

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Open Season Heather Frise, Velcrow Ripper

Access no. 130 48 min. 1997

In a forest near Campbell River, a hunter takes aim at a black bear. Ruth Masters suddenly blows a whistle as hard as she can to frighten the bear away. "I'm afraid my good deportment just went all to hell," she explains. "I just can't sit and watch this happen." The directors of Genie award winner "Bones of the Forest" look at the battle of tourists who legally hunt bears and activists who insist on the bears right to exist. People come to blows in this morality play which leaves us to ponder some key philosophical questions. Environment


Circles Shanti Thakur, NFB

Access no. 131 58 min. 1997

This film is an inside look at sentencing circles - an alternative approach to justice in the Yukon. Bringing together the perpetrator of a crime, his or her victims, peers and elders, sentencing circles focus on finding ways to heal the offender, the victim, and the community. For many Aboriginal men in the North, going to jail was a natural extension of attending residential schools. For some, sentencing circles are a way to reconnect with their spiritual traditions and break away from the circle of crime, court, and prison. Community Peace and Conflict
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Caring for Canada A Special Message from Maude Barlow The Council of Candians
A message from Maude Barlow about the Council of Candians' efforts to protect social programs in Canada. Economics
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Access no. 132 8 min.

Skowak The Bribri of Monjoncito, Costa Rica Shar Mitchell

Access no. 133 26 min. 1997

This is the story of survival of the Bribri people of Monjoncito, Costarica. In 1909 the United Fruit Company invaded their valley and forced the Bribri to flee to the mountains for three decades. In spite of several predictions that they would become extinct within twenty years, the Bribri finally forced the United Fruit Company out of their traditional territory and reclaimed their land. In the 1960's many of the Bribri adopted Baha'i principles such as unity, community service, respect for nature, and education. They have adapted to cash economy but fiercely protect their own cultural values and their language. The story of the Bribri illustrates the importance of projects which come from the community rather than being imposed from outside. Aboriginal Community

Children and Nature Awakening a Sense of Wonder

Access no. 134 27 min. 1997

Dr. Jane Goodall says "I think that one of the really sad things is that's happening with increased urbanization is that children are growing up out of contact with nature. …I don't know what that does to the development of

a child, but I'm quite sure it's not mentally healthy." She believes that it is essential that parents and other mentors of children guide them to make meaningful connections with the natural world. To help accomplish this, she has initiated a program called "Roots and Shoots", now in 29 countries. Inspiring. Children and Youth Environment

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Gems of Hope in Bolivia Kelly Peckham
Millions of people around the world are self-employed in the informal economies of their countries. In the past twenty years micro-lending projects have made a huge difference to the lives of over ten million borrowers and their families. The Catholic Relief Services and Gems of Hope are two organizations which are working with groups such as Pro Mujer in Bolivia to provide seed money for the community based banks which offer loans of $50 to $650 to women. 98% of all loans are paid back with interest within four to six months. The women who participate also attend training sessions on child development, health and nutrition, and the right to live without violence. Economics Women
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Peace, What Peace? Kathy Price

Access no. 136 29 min. 1997

This documentary on post war Central America reveals the harsh reality: the injustices that led to war have increased, not decreased. The people who work in sweatshops, plantations, or struggle on the edge of the economy in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua tell their stories of trying to cope with "peace" in the face of economic warfare. Peace and Conflict Economics
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Common Grounds Giving Coffee A New Flavor Lawrence McNaught

Access no. 137 55 min. 1998

Canadians drink 15 billion cups of coffee each year. At 4,000 beans per pound, that's a lot of backbreaking work for the underpaid campensinos who produce the crop. This video highlights the effort of a Nova Scotia coop to provide high quality coffee while paying a fair price to producers in Chiapas, Mexico. It takes us from the Los Altos region of Mexico where coffee has been cultivated since the 18th century to Canada where the fair trade movement is growing. Labour and Employment
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Bombs Away Steven Staples
Every year, in connection with the Abbotsford Airshow, there is a trade show called Airshow Canada which is devoted to promoting sales of aerospace products and technology, including military equipment and systems to countries around the world. This production looks at globalization and how it promotes conflict, militarism and the international arms trade. This is a call from the peace movement to stop Vancouver from becoming the "military Gateway to the Pacific." Economics Peace and Conflict
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Access no. 138 28 min. 1997

Grounding a Hawk with a Hammer Ronan Tynan

Access no. 139 30 min. 1997

An inspiring look into the personal journey of a small group of British women whose work for peace finally led them to put their won lives at risk. After years of exhausting all of the traditional approaches such as petitions, leaflets, letters and protests, they intentionally disabled a hawk fighter jet which was destined for Indonesia to be used against the East Timorese. The women were tried and acquitted on the grounds that the crime they committed was the minimum necessary to prevent greater crime: genocide. Peace and Conflict Women

Father Roy Inside the School of Assassins Robert Ritcher

Access no. 140 56 min. 1997

This is a hard hitting documentary about he United States Army School of Americas, and the human rights abuses carried out by some of its graduates, and the continuing efforts by hundreds of human rights activists to shut it down. Through the life and sometimes daring activities of Father Roy Bourgeois, it reveals the struggle for truth in the campaign to close the School of Americas. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, this is an updated version of the film nominated for an Academy Award in 1995. Some disturbing historical footage. Human Rights Activism
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Where Credit is Due Laura Barton
Following decades of war and foreign intervention, more than half the population of Nicaragua suffers from unemployment and hunger. The Nicaraguan Community Development Loan Fund (NCDLF) is a unique partnership of socially responsible investors, borrowers, and non-profit organizations which provide loans to create jobs, opportunities, and social progress even in these difficult conditions. Discussion supplement is available. Economics Development
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Access no. 141 20 min. 1997

Unexpected Circus The Story of Circus Ethiopia Nigel Hunt, Vision TV

Access no. 142 25 min. 1997

When Canadian Marc LaChance went to Ethiopia in 1990 for a two year teaching position, he never imagined that his hobby as an amateur juggler would lead him to develop a world famous circus. Over 400 young people (including street kids) have become skilled acrobats, jugglers, and actors in the Ethiopian Circus which has links to our own Cirque du Soleil. Children and Youth Art and Culture

Today is a Good Day The Life and Times of Chief Dan George Loretta Todd

Access no. 143 46 min. 1998

"It's not personal glory that I'm looking for, it is the tradition of our Indian people - parents - to teach their children by example. That's what our Indian people need, the example of a Native Indian doing what he is doing today." - Chief Dan George. Thus begins this engaging biography of a very unusual movie star who did not make it to Hollywood until he was 71 years old, but who transformed the way Native peoples were seen. He worked as a logger and longshoreman most of his adult life, but when an injury forced him to change occupations, he became a full-time entertainer. He went on to work on such classics as "Little Big Man" (1970) and "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976). In his 1967 Centennial speech he challenged all Canadians to walk hand-in-hand in love and peace for the next 100 years. His life set an example of how this can be Aboriginal History

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Place Called Chiapas, A Nettie Wild
Access no. 144 92 min. 1998

On Jan. 1st, 1994, the indigenous Zapatista National Liberation Army took over five towns and five hundred ranches in southern Mexico. Three years later the Zapatistas and their Charismatic leader, guerrilla poet Subcomandante Marcos, are trapped in the Lacondona jungle. Surrounded by 30,000 Mexican army troops, they struggle to maintain a nervous ceasefire. Despite on-going peace talks, hundreds have been killed. Director Nettie Wild travels throughout the jungle canyons of Chiapas to capture the elusive and fragile life of revolution - a life threatened by right-wing , paramilitary death squads. Through eight months of filming, Wild takes the audience with her on a personal journey through fear, hope and illusion. This film captures the beauty and drama of a story that is surreal as it is powerful. Aboriginal Peace and Conflict
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Shaking the Tree Social Responsibility in Education Susanne Tabata

Access no. 145 56 min. 1995

High school students and teachers in BC give their perspectives on issues that include racism, gender equality, body image, sexuality, violence and assimilation, along with the role of the education system in these areas. Noam Chomsky, professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT adds his comments to this insightful investigation of the education system and its role in social responsibility. Education
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Spirit of Tibet, The Journey to Enlightenment, The Life and World of Dilgo Mathew Ricard, Gabriella Martinelli, NFB

Access no. 146 46 min. 1998

An intimate glimpse into the lie and world of one of Tibet's most revered 20th Century teachers: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910 - 1991). A writer, poet and meditation master Khyentse Rinpoche was an inspiration to all who encountered him. His many students throughout the world included the Dalai Lama. This unique portrait tells his story from birth to death … to rebirth - from his escape following China's invasion of Tibet to his determination to preserve and transmit Buddhist teachings far and wide. His life leads us on a journey revealing the wonders of Tibet's art, ritual, philosophy and sacred dance. Along with rarely photographed areas of Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal, this film features interviews with the Dalai Lama, who speaks candidly about his Spirituality History
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Ecofeminism Now! Greta Gaard
This production offers a clear, visual introduction to the theory and practice of ecofeminism. Topics include: redefining the environmental movement to include women's activism and insights; the origins and reception of the word "ecofeminism"; paths of activism, experience and study that have brought women to ecofeminism; its roots in feminism and environmentalism; varieties of perspectives within the movement; examples of ecofeminism; and paths and strategies for the future. Using the context of the 1994 "Women and Ecology" conference hosted by the Institute of Social Ecology, this documentary draws on interview with activists and scholars to create a portrait of Ecofeminism as it is now, in the 1990's.

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Yuxweluptun: Man of Masks Dana Claxton, Selwyn Jacob, NFB

Access no. 148 22 min. 1998

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is a modernist whose artistic influences come from his home in Vancouver, BC. His surrealist canvases deal with ozone depletion, land claims, Aboriginal rights, clear-cut logging and racism. His video starts at the Bisley Rifle Range in Surrey, England, where Yuxweluptun is shooting the Indian Act. It is a performance piece to protest the ongoing effects of the legislation on Aboriginal people. Back in Canada, "An Indian Shooting the Indian Act" opens at Vancouver's Grunt Gallery where framed copies, riddled with bullet holes are on display. Interviews with the artist, striking images of his paintings and a visit to virtual reality longhouse provide a glimpse into contemporary First Nations art making and the politics of the artist. Aboriginal Art and Culture
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Gypsies of Svinia, The John Paskievich, Joe MacDonald
Moved by a sense of outrage, David Scheffel, a Canadian anthropologist, is determined to help the impoverished Roma (Gypsies) rebuild their community in the eastern Slovakian village of Svinia. So called "white" Svinia is a picturesque, typical Slovak village with well-kept homes, gardens, a store and a school. Some 300 meters past the last home is the "black" Svinia, where the Roma live. In lives characterized buy by decay and despair, the Roma live in squalid tenement blocks and one-room huts of sticks and mud - with no clean water or sewage facilities, and with little hope of employment. Many Svinians, whose homes and gardens are regularly burglarized by the desperate Roma, have lost all patience and sympathy. In terrible fits of rage, some praise Hitler's policy of trying to exterminate them. Throughout Eastern Europe, the painful transition form communism to democracy has relegated the Roma to the farthest, most grotesque margins of society. This film is a testament to the firm resolve of Scheffel and the Roma to make it better. Community Development
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Access no. 149 95 min. 1998

Defying the Law Marta Nielsen Hastings, David Wesley, Michael Allder, NFB

Access no. 150 47 min. 1997

On July 14, 1946, a group of set up pickets around the country's largest steel mill. Their action sparked one of the most important strikes in our country's history--a strike that many consider to be the birth of the modern Canadian labor movement. On the previous Friday, the steel industry had been put under government control and all employees were threatened with imprisonment. Defying the Law, an account of that long summer, charts this historic struggle for union recognition against a government and an industry. World War II had brought full employment to Canadian workers and a reluctant acceptance of unions on the part of management--an acceptance that no longer applied once peace was restored. Returning servicemen, along with the men and women who had worked on the home front, were determined not to go back to the exploitative labor conditions of the '30s. When the United Steel Workers of America set out to challenge Stelco and the government, fewer than twenty percent of the employees were paid union members, but more than half went on strike. The remainder, in exchange for triple pay, food and lodging, stayed on the job. The result was one of the most bitter strikes in Canadian history, with many Hamilton residents supporting the strikers, and other unions providing vital help. Acclaimed filmmaker Richard Nielsen was one of the strikers. He provides an account of the dramatic events which captured the attention of the entire nation--and which continue to resonate to this day. Labour and Employment History

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Goddess Remembered Donna Read, Margaret Pettigrew, NFB
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 discussions among such well-know scholars as Merlin Stone, Carol Christ, Luisah Teish, Starhawk, Charlene Spretnak, and Jean Bolen, who link the loss of goddess-centered societies with today's environmental crisis. They propose a return to the belief in an interconnected life system, with respect for the earth and the female, as fundamental to our survival. Goddess Remembered is the first part of a three part series which includes The Burning Times and Full Circle. Spirituality Women
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Access no. 151 54 min. 1995

Road Taken, The Selwyn Jacobs, Dale Philips, Jerry Krepakevich, NFB

Access no. 152 48 min. 1996

A nostalgic ride through history, The Road Taken documents the experiences of Blacks who worked as sleeping-car porters on Canada's major railways from the early 1900s through the 1960s. There was a strong sense of pride among the porter--they were well respected by their community, and they had steady work and

were able to provide to their families. Yet, harsh working conditions were a bitter reality and there were no opportunities for promotion to other railway jobs. Finally, in 1955, porter Lee Williams charged the railway companies and the porter's union with discrimination under the Canada Fair Employment Act, and Blacks were able to work in other areas. Interviews, archival photos, and memorable film footage of train travel combine with the music of noted Toronto jazz musician Joe Sealy, whose father was a porter, to reconstruct a fascinating history that might otherwise have been forgotten. Labour and Employment History

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Singing Our Stories Annie Frazier Henry, Micheal Checkik, George Johnson, NFB
Three Cherokee women sit around the kitchen table singing, their voices blending effortlessly, rising into the leafy canyon. Rita Coolidge, her sister Priscilla Coolidge and niece Laura Satterfield are among the featured performers in Singing our Stories, which profiles some of the First Ladies of North American indigenous music. The Monk-Sanders Singers, four generations of Tuscarora women, give a joyous impromptu concert on the porch of an old North Carolina plantation house. Blackfoot composer Olivia Tailfeathers teaches traditional song to teenagers from Alberta's Blood Nation. The Zuni Olla Maidens perform their ancient pottery dance against the spectacular backdrop of New Mexico's Dowa Yallane Mountain. The film celebrates a rich musical heritage in a journey that takes viewers from the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina to Vancouver Island, from the plains of Alberta to the mesas of New Mexico. Aboriginal Art and Culture

Access no. 153 49 min. 1998

Standing Still Kathy Quinn, NFB

Access no. 154 20 min. 1996

In this experimental documentary, director Catherine Quinn meets four elderly women from Vancouver Island and asks, What's it like being old? "Exasperating beyond belief," answers Dorothy. "I haven't been down to see if the primroses are out." What's hard? " I'm lonely. All the private joke Colin and I shared have lost their point." Mildred also experiences loneliness but views the present as a good time of life: she's active politically and writes letters to the editor. Ellen, a Native elder, works as an addiction counselor and spiritual healer. She is a Setla, the Coast Salish word for grandmother, meaning wise woman. And Ida describes the hard years raising her children in the bush, but now enjoys reading westerns. These four very different women taught Quinn the importance standing still to savor the present. They enabled her to confront her own fears of aging. "I looked into their lives and fell into my own."


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Strangers in the House Television and Our Children Mark Slipp, Penny Ritco, NFB
By the time they leave school, most North American children will have seen 8,000 TV murders, 100,000 other acts of violence and over 600,000 commercials. TV violence and addiction, commercialism, the V-chip and the death of imagination--these are just some of the key issues tackled by this documentary on the world's most powerful medium. Strangers in the House features interviews with culture critic Neil Postman; George Gerbner, the guru of TV violence studies; John Pungente of the Jesuit Communication Project--and, of course, TVwatching kids. While Strangers in the House raises troubling questions about TV, it avoids simplistic solutions and inspires both parents and children to action. It suggests that one of the ways to counter TV's more sinister effects is to widely promote media literacy--so that children can learn to be smarter than television. Media and Communication Children and Youth
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Access no. 155 52 min. 1998

Truth Merchants Kevin McMahon, NFB

Access no. 156 46 min. 1998

They are the sultans of spin. And in a media-driven age, they exert enormous power. Spin-doctors, lobbyists, flaks--they have become important and often reviled players in the shaping of public opinion. No major corporation or government body is without them. Truth Merchants enters the twilight world of public relations-part propaganda and part showbiz and advertising--and explores the symbiotic relationship between PR people and journalists. An executive gets lessons in public speaking from a communications consultant. NASA does damage control on an unsuccessful space mission involving dead lab animals. A PR agent for Starbucks receives an industry "oscar" for having carefully shepherded her client through a difficult period of public scrutiny. Truth Merchants provides a disturbing and intriguing and behind-the-scenes look at the growing influence of the PR professionals and the journalists they court--an "uneasy alliance." Media and Communication

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Silent Shout, The Helping children learn about landmines Michael Sporn, UNICEF
Few weapons of war take more direct or more persistent aim at children than landmines. At play, fetching water, tending animals - for years after a conflict ends - children are vulnerable to landmines. They comprise of 30 to 40 percent of those injured or killed by these weapons. This sensitive animated video is one that deserves to be seen by children, to help them learn about landmines in an accessible and unthreatening manner. The film, together with a users guide, supports UNICEF's ongoing efforts to protect children from Children and Youth Peace and Conflict
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Access no. 157 10 min. 1997

Beach Critters Exploring Intertidal Life Through Quadrat Studies Terra Bohart, Georgia Strait Alliance, Shaw Cable 4 (Naniamo)

Access no. 158 18 min. 1994

This video shows students engaging in studying the intertidal zone by the use of "quadrats" - simple gridwork frames which help to define areas of study. The quadrats guide students to record and explore the various organic and inorganic material found on the seashore, providing a focus leading to awareness and concern for what's uncovered. This video is designed for use as either a stand-alone or a companion piece to the "Straitkeepers Handbook" - and includes instructions on carrying out a quadrat study. Environment Science and Technology

Where the Alchemy Never Stop Estuaries of the Strait of Georgia and Puget Sound Jonathan Churcher, Georgia Strait Alliance, haw Cable 4 (Duncan)

Access no. 159 28 min. 1995

This video examines the ecological importance of the estuaries in Georgia Strait and Puget Sound, and the threats facing them from human activities. It demonstrates the rich diversity of this special, nutrient-rich zone where fresh and salt water come together - showing the abundance of plants and animals which thrive in estuarine environment and why we need to protect them. A variety of estuaries are profiles along with their inhabitants. Interviews with scientists, activists, farmers and fishers highlight the range of issues that impact estuaries, such as sewage, logging, urban development, roads, recreational boat pollution, and agriculture.


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It's Elementary Debra Chasnoff, Helen Cohen
Academy Award winning filmmaker Debra Chasnoff and Helen Cohen took four years to make this film. They spoke to hundreds of teachers and school administrators who have come to believe that the education system must find ways to address the anti-gay attitudes they observe in the hallways and on the playgrounds every day. This is the story of six elementary and middle schools which use age-appropriate approaches to teach respect for all. A very positive example of how controversial issues can be presented to students in an inclusive and respectful manner. The children in this video are a real inspiration! Sexuality Education
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Access no. 160 45 min. 1997

Log Shite Tomoe Yoshihara, Liam Cooper, Jason Dasilva

Access no. 161 10 min. 1998

Denman Islanders share their views on the logging of the forests in their community. This short film captures the profound impacts of the changes through a collage of images and personal stories. Environment Community

Junk APEC! BAYAN, Asia Vision Media

Access no. 162 23 min. 1997

A video documentary on the people of the Philippines' struggle against APEC and imperialist globalization exemplified by the People's Conference Against Imperialist Globalization, and the People's Caravan Against APEC on November of 1996. Globalization
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Fisheries: Beyond the Crisis Eileen Thalenberg, CBC
Fisheries around the world are at crossroads. Having fished the oceans beyond their limit, one fishery after another collapses and coastal communities face extinction. Fishers in India and Canada pose crucial questions about the impacts of trade liberalization on fisheries. How can we manage fisheries in a sustainable manner? Are there models of fisheries that work, both from a conservation and economic point of view? Environment Economics
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Access no. 163 47 min. 1998

Sangoma Traditional Healers in Modern Society

Access no. 164 55 min. 1997

In Kwazulu, South Africa over 80% of the people still visit traditional heals for health care. This video shows how traditional healers are coming to terms with "modern" scientific approaches to health care, agriculture, nutrition and other disciplines they have always practiced as they strive for recognition from the modern health care system. A Hopeful look at different types of traditional health care in the area, and prospects for the Health

Benefiting From Biodiversity

Access no. 165 10 min. 1997

Biodiversity or biological diversity, refers to the variety of natural organisms in the world. Over the past one hundred years, we humans have caused biodiversity to decline at a faster rate than the last 65 million years. Rainforests are rich reserves of biodiversity but they are being cut down or destroyed at the rate of over 46,000 square miles per year. This film shows how Costa Rica and other countries are taking measures to protect biodiversity. Biologists there say we must develop a new ethic in our relationship with Mother Nature. Environment Science and Technology

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Awakening of Elizabeth Shaw, The Eva Manly
Access no. 166 25 min. 1996

A letter written by a white woman who worked at the First Nations residential school in Port Simpson, BC is the basis of this powerful and moving video. The letter contains detailed accounts of abuses suffered by residents during her stay there, raising the question of the mistreatment of Native children in the residential school system. The video also details the shameful aftermath of her letter as church leaders hide the truth. Aboriginal

Seeds of Plenty, Seeds of Sorrow

Access no. 167 52 min. 1992

The green revolution is widely regarded as one of the most successful development strategies of the twentieth century, but this disturbing documentary from India asks the question, "Who has been the real beneficiary of this bio-tech package?" Exploring the damage done to the social structure and ecology of developing countries, this film reveals a darker side of the green revolution with the creation of a new serf class in India while the dramatic early yields begin to fall. Who is the real beneficiary? Agriculture Science and Technology

Balkan Journey, A

Access no. 168 56 min. 1997

This is the story of women's resistance to the war in former Yugoslavia. A Canadian filmmaker visits Belgrade, Zagreb and Sarajevo to meet the women activists she has discovered on the internet. The result of the trip is an extraordinary moving documentary that examines how hope survives in the midst of a nightmare. Activism Women
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Banking on Life and Debt
Access no. 169 30 min. 1995

This video traces the post WWII changes which leads to the present world economic order in which over 90% of the world's population live in countries trapped in multi-billion dollar loans with terms dictated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. The video looks at the World Bank imposed economic model as "a war on the poor" in three countries: Ghana, Brazil, and the Philippines, and asks if it is time for a new model. Discussion and study guide are available.

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Faenas Communales Bringing Water Home

Access no. 170 26 min. 1996

Over half of the 8 million people of Lima, Peru, live in shanty towns with the constant threat of water-borne diseases. The World University Services of Canada is working with people from these marginalized communities to bring reliable, clean water to their communities. The video shows how creative development projects which work with the people can provide the benefits of community development and empowerment which go way beyond the provision of clean water. Health Development
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Treaty Making in B.C. II 1) Unfinished Business B.C. Treaty Commission, Knowledge Network

Access no. 171 34 min. 1998

In Unfinished Business, Dr. Paul Tennant of the Department of Political Sciences at UBC outlines the historical relationship between the federal and provincial governments and the First Nations of B.C. Key Questions contain highlights from a two-hour public forum held in 1995 to inform British Columbians about the current treaty-making process in B.C. It focuses on the major issues discussed in the forum: the content of the negotiations, the concerns of people not involved in negotiations, the pace of negotiations, and the possible costs and anticipated benefits of the process. Aboriginal

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Haiti Coup de Grace? Rudi Stern, David Belle
This video details what we see as being all but perfect crime against the Haitian people. Under this second US occupation, terror is being replaced by a narcosis in which Haiti is now ironically presented as a model of New World Order with President Aristide once only the priest of the poor but now also a cherished symbol of neo-liberal American policy. Agendas are now set y the World Bank and the USAID as social programs and justice become less of a priority on the road to a holographic "democracy". The price of President Aristide's return appears often now to be a Coupe de Grace. Economics Development
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Access no. 172 82 min. 1995

Of Jerrycans and Videotape

Access no. 173 9 min. 1993

SACOD (Southern Africa Communications for Development)
A short report on a regional mobile video festival held in Southern Africa in October 1992. Organized by SACOD, a coalition of local independent video producers, the festival involved wide community support and accessed large and usually unreached audiences. The festival brings local fiction and documentary productions to rural areas of Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. With its generator equipped vans, the festival reaches 30 communities in regions where the majority of the population has no access to TV, cinema, or educational video resources. The response is enthusiastic, with some screenings attracting 2000 people. Interviews show how interested, happy or touched the audience is. Media and Communication Community

Human Race, The Part 3: The Gods of Our Fathers Gwynne Dyer, Anne Henderson, NFB

Access no. 174 51 min. 1994

"Human nature" is not fixed. We can, and do, reshape ourselves every time we change our culture. Nor is there anything natural or innate in male domination. In ancient Egyptian villages along the Nile, this film explores the evolution of patriarchy as one effective way of organizing mass societies. The patriarchal order was not inevitable - it was merely functional. But the world is different now, and it's time to find alternatives to hierarchies and militarization. The Human Race is a four part series shot on location in India, South Africa, Egypt, the US, and Mexico, internationally renown historian and journalist Gwynne Dyer astutely weighs the implications of the way we live together, the way we organize societies, and our complex relationship with the Art and Culture History

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Democracy a la Maude Patricia Kearns, NFB
For over a decade, Maude Barlow has fought Canada's change from a tradition of compassion to the winnertake-all philosophy driving the global economy. Her crusade for social justice and economic sovereignty as head of the Council of Canadians has won Barlow widespread admiration - even as she's enduring grinding political defeats. Join Barlow as she battles for solid social programs and inspires Canadians to retake control of their communities and their nation. A primer for social democracy, this production is also a political biography, chronicling her transformation from stay-at-home mother to feminist, to fully involved political actor. Globalization Activism

Access no. 175 61 min. 1998

I am a child! Miguel Schapira, International Labour Office

Access no. 176 52 min.

This production attempts to break down the wall of silence surrounding the exploitation of child labour throughout the world. Neither a catalogue of horrors or a fairytale, it is a fable of despair and hope. Despair, because it unveils the intolerable situation of some of the world’s youngest and most vulnerable workers. Hope, because it brings to light the efforts of governments, representatives of civil society and private citizens working for the eradication of child labour worldwide. Through compelling images and moving personal stories, the viewer discovers the children at work in the fields and plantations of Kenya, in the streets and workshops

of Thailand, and in the charcoal yards of Brazil. To rescue them, to return their childhood to them, is a moral imperative for every humane society worthy of the name. "I am a child!" is meant as a contribution to that Children and Youth Labour and Employment
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Sulphur Passage Nettie Wild, Bob Bossin

Access no. 177 4 min. 1994

Sulphur Passage was the site of the first logging blockade in 1988. Since then over 900 people were arrested for protesting the government's plan to log most of the Clayoquat wilderness. As a result of the blockade, the Clayoquat's pristine Megin River valley has been declared a park. This music video was made by 30 British Columbia musicians, filmmakers, writers and technicians. It is a call for help to stop the logging of Clayoquat Sound. Written and performed by Bob Bossin with Stephen Fearing, Roy Forbes, Veda Hille, Ann Mortifee, Raffi, Rick Scott, Valdy and Jennifer West. Environment Art and Culture

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Swimming Woman Gene Bernofsky, World Wide Film Expedition
The Big Snowy Mountains of Montana have been invaded by COMINCO Canada. The mining company wants to desecrate American Indian sacred sites with a massive slime pit and poison the water of Swimming Woman Creek, forever, with sulfuric acid. These 91,000 acres of public land were congressionally protected by the 1977 Wilderness Act as a Wilderness Study Area. Yet the US Forest Service has illegally authorized COMINCO to explore for zinc and copper. This tape documents the issue and the grassroots groups opposing the mining operation. Environment Community
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Access no. 178 15 min. 1997

Connect A New Ecological Paradigm

Access no. 179 23 min. 1997

Delivered in an upbeat style, Connect celebrates the ability of young people to choose a lifestyle sensitive to the environment and to social justice issues. Meet young people such as Adam Werbach, 23-year-old president of the Sierra Club and Melissa Poe, who at age 16 sends a newsletter to three million readers. Hosted by Michel Stipe of REM, full of music and incredible nature footage, this film inspires and entertains. Children and Youth Environment

Tough Guise

Access no. 180 57 min. 1999

Sut Jhally
A fast-paced video collage showing how masculinity is constructed in our society. Using imagery from popular culture, Tough Guise describes the narrowing confines of maleness. Strength, independence, toughness and violent masculinity have become the norm - a situation that is debilitating for men and dangerous for both men and women. Jackson Katz, a former football player and gender violence prevention trainer, argues that men have an essential role to play in the struggle for lasting social change. Katz has a gift for applying insights about gender and power to the real life experiences of boys and men. Media and Communication Sexuality

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Above the Law II The Other Side of the Story John “Splitting the Sky” Hill and Mervin Brown
In the summer of 1995 when the government of Canada was working to ban land mines, they were using them in the dispute at Gustafsen Lake. With access to RCMP training tapes, the filmmakers have created a damning indictment of the role of the RCMP, the federal government, and former Attorney General Ujjal Dosanjh. This film looks at the Gustafsen Lake standoff and how the Canadian and provincial governments turned a land dispute into the largest police action in Canadian history. Aboriginal Peace and Conflict

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Access no. 182 50 min. 1999

A struggle for the world food market is being waged by large corporations. “Intense livestock production” has been implemented to boost profits. Cattle are fattened in overcrowded feed lots, a situation which exposes them to disease. To combat this, they are systematically vaccinated, given antibiotics and pumped with growth hormones. Little regard is given to the potential health risks to consumers. This is a case study of the impact of large corporations like Cargill on small producers. Agriculture Health

Marker of Change The Story of the Women’s Monument Moira Simpson

Access no. 183 52 min. 1998

This is the remarkable story of a small and determined group of Vancouver feminists who set out to create a permanent marker to name and remember the 14 women murdered on December 6, 1989 at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. Haunted by recurrent national controversy and criticism from other women’s groups, this small group expanded their vision to create a monument to all women. The process of creating the monument was as important as the end product. Very moving Women


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In Our Own Backyard Anne Cubitt
Truly in our backyard, US submarine warfare tests continue off Nanoose Bay in Georgia Strait. The stories of the people who have organized to deal with a global threat at a local and personal level. A hopeful film with broad implications. Peace and Conflict Environment

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Our House Meema Spadola

Access no. 185 60 min. 1999

What is it like to grow up with gay or lesbian parents? In Our House, the sons and daughters of five diverse families talk frankly about their experiences of having a family that is viewed as “different.” Facing the usual highs and lows of growing up, they are also faced with varied reactions about their parents’ sexuality from relatives, classmates, teachers and neighbours. The role of schools in protecting students from bullying is an issue all parents should be involved in. This film challenges us to consider our own understanding of what makes a family and how we can support all the children growing up in our communities. Sexuality Children and Youth
Best Documentary, NY Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2000

Ad and the Ego, The

Access no. 186 57 min. 1996

The Ad and the Ego is a comprehensive examination of advertising’s impact on our culture of consumerism by creating a “psychology of need.” It shows how omnipresent advertising sells us values, identities and our sense of “what is normal.” You will never look at an ad the same way after viewing this film. Media and Communication
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In The Company of Fear Velcrow Ripper
Columbia is notorious for its politics of fear. In the Company of Fear explores the power of non-violent resistance to oppose state terror, through the work of ‘Protective Accompaniment’. Foreign volunteers offer human rights activists the unarmed protection of an international presence. Inspiring. Human Rights Peace and Conflict

Access no. 187 52 min. 1999

Dirty Secrets Jennifer, Everardo & the CIA Patricia Goudvis

Access no. 188 56 min. 1998

This deeply moving film follows Jennifer Harbury’s struggle to determine the truth about what happened to her husband Everardo, a Guatemalan rebel leader who was "disappeared" by the Guatemalan government. Her courage, determination, and willingness to risk everything - even her life - exposed disturbing truths about the CIA in Guatemala. Human Rights Activism

Ecopsychology Restoring the Earth, Healing the Self James, Wileta Burch

Access no. 189 26 min. 1996

Ecopsychology is a new science that links psychology and ecology, nature and human consciousness, and our mental health and the health of the planet. The subject is explored in depth by author and historian Theodore Roszak, clinical psychologist Sarah Conn, and Carl Anthony, president of Earth Institute. Thought Environment Health
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Public Education: Not For Sale BC Teachers Federation
Access no. 190 21 min. 2000

Ads on school buses and in washrooms and corporate logos on computer screen savers are just a part of the corporate marketing in schools today. Why are our public schools opening the doors to corporations? What subliminal messages do students learn when their math textbooks have pictures of Nike shoes as part of a story problem? Education Media and Communication

Coffee With a Taste of Fairness Germaine Gutierrez

Access no. 191 21 min. 1999

Eco-conic is a farming co-operative in Nicaragua which supplies Oxfam Quebec with fairly traded, organic, shade-grown coffee. This film gives us a glimpse of the life of Maria Vichona and the positive impacts upon her family since she became a part of the co-op. Farming techniques, including organic methods of pest control, are shown. Buying fairly traded coffee is a concrete example of how consumers in the North can become socially responsible. Agriculture Environment

To the Roots Steve Bartz, Narrator: Martin Sheen

Access no. 192 28 min. 1998

To the Roots depicts the journey of two Itza Maya elders from their village in northern Guatemala to meet, for the first time, their Lacandon Maya relatives deep in the rain forest of Chiapas, Mexico. This documentary deals with the complex issues of ethnic identity, cultural recuperation and indigenous knowledge among Maya peoples in an eloquent and aesthetically accurate film. Aboriginal Art and Culture

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Golf War, The A story of land, golf and revolution in the Philippines Jen Schradie, Matt DeVries
When Filipino villagers resist converting their ancestral farmland into a golf resort, they face a bloody struggle against developers and their government. Tracking down both armed guerrillas and golf boosters, including Tiger Woods, in the Philippines, filmmakers reveal a larger, national battle over land in a bombshell of an expose. This is class warfare between thousands of peasants who farm the land and fish the adjoining sea and a private development company intent on converting their traditional lands to a golf resort and marina for tourists. Peace and Conflict

Access no. 193 39 min. 1999


Forsaken Cries The Story of Rwanda Andrea Tonice, Amnesty International USA

Access no. 194 35 min. 1997

In 1994 close to one million people were killed in a planned and systematic genocide in Rwanda. How did this carnage occur? Who was responsible? What role do we play as human rights advocates? This documentary provides the historical background of the colonial period when the Belgians arbitrarily divided the population of Rwanda into Tutsis, Hutus, and Twa based upon physical characteristics and/ or occupation. Rwanda is a case study for the human rights challenges of the 21st century. Peace and Conflict History

Force More Powerful, A South Africa: Freedom in Our Lifetime Steve York, Narrator: Ben Kingsley

Access no. 195 30 min. 2000

In South Africa, many young blacks knew that they could never overthrow the apartheid regime using violent force. Instead, they organized at the grassroots - taking control of their townships and making their grievances known to the white population. In 1984, in the southern city of Port Elizabeth, 27 year old Mkhuseli Jack led a boycott of white businesses. This drove a wedge between the white business community and the apartheid regime and became a catalyst for other actions which eventually led to the end of apartheid. The story of how nonviolent power was used to overcome oppression in South Africa Human Rights Activism

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Force More Powerful, A Nashville: We Were Warriors Steve York Narrator: Ben Kingsley
In Fall, 1959, Rev. James Lawson offered free evening classes on nonviolent action to university students in Nashville with the goal of training and preparing them to desegregate the city’s business district. Lawson had spent three years in India learning about Mahandas Gandhi. Now his classes helped to prepare the students for the beatings and arrests they would endure as they “sat-in” at downtown lunch counters. The boycotts they led ultimately brought the struggle for civil rights to the forefront of national attention. Human Rights Activism

Access no. 196 32 min. 2000

Working Like Crazy Gwynne Basen, Laura Sky, NFB

Access no. 197 55 min. 1999

Working Like Crazy is a fresh look at the struggles and victories of some former mental health patients who work in businesses owned and run by other psychiatric survivors. People share rare glimpses of their

experiences of tears and laughter, isolation and friendship, rejection and acceptance. Work is portrayed as the human process that rebuilds people’s connections with each other. This film is about hope. Disabilities Labour and Employment

Of Hopscotch and Little Girls Marquise Lepage, NFB

Access no. 198 52 min. 1999

Girls around the world play hopscotch. They also share common dreams of a better world. All too often, through poverty, perversion, ignorance or superstitions passed from one generation to the next, adults shatter these dreams by denying girls the right to an education, entering them into forced labour, subjecting them to mutilation, sexual abuse and other injustices. Girls in six countries speak of having much of their childhood stolen from them - because they are girls. Powerful stories. Children and Youth Human Rights
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McLibel Two Worlds Collide Franny Armshops, Ken Loach
The astonishing “David and Goliath” story of a single father (Dave Morris) and a part-time bar worker (Helen Steel) who engaged in battle with international corporate giant McDonald’s on issues involving environment, nutrition, advertising, labour, animal rights, and freedom of speech. Key moments in the trial, the longest in British history, have been reconstructed and directed by Britain’s great political filmmaker Ken Loach. Inspiring! Activism Environment

Access no. 199 57 min. 1997

Reinventing The World: Food David Springbett, Heather MacAndrew

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“ReInventing the World” is for those who want to know the good news about how we can make the world work better for all of us. Des Kennedy hosts this thought-provoking program which looks at the challenge of devising a sustainable food system - one that is healthy, accessible, and affordable. Frances Moore Lappe and Joan Gussow are some of the innovative thinkers who are imagining ways of getting there from here. Creative ideas from Brazil,Vancouver, and other places offer hope and inspiration. Environment Health

On Hostile Ground

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73 min. 2000

Liz Mermin, Jenny Raskin
A small number of healthcare professionals in North America have become targets in a civil war. They face little public support for their work and face dedicated and unpredictable opponents. On Hostile Ground enters the lives of three people who provide abortion services as one part of the full range of reproductive services offered to their women patients. While they each have their own stories, they are all driven more by personal experiences and spiritual beliefs than by political conviction. A sensitive and moving documentary about a challenging subject. Women Health

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Trade Off Shava Mercer
When the World Trade Organization came to Seattle in November 1999, the media focussed on violent images of protesters but offered little analysis. This film explores the reasons that tens of thousands of people from all walks of life took to the streets to shut down the conference. Mercer’s balanced overview of the protests moves through rallies, demonstrations, street action and press conferences and features an intriguing mix of activists and organizers as well as the music of the Laura Love Band and Spearhead. No film better captures the spirit, chaos, joy, power and meaning of the Battle of Seattle than Trade Off. Entertaining and informative. Best Documentary, Seattle International Film Festival Globalization Activism

Access no. 202 90 min. 2000

Islas Hermanas (Sister Islands) Melissa Young, Mark Dworkin

Access no. 203 28 min. 1999

Join our music filled trip to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua where our fairly traded World Community organic coffee is grown in the shade. This is the story of a 13 year “twinning” relationship between the people of Bainbridge Island (near Seattle) and the people of Ometepe Island. Elementary school students on Bainbridge Island sell calendars every year to raise thousands of dollars toward various projects on Ometepe Island. The projects are decided upon by the local people who also provide the labour. A positive story of international friendship. Agriculture Economics
Awards: Big Muddy Film Festival and Equinox Environmental Film Festival

Subdivide and Conquer A Modern Western Jeff Gersh, Chelsea Congdon

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Narrated by Dennis Weaver, Subdivide and Conquer examines the consequences of suburban sprawl and the history of this automobile-centered pattern of development. It also suggests remedies, and takes us to places

where sound public policy and good land use planning have stemmed the tide of sprawl. When given a choice, most people want to live in distinct, well- designed neighbourhoods. Computer technology is used to show how neighbourhoods can be transformed - if the will is there. Environment Development
Best Environmental Program, MountainFilm

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Barefoot College, The Knowledge Demystified Ian Murray
In Rajasthan, India, the “Barefoot College” trains teachers, doctors, solar engineers, hand pump mechanics, designers, chemists, communicators, construction engineers and accountants. Utilizing local knowledge, it has created a non-formal education process for children, youth and adults which assists students to develop and maintain sustainable communities. Its successes in revitalizing communities and teaching by demonstration have been carried to thirteen other Indian states and have influenced policies regarding education and community development. Education Community
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Access no. 205 45 min. 1997

Unwanted Soldiers Jari Osborne, NFB

Access no. 206 48 min. 1999

When filmmaker, Jari Osborne discovers the truth of her father’s involvement in World War II, she uncovers a legacy of discrimination and politically sanctioned racism against BC’s Chinese-Canadian community. Sworn to secrecy for decades, Osborne’s father and his war buddies now vividly recall their top- secret missions behind enemy lines in Southeast Asia. Theirs is a tale of young men proudly fighting for a country which had always mistreated them. A moving tribute to quiet heroism. Peace and Conflict History
Best History Documentary, Hot Docs! Festival

Bye Buy World Annahid Dashtgard, Rachel Johnston, Dmitry Kazak

Access no. 207 11 min. 2000

World Trade Organization: Seattle 1999. Anti-corporate sentiment filled the streets of Seattle in a united effort to stop the WTO from pursuing its agenda. Civil society organizations, labour unions, human rights activists, students, consumer groups and concerned citizens gathered together from around the world to participate in the “Battle of Seattle” and to bring the hidden agenda of the WTO out into the light. Globalization Activism

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Unspoken Territory Marusya Bociurkiw
This docu-drama looks at ‘lost’ unspoken moments in Canadian history told through the stories of First Nations, immigrant and Quebecois women. The film takes us back to the days of Chinese railway workers; the desolate setting of a Ukrainian internment camp in 1915; the shock of a Japanese-Canadian woman learning of her father’s internment only after his death; and one woman’s experience of being held in jail without trial for ninety days. Dramatic re- enactments and other creative approaches are used in questioning ‘official’ Canadian history. Unspoken Territory concludes by commenting on current episodes of racism in Canada in the wake of recent changes to immigration law. History Human Rights

Access no. 208 60 min. 2000

Jabiluka David Bradbury

Access no. 209 63 min. 1997

Jabiluka documents the struggle of Yvonne Margarula and the Mirrar people against the proposed uranium mine in Kakadu National Park, their traditional homeland. The film takes a hard look at what our society values while offering a breathtaking and heart-rendering glimpse of Australia’s most important world heritage listed area and the indigenous people who call it home. Environment Aboriginal

Metal of Dishonour Depleted Uranium, the Pentagon’s Secret weapon Ellen Andors

Access no. 210 50 min. 1997

Metal of Dishonour is a stirring expose of the role of depleted uranium in the Gulf War. It takes us inside the burned out Iraqi tanks and into the hospitals where children are suffering from unknown diseases. Dr. Helen Caldicott and others speak eloquently about the effects of this new nuclear weapon of mass destruction which was used in such a way that even the Pentagon’s own troops were used as guinea pigs. (Some disturbing scenes) Health Peace and Conflict

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Beyond Borders Arab Feminists Talk about Their Lives… East and West Jennifer Kawaja
Arab women have not given up their struggle for women’s equality. Four years after the Gulf War, director Jennifer Kawaja followed a delegation of Arab women activists as they toured the US speaking passionately and eloquently about the effects of US foreign policy. The women candidly discuss the deterioration of women’s rights in Arab states under the constraints of censorship, fundamentalism, and Western domination. This film challenges us to move beyond stereotypes. Women Activism

Access no. 211 50 min. 1999

Giant Sea Turtles Gary Marcuse

Access no. 212 26 min. 1998

For 100 million years, they have cruised the seas, travelling astounding distances every year. Today, every single species of sea turtle is either threatened or endangered. Peter Pritchard has worked for many years with the Arawak community in Guyana to ensure that young people grow up to love and respect turtles - and that the days when turtles are slaughtered for meat are gone forever. Pritchard believes the “people are always the problem, and people are always the solution.” Breathtaking underwater photography. Environment

Defending the Forests The Struggle of the Campesino Environmentalists of

Access no. 213 18 min. 2000

Since the advent of NAFTA, illegal logging, militarization and repression have all increased in the rural regions of the state. Corporations like Boise Cascade have left deserts where virgin forests once stood. Campesino environmentalists organized and forced Boise Cascade to stop, but now they are targets of a government and army-sponsored campaign of repression to silence them. One of the co-founders of the environmental group is 1999 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner Rudolfo Montiel who was recently sentenced to seven years in prison on false charges of weapons and drug trafficking for his courageous activism in defence of the forests. Activism Environment
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Food For Thought Ed Schehl
Access no. 214 28 min. 1999

Many of the foods on our supermarket shelves - including most of the corn, soy, and canola products - are genetically engineered. Scientists are crossing species that would never breed in nature, such as tomatoes and fish, or toads and potatoes. These foods are not being tested for safety or labelled to give us the right to freely choose what we eat. We already know the impacts these “Frankenfoods” have on butterflies and insects. This film is a call to action. Science and Technology Agriculture

Gene Blues Mark Dworkin, Melissa Young

Access no. 215 30 min. 1997

Human genetic engineering offers promises for alleviating suffering, but what are the risks? This program looks at some of the problem areas: possible loss of privacy; discrimination in employment and insurance based on genetic tests; and loss of respect for people with disabilities as the public comes to view certain inherited conditions as ‘avoidable’ and some call for restricting the reproductive rights of those who are genetically “flawed.” The dilemma of DNA testing requires public debate. Science and Technology

Strength of the Indigenous People of Mut Vitz, The

Access no. 216 27 min. 2000

The entire organic coffee production process is beautifully traced: from seedling to transplant, from cultivation to the roasted bean. With care and sensitivity for surrounding eco-systems and the plants themselves, the 1000 members of the Mut Vitz Cooperative produce thousands of pounds of high quality, fairly traded, organic coffee each year. The film was produced by some of the coffee producers who are also part of the Chiapas Media Project. Agriculture Environment

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Trembling Waters Gene Bernofsky, Paul Harte
The Dupont Company, a company with over 70 major chemical spills to its credit, plans to strip mine 30 miles of land adjacent to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Local activists, artists and environmentalists claim Dupont is trying to “greenmail” the government into buying them out. Environment Community

Access no. 217 25 min. 1998

Long Night’s Journey Into Day South Africa's Search for Truth & Reconciliation Deborah Hoffmann, Frances Reid

Access no. 218 90 min. 2000

When apartheid ended in South Africa, those who had enforced its rules for over forty years wanted amnesty for their crimes. Their victims wanted justice. As a compromise, the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was formed. Now, as it investigates the crimes of apartheid, the TRC is bringing together victims and perpetrators to relive South Africa’s brutal history. The film follows several cases over a two-year period. By revealing the past instead of burying it, the TRC hopes to pave the way to a peaceful future. The stories underscore the universal themes of conflict, forgiveness, and renewal. Peace and Conflict
Best Documentary, Sundance Film Festival; Peace Film Award, Berlin Film Festival. Study Guide is available.

No Grapes United Farmworkers of America

Access no. 219 13 min. 1992

Eight million pounds of unnecessary toxic chemicals are used on tale grapes each year in California, pesticides that growers refuse to stop using. While governments side with politically powerful growers, the FDA is helpless and the EPA makes excuses. Cesar Chavez and farm workers urge consumers to join their struggle by joining the California grape boycott. Agriculture Environment
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Poison People, The Julio Azcarte, Ibase Video,
This video gives a glimpse into the lives of the Zuruaha Indians of western Amazonia, whose contact with rubber tappers at the beginning of the century left their population and spiritual life decimated. With all their Shamans gone, the Zuruaha believe that only by taking fatal poison they will be reunited with their ancestors. The tremendous beauty of the film footage in this production serves as a stark contrast to the story of a people who are gradually killing themselves. Aboriginal Spirituality
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Access no. 220 25 min. 1991

Imagining New Worlds Annenberg, CPB

Access no. 221 30 min. 1996

Cancun, Mexico is seen very differently by the tourists who come there "to get away", the Mayans who farm the lands of their ancestors, the Mexicans employed in the tourist industry, and the global corporation looking for lucrative investment. When traditional and modern views of a region evolve and clash, political unrest can be the result. Peace and Conflict Economics

Survivors' Stories: American's & Landmines Center for Defence Information

Access no. 222 29 min. 1999

The threat posed by landmines is far removed from the conscious of most North Americans. While images of landmines and landmine victims appear on TV screens and magazine pages, many will still view landmines as weapons that harm people in distant lands. A lesser-know fact is that over the years landmines have injured numerous American citizens - tourists, soldiers, relief workers, and even exchange students. These are their stories. Contact for backround info and viewing guides. Peace and Conflict Health

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T-Shirt Travels Shantha Bloemen
Weaving the personal into an analysis of globalization, this is an engaged investigation into American pop culture T-shirts worn in Zambia. Australian filmmaker, Shantha Bloemen returns to Zambia to explain the style of dress, from AC-DC T-shirts to Chanel knock-offs, that surprised her as a student doing volunteer work. This documentary about a young village entrepreneur expands into an analysis of how a new economic colonialism not only destroyed the once booming Zambian textiles industry but ended national development. Bloemen exposes the damaging role of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Exceptional soundtrack and beautiful cinematography. Globalization Art and Culture

Access no. 223 57 min. 2001

Journey to Kapasseni, A Refugee's Gift Bill Weaver, Shivon Robinsong

Access no. 224 60 min. 2000

Almost 30 years after fleeing war-torn Mozambique, Joseph and Perpetua Alfazema returned to their homeland in 1995 only to discover a town's isolation and ruin, thousands of unexploded land mines, a lack of water and a demoralized people. In June 1999 the Mozambique Choir, founded by the Alfazema's in Victoria, B.C., and the city's Gettin' Higher Choir staged a benefit concert and raised $10,000. The couple immediately returned to Kapasseni for one week, along with four other Victorians. During that time, a school was built, a teacher hired, over 100 children and adults enrolled, and the first day of classes completed. More importantly,

connections between communities were forged. A joyful and music-filled journey. Activism Community
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Voices of Ayacucho, Peru Tony Papa
Voices of Ayacucho, Peru is the compelling story of the Ayacuchan people's determination to survive during one of the most brutal terrorist wars in recent years. Master weaver Edwin Sulca provides us with insight into the Peruvian people's struggle for peace and stability in the wake of the brutality of the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path.) Poetry, music, and tapestries are woven into the fabric of daily lives as an important part of the healing process. Retablo artists provide a sense of stability and a connection with history as they prepare clay and ceramic figures for one of Peru's most colourful traditional festivals, Semana Santa. Aesthetically beautiful and rich with emotion, Voices of Ayacucho, Peru is itself a tapestry which speaks to the heart in Peace and Conflict Art and Culture
Nominated for five Leo Awards

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Global Banquet: Politics of Food, The John Ankele, Anne Macksoud

Access no. 226 50 min. 2001

This timely, provocative video explores the politics of global food security -- a security threatened by the policies and practices of giant international food producers, trade and financial institutions, as well as governments here and abroad. The menu includes low-cost cash crops, genetically modified foods, short-term profits, animal cruelty, and environmental havoc. Globalization Agriculture
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Reinventing the World: Economics Dave Springbett, Heather McAndrew, hosted by Des Kennedy

Access no. 227 50 min. 2000

The good news is that the study of economics can be both interesting and understandable. Questions raised

by protests in Quebec, Seattle, Genoa, and beyond get provocative responses from Maude Barlow, David Korten, Jim Green, Amory and Hunter Lovins, and others. At a time when corporate interests want us to believe that "we are what we own", this film takes a refreshing look at redefining progress. Economics Globalization
Second Prize, Earthvision 2001 Environmental Film and Video Competition

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Growing Up in the Streets - 12 Years Later Luc Cote, Robbie Hart
Twelve years ago, Luc Cote and Robbie Hart went to Cusco, Peru to make a documentary about street kids. The result was an intimate film about four kids growing up on the streets. Today, the same two filmmakers have gone back to Cusco to find those four kids and see who they have become. Follow their journey and find out what has happened to them 12 years later. A testament to the strength of people, no matter how Children and Youth

Access no. 228 53 min. 2001

Hidden Wars of Desert Storm Audrey Brohy, Gerard Ungerman
The complex situation in the Mideast is put into historical context in this important film.

Access no. 229 64 min. 2000

This dynamic expose about what really went on in Iraq, both before and after the Gulf War, includes the history of oil and arms deals in the region. Based upon newly released documents, Brohy and Ungerman shed light on the reasons the US left Saddam Hussein in power, the causes of Gulf War syndrome and much more. Former UN officials, Dennis Halliday and Scott Ritter speak out about the sanctions against Iraq, and US control of UN processes. Peace and Conflict Economics

Poverty Outlaw Peter Kinoy, Pamela Yates

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Poverty Outlaw is the gripping story of hard choices posed by living in poverty without society's "safety net." It is told through the eyes of one woman in one neighbourhood in Philadelphia over a period of five years. Her life has led her on a perilous descent from middle-class security, to welfare, and finally to abject poverty. She joins with other women caught in the same web of poverty to form the Kensington Welfare Rights Union. In the wasteland of a city which has turned its back on them, they refuse to be invisible. They march, sit-in, lobby and protest to secure food, housing and clothing for themselves and their children Eventually the choices they must make put some of them on the wrong side of the law. They become "outlaws." This film is a must for anyone interested in poverty, women's issues, and community organizing. Inspiring! Economics


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Rhythm of the Streets Bill Moore-Kilgannon
Squeegee kids and children who sell newspapers, cigarettes and water to drivers in cars who stop at street lights are all part of the fabric of cities in Nicaragua. Some of them have also learned to play music or paint murals in one of the many cultural projects of a Nicaraguan community organization called the Institute for Human Promotion (INPRHU.) Young people from Calgary travel to Nicaragua to connect with the Nicaraguan street kids through a variety of cultural projects. This video breaks the stereotype of helpless child street workers and shows them speaking for their rights. The Canadian youth are transformed by their experience and will always feel the powerful "Rhythm of the Streets." Children and Youth Art and Culture

Access no. 231 56 min. 2001

Water, Water Everywhere?

Access no. 232 24 min. 2001

The debate over public vs. private ownership of water resources came to a head in Vancouver in 2001, as it has in other cities and countries. (See ‘The Water is Ours, Damn it!') With perspectives from resource people such as celebrated ecological activist Vandana Shiva, Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians, and CUPE President Judy Darcy, the film documents the successful organizing efforts to preserve the public water supply for people in the Greater Vancouver Regional District. For now - victory to the people! Economics Environment

Water is Ours, Damn It!, The Sheila Franklin

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The government of Bolivia signed a contract with California based Bechtel Corporation which allowed Bechtel to sell water to the residents of the city of Cochabamba. When the cost of water rose over 300%, many people could not afford it. This film documents the struggle of neighbourhood residents in poor areas of Bolivia to force the government to back out of the contract. People who cannot afford to buy water havenothing to lose as they engage in street confrontations to regain public control of their water supply. Inspiring. Economics Community

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SOA: Guns and Greed Robert Richter
Since its founding in 1946, the US army School of Americas (SOA) at Fort Benning, Georgia, has trained more than 60,000 Latin American soldiers in commando tactics, psychological warfare and military intelligence. Acting on their own or on orders from their governments, the combat-ready SOA graduates target labour organizers, human rights advocates, educators, religious leaders and others who speak out against exploitation of people and resources. The strong and growing movement to close the SOA is highlighted by powerful statements from those involved in nonviolent protests. Human Rights Activism
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Crack in the Pavement: Growing Dreams, A Jane Churchill, Gwyn Basen, NFB

Access no. 235 20 min. 2000

Some schoolyards across the country are paved and fenced...reminiscent of prisons. Innovative groups of teachers, students, and parents are creating school gardens which provide food for poor people, homes for the birds and butterflies, and peaceful rest and play areas for students. By planning and caring for a garden, students take control of their environment. Restoring a pond creates an outdoor classroom and a wildlife refuge. Education Environment

Internationale, The Peter Miller

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The Internationale draws on people's stories of the anthem of the socialist, communist and anarchist movements, to celebrate the relationship between music and social change. The film chronicles the history of the song written in 1871, at the fall of the Paris Commune. Using archival footage, the film traces the development and meanings of the song from the Russian Revolution, during the Great Depression in the US, and in Tiananmen Square. Performances and interviews with musicians and activists include Pete Seeger and Billy Bragg with his new version of the Internationale, as well as people from the US, Israel, the Philippines, China, and the Soviet Union. Stirring. History Art and Culture

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Sila Alangotok: Innuit Observations of Climate Change Bonnie Dickie, Terry Woolf
Access no. 237 42 min. 2001

Observations by the Inuvialuit of Sachs Harbour support what has long been predicted -- that climate change would be felt first in the Polar Regions. On Banks Island in Canada's High Arctic, the residents have witnessed dramatic changes to their landscape and their way of life. Exotic insects, fish and birds have arrived; the sea ice is thinner and farther from the community, carrying with it the seals depended upon for food; the permafrost is melting, causing the foundations of the community's buildings to shift and an inland lake to drain into the ocean. Thunder and lightning have been seen for the first time. An urgent warning of the negative impacts of climate change predicted to occur elsewhere in the world. Environment Aboriginal
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Raiz Forte (Strong Roots) The Landless Workers' Movement in Brazil Aline Sasahara, Maria Luisa Mendoca

Access no. 238 41 min. 2001

Pedro, Antonio, and Luis joined Brazil's Landless Workers' Movement (MST) in search of a piece of land, dignity in their lives, and justice in their society. The MST started in 1985 to correct the extremely unequal concentration of land in Brazil. 35 million Brazilians live in poverty while 1% of large landholders control 46% of agricultural land. Over the past 15 years, the movement has won 20 million hectares of land for 300,000 families and built thousands of food production cooperatives and schools. These land occupations are inspiring examples of the power of real grassroots development. Even though the occupations are risky, they bring new life to people who formerly had no hope. Activism Agriculture

Suits and Savages Why the World Bank Won't Save the World Dylan Howitt, Zoe Young

Access no. 239 38 min. 2000

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) looks promising on paper - with $2.5 billion to spend on global green aid and an inclusive, democratic model of governance. But does it live up to its own rhetoric, or must it reflect the politics of the economists who run it from inside the World Bank? This film looks at the contradictions of an "ecodevelopment" project from the ground up - travelling between one remote tribe in India and another, just as remote but much more powerful , in Washington, D.C. This edifying film highlights the impact of phoney "green" aid and the perils of reform which ignores indigenous peoples. Environment Development World Community Development Education Society Page 82

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Mano con Mano Jose Roberto Gutierrez
Responding to their church's call for global solidarity, two US couples extend their hands to help people and parishes in El Salvador. They find themselves on international adventures such as driving in a caravan of jeeps donated to Salvadoran parishes, and leading fellow parishioners on a trip to a sister parish recovering from civil war. The steps in their process are: becoming aware, bearing witness, and building community. They know that they are in these relationships for the long haul.

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Transexual Journey Marc Cotton

Access no. 241 44 min. 2000

What is it like to grow up in the "wrong" body? Male - Female - Man - Woman. Rigid conventions accompany these labels. What happens when a person's inner sense of identity conflicts with society's expectations? Being harassed and assaulted are not uncommon experiences. Rejection by family and friends can lead to severe depression for many transgendered people. This film introduces us to four transgendered people who accept themselves and their inner sense of identity. They have each made a decision to go through the process of transitioning to a new body. We meet a member of the military, an engineer, and a retired police officer who were born men but are now living as women. We also meet Terry, a social worker who was born a woman and is now a man. These are stories of people in every community Sexuality

Polar Bear Safari Josh Freed

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Nathaniel Kalluk is Inuit. His people have the exclusive right to hunt polar bears, traditionally a major source of food. But now, desperate for money and jobs, they're selling off some of their bear permits for as much as $20,000 apiece to wealthy, big-game hunters. As the guide and the trophy hunter set off across the tundra, we watch an ancient tradition adapt itself to the modern reality of the Polar Bear Safari. An emotion-packed journey which raises many questions about the nature of development. Aboriginal Economics

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Critical Resistance:Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex Visions of Freedom Luana Plunkett, Neal Morrison
Almost two million people are currently locked up in US prisons and jails, the majority being people of colour. Since 1980, the prison population has tripled and the fastest growing segment of the prison population is women. The punishment industry has created a reliance on prisons as the solution to systemic social problems. Cheap prison labour has been called "the new slavery." This film is an incredibly moving collage of music, poetry, art, and inspirational speakers such as Angela Davis. Labour and Employment Women

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Ryan's Well

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Lalita Krishna
When Ryan Hreljak (Kemptville, Ontario) was 7 years old, he came home from school and asked his mother for $70 to help build a well in Uganda. He did chores to raise the money and when he found out it would really cost $2000 just to dig the well, he enlisted friends, neighbours, and community members. He became a local activist speaking at schools and community events about water conservation, poverty, and global understanding. As Ryan turned 9, his neighbours made his dream to visit his Ugandan pen pal, Jimmy Akana, come true. This moving and heart-warming documentary takes us with Ryan to Uganda to see, for the first time, the difference he has made with the building of Ryan's Well. Children and Youth Activism

Man We Called Juan Carlos, The Heather McAndrew, David Springbett

Access no. 246 53 min. 2000

The lives of Wenceslao Armira, a Mayan farmer, those of members of his community, and the lives of US aid and development workers and of the Canadian filmmakers have intersected over a 25 year period. Helping peasants grow more productive fields, or rebuilding after an earthquake is seen as "communism" by the Guatemalan and US governments. As a community leader, Wenceslao finds himself with no choice but to join the armed opposition. This richly textured film raises difficult questions about everyone's connections to human rights and social justice, how we choose to make a difference in the world, and the dangers and costs associated with our actions. Activism Human Rights
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Genetic Takeover, The Karl Parent, Louise Vandelac, NFB
In just a few short years, genetically modified plants have become part of our daily diet and are already found in 75% of processed foods. This revolution has occurred without adequate testing, without consumer awareness, and without knowing the potential risks. Many countries have instituted mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods. North America, however, has been slow to react. What are the implications for our health, not to mention our democracy? This documentary exposes the unfair treatment of Dr. Pusztai, a scientist whose studies show reason for serious concern about GMOs. Science and Technology Health

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Sixteen Decisions Gayle Ferraro

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Selina, like most Bangladeshi women, was a child labourer, married at 12. Now, armed with a $60 loan from the Grameen Bank, Selina and 2.5 million other women are changing their lives. In a society where women are seen as property and are forbidden to speak in public, it is an act of courage to leave their houses and gather with other women who are challenging traditional social roles. Through the sixteen decisions, the social charter of the Grameen Bank, poor women are examining key issues such as dowry, birth control, education

and housing. Hopeful. Women Economics
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Good Kurds, Bad Kurds Kevin McKiernan

Access no. 249 79 min. 2000

Pulitzer Prize nominee, Kevin McKiernan, discovered a story the US national press would not touch-- a campaign of ethnic cleansing perpetrated against the Kurdish minorities by the Turkish military, using USmade weapons. McKiernan's independently produced film delves into the US government's complicity in this human rights disaster, indicting the mainstream news outlets that, by staying quiet, help perpetuate the violence. Good Kurds, Bad Kurds travels from Santa Barbara, home to a small Kurdish refugee community, to Washington D.C., where a lone activist struggles to gain the attention of lawmakers and the media, and to Turkey, where the anti-Kurd campaign continues. Human Rights Media and Communication
Best Documentary, Atlanta Film and Video Festival; Human Rights Prize, Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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Paying the Price, Killing the Childen of Iraq John Pilger
It has been over ten years since the United Nations Security Council imposed severe economic sanctions against Iraq, years of extraordinary isolation. Award-winning British journalist John Pilger turns his attention to the horrific on-going situation in Iraq, where over 4,000 children continue to die every month as a result of USled military action and UN-approved sanctions. These actions have killed more people than the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan. Most shocking is that half a million of those who have died are children. Peace and Conflict Children and Youth

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In the Light of Reverence Christopher McLeod

Access no. 251 73 min. 2001

A stunning portrait of land use conflicts over Native American sacred sites on public and private lands in the US. Every year more sacred sites -- the land-based equivalent of the world's greatest cathedrals -- are being destroyed. Strip mining and development cause much of the destruction. But rock climbers, tourists, and New Age religious practitioners are part of the problem too. The biggest problem is ignorance. This beautifully crafted film is a wake-up call for everyone who cares about the environment and human rights. Lovely cinematography. Aboriginal Human Rights
Narration: Peter Coyote, Tantoo Cardinal. Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film & Video Festival

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I Was Born a Black Woman Kit Miller

44 min. 2000

Benedita da Silva - shanty dweller, domestic worker, mother, organizer, poet, Senator. I Was Born a Black Woman recounts the remarkable life of the first Afro-Brazilian woman to be elected to Brazil's senate. Benedita was born to poverty, started working at age seven and gradually gained stature for herself and her community through education, faith in God, and community organizing. Filled with Afro-Brazilian music, poetry and dance, this film weaves a dynamic tale of black Brazil and one woman's victory over racism. Women History

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Nazinga Game Reserve Andrew Gardner, NFB
Canadian Clark Lungren grew up in Burkina Faso. As he witnessed the slaughter of endangered species, he hatched a plan to save the savannah-- and the traditional livelihoods and culture of the local village. Water conservation was a key aspect of the plan. In spite of the advice of "development experts" from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, local knowledge proves to be the key component of the success of the project. Environment Development

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This is What Democracy Looks Like Jill Freidberg, Rick Rowley

Access no. 254 68 min. 2000

At the WTO protests in Seattle, we had a collective vision. We saw people come together across political and cultural difference and stand up in a way that we have not seen for decades. Video footage shot by over 100 media activists captures the music, emotion, and sense of purpose shared by people in Seattle over several days of action. Young people in particular were willing to put their bodies on the line despite the risks of pepper spray, swinging batons, and jail time. Powerful and disturbing, this film portrays the concept of direct democracy against the often violent backdrop of the political mainstream while challenging the integrity of corporate owned media. A real inspiration! Activism Globalization
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Journey to Justice Roger McTair, NFB

Access no. 255 47 min. 2000

Meet an amazing group of Black Canadians who took racism to court. Viola Desmond kept her seat at a Halifax theatre in 1946 rather than moving to the section normally reserved for Blacks. Fred Christie, denied service at a Montreal tavern, appealed all the way to the Supreme Court in 1936. Others worked for fair accommodation practices in the 1940's and dedicated their lives to fair employment practices and immigration

policies. An insightful depiction of Canada's civil rights history. Human Rights History
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Bog in My Backyard, A Mary Bissell
Director Bissell takes viewers on a quest into the creepy crawly world of a bog to a landscape of carnivorous plants, mysterious creatures, controversy, and even the occasional quirky character. Conservationists claim that Burns Bog is the largest urban wilderness in North America and should be protected as a rare ecosystem. But almost two thirds of it, 5500 acres, is private property, prime real estate. Bissell explores the clash between developers and conservationists in this wryly humorous and thought-provoking documentary. Environment Economics

Access no. 256 40 min. 2000

Scout's Honor Tom Shepard

Access no. 257 60 min. 2001

Scout's Honor traces the conflict between the anti-gay policies of the Boy Scouts of America and the broadbased movement by many of its members to overturn them. The story is told predominantly through the experiences of a 13-year old boy and a 70- year old man -- both straight, both dedicated to the Scouts, and determined to change the course of Scouting. Steven Cozza, a courageous 13-year old Scout, launches a grassroots campaign to overturn the ban on gays. Scouting for All is the movement built by Cozza with the help of a long-time Scout leader, community members, and his own family. A powerfully moving account of a modern-day civil rights movement. Human Rights Sexuality
Awards include Sundance Film Festival; Turin International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; USA Film Festival.

Speaking Out Displaced Columbians Silent No More U.S. Committee for Refugees

Access no. 258 21 min. 2000

This video focuses on the cause of displacement in Columbia, conditions for the displaced, the U.S. response, and displaced persons' effort to organize and make their voices heard. It features powerful interviews with children, grandmothers, women and others who have witnessed terrible violence, lost loved ones, and have been forced to flee their homes. Peace and Conflict Human Rights
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Outriders Pamela Yates and Peter Kinoy
In June, 1998, fifty poor and homeless people crowd on a bus to document poverty in America. For thirty days these members of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union criss-cross the United states collecting stories from other poor americans. Their goal; to present this evidence to the United Nations and to indict the U.S. government for violations of their economic human rights. The Outriders know that this trip won't be easy. Infants, teens, mothers and grandmothers crampled on a bus each day and sleeping out each night. But what the Outriders don't know is that this will also be a journey to the deepest places in their souls, and that this trip will change each of them forever Human Rights

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Force More Powerful, A India: "Defying the Crown" Steve York, Narrator: Ben Kingsley

Access no. 260 30 min. 2000

In 1930, Indian nationalists were impatient with the British foot-dragging on promises to move India toward selfrule, and appointed Mohandas Gandhi to lead "the final struggle for freedom." Gandhi relied on the nonviolent methods he developed in South Africa. His campaign of civil-disobedience - intentional law-breaking and imprisonment - swept the country, forcing the British Viceroy to admit his regime was losing control. Gandhi's actions shattered Indian consent to foreign rule and set his country on the road to independence, which came in 1947. To future generations, Gandhi gave the weapon on non-violent resistance, which is being continuously refined and developed. Activism History

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Force More Powerful, A Denmark: "Living with the Enemy" Steve York, Narrator: Ben Kingsley
When Adolf Hitler's forces invaded Denmark on April 9, 1940, the Danish government knew that a military response would be suicidal for Denmark's small armed forces. Besides, the Germans said they had come as friends, not conquerors - Danish laws and government would remain, as long as Denmark met German demands for food and war material. Danish leaders decided to accept Germany's promises at face value - and adopted a strategy of resistance disguised as collaboration. By delaying and obstructing German operations, , Danes systematically undermined the invaders objections. In the meantime, and underground resistance developed which carried out sabotage, organizing strikes and rescuing all but a few hundred of Denmark's seven-thousand Jews. In the end, Denmark did not defeat Germany, but it survived - with its people, infrastructure, and institutions intact - and it contributed more to the war effort through nonviolent resistance than Danish arms could ever have. Activism History

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Force More Poweful, A Chile: "Defeat of a Dictator" Steve York, Narrator: Ben Kingsley

Access no. 262 34 min. 2000

General Augusto Pinochet seized power in a 1973 military coup. He banned political parties, closed newspapers, and spread fear through the country: political assassinations, disappearances, torture and imprisonment became common. In 1983, an economic crisis pushed many Chileans to dare oppose the dictatorship for the first time. Copper miners called for nonviolent national protest day against Pinochet, unleashing pent-up opposition n a wave of monthly protests. Mainstream opposition parties re-emerged after ten years underground, and supported by the church, staged frequent non-violent demonstrations. By 1987, the democratic opposition realized that the constitution Pinochet wrote in 1980 called for a plebiscite - a chance for people to vote yes or no on another eight years of military rule. Isolated and overconfident, Pinochet had always assumed he would win if people were given a choice. But after years of organizing, the opposition was prepared, and ran a bold, future-oriented "NO" campaign. On October 5, 1988, Pinochet was voted out. Activism History

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Force More Powerful, A Poland: "We've Caught God by the Arm" Steve York, Narrator: Ben Kingsley
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In August, 1980, workers at the Gdansk shipyard went on strike. Their main demand, free trade unions, was unprecedented in a country where communist party supremacy did not allow the existence of any independent organizations. Lech Walesa, a wiley-37 year old electrician, was the chief negotiators for the workers, who avoided the mistakes of earlier strikes by maintaining strict non-violent discipline - and by occupying their shipyard, to deter a violent crackdown by authorities. The strike quickly spread to factories and workers throughout the country, magnifying their leverage. Their persistence paid off as government granted most of their demands. A new union was born, named "Solidarity." A year and a half later, the government imposed marshal law and banned the union. It continued its work underground until 1989, when the communist government asked Lech Walesa's help to settle a new wave of strikes and unrest. Solidarity re-emerged as a revitalized political force, and won decisively in Poland's first free parliamentary elections in 60 years, taking power as a ruling party. Activism History

Approach of Dawn Portraits of Maya Women Forging Peace in Guatamala Gayla Jamison

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A story of Maya women of Guatemala and their role in the struggle for human rights. A 36 year civil war in Guatemala has left over 150,000 people, mostly Mayan, dead. One million others have been displaced from their ancestral lands. The film takes us into the communities of three women whose lives were shattered by the genocidal war. Adela, a widow, bravely sustains her refugee family. Justina tirelessly travels the countryside explaining the human rights movement. And Francesca, a Mayan priestess, reaffirms the cultural identity of her people. Beautiful photography evoking the Maya "Popul Vuh" Creation Story punctuate this moving celebration of these courageous women. Human Rights Activism
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Spirits of Havana Bey Weyman, Luis O. Garcia, Peter Starr, NFB
Renowned soprano sax player and flautist Jane Bunnett bridges two cultures while creating some of the most joyful sounds in jazz. Join Bunnett as she travels across Cuba with trumpeter Larry Cramer, her husband and musical partner. Surrounded by the charm of Old Havana. Bunnett and Cramer re-connect with old friends and some of the city's finest musicians - like singers Bobby Carcasses and Amado Dedeu - for a recording session. Then they venture east by bus to small towns like Cienfuegos and Camaguey, where they hook up with local musicians and visit some music schools to teach jazz and repair broken instruments. Global music fans will be captivated by the performances of Los Munequitos de Mantanzas, a celebrated Afro-Cuban rumba

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group, and Desandann, a 10-member cappella choir that sings in Haitian Creole. Art and Culture

Hollow Water Bonnie Dickie, Joe MacDonald, NFB

Access no. 266 44 min. 2000

When an individual confronts the spectre of abuse, we consider it an act of courage. When an entire community attempts the same thing, we call it a miracle. More than a decade ago, members of a tiny Ojibway reserve set out to take justice into their own hands. Hollow Water, in Central Manitoba, is home to 450 people - many of them victims of sexual abuse. The offenders have left a legacy of pain and denial, addiction and suicide. By law, they were the responsibility of the Manitoba justice system. But jail had not stopped offenders in the past. "Punishing people and telling they needed to heal, didn't make sense." says one community counselor. Instead Hollow Water chose to bring the offenders home to face justice in a community healing and sentencing circle. Based on traditional practices, this unique model is reuniting families and healing both victims and their offenders. This film documents the moving journey of one family, torn apart by years of abuse, who struggle to confront their past. This is a powerful tribute to one community's ability to heal and change. Aboriginal Community

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Redskins, Tricksters and Puppy Stew Drew Hayden Taylor, Silva Basmajian, NFB
Takes complex issues like Native identity, politics and racism, then wrap them up with one-liners, guffaws and comedic performances. The result: a laugh-a-minute road trip through the world of Native humour. Featuring: Don Kelly - One of Canada's hottest young stand-up comics, he uses comedy to skewer stereotypes of the "apathetic Indian". Tom King - Novelist, creator and host of CBC-Radio's "Dead Dog Café" fills the airways with satirical takes on Native issues, personalities and customs. Don Burnstick - A comedian whose edgy humour comes from years of street life. He transforms his act into a journey through the Native psyche while keeping the audience rolling in the aisles. Herbie Barnes - Actor and co-founder of a sketch comedy troupe, he believes his humour "is an exploration of the dark side." Sharon Shorty and Jackie Bear - A Whitehorse duo who portray Sarah and Suzie - two elderly Native ladies who discuss their daily activities, love of bingo, and KFC. This film overturns the conventional notion of "stoic Indian" and shines a light on an overlooked element of Native culture - humour and its healing powers.

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East Side Showdown Robin Benger, Peter Starr, NFB

Access no. 268 46 min. 1998

Middleclass homeowners, angry radicals, desperate drug addicts and people simply looking for a place to lay their head: all are players in a bitter struggle in the downtown Toronto neighbourhood of Dundas and Sherbourne. Angel, a prostitute and drug addict, dodges the law. Bed-and-breakfast owner Renee rails against the sex and drug trade. Community organizer John Clarke advocates direct action in defense of the poor. And at the eye of this storm is Reverend Jeannie Loughrey, whose drop-in centre provides much-needed help for the poor, yet homeowners accuse the centre are harbouring criminals and are lobbying to shut it down. By focusing on one part of one particular Toronto neighbourhood, the film reflects on issues affecting towns across the country, as our social safety net is eroded and the gap between the rich and the poor grows wider. Community Economics
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Loyalties Leslie Ann Patten, NFB
This documentary is a story of two women whose meeting brought together two halves of a whole story: that of slave owner and slave. Dr. Ruth Whitehead met graduate student Carmelita Robertson in 1995 when the younger woman came to do research at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax. Carmelita casually mentioned that her relatives had come to Nova Scotia from South Carolina as Black Loyalists in the late 1700s. As she recited the names of her ancestors, Ruth shuddered at the strange familiarity. She had come from South Carolina too. Ruth and Carmelita embark on a journey to Charleston in search of their connection, an undertaking that takes them to the modern South where the Klan is on trial for burning black churches. Beneath the dense foliage of the plantations, in the sweltering heat of white patronage and black forbearance, the two women come to terms with the thunderous cruelty of the past. History Human Rights

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Crossing the Line Richter Productions

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On November 22, 1998, over 7,000 students, church people, former military and activists met outside of the gates of Ft. Benning, Georgia, where the U.S. Army School of the Americas is located, in the largest protest

since the Vietnam War days. Led by actor Martin Sheen and Sister Jackie Doepker, 2,318 of them risked arrest and imprisonment by "crossing the line" onto the military base. Carrying coffins and thousands of crosses bearing the names of thousands of men, women and children assassinated by SOA graduates in Latin America, they demanded that the U.S. government end its policy of training foreign soldiers and close the SOA doors forever. Human Rights Activism
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For Man Must Work Jean-Claude Burger
The 20th century has seen the creation of colossal wealth and exploding economies. But the days of industry providing mass employment are over. In the global economy, human resources are being replaced more and more by technology. We are moving from a mass labour force to an elite corps concentrated in the knowledge sector. Will this change result in a sort of economic apartheid in which a third of humanity is made redundant? Will this revolution mean the end of work as we know it? This production raises crucial questions and suggests rethinking the future. Focusing on situations in Canada, France and Mexico, the film shows how living and working conditions are deteriorating for many people. Besides personal stories, we also hear from well known economic experts and authors. They have no illusions - they think the 21st Century is off to a very Labour and Employment Economics
Some subtitles. Available in the original french version as Les oublies du XXI siecle - ou l fin du travail.

Access no. 271 52 min. 2000

Footprints in the Delta Peter C. Campbell, NFB

Access no. 272 44 min. 2000

The Peace-Athabasca River Delta is a stunning habitat. Rivers converge in a rich, marshy wetland before draining into the Slave River. But the Delta is in trouble. Since the building of the WAC Bennet Dam in 1967, annual floodwaters - once the ecosystem's lifeblood - have become a thing of the past. The Delta is drying up, and lakes and wetlands are being replaced by brush. Species like the muskrat are disappearing. This film explores the changes that have buffeted the region for several decades. Scientists, activists and Aboriginal people describe how lives have been fundamentally altered by the changes. And Satellite images show the dramatic pace of degradation. This production is essential viewing for anyone who cares about wetlands. It is a revealing account of the rapid change and environmental havoc humans can bring to a delicate ecosystem. Environment Development

New Ideas for Television Media Foundation

Access no. 273 7 min. 1991

Seven "Ads To Make You Think" produced for television broadcast by the same people who bring you "Ad Busters" magazine. Media and Communication
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Postcards from Mexico Poverty, Repression & Free trade Jane Burton
This video is about Canadian trade unionists' reactions to the prospect of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) while on a labour tour to Mexico City and the Maquiladora (Free Trade) zone in Juarez in November, 1992. Economics Labour and Employment
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Seven Chakras, The Chi-Wiz Productions

Access no. 275 min. 1996

The energy centres of the body from the ancient Ayuverdic as seen through western eyes. Where does your consciousness hang out? Get in touch with your feelings. Get insight into your present your reality. Gain an understanding of the energy centres of your body. Learn to recognize a path. Learn where to find your true love. Warning - This tape will amaze, outrage, charm, inform and entertain you. Spirituality Health
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Hidden Story, The Confronting Columbia's Dirty War KAIRIOS

Access no. 276 29 min. 2001

The media has a powerful influence in shaping Columbia's international image. But camoflaged by it's fascination with drug violence are massive human rights violations the media has chosen to ignore. The reality of Columbia's hidden war is revealed in The Hidden Story through powerful images and equally powerful testimony of men and women who risk their lives each day to build peace with social justice in Columbia. The Hidden Story analyses the root s of the conflict, the role of the US-sponsored Plan Columbia and the so called "war on drugs", as well as Canada's connection to the worsening crisis. The documentary also explores what's needed to bring peace and justice to Columbia. It ends with a peoples call for international support. Media and Communication Human Rights
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Clone Inc. Karl Parent, Louise Vandelac
After the initial shock of Dolly the sheep, the cloning of embryos and animals is regarded in more and more in the everyday science. The Pandora's box of reproductive technologies is open, and the creation of the first of human clone is on the way. Clone Inc. takes a critical look at current advocates of human cloning, such as clone rights united front and the Raelians, a religious cult whose leader wishes to duplicate his genes. Fascinated by fantasies of immorality and narcissistic self-reproduction these groups seem to ignore the consequences of "genetically improved beings": a severe breakdown in the relationships between the sexes and the generations, confusion over child-parent bonds, and the blurring of individual identities - the very notion that time would falter. Biologists, geneticists, a psychoanalyst, a philosopher, and other experts plunge us headlong in this moral dilemma and raise questions for a critical debate. Are we, as American economist Jeremy Rifkin suggests, letting Eugenics in by the back door. Science and Technology Agriculture

Access no. 277 52 min. 2001

Letters From Home Colleen Leung, Selwyn Jacob

Access no. 278 45 min. 2001

This personal documentary chronicles the journey of Canadian filmmaker Colleen Leung as she delves into a startling family secret. Her grandfather, a Chinese immigrant who became a successful businessman and raised a large family on Vancouver Island, was also a husband and father to a second family in China. He supported his overseas wife and children his entire life but kept them a secret from his grandchildren in Canada. Shocked to discover the existence of this family of strangers, Leung travels to china to unravel an astonishing story. Through photos, letters and poignant memories of relatives on both sides of the ocean, she brings to light the economics, politics and circumstances that led to two wives living a continent apart. Against the historical backdrop of China's Cultural revolution and Canada's Exclusion Act, Leung's extraordinary personal Art and Culture

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Waging Peace A Year in the Life of caledonia Junior High, Parts 1&2 Teresa MacInnes, Peter d'Entrmont (Triad Films), Dent Martin (NFB)
At Caledonia Junior High - like at so many schools - students and teachers live in an environment of disrespect and potential danger. Enter Edy Guy-Francois, Caledonia's fifth principal in four years. At first, Edy despairs. Then, drawing on her own experience as a kid headed for trouble, she resolved to change the school. Though and uncompromising, Edy tempers her discipline with compassion. She comes down hard on kids who break the rules but also encourages a new peer mediation program, institutes monthly dances and celebrates with a wild winter carnival. The results are tangible and nearly immediate. And then budget cuts threaten the gains. Waging Peace looks beyond the sensational headlines on school violence to offer real solutions. The film shows the hard work that goes into turning a troubled school around. It lets us know how students really see school and demonstrates the positive effects of trusting teens and giving them some responsibility. Children and Youth Peace and Conflict
National Film Board of Canada

Access no. 279 72 min. 2001

Using Diversity A South Asian Experience

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Rural communities in India, Nepal and Bangladesh bring us a story of tremendous biological wealth in the form of divers crop varieties and uncultivated food plants in fields, seed stores, household patios and common areas. Distinguished scientists and outstanding policy activists leading the Using Agricultural Diversity Awards Program support grassroots research that helps us see the science behind people's actions and the need for policy change. The film focuses on three studies done in South Asia by three Using Diversity programme partners : Li Bird in Nepal, UBINIG in Bangladesh and Deccan Development Society in India. Three South Asian communities walk us through the analysis and celebration of the diversity that gives food sovereignty to the poor and protects the environment. The Hills of Nepal, the flood plains of Bangladesh, the drylands of Deccan. The message is loud and clear: enlightened science and policy making can enhance the wise use of diversity. To do so, it must create interactive and reciprocal relationships between the community and its knowledge on the one hand and the external environment and its knowledge on the other. Development Agriculture

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Bacon The Film The Pork Industry in Quebec Hugo Latulippe, Andre Gladu

Access no. 281 52 min. 2001

In the 1990s, large-scale hog producers and their political allies in Quebec City decided to branch out into international markets. The result was a huge growth in hog farms, but bacon, like everything else, has its price in an era of globalization. This film explores the social and environmental impact. Each year the equivalent of 300,000 tanker truckloads of liquid hog manure are spread over the land, with alarming consequences. The soil is showing signs of sterility, rivers are being contaminated, and in some communities, water has become a hazard. Director Hugo Latulippe spent a year crisscrossing the province to interview the major players in Quebec's hog industry as well as opponents of unchecked development. We meet a citizens' group dedicated to defending their rural way of life and to keeping society on a human scale. Abandoned by the government, they are making their voices heard and taking back democracy. Agriculture Environment
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Film Club Cyrus Sundar Singh, Karen King-Chigbo

Access no. 282 45 min. 2001

Film Club takes us back to the '70s and Trudeau's new policy of multiculturalism. When a Grade 8 teacher, eager to pass along his love of cinema, organized an after-school film club, it attracted a handful of immigrant kids eager to embrace their new country. Stimulating and creative, and unlike anything they had experienced before, the club was a haven from schoolyard taunts and the harsh world around them. Now grown, the film club members speak candidly about their struggles to fit in at school and the legacy of the club. Their personal, often touching, stories - from joining the French Foreign Legion and a rock band to converting to Christianity - reveal the surprising drama contained within apparently ordinary lives. Art and Culture
Winner of the 2000 Reel Diversity Ontario Competition

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Drop in the Ocean, A Doctors Without Borders: A Quebec MD in Liberia Lise Ethier, Yves Bisaillon
When Doctors without Borders, the humanitarian medical aid agency, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, Dr. Claudette Picard was in Liberia. Her first mission with the agency had begun in this small country of West Africa six years before. In the meantime, she had practised medicine in other war torn countries such as Zaire

Access no. 283 49 min. 2001

and Afghanistan, always in extremely hazardous conditions. What impels women and men like Dr. Picard to leave their easy lives behind and go off to do what little they can to alleviate human suffering? Whatever the motivation, the doctors are in the field, providing medical care and helping to draw attention to distant places often forgotten by the world's media. Places like Harper, a small town in Liberia devastated by a decade of civil war. This is where we follow Dr. Picard on her rounds. With her halting English, her comforting presence and a few scarce drugs, she sometimes manages to do the impossible. But not always. Health Development

Bioregionalism: Maps With Teeth Ways We Live: Exploring Community Series (10 programs) Asterisk Productions, Vision TV, and British Columbia Film

Access no. 284 30 min. 1997

Just where is "here"? Mapping is an ingenious way to communicate visually a sense of place, be it rural or uban, by the people who live in and care for that place. The process of creating bioregional maps creates the potential for change and a sustainable future. Community Environment
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View From The Summit Quebec City - April 20 - 22, 2001 Magnus Isacsson, Paul Lapointe (Erezi), Germaine Ying Gee Wong
It's April 20, 2001 - and Quebec City prepares to host the three-day Summit of the Americas. A four-kilometer fence has been erected, cutting off the Upper Town from the rest of the city. Thirty-four heads of state from the Americas will meet behind closed doors to discuss agreements for a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). Thos opposed to the FTAA are mobilizing and gathering in Quebec City, too. Several thousand delegates have come to participate in the People's Summit, and tens of thousands will march in protest. Six thousand police officers fill the streets and it looks as if the historic Quebec capital is under siege. The local population fears the worst. Will the Quebec capital become a battleground? Shot in cinema verite style by seven of Quebec's best documentary filmmakers, View from the Summit vividly portrays what happens when passionate and creative protesters clash with the ideologies of those in power.

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In the Flesh in the heart in the mind Gordon McLennan, Joe MacDonald

Access no. 286 45 min. 2000

Male. Female. Man. Woman. In this provocative documentary, director Gordon McLennan challenges the rigid conventions that accompany these labels. Introducing us to four very different people who are transsexuals, he explores traditional assumptions about gender and what happens when a person's inner sense of identity conflicts with society's expectations. Rose, Mirha, Peter and Chris speak frankly about sexuality, relationships, family and self. They also discuss the need for social support for transsexuals and for tolerance and equality. Most importantly, they talk about healing. This film is an inspiring look at how these individuals are trying to gain control of their lives in all aspects: in the mind, in the heart and in the flesh. Sexuality
Warning: Contains nudity and coarse language

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You Can't Beat a Woman! Gail Singer, Joe MacDonald, Gail Singer
You Can't Beat a Woman! Is an unconventional cinematic exploration of violence against women. It is a documentary about journeys: journeys in and out of lives, to unique places, through history and over time. You Cant Beat a Woman! Moves from Canada to Russia, south Africa, Israel, Japan and Chile to locate the phenomenon of violence against women within an increasingly complex global culture. To explore the question "Why does this phenomenon exist?" filmmaker Gail singer uses '70s footage, montage, intimate observation and dry with to make plain that there are no causal links and no simple answers. Women

Access no. 287 94 min. 1997

WTO and the Global War System, The Steve Staples and Working TV

Access no. 288 24 min. 1999

The WTO and the Global War System was organized by American and Canadian peace groups as part of civil society activities surrounding the Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization in Seattle in November, 1999. The forum examined the links between economic globalization, the WTO and militarism. It looked at

how the WTO's promotion of economic globalization undermines security, creates conflict and promotes Globalization Peace and Conflict
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Beyond McWorld Challenging Corporate Rule David Robbins

Access no. 289 35 min. 1998

This is the first video in Canada to provide a real glimpse of the emerging movement against corporate rule. From teach-ins to sit-ins, students and youth are working with others to target and expose the corporate players behind government cutbacks and the private take-over of our public institutions and social programs. Based on the Global Teach-in held in Toronto in November, 1997, Beyond McWorld will help equip you and your organization to fight corporate rule. The is video is the first of many materials to come from Operation 2000, a program designed to equip student and youth activists with the tools necessary to tackle the issues of economic justice and environmental sustainability in this era of globalization and corporate rule. Activism Globalization

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Freedom A Three-Part Exploration of This Basic Human Right Foundation for Global Community
Today, an exaggerated and individualistic view of freedom seems to threaten the things we value most. Rarely has it seemed so important to re-examine our use of freedom in terms of our values, beliefs and responsibilities. Our interpretation of freedom, often enjoyed without responsibility, is shaping our culture which, in turn, has a powerful and determinative influence on our future. The purpose of this three-part videotape is to help stimulate discussions focused on different aspects of freedom: Part 1 (10 minutes) explores the basic principle and historical development of the concept of freedom. Part II (8 minutes) examines the choices that freedom allows and the implications and results of the choices we make. Part III (9.5 minutes) focuses on our freedom to change and what it is in the human being that gives us the ability to change. Change from what to what? A guide to use in facilitation a group discussion is included inside video case Human Rights Art and Culture
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Access Orbit Paper Tiger TV

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Broadcast in association with Deep Dish Satellite Network, Free Speech TV and Manhattan Neighborhood Network's youth Initiated channel Access orbit compiles five hours of youth produced video from around the country. This collection showcases different genres and styles of diverse work that analyzes, expresses, and celebrates our communities and

perspectives. Identity, community, independence, creative culture, experimental film and video, social justice, global issues, media criticism and activism are covered through segments of nationally-produced short-format work. Access Orbit is the first-ever television series produced by youth. It puts youth producers at the helm of a national video initiative and helps foster a national network of youth producers. To create this series, Paper Tiger surveyed the thriving community of youth media for young makers, blurring boundaries of geography. In order to decide content, Youth Coordinators and Collective Members at Paper Tiger Television asked young people around the world what issues matter most to them. Each hour contains a different theme that represents a national perspective on youth issues. Don't hate the media, make the media. Children and Youth Media and Communication
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Such a Full Sea Jack Jantzen
A documentary on British Columbia's fishing industry Environment
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Casos de violencia contra comunidades indigenas 4 anos de impunidad en Chiapas Mexico

Access no. 293 50 min. 1998

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DAM/AGE A Film with Arundhati Roy Aradhana Sth

Access no. 294 49 min. 2002

Booker Prizewinner Arundhati Roy’s bold and controversial campaign against the Narmada Dam Project in India which led to her conviction for criminal contempt in India’s Supreme Court is chronicled in this politically pointed film. "I suddenly realized I command the space to raise a dissenting voice," explains Roy, "and if I don’t do it, it’s as political as doing it. To stay quiet is as political an act as speaking out." The film traces the events that led to her imprisonment. Since 1985, a popular movement of thousands of poor rural people has grown: against the dam, against submergence, in favour of people’s rights to the natural resources they depend upon to survive.

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Tribe of His Own, A The Journalism of P. Sainath Joe Moulins
When government propaganda and corporate spin are increasingly presented as fact, A Tribe of His Own reminds us what the news media can be. With a groundbreaking series of newspaper articles and a critically acclaimed book, Palagummi Sainath was the first recipient of Amnesty International’s Human Rights Journalist of the Year award in 2000. We follow Sainath to the Indian villages he writes about, and explore his contention that journalism is for people, not shareholders. Stephen Hume writes, "Mesmerizing...this film delivers powerful insights into the enduring story of human suffering and its shining corollary, imperishable Media and Communication Human Rights
Chris Award, 2002 Columbus Film Festival

Access no. 295 50 min. 2001

An Evergreen Island Fabio Cavadini, Mandy King

Access no. 296 45 min. 2000

In 1989 the people of the Pacific Island of Bougainville closed one of the world’s largest copper mines that was destroying their land. In response, a blockade was imposed around the island. This is a film about a people who survived for 9 years without assistance from the outside world. They built their own schools and colleges, and turned to their traditional bush medicines. Without communications they charged batteries using solar power to run satellite telephones and 2 way radios and they generated their own electricity by harnessing water energy. They even used fermented coconut oil as a substitute for diesel fuel. An inspiring story of courage, creativity and survival. Community

Crimes of Compassion Jennifer Pickford

Access no. 297 47 min. 2001

The Vancouver Island Compassion Society was established to provide affordable, medical-grade cannabis to local patients. But all this changed when the police raided the Society’s shop and confiscated its medicine. This dramatic story is fueled by the commitment and passion of the Society’s operators, the anxiety and desperate need of its patients, heated debate within the medical community, and exasperation of the police who are asking for clarity as they attempt to enforce unenforceable laws. This film includes a look inside a medical marijuana grow-operation, an interview with former Health Minister Alan Rock, and also examines the impact of the United States government on our current drug legislation.


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Natural Connections Sharon Howard & Mike Rosen
Beautiful photography, interviews with well-spoken scientists, top quality graphics and original music are effectively used to underline the importance of biodiversity, if we as a species want to survive and thrive on our home planet. This riveting film takes a close-up look at salmon, rainforests, and marine ecosystems to illustrate the importance of "keystone species" in maintaining biodiversity. Narrator: Peter Coyote Environment
5 Emmy awards. This film is currently missing.

Access no. 298 46 min. 1999

Banana Split Kelly Saxberg, Ron Harpelle

Access no. 299 47 min. 2002

Canadians eat over 3 billion bananas a year even though the nearest plantation is 5000 kilometers away, but the fruit also provides a lifeline for poor communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We travel to Honduras, the first of the "Banana Republics" where the companies got rich at the expense of the local people. This film introduces some of the reasons we should pause to think about who is producing our food and what they are being paid to do so. Entertaining and informative. See: Globalization Agriculture

Tree That Remembers, The Masoud Raouf

Access no. 300 50 min. 2002

In 1992 a young Iranian student hanged himself from a tree in a small Ontario town. Having escaped the Ayatollah’s regime and found a new home in Canada, he could not escape his past. Troubled by the suicide, Masoud Raouf assembles a group of Iranians--all former political prisoners like himself, active in the Iranian democratic movement. Blending their haunting stories with historical footage and original artwork, he honours the memory of the dead and celebrates the resilience of the living. Art and Culture History
Best Social Documentary, Yorkton Film Festival; Silver Award for Best Canadian Documentary, 2002 Hot Docs

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Village of Widows Peter Blow
On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Three days later, a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. In the remote Great Bear region of the Northwest Territories, many of the Sahtu Dene people were not even aware that the Second World War was in progress, or that they had been directly involved in the production of the two bombs. Most of the Deline village elders who worked during the war years, transporting uranium ore gunnysack bags, have since died from radiation- related cancer. Village of Widows records the link that was formed between the Sahtu Dene and the Japanese. Feeling unwittingly responsible and horrified that something taken from their lands was used to wreak such violent devastation on fellow humans, a group of Sahtu Dene made a pilgrimage to Japan. Deeply moving. History Peace and Conflict

Access no. 301 52 min. 1999

Friendship Village, The Michelle Mason

Access no. 302 50 min. 2002

The Friendship Village tells the story of George Mizo’s journey from war hero to peace activist. Badly wounded at Que Son in January 1968, Mizo discovered later that his entire platoon had been wiped out in combat. He returned home filled with anger, which he poured into protest against the war. As the years passed, his commitment to the peace movement increased. The film focuses on his efforts to help found a village for Vietnamese children and adults suffering from illnesses related to Agent Orange. Among his colleagues on the project: Sr. Lt-General Tran Van Quang, the same man who planned and led the Vietnamese assault at Que Son. This is a remarkable story of reconciliation and healing. Activism Peace and Conflict

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Say I do Arlene Ami
Featuring impressively candid interviews, Arlene Ami’s gripping documentary provides an insightful look at the

Access no. 303 56 min. 2002

mail-order bride industry. Say I Do chronicles the stories of three brides from the Philippines and two women seeking Canadian husbands. Faced with an uncertain future, these women opt to gamble with their lives to escape poverty and support their families. Ultimately, these relationships emerge from the inequalities of global capitalism but are also based in a sincere desire for companionship. Although some of the women find stability, they all share a sense of isolation as they face the consequences of their risky decision. Women

Coca Mama Jan Thielen

Access no. 304 52 min. 2001

In Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia, the US "War on Drugs" is exposed as a fraud. This documentary brings us the stories of coca-growing peasants, anti-narcotic patrols, US lawmakers and Colombian FARC rebels. In Colombia, fumigation planes poison food crops and people as well as coca plants. Farmers cannot afford to send their children to school when their crops are destroyed. Ironically, sometimes the only alternative left for them is to switch to growing coca. Human Rights
Certificate for Creative Excellence, US Film and Video Festival, Chicago

Palestine is Still the Issue Anthony Stark

Access no. 305 53 min. 2002

Award-winning journalist and filmmaker, John Pilger returns to the West Bank of the Jordan and Gaza, and to Israel, to ask why the Palestinians, whose right of return was affirmed by the UN more than half a century ago, are still caught in a terrible limbo, refugees in their own land. In a series of extraordinary interviews, Pilger weaves together the issues of Palestine. He speaks to the families of suicide bombers and their victims; he sees the humiliation of Palestinians imposed on them at myriad checkpoints and with a permit system not dissimilar to apartheid. This is a film about a nation of people, traumatized, humiliated and yet resilient. (Some disturbing scenes) Peace and Conflict Human Rights
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Coming to Say Goodbye John Ankele, Anne Macksoud
The stories of Rosalyn, Christopher, Winfreda and others are a personalized journal of the spread of HIV/Aids in Kenya and Tanzania. As one social worker comments, "AIDS statistics are numbers with the tears washed off." All of these stories lead us to reflect on the personal and structural aspects of the AIDS pandemic in Africa: poverty, lack of access to treatment, and the extraordinary social cost to thousands of children orphaned by AIDS. Social workers, medical professionals and others share their thoughts and their hopes for Health

Access no. 306 30 min. 2002

Rise: Revolutionary Women Re-envisioning Afghanistan RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan)

Access no. 307 15 min. 2002

Members of RAWA used a regular camera and hidden cameras to document the lives of Afghans following the American-led military campaign. RAWA members interview refugees, victims of factional fighting and Taliban abuse as well as residents who witnessed the bombings of civilian homes. RAWA spokeswomen call for gender equality, democracy, freedom, and an end to foreign military intervention. Peace and Conflict Women

Books Not Bars Mark Landsman

Access no. 308 21 min. 2001

Books Not Bars documents the inspiring youth-led movement against the massive prison industry in the US. The film reveals misperceptions about the criminalization of youth, particularly youth of colour, and highlights the relationship between increases in prison spending and decreases in education spending. Inspiring examples of peer activism, youth organizing and successful mobilizing around prison issues. Children and Youth Activism
Third Prize, San Francisco Black Film Festival

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Arms for the Poor John Ankele, Anne Macksoud
This video takes viewers to the tumultuous world of international arms trade. Commercial interests strongly impact the formation of foreign policy and the outcome of world events. American weapons are exported to almost any nation in the world regardless of the international implications of the sale and with little consideration given to human rights records. International sales ratchet up the arms race as more and more civilians are killed with American-made weapons. Economics Human Rights

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Blossoms of Fire, Mexico Maureen Gosling & Ellen Osborne

Access no. 310 74 min. 2000

The legendary Zapotec women of southern Oaxaca, Mexico have been described as "guardians of men, distributors of food." Artist Frida Kahlo celebrated their beauty and intelligence. Blossoms of Fire shows

them in all their brightly coloured, opinionated glory as they run their own businesses, embroider their signature fiery blossoms on clothing and comment with angry humour on articles in the foreign press that inaccurately depict them as a promiscuous matriarchy. A history of resisting aggressors has resulted in fierce independence and progressive politics. Their acceptance of alternative gender roles is an example of refusing to conform to a macho cultural standard. Fiestas are celebrations which build community. Women Art and Culture
Award for Excellence, American Anthropological Association; Best of Festival, Sunnyside of the Doc Film Market, Marseilles

Aftermath, the Remnants of War Daniel Sekulich

Access no. 311 74 min. 2001

War has a dirty secret; it never really ends. Archival images and personal stories are woven into a portrait of lingering devastation. Filmed on location in Russia, France, Bosnia and Vietnam, the documentary features accounts of individuals involved in the cleanup of war: de-miners who risk their lives on a daily basis, psychologists working with distraught soldiers in Bosnia, a treasure hunter turned archeologist in Stalingrad, and scientists and doctors struggling with the contamination of dioxin used during the Vietnam War. A powerful plea for peace. (Some scenes contain graphic images) Peace and Conflict History

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Terrorism: An American Reality Cynthia Lockhart
Cynicism and outrage animate this exploration of how American foreign policy has fueled resentment around the world. Some surprising comments from people who inhabit the "third world" within the first world. Peace and Conflict Human Rights

Access no. 312 15 min. 2001

Testimony, the Maria Guardado Story Randy Vasquez

Access no. 313 62 min. 2001

During the 1980s, the US supported a series of loathsome regimes in El Salvador. Over 80,000 Salvadorians were "disappeared" and thousands more tortured. Maria Guardado was one of the survivors who is still fighting back. Maria came to Los Angeles in 1983 as a refugee bearing the scars of brutality. She had fled El Salvador three years earlier after being kidnapped, tortured, and left for dead by military authorities some with American accents. Guardado makes the links between the struggles against repression in Central America and the grassroots efforts in the US on behalf of immigrants, low-income wage earners, minorities and others. Best Documentary, 2002 New York International Latino film Festival. (Some disturbing scenes) Human Rights Activism

Deconstructing Supper Marianne Kaplan

Access no. 314 48 min. 2002

A patron at Bishop’s, one of Vancouver’s top restaurants, asks renowned Canadian chef John Bishop whether or not his foods are "GM" (genetically modified.) Embarrassed, he admits that he doesn’t know the answer. Although he uses mostly organically grown produce in his recipes, he realizes that he knows absolutely nothing about genetically modified foods. With a hearty appetite for both food and information, chef Bishop explores the politics, economics and ethics of eating. His journey around the world takes viewers on an eyeopening and engaging adventure into the billion-dollar battle to control global food production, unraveling fact from fiction. The results are startling, unexpected and thought-provoking. Health Agriculture

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Lockdowns Up Ashley Hunt
A frightening look at the potentials for the privatized prison industry following government policy shifts after September 11th. A taped corporate conference call from one of the leading correctional facility corporations details the impact that such policy shifts offer not only for investors, but for those most prone to racial profiling. Human Rights
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Access no. 315 9 min. 2001

Score for Women’s Voices, A Sophie Bissonnette

Access no. 316 86 min. 2001

Between March and October 2000, Millions of people took to the streets to denounce poverty and violence against women. The historic World March of Women, a bold initiative of the Quebec Federation of Women, was a turning point in global solidarity with 161 countries participating. Filmmakers from several countries present innovative projects being developed by women on all five continents. In Australia, we see the Women’s Circus started by survivors of sexual assault. Brave Colombian women marched to FARC headquarters to demand to be heard in the peace process. Their goal? To change the world! Women Activism

Global Villagers, Development Alternatives Dawn Deme, Steven Deme

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"People aren’t poor; they are impoverished." This film shows how poor people subsidize others and how modern agriculture undermines food security in rural Bangladesh. We learn about the work of Inter Pares, a Canadian non-governmental organization and its partner group in Bangladesh, UBINIG (Policy Research for

Development Alternatives.) The collaborative work of these groups involves 90,000 farming families who reject chemical farming. Their methods also use less fossil fuels. Women share traditional knowledge of seed saving and are active in the "new" agricultural movement. Development Agriculture

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Another World is Possible Mark Dworkin, Melissa Young
In early 2002, 51,000 representatives of non-governmental organizations, indigenous nations, farmers, and labour including 11,000 young people from 131 countries gathered for the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Advocates of democracy, human rights, and environmental protection around the world are featured including Naomi Klein, Vandana Shiva, Kevin Danaher, Wolfgang Sachs, and Rigoberta Menchu. Despite the North American media blackout, this film shows that the movement for social justice is alive and well around the world. Positive global alternatives. Human Rights Activism

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To Free the Slaves Hilary Jones-Farrow

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Over 27 million men, women and children live in slavery around the world today. This film looks at ordinary men and women in four different countries who are the new abolitionists. In Sudan and Mali, Canadians are working to free slaves and reunite them with their families. In Victoria, former sex-trade worker Cherry Kingsley helps young people enslaved in prostitution re-integrate into society. And in the brickyards of India, the Pandits free and rehabilitate slaves from bonded labour while they re-educate the slave-owners. Responsible solutions are explored. See: Human Rights

East Timor; Long Road to Freedom Sophie Berry, Lindal Berry

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From the first days under the colonial powers of Portugal, through occupation by Indonesia, to their last days under UN rule, we chart the agonizing battle for freedom in this troubled nation. Falintil is an elite corps of guerilla fighters dedicated to freeing East Timor. In the lead up to the referendum for independence, the Indonesian army planned to use local militia to smoke the guerrillas out of the mountains, but when Falintil discovered the plot, they confined all soldiers to camp. Under tremendous pressure to fight, they proved that "to win without fighting is the best strategy of all." Using exclusive footage of pivotal events, this is a compelling look at the last years of East Timor’s 24 year long struggle for independence. Peace and Conflict

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New Rulers of the World, The Alan Lowery, John Pilger
To examine the true effects of globalization, Pilger turns the spotlight on Indonesia, a country described by the World Bank as a model pupil until its globalized economy collapsed in 1998. The film looks at the new rulers of the world -- the great multinationals -- and exposes how governments and institutions back them. The widening gap between the rich and poor has never been greater; two thirds of the world's children live in poverty. The Ford Motor Company is bigger than the economy of South Africa. Bill Gates has more wealth than all of Africa. Important analysis of the history of corporate rule. Globalization Economics

Access no. 321 53 min. 2001

Cry For Argentina Angus McQueen

Access no. 322 57 min. 2002

Since unhitching its peso to the US dollar, Argentina has suffered a spectacular economic collapse. When the government froze all bank accounts, angry citizens took to the streets banging pots and pans to protest and "picaterros" blockaded roads. At least 40% of Argentina’s once predominantly middle-class population now lives in poverty. But new forms of organizing are emerging. At least 20% of the population now regularly use barter clubs. Goods and services from lab tests and x-rays to airline flights are available with this new Economics Activism

Fed-Up! Genetic Engineering, Industrial Agriculture, & Angelo Sacerdote

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Fed Up! features interviews with Vandana Shiva, noted author, activist and scientist, Peter Rosset and Anuradha Mittal of Food First, Marc Lappe and Britt Bailey of the Center for Ethics and Toxics, and others. Using these interviews and hilarious and shocking archival footage, Fed Up! paints a picture of a food system driven out of control by the quest for corporate profits to the detriment of small farmers and consumers everywhere. Find out about the origins of chemical agriculture, the "Green Revolution", the negative impacts of industrial farming practices on the environment and people's health as well as how ordinary folks can take back control over the very foundation of life, the food we eat. Agriculture Activism

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Thomas Berry, the Great Story Nancy Stetson, Penny Morell
As a pioneer in the field of spirituality and ecology, Thomas Berry has created a quiet revolution. He is a monk, a cultural historian, an author, a teacher, and a mystic. The film opens displaying the beauty of the natural world as Berry unfolds the story of creation the sacred story. He calls us "mad" for the way we are despoiling our home, our planet, its beauty, and its living systems. At the heart of the film is Berry’s experience of the universe as a cosmic liturgy. He reminds us that "we are not a collection of objects but a communion of subjects" and challenges us to change our ways. Spirituality Environment

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Salt Peanuts Alonzo Speight, Simin Farkondeh

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An ironic and engaging short on how worries of an impending economic downturn following the events of September 11th have caused corporations to cut their budgets. Blending documentary with narrative, the true priorities of the airline industry are exposed. Economics Peace and Conflict

Beyond Organics, the Vision of Fairview Gardens John de Graf

Access no. 326 33 min. 2001

Fairview Gardens is an urban farm located in Goleta, California, right in the middle of some of the most expensive real estate in the U.S. Managed for the past two decades by visionary farmer/photographer/author, Michael Ableman, this 12-acre organic farm has become a model of sustainable food production and community involvement, as well as an inspiration for thousands of people all over the world. Ableman traveled around the world learning from the best examples of traditional agriculture. He became an outspoken critic of large-scale commercial agriculture, with its reliance on vast inputs of fossil fuels, water, pesticides and other chemicals. Beautifully photographed. Agriculture Community

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Culture Jam: Hijacking Commercial Culture Jill Sharpe
As corporate brands and commercial messages saturate popular culture like never before, Culture Jammers

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strike back. Pranksters and subversive artists are causing a bit of brand damage to corporate "mindshare." Jammers, cultural commentators, and a constitutional lawyer take us on a wild ride through San Francisco, Toronto and New York’s Times Square. Join followers of Reverend Billy from the Church of Stop Shopping at his revival meeting in the Disney store. This film asks "Is it civil disobedience, vandalism, drive-by cultural criticism, or the only form of self-defense left?" Enjoy the ride. Art and Culture Media and Communication

MacDonald Wood Jim Papp

Access no. 328 39 min. 2002

This production is a thoughtful retrospective on the four year struggle to preserve Macdonald Wood on the edge of the town of Comox, BC. The wooded ten acre waterfront parcel of land had been purchased by a developer with the intent of logging it and building condominiums. Key figures in the intense debate include various politicians, citizens opposed to paying increased taxes to preserve the area, and a committed group of individuals who put enormous efforts into saving what they believe to be a very special place. As environmentalist Ruth Masters says " when all else fails, get out there and stand." This is the story of a small triumph for the spirit of activism. Narration: Des Kennedy Activism Environment

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Great Dance, The A Hunter's Story Craig Foster, Damon Foster
This remarkable film follows a group of !Xo San in the central Kalahari, focusing on the unique relationship between their lifestyle, the land and the animals they hunt. Through the eyes of the San hunters, we perceive a world invisible to outsiders. There is an unbroken link with their ancestors who have lived in the same region for over 30,000 years. The complex bond between man and animal is spiritual. "When you track an animal, you must become the animal. Tracking is like dancing, because your body is happy. When you are doing these things you are talking with God." (!Nqate Xqamxebe) Stunning cinematography. Numerous awards include: Delegates’ Choice and Golden Panda Award Wildscreen Festival; Best of Festival International Wildlife Film Festival; Best of Festival,Telluride Mountain Film Festival; Audience Choice Award, Toronto Environmental Film and Video Festival

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Being San (Companion Film to The Great Dance) Michael Duffett

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San Bushmen of the Kalahari lived a nomadic life for over 30,000 years without any concept of land ownership. As European settlers arrived, the San were forced off their traditional territories and were themselves hunted. With their traditions threatened by the encroachment of land ownership and economic pressures, the San people of the central Kalahari gather for an outdoor screening of The Great Dance and share in a renewed appreciation of the importance of their hunting traditions. Renewed hope and pride in being San is critical in their struggle for land claims and reclaiming their heritage. Aboriginal

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Amandla ! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony Lee Hirsch
The power of song to communicate, motivate, console, unite and beget change is the heart of Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony. Black South African freedom music played a central role in the long battle against apartheid. Renowned musicians such as trumpeter Hugh Masekela, singer Miriam Makeba, and pianist Abdullah Ibrahim were exiled for exposing the reality of apartheid to people outside of their homeland. Songs are traced through meetings, rallies, guerrilla camps, funerals, church services, and demonstrations and through the memories of those who survived the struggle. The songs were first and foremost peoples’ songs. Footage from a variety of sources describes the brutal arc of apartheid: the forced removals of black South Africans to wretched, government-built townships; the institution of onerous pass laws; and the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela. As the white government grew increasingly repressive and violent, freedom songs urged people to continue the fight for freedom. Threaded throughout the film, rich and beautiful anthems take viewers on an extraordinary journey through the

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spiritual and physical reality of life under apartheid and to the joyous celebration when Nelson Mandela was set free. Audience Award and Freedom of Expression Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival Human Rights Art and Culture
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Flute Player, The Jocelyn Glatzer
If the Khmer Rouge military regime hadn’t taken over Cambodia in 1975, Arn Chorn-Pond probably would have followed in his family’s footsteps and become an opera star. Instead at the age of 9, Arn was thrust into the darkness of the Killing Fields. While his family and culture were destroyed, Arn avoided death by playing pro-government propaganda songs on his flute, and by following orders of the Khmer Rouge. Two decades later, he travels from his home in the US to the back streets of Phnom-Penh to revive Cambodia’s traditional music. This is a story of unspeakable personal suffering, perseverance, and the power of music to rebuild a shattered life. An emotional story of healing. Peace and Conflict Human Rights

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Los Trabajadores (The Workers) Heather Courtney
‘Los Trabajadores’ illustrates the misperceptions and contradictions inherent in America’s paradoxical history of both dependence on and abuse of immigrant labour. Juan from Nicaragua and Ramon from Mexico are two of the workers who take enormous risks as they leave families behind to get work in the US. "We build the buildings, we do the hardest jobs, and they still don’t want us." Poignant personal stories of organizing among illegal immigrants. Audience Award, SXSW Film Festival, Austin Texas Labour and Employment

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Bottom Line, The Privatizing the World Carole Poliquin
Water, seeds, genes, healthcare: very few things today are not considered to be saleable commodities. ‘The Bottom Line’ invites us to reflect on the "common good" notion which is threatened both by the decreasing role of the State and the prevailing trend to patent everything that belonged to society for generations. We travel from

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Canada to the US, Mexico, France, Brazil and India to explore the consequences of corporations’ voracious appetite for profits. Commentary by Maude Barlow, Percy Schmeiser, Vandana Shiva, Jeremy Rifkin and others who are challenging the corporate agenda. Globalization

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One More Dead Fish Allan and Stefan Forbes
Welcome to Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia, where Tony Cunningham and five of his friends have barricaded themselves in a Federal building for 25 days. These men are hand liners, the most environmentally friendly fishermen on earth. They warn that bottom trawlers are destroying the fragile ocean bottom, and throwing away 30 million tons of fish each year! Beautifully filmed, ‘One More Dead Fish’ is a hard-hitting expose of mismanagement, environmental destruction, and corporate domination. "A powerful portrayal of a community fighting back" filmmaker Michael Moore. Environment Activism

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Child's Century of War, A Shelley Saywell
This documentary is a journey through war from the perspective of children. It examines how modern war has increasingly victimized children. (Nine out of ten victims of war are civilians - most of them children.) Orphans of two Chechen wars, children growing up on the most dangerous street in the West Bank, and children abducted by the rebel forces in Sierra Leone tell their stories. Diaries and voices of children from the past provide an eerie parallel of history. Powerful and disturbing, this is a compelling call to take action for peace. Children and Youth Peace and Conflict

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Southern Comfort Kate Davis
Robert Eads, a charming, laconic cowboy, is a 52-year-old female-to male transsexual living in Georgia. Eads began life as a female, married and had two sons, before finally transitioning into the heterosexual man that he always felt he really was. In a bitter irony, however, Eads died of cervical and ovarian cancer--(after 20 doctors refused him medical treatment) --betrayed, as he puts it, by the last part of himself that was still female. The Southern Comfort Conference is America's pre-eminent transgendered gathering. Eads's final dream is to make it one last time. Davis follows the last year in Eads's life and introduces us to his friends and family. The film’s subjects challenge endless stereotypes while forging a new culture of gender. Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2001 Sexuality Human Rights

Access no. 337 90 min. 2001

Is the Crown at War With Us ? Alanis Obomsawin
In 2000, the federal fishery officers appeared to be waging war on the Mi’kmaq lobstermen of Burnt Church, New Brunswick. Alanis Obomsawin casts her cinematic and intellectual nets into history to provide a context for the events on Miramichi Bay, building a persuasive defence of the Mi’kmaq position. This riveting film provides compelling insight into the complex relationship between Canada and its First Nations. Best Canadian Feature, Toronto International Film Festival Aboriginal Community

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Discovering Dominga Patricia Flynn
A housewife living in rural Iowa has been suppressing the horrible memory of when she was nine-years old, witnessing her mother’s murder in the Rio Negro massacre in Guatemala. Denese travels to her homeland to become a witness in a landmark human rights case brought against the Guatemalan military. Back in the U.S., she begins speaking about her experiences before school and community groups. For Denese, honouring the truth is morally necessary, but also personally shattering. Though her husband has fully supported her journey to rediscover her identity as "Dominga," the strains begin unravelling their marriage. Human Rights Women

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In Whose Interest ? David Kaplowitz
This film questions the effects of US foreign policy over the past 50 years. Revealing a pattern of intervention, the film focuses on Guatemala, Vietnam, East Timor, El Salvador, and Palestine/Israel. Archival footage, photographs and media tidbits are dynamically interwoven with personal eye-witness accounts and commentary from academics such as Noam Chomsky, religious leaders, and politicians. ‘In Whose Interest?’ is informative and disturbingly honest, with twists of irony and humour. Peace and Conflict Globalization

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My Student Loan Mike Johnston
When Trent University graduate Mike Johnston graduated and found himself with a huge debt hanging over his head, he made an unusual decision: he decided to make a film about his student loan to pay off his debts. Armed with a Canada Council grant, donated videotapes and borrowed camera equipment, Johnston set out to make a documentary that looks at the absurdities of students wallowing in massive debt. "It's not just my debt; it's a societal debt," says Johnston. This gritty and sardonic documentary presents Johnston's battles with collection agencies, while commenting on the new economics of higher education. This humourous documentary about a serious issue is getting lots of attention. Education Economics

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Street Nurse Shelley Saywell
For years, as one of Toronto’s 50 or so street nurses, Cathy Crowe has visited the habitats of the homeless, tending to their blistered feet, infected wounds and often fragile psyches. She helps find night shelter for them when temperatures reach lethally low levels. That’s the silent, unseen, part of what she does. But it is her passionate advocacy on behalf of the homeless that has brought her into the spotlight in Toronto. This sensitive film introduces us to some of the people in our communities we often do not take the time to get to know. A call to action on a critical social issue. Community Health

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Winning Back Paradise Nick Lazaredes
The island of Diego Garcia forms part of the Chagos Archipelago. Since the mid-70s it has been home to a military base, housing B-52s and other aircraft used in the Gulf War and, most recently, in Afghanistan. Until the end of the1960s, islanders enjoyed a relatively trouble-free existence as subjects of the British Empire. This changed when Britain negotiated a deal to sell the island to the US for a “thieves’ ransom.” Thousands of islanders were rounded up and displaced from their homeland. This film chronicles the islanders’ fight for compensation and the right to return. Stunning expose of how certain people are considered “expendable” for military purposes. Human Rights

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In the Line of Fire McIntyre Media
Journalists in conflict areas have always taken risks to bring us stories that some people would prefer to keep quiet. Journalists and filmmakers are sometimes caught in the crossfire, but now it seems that something more sinister may be going on. ‘In the Line of Fire’ investigates whether soldiers are deliberately firing on - and in some cases, seriously injuring - journalists covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Media and Communication Peace and Conflict

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Plan Colombia Cashing in on the Drug Trade Failure Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy
20 years of drug-wars in the Andes have actually increased cocaine imports to the US. "Fumigation" has had more effect on the local populations than on coca leaf eradication. Could there be ulterior motives? Noam Chomsky, the late Senator Paul Wellstone, Colombian Green Party Presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, U.S. Members of Congress, U.S. State Department officials, scientists as well as many Colombians and guerilla-leaders shed light on the drug-trafficking, civil struggle and the impact of a multi-billion dollar aid package delivered to the brutal Colombian military. Oil has become a significant factor in the equation. Globalization Peace and Conflict

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Breaking the Silence Truth and Lies in the War on Terror John Pilger
Award-winning filmmaker and journalist, John Pilger investigates George W. Bush’s "war on terror" and the real motives behind it. In "liberated" Afghanistan, America has its military base and pipeline access, while the people still have the warlords who are, says one woman, "in many ways worse than the Taliban." Interviews include senior Bush officials and former intelligence officers. A former senior CIA official tells Pilger that the whole issue of weapons of mass destruction was "95% charade." Filmed in Afghanistan and the US with previously unseen material acquired from Iraq. Peace and Conflict Globalization
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Simon and I Bev Ditsie
Simon & I recounts the lives of two giants in the South African gay and lesbian liberation movement, Simon Nkoli a political activist and the filmmaker herself, Bev Ditsie. The story is narrated by Bev as she charts their relationship through good times and bad against a backdrop of intense political activism and the HIV/AIDS crisis. At the first Pride March in 1990, Simon made a speech that was to have an everlasting impact on Bev. She saw that her oppression was twofold, as a lesbian and as black. She and Simon became estranged as he increasingly came to represent people living with AIDS. Reconciled shortly before his death in 1998, these formidable characters bear witness to the enormous sacrifices required of human rights activism. This searing testament shows us two different, powerful personalities, but only one struggle. Sexuality Human Rights

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Disenchanted Forest, The Sarita Siegel
Orangutans, like humans, have "culture." The destruction of orangutan habitat and the illegal pet-trade threaten the lives of orangutans. Dr. Willie Smits, who directs the Wanariset Orangutan Reintroduction Project, and his team rescue hundreds of orangutans. Dr. Smits is committed to preserving orangutan habitat and returning captives back into Bornean rainforest homes. At Wanariset the orphans learn the vital skills they need to survive when they are later released into protected rainforest. Without mothers and more knowledgeable elders, strange 'Lord of the Flies' communities evolve in the forest. Eventually the orangutans learn to sustain themselves independently of human aid. This beautiful film makes us think about the values of culture and nature. Merit Awards, International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula; Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film & Video Festival (Appropriate for all ages.) Environment Art and Culture

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Totem Return of the G'psgolox Pole Gil Cardinal
In 1929, the Haisla people of northwestern BC returned from a fishing trip to find a 9-metre-high totem pole, known as the G’psgolox pole, severed at the base and removed from their village. The fate of the 19th century pole remained unknown to the Haisla for over sixty years. The Haisla recently discovered the pole in a Stockholm museum where it is considered state property by the Swedish government. The documentary traces the fascinating journey of the Haisla to reclaim the traditional mortuary pole. Bringing to light a powerful story of cultural rejuvenation, the film raises provocative questions about the ownership and meaning of Aboriginal objects held in museums. Cardinal skillfully layers compelling interviews, striking imagery and rare footage of master carvers as they create a replica pole for the Stockholm museum. Having honoured their end of the bargain, they await the return of the G’psgolox pole. Aboriginal Art and Culture

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My Terrorist Yulie Cohen
In 1978, filmmaker Yulie Cohen Gerstel was wounded in a terrorist attack by the PLO of Palestine. In a remarkable twist of faith, twenty-three years later Gerstel began questioning the causes of violence between Israelis and Palestinians and started to consider helping release the man who almost killed her, Fahad Mihyi. Growing up as a staunch Israeli nationalist in Israel, Gerstel patriotically served in the military of her country. After working as a photojournalist and visiting the occupied territories along the Gaza Strip, Gerstel came to realize that both Israelis and Palestinians played a role in perpetuating the cycle of hostility and bloodshed. It became her goal to stand up as a survivor and call for reconciliation on each side. Compelling! Jerusalem Film Festival, Special Jury Prize, 2002 Peace and Conflict

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Pinochet's Children Paula Rodriguez
Alejandro Goic was sixteen, Enrique Paris, twelve, and Carolina Tohá, eight years old, when General Pinochet seized power in Chile on September 11, 1973. During the coup Alejandro and Carolina lost their fathers, and all three lost their innocence and their youth. And eventually all went on to become powerful student leaders in the tumultuous eighties. With thoughtful, emotional interviews and rich archival footage, ‘Pinochet’s Children’ is a remarkable film that beautifully renders three people's course of life against the background of the socio-political developments in their homeland. Children and Youth Human Rights

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Next Industrial Revolution, The Chris Bedford and Shelley Morhaim
While some environmental observers predict doomsday scenarios in which a rapidly increasing human population is forced to compete for ever scarcer natural resources, Bill McDonough sees a more exciting and hopeful future. In his vision, humanity takes nature itself as our guide reinventing technical enterprises to be as safe and ever-renewing as natural processes. Can’t happen? It is already beginning to happen in surprising places: Nike, Ford Motor Company, Oberlin College and other enterprises. McDonough and his partner, chemist Michael Braungart, are visionary thinkers. Science and Technology Environment

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Silent Scream, The McNabb and Connolly
Through 23 years of war, Afghanistan’s women have been absent and unheard. Hidden cameras are used to give voice to the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA.) Women were granted equal rights by law in 1964 and enjoyed relative freedom during the 1970s. Following the history of Afghanistan from the Soviet invasion of 1979 to the present day, we ask why the millennium saw them back in the middle ages. Since the American bombing, the plight of women has not improved. This powerful film asks "does the West have the power - and the will- to help?" Some disturbing scenes. Women Human Rights

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Amasong Chorus, The Singing Out Jay Rosenstein
Meet Kristina Boerger of Champaign, Illinois. Her struggles as a lesbian activist and musician led her to form the award-winning Amasong Chorus, a Lesbian/ Feminist choir dedicated to the pursuit of choral excellence within an atmosphere that celebrates all forms of women’s devotion to their communities. Singing beautiful arrangements of folkloric music from around the world, Amasong Chorus members explore their personal needs for expression and mutual support. This music-filled documentary has been shown to acclaim at major film festivals in Turin Italy, Sydney Australia, and San Francisco. Enjoy! Women Art and Culture

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Crapshoot The Gamble With Our Wastes Jeff McKay
A hazardous mix of wastes is flushed into the sewer every day. The billions of litres of water combined with unknown quantities of chemicals, solvents, heavy metals, human waste and food - where does it all go? What are the consequences of these "trickle down" practices? From ancient times, countries have chosen the sewer to get rid of waste yet the contaminants we flush resurface in our food chain. Does our need to dispose of waste take precedence over public safety? ‘Crapshoot’ examines the problem in several countries and explores some alternatives. Environment Health

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Dove Days Journeys With Pakistan's Insan Street Theatre Barrie Kohen
Dove Days documents the poignant exchange between Pakistan’s phenomenal Insan Street Theatre troupe and Canadian high school teens. The Insan Foundation is dedicated to eliminating child rights violations. The Street Theatre troupe is comprised of former child labourers. Since Sept 11, 2001, the troupe has focussed on peace issues - even taking risks to perform in areas of Pakistan where they expected hostile audiences. Sharing the stories that motivated them to get involved in working creatively for social change, they inspire and motivate young Canadians. Art and Culture Human Rights

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Cosmic Africa Craig and Damon Foster
"Cosmic Africa", presented by Cosmos Studios, is an extraordinary personal odyssey of African astronomer, Thebe Medupe, who journeys into this ancient continent's astronomical past unveiling the deep connection humans have with the cosmos. As a child Thebe Medupe built his first telescope in a remote African village. Today, an astronomer, he embarks on an epic voyage where he discovers the ancient heart of the African cosmos and himself. We join Thebe on his celestial quest. A spectacular journey by multi award-winning filmmakers who brought us ‘The Great Dance.’ Beautiful cinematography! Spirituality Science and Technology

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Al Jazeera, Exclusive Ben Anthony
Founded in 1996, the Arab world’s first 24 hour news station was ignored in the west until it brought the world a video of Osama Bin Laden. On assignment with the BBC, Ben Anthony gained exclusive access to make an extraordinary and exciting film following their reporters into battle at the onset of the war with Iraq, reporting the war from an Arab perspective. What happened when the Americans bombed the Al Jazeera headquarters in Baghdad killing one of their reporters? According to Al Jazeera, the Americans were well informed of the location. Was the bombing an accident or was in intentional? Some disturbing scenes Media and Communication Peace and Conflict

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Choropampa The Price of Gold Ernesto Cabellos & Stephanie Boyd
In June of 2000, a truck carrying flasks of mercury, a by-product of gold mining, was descending the road from the US owned Yanacocha gold mine past several small Peruvian towns. One of the flasks leaked the poisonous substance on the road, where at least 1000 local people were exposed to it. Their suffering, and struggle to receive compensation from Minera Yanacocha, the company responsible for the mercury spill, has been captured in this film. Theirs is a remarkable story of resistance. Globalization Environment

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From Baghdad to Peace Country Sherry Lepage
In 1999, a life-altering journey to Baghdad changed the focus of Canadian artist Deryk Houston’s work. His canvas would be the Earth. His inspiration would be peace. Unable to remain an outside observer of the crisis in Iraq, Deryk traveled to witness first-hand the impact of international sanctions on the Iraqi people. Compelled to act, he embarked upon a unique nature art project designed to call attention to the situation of the children of Iraq. Using rocks, gravel and hay, Deryk began to create large-scale art installations in the image of a mother and child against diverse landscapes around the world. With footage from Deryk's travels to Baghdad and Scotland, this documentary follows the artist as he works with his young son Sam to compose the largest and most challenging of his works: a permanent mother-and-child sanctuary located in the Peace River country of northeastern BC. Art and Culture Peace and Conflict

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Silence of the Strings A Community Movement for Music Sherry Lepage
When trustees in Victoria, BC cut a long-established and highly successful elementary school orchestra program to balance their budget, high school students took to the streets with a Save Our Strings campaign. These energetic students led a two-year battle, emerging not only as passionate artists, but as articulate, critical, self-empowered young leaders. The initiative and problem-solving skills of these students, shown against the backdrop of a full, warm community of artists, make a formidable argument for the value of music in schools. ‘Silence of the Strings’ makes the connection between music, the arts and civil society. Art and Culture Community

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Road to Hope, The Potters for Peace

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‘The Road to Hope’ documents the tragedy and hope of the people of Nicaragua, from the Contra war and Hurricane Mitch to current economic injustices. Through the images and stories of Nicaraguan potters, this documentary details the training and informational exchange between Nicaraguan potters and the organization Potters for Peace. Potters for Peace has assisted in the design and production of ceramic water filters as well as developing international markets for Nicaraguan pottery. Creative alternatives are improving people’s lives. Inspiring! Development Community

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Take, The NFB
In the wake of Argentina’s spectacular economic collapse in 2001, Latin America’s most prosperous middle class finds itself in a ghost town of abandoned factories and mass unemployment. In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act - the take - has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head. Like every workplace occupation, courts, cops and politicians can either give their project legal protection or violently evict them from the factory. The story of the workers’ struggle is set against the dramatic backdrop of a crucial presidential election in Argentina. Lewis and Klein take viewers inside the lives of ordinary visionaries, as they reclaim their work, their dignity and their democracy. ‘The Take’ is a political thriller that tackles head on the challenge coming from critics, and supporters, who ask: "We know what you’re against, but what are you for?" See: Labour and Employment Globalization

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Net Loss McNabb & Connolly

Access no. 364 52 min. 2003

Decades of poor fisheries management and habitat loss have decimated many wild salmon runs in the Pacific Northwest. Now there's a new way to produce fish - raising them in giant underwater cages known as "net pens." ‘Net Loss’ contends that fish farms have become a serious new threat to the survival of wild salmon. Filmed in Chile, Washington, and British Columbia, ‘Net Loss’ assesses the risks and benefits of salmon farming through interviews with government and industry spokesmen, who make the case for salmon farming, and the fishers, native people, and scientists who warn of the dangers it poses and the damage it has already done. Environment Science and Technology

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El Contrato NFB
‘El Contrato’ follows Teodoro Bello Martinez, a poverty-stricken father of four living in Central Mexico, and several of his countrymen as they make an annual migration to southern Ontario to pick tomatoes under conditions no Canadian would accept. Under a government program that allows growers to monitor themselves, workers are exempted from labour laws and safety regulations. Grievances are deflected by a long line of others "back home" who are willing to take their place. Despite fear of repercussions, the workers voice their desire for dignity and respect, as much as for better working conditions. A stunning expose the exploitation of migrant workers in Canada Labour and Employment Agriculture

Access no. 365 50 min. 2003

Value of Life, The AIDS in Africa Revisited CBC

Access no. 366 55 min. 2004

This award-winning documentary follows Stephen Lewis on his incredible journey - a personal voyage that led him from hope to despair to hope again. In 2001, Kofi Annan had declared a war on AIDS and established a UN Global Fund to fight the disease. But then came September 11, and the world’s attention turned elsewhere. With promises of aid to Africa broken, Lewis’s optimism turned to disbelief. More than six thousand people die of AIDS every day, leaving 11 million orphans under the age of 15. In Africa, life-prolonging drugs are available to only a fraction of the people who need them. In 2003, the momentum is finally re-ignited. Endless disputes about how countries with health crises can overthrow the patents held by big pharmaceutical companies in order to access cheaper generics have been settled. The World Health Organization has pledged to have three million people on anti-AIDS drugs by 2005. That will amount to a staggering six million pills every day. It was the sheer volume of drugs needed that led Lewis and some Canadian aid agencies to challenge the Canadian government to pass legislation allowing patents to be put aside so cheaper generics can be produced. If the legislation passes, it will make history. Health Development

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Women on Patrol Director: Barry Lank
Since Indonesia occupied East Timor in 1975, the island has been devastated by horrifying violence and genocide. Canadian police constables Martine LeRoyer and Debbie Doyle have just joined the United Nations Civilian Police with a focus on stabilizing the region. This gripping documentary follows the two women, from the capital of Dili to remote villages, chronicling the aftermath of the atrocities that haunt East Timor. Combining intimate interviews, up-close footage and diary cams, ‘Women on Patrol’ is a riveting look at the rebuilding of a nation, and how the experience profoundly transforms these women — as police officers and as Women Development

Access no. 367 54 min. 2004

End of Suburbia, The Oil Depletion and the End of the American Dream Post Carbon Institute

Access no. 368 78 min. 2004

Since World War II North Americans have invested much in suburbia with its promised sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. Serious questions are now being raised about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, this film explores the "American Way of Life" and its prospects as the global demand for fossil fuels outstrips the supply. Some scientists argue that world "Oil Peak" and the inevitable decline in fossil fuels are upon us now. The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are enormous. What can be done now, individually and collectively to change the way we live in community? Environment Community

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Fourth World War Big Noise Films
‘The Fourth World War’ weaves together the images and voices of the war on the ground - from the front-lines of conflicts in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, Korea, 'the North' from Seattle to Genova, and the 'War on Terror' in New York, Afghanistan, and Iraq. It is the story of men and women around the world who resist being annihilated in this corporate war against people. It is a story of a war without end and of those who resist. The product of over two years of filming on the inside of movements on five continents, ‘The Fourth World War’ is a creative collage produced through a global network of independent media and activist groups; it is a truly global movement film. Featuring music from Manu Chao, Asian Dub Foundation, Múm, Moosaka, and others Globalization Media and Communication

Access no. 369 76 min. 2003

No Place Called Home Director: Craig Chivers

Access no. 370 57 min. 2004

"I know we're poor, but it's what we are not who we are." Shot in an intimate, cinema verite style, ‘No Place Called Home’ follows the Rice Family over the course of a year as they move in search of affordable housing. Kay Rice has just moved with husband, Karl, and her six children to a small, run-down rental house. Just as the family's circumstances are looking slightly better, things turn sour with the landlord who threatens eviction. Kay, worried that a veiled threat in a letter may mean losing her children, decides to take her landlord to court. With a photojournalist's eye, director Craig Chivers infuses ‘No Place Called Home’ with humanity and stark realism as he illustrates the desperate struggle faced by the Rices and a growing number of working poor families across Canada. Labour and Employment Children and Youth

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Let No One Put Asunder Vox Veritas
Al and Alex, a Vancouver couple, had been together a year and felt it was time to tie the knot. Linda and Sylvia left their home in the US to be married in Canada. Robin and Christine, parents of four children, were married on the 24th anniversary of their commitment ceremony. ‘Let No One Put Asunder’ explores the political, religious and social issues surrounding same-sex marriage in Canada today through interviews with notable religious leaders, human rights activists, and politicians (including MP Randy White.) Against the backdrop of competing worldviews, the film follows three couples on their journeys of love, commitment, celebration and, of course, marriage. Sexuality Human Rights

Access no. 371 57 min. 2004

Sin Embargo Never the Less Documentary Education Resources

Access no. 372 49 min. 2003

After the revolution of 1959 and the US embargo that followed, the people of Cuba were left to fend for themselves. Deprived of some of the most basic goods, they scavenge the alleys and scrap heaps, giving new vitality to the discarded. Their recycled products are often remarkably ingenious and creative. Nothing can crush the spirit nor quash the desire to forge a better life for themselves and their families. Shot entirely in Cuba, ‘Sin Embargo’ is a look into the hearts and dreams of struggling peoples and a tribute to their optimistic and resourceful determination to survive. Best Documentary, Festival de Cine de Granada, Spain 2003 Development Economics

Wild Horses, Unconquered People Filmwest Associates

Access no. 373 41 min. 2004

‘Wild Horses, Unconquered People’ explores the intriguing relationship between the Xeni Gwet’in, a tiny band of Tsilhqot’in Indians, and hundreds of wild horses that mysteriously roam B.C.’s rugged Nemiah Valley described as Canada’s Nepal. For what is arguably North America’s last true horse culture, the untamed spirits are an economic and spiritual resource - a powerful icon in a century-old fight with the government and

non-native entrepreneurs for control of this unconquered land. Aboriginal Spirituality

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Easy Rollin'
A community of cycling enthusiasts in Vancouver, BC, finds funky ways to bring together their environmental and artistic ideals to promote green transportation and alternative ways of engaging within our car-congested society. Bio-Diesel and Pedal-Powered Generators are only a few examples of how to rethink the way we live and move through this world. Join us for a community-building street festival with some of the most creative and fun transportation options you’ll ever see. A humourous and light-hearted look at creative alternatives. Environment Community

Access no. 374 17 min. 2004

Genetic Matrix, The The Schmeiser Case and the Fight for the Future of Life Council of Canadians & Dead Crow Productions

Access no. 375 35 min. 2004

In 1996, Monsanto released genetically engineered herbicide tolerant canola in Canada. Farmers Percy & Louise Schmeiser were sued in 1998 by Monsanto for infringing a gene patent on this canola. Monsanto vs Schmeiser was the first case in the world arguing that a patent over a lifeform had been violated. Schmeiser was forced to turn over his entire crop and the seeds he and his wife spent 50 years cultivating. The six year "David vs. Goliath" court battle raised issues of life patents while the public discourse continues to focus on issues of food safety and labelling. Percy received the Mahatma Gandhi award for his non-violent service to humanity in 2000. See: Agriculture Activism

Benign Presence, A Producer/Director: Michael O'Neill

Access no. 376 20 min. 2004

‘A Benign Presence’ portrays in vivid cinematography the life history of the Trumpeter Swan, including the Comox Valley community's involvement in the conservation of this species. The film also conveys a sense of wonder and delight in the natural world, which gives us a sense of hope that our society can be transformed from one that is having a disruptive influence on the earth to one that will have a benign presence. Environment Community

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Behind the Fence McNabb & Connolly
Through the eyes of the Israelis and Palestinians most affected, ‘Behind the Fence’ follows the construction of a controversial 115 kilometre security fence that is creating a new barrier between Israel and the West Bank. The aim, the Israeli government has stated, is to prevent Palestinian "terrorists" from infiltrating into Israel. For many Palestinians however it is nothing more than a sinister ploy to grab more of their land and further reinforce the occupation. The film captures the anxiety and uncertainty in the Israeli community of Kibbutz Metzer and the neighbouring Palestinian town of Qaffin, --communities which will be divided by the fence and the destruction of the150-year-old olive grove that lies between them. Human Rights History

Access no. 377 45 min. 2003

Anti-Fat Pill and the Bushman, The McNabb & Connolly

Access no. 378 45 min. 2003

A miracle treatment for obesity - the scourge of modern society - has been discovered on the lands of a stoneage tribe of San Bushmen, living on the edge of civilisation in Southern Africa. If the 'miracle molecule' inside the Hoodia cactus can be transformed into a bestselling anti-fat pill by Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant responsible for Viagra, the San Bushmen stand to make millions of dollars in royalties. Tom Mangold talks to the elusive San leaders as they debate how they should spend their windfall, and tracks the plant pirates from the First World who are trying to steal the precious Hoodia. Globalization Human Rights

Orwell Rolls in His Grave Buzzflash

Access no. 379 105 min. 2004

‘Orwell Rolls in His Grave’ is a searingly insightful documentary on the political threat posed by a corporate media aligned with a radical right wing White House. Pappas, on a bare bones budget, assembles the "Ateam" roster of media critics and then weaves their comments together with music, reflections, and documentary footage that keeps you mesmerized with its brilliant insight. This is a must see, a wake-up call that we have already entered an Orwellian world when history, context, and language are redefined daily by the government, as the media broadcasts the new version of the "truth" without question. Media and Communication

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Blue Vinyl
Access no. 380 97 min. 2002

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With humour, chutzpah and a piece of vinyl siding firmly in hand, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand and co-director and award-winning cinematographer Daniel B. Gold set out in search of the truth about polyvinyl chloride (PVC), America's most popular plastic. From Long Island to Louisiana to Italy, they unearth the facts about PVC and its effects on human health and the environment. A detective story, an eco-activism doc, and a rollicking comedy, Blue Vinyl puts a human face on the dangers posed by PVC at every stage of its life cycle, from factory to incinerator. Consumer consciousness and the "precautionary principle" have never been this much fun. Frightening and funny! Numerous Awards including: Emmy Awards nominee (Best Documentary, Best Research);Excellence in Cinematography Award, Sundance Film Festival Science and Technology Environment

Search for Freedom Women Make Movies

Access no. 381 53 min. 2003

‘Search for Freedom’ traces the dramatic social and political history of Afghanistan from the 1920s to the present through the stories of four remarkable women: Princess Shafiqa Saroj, sister of the beloved progressive King Amanullah (1919-1929); Mairman Parveen, the first woman to sing on Afghan radio; Moshina, a war widow and survivor of a Taliban massacre; and Sohaila, an exiled medical student who ran underground schools for RAWA (Revolutionary Association of Afghan Women) during the Taliban regime. Archival footage from the early 20th century captures a time of remarkable progress and freedom for women. Defying and clarifying the image of Afghan women as mere victims, ‘Search for Freedom’ offers a nuanced portrait of women who find choices where none are offered, who continue to find hope in the face of exile and isolation. Women History

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Through These Eyes NFB
This riveting documentary reveals how an educational dream became a bitter political battle over cultural differences. In the 1960’s, Man: A Course of Study ( MACOS) was an innovative social sciences program designed to teach US children "what it was to be human." At its core was The Netsilik Film Series, an acclaimed benchmark of visual anthropology that captured a year in the life of an Inuit family living in the remote Canadian Arctic, reconstructing an ancient culture on the cusp of contact with the outside world. But the graphic images of the Netsilik people created a clash of values that revealed a fragile relationship between

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politics and education. A fiery national debate ensued between academic and conservative forces. ‘Through These Eyes’ looks back at the high stakes of this controversial curriculum, as two cultures came into contact with people and traditions distinct from their own. Decades later, as US influence continues to affect cultures worldwide, the story of MACOS resonates strongly. Aboriginal Education

Oil Factor, The Behind the War on Terror Freewill Productions

Access no. 383 93 min. 2004

When all of Bush's pro-war arguments have been proven wrong, is it a coincidence that Iraq sits on the 2nd largest oil reserves in the world? Is it also a coincidence that Afghanistan is key to controlling the oil reserves of Central Asia at a time when the world's oil supply is dwindling? ‘The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror’ examines the link between oil interests and U.S. military interventions. It includes original footage shot over a four-month period in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as many interviews with a large array of personalities including Bush administration officials. The documentary explores the various underlying motives behind the so-called "war-on-terror" and offers insights into why global terrorism is thriving and why the world is becoming a more and more unsafe place. "The Oil Factor" also makes a clear assessment of today's global oil situation with sky-rocketing consumption and declining production. Peace and Conflict Economics

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War Photographer Filmstransit
This is a remarkable film about James Nachtwey ,a shy but committed man, who is considered one of the bravest and one of the most important war photographers of our time. Director Christian Frei followed Nachtwey for two years into the wars in Indonesia, Kosovo, Palestine... Christian Frei used special microcameras attached to James Nachtwey's photo-camera. "For me, the strength of photography lies in its ability to evoke a sense of humanity. If war is an attempt to negate humanity, then photography can be perceived as the opposite of war and if it is used well it can be a powerful ingredient in the antidote to war.”"(James Nachtwey) Oscar Nomination for Best Documentary, Peabody Award, Emmy Nomination for Cinematographer Peter Peace and Conflict Media and Communication

Access no. 384 96 min. 2002

War Takes Women Make Movies

Access no. 385 78 min. 2002

Colombian filmmakers Trujillo and Castaño turn the cameras on themselves to portray the tough realities of civil life in the violent, war-ravaged country of Colombia. Partners in an independent media company, they struggle to balance their family, business and political lives: reporting from dangerous parts of the country; managing their company; parenting young children amid threats of violence and kidnapping; and rethinking their political views as war moves closer to the city. The film provides insight and historical background. Powerfully intimate and sometimes humorous, their chronicle reveals how life goes on in Colombia - however surreal - against the terrifying backdrop of war. Human Rights Watch Film Festival Peace and Conflict Development

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Betrayed Filmmaker: Elaine Briere
Although Canada is surrounded by three oceans, there is not a single deep-sea ship flying the Canadian flag today. Sixty years ago, Canada had the fourth-largest merchant fleet in the world. Canadian ships brought vital supplies to Allied forced in Europe during World War II. The men sailing those ships were war heroes who suffered terrible losses. Their union, the Canadian Seaman’s Union (CSU) brought the eight-hour day, sick leave and pay increases to an industry known for low wages and brutal working conditions. After the war, when the Liberal government began to privatize the merchant fleet, the CSU strongly opposed the sell-off. The federal government and the ship-owners initiated a campaign to discredit the CSU by branding them as Communists. It was a time of fear, confusion and betrayal. This film traces the history of Canadian shipping from the international strike of 1949 to the globalization of coastal shipping in Australia by Canada Steamship Lines - owned by the family of Prime Minister Paul Martin. Labour and Employment Globalization

Access no. 386 56 min. 2004

Thirst McNabb & Connolly

Access no. 387 62 min. 2004

Is water part of a shared "commons", a human right for all people? Or is it a commodity to be bought, sold, and traded in a global marketplace? Thirst tells the stories of communities in Bolivia, India, and the United States that are asking these fundamental questions, as water becomes the most valuable global resource of the 21st Century. A character-driven documentary, ‘Thirst’ reveals how the debate over water rights between communities and corporations can serve as a catalyst for explosive and steadfast resistance to globalization. Globalization Human Rights

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Paradise Lost Women Make Movies
Arab Israeli filmmaker Ebtisam Mara'ana grew up in Paradise (Fureidis in Arabic), a small fishing village overlooking the Mediterranean. One of the few Arab communities remaining after the 1948 war, Paradise became culturally and politically isolated as Jewish settlements sprung up around it, and today it is a place defined by silence and repression. This thought-provoking and intimate film diary follows the director’s attempt to recreate the village’s lost history, including the story of her childhood hero Suuad, the legendary local "bad girl" who was imprisoned as a PLO activist in the 1970’s and banished from the community. The director finally meets Suuad, now living in the UK. This important film offers valuable insight into the contradictions and complexities of modern womanhood and national identity in the Middle East. DocAviv International Documentary Film Festival - Best Debut Documentary and Best Cinematography Women Peace and Conflict

Access no. 388 56 min. 2003

Suzuki Speaks Avanti Pictures

Access no. 389 45 min. 2003

Earth + Air + Fire + Water = Life. In a time when people are thirsty for honesty, inspiration, meaning and global change, Dr. David Suzuki delivers the most important message of his career: what it means to be fully human in our interconnected universe. The film's stunning motion graphics weave a tapestry that transforms Dr. Suzuki's wisdom into a complete sensory experience, literally creating new worlds and new ways of seeing. ‘Suzuki Speaks’ will leave you feeling renewed, challenged and alive. "We’ve framed the environmental problem the wrong way. There’s no environment "out there" for us to interact with. We are the environment, because we are the Earth." (David Suzuki) Environment

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Peanuts McNabb & Connolly
When film technician Jock Brandis discovered cotton being grown in traditionally food-bearing fields in a village in southern Mali, he suggested they plant peanuts either around the cotton plants or in rotation with cotton. Peanuts fix nitrogen in the soil and they are rich in protein. But the problem, they replied, is husking them by hand. Jock promised he would return with a machine, but discovered that no small-scale machine exists. So he set about designing a hand-powered one that local people could build on the spot and fix themselves. The film follows Jock back to Mali, where he worked with local villagers to perfect and manufacture their own peanut husker. An inspiring example of appropriate technology Agriculture Development

Access no. 390 46 min. 2002

Scared Sacred NFB

Access no. 391 110 min. 2004

In a world teetering on the edge of self-destruction, award-winning filmmaker Velcrow Ripper sets out on a unique pilgrimage. Visiting the ‘Ground Zeros’ of the planet, he asks if it’s possible to find hope in the darkest moments of human history. Ripper travels to the minefields of Cambodia; war-torn Afghanistan; the toxic wasteland of Bhopal; post-9/11 New York; Bosnia; Hiroshima; Israel and Palestine. This unflinching documentary captures his five-year odyssey to discover if humanity can transform the 'scared' into the 'sacred.' Confronting horror and heartbreak around the world, Ripper meets those who have suffered first-hand. And in each place, he unearths unforgettable stories of survival, ritual, resilience and recovery. ‘Scared Sacred’ brings together powerful stories, deftly weaving haunting and luminous footage with words, memories, and an evocative soundscape. Featuring an engaging, first-person narrative, this film is an exquisite portrait of a search for meaning in times of turmoil. Special Jury Prize at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival Spirituality Peace and Conflict

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Owning the Slave Renee Poisson
Andy Stringfellow is a black man in a white town. Suddenly facing death he questions his identity. He has lost his culture, his marriage and his health as well as his successful career as a clinical counsellor. Determined to continue his personal evolution, Andy overcomes his lifelong need to keep his inner self hidden and takes the risk of revealing himself on camera. Andy’s frankness and clarity give us fresh insight into the experience of the "outsider." ‘Owning the Slave’is about reclaiming oneself from imposed social, political and personal patterns and restrictions. Andy’s spontaneous performances of traditional songs, along with original pieces by Michel Leblanc on sax, make ‘Owning the Slave’ rich in contrasts of language, music and image. Art and Culture Health

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Revolution Will Not Be Televised, The Hugo Chavez: Inside the Coup Kim Bartley & Donnacha O'Brian

Access no. 393 74 min. 2003

Hugo Chavez, elected president of Venezuela in 1998, is a colourful folk hero, beloved by his nation's working class and a tough-as-nails, quixotic opponent to the power structure that would see him deposed. Two independent filmmakers were inside the presidential palace on April 11, 2002, when he was forcibly removed from office and they were still there 48 hours later when Chavez returned to power amid cheering aides. The energy and pace of this documentary, combined with remarkable insider footage, make it a thrilling experience for the viewer. A combination of intelligence, passion, and humour illuminates this controversial tale of big oil, international intrigue, charismatic leadership, class struggle, revolution and ultimately, the hopes of people for real democracy. In spite of suppression in the USA, the film has won numerous awards including: ‘Best Documentary’: International Documentary Awards (USA);3 Continents Film Festival (South Africa); Malaga Int'l Film Festival (Spain) Peace and Conflict Media and Communication

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Broken Limbs Apples, Agriculture and the New American Farmer Guy Evans
Wenatchee, Washington prospered for nearly a century as the "Apple Capital of the World." But the good times have vanished. Apple orchardists by the thousands are going out of business. After his own father receives a threatening letter from the bank, filmmaker Guy Evans sets out on a journey to find out what went wrong here in this natural Garden of Eden. Evans witnesses small farmers struggling to compete against the Goliaths that populate today's global economy. The future looks grim for the Apple Capital until Evans happens upon an entirely new breed of farmer, practitioners of sustainable agriculture. ‘Broken Limbs’ poetically explores these hopeful stirrings. Awards: Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival Agriculture Globalization

Access no. 394 57 min. 2004

Their Brothers' Keepers: Orphaned By AIDS Catherine Mullins

Access no. 395 56 min. 2005

Millions of children in Africa have lost their parents to AIDS. Filmed over a seven-month period, 'Their Brothers’ Keepers' goes inside Chazanga Compound, a shantytown in Lusaka, Zambia. The crew focuses on two families headed by children, and their ongoing struggle for food, water, schooling and health care. Local community and aid workers offer support but lack any real resources. Throughout the film, excerpts from speeches by Stephen Lewis fill in the broader social context. Stunning photography and an exquisite musical score contrast sharply with the surreal lives of these heroic children. ‘Their Brothers' Keepers’ powerfully conveys the sense of hope grounded in the human spirit to survive. Many Awards: Best Social/Political Documentary, Yorkton Film & Video Festival Children and Youth Health

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Bhopal: The Search for Justice Peter Raymont
On December 2, 1984, the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, leaked poisonous methyl isocyanate gas, killing at least 15,000 men, women and children. Hundreds of thousands more were permanently maimed. Union Carbide is now owned by Dow Chemical. Twenty years later, amid charges of corruption, graft and suppression of medical and environmental research about the tragedy, the victims are still not adequately compensated and cared for. Journalist Raajkumar Keswani, whose prediction of the Union Carbide disaster proved prophetic, documents the legacy and introduces us to scientists, doctors and activists in his search for justice. Human Rights Science and Technology

Access no. 396 52 min. 2004

Two Worlds Colliding Tasha Hubbard

Access no. 397 49 min. 2004

‘Two Worlds Colliding’ chronicles the painful story of what came to be known as Saskatoon's infamous "freezing deaths," and the schism between a fearful, mistrustful Aboriginal community and a police force that must come to terms with a shocking secret. One frigid night in January 2000, a Native man, Darrell Night, finds himself dumped by two police officers in 20° C temperatures in a barren field on the city outskirts and finds shelter at a nearby power station. When Night comes forward with his story, he sets into motion a chain of events: a major RCMP investigation into several suspicious deaths, the conviction of the two constables who abandoned him and the reopening of an old case, leading to a judicial inquiry. It remains to be seen whether the gulf between the two worlds can be bridged.

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Different Drummers Daring to Make Peace in the Middle East John Michalczyk
The North American media focus on the violence of Palestinian suicide bombings and Israeli house demolitions. There are, however, seldom-heard voices of peace crying out in the desert, which provoke all concerned parties to consider more seriously a path toward peace. Meet some of the remarkable people who are working for new understanding and reconciliation in extremely difficult circumstances. Peace and Conflict Human Rights

Access no. 398 50 min. 2003

Shake Hands With the Devil Peter Raymont

Access no. 399 56 min. 2004

Follow the searing, emotional journey of Canadian Lt-General Roméo Dallaire, who commanded the UN peacekeeping troops in Rwanda in 1994. It was during this mission that 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered during the Rwanda genocide. This experience led to Dallaire's own life tragedies as he dealt with the psychological fallout of witnessing a genocide he was powerless to stop. Filmed during General Dallaire's first return to Rwanda, in April 2004, ‘Shake Hands with the Devil’ is based in part on his bestselling book of the same name.. Awards include: Sundance Audience Award, World Cinema Documentary; Canada’s Top Ten of 2004, Toronto International Film Festival Peace and Conflict
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Peace One Day Jeremy Gilley
‘Peace One Day’ is the story of one man’s attempts to persuade the global community via the UN to officially sanction a global ceasefire day; a day of non-violence, a day of peace. This documentary charts the 5-year journey of the filmmaker as he meets heads of state, Nobel Peace Laureates, aid agencies, freedom fighters, media moguls, the innocent victims of war and officials at the UN. The UN International Day of Peace is now fixed in the calendar on September 21st annually. The real challenge has just begun. Inspiring. Awards include: Best Documentary, Adelaide Film Festival, ‘Humanitarian Award’ and ’Special Award’, 2005 Tiburon International Film Festival. Peace and Conflict Activism

Access no. 400 80 min. 2004

Hijacking Catastrophe 9/11, Fear and the Selling of the American Empire Jeremy Earp and Sut Jhally

Access no. 401 75 min. 2005

This documentary examines how a radical fringe of the Republican Party has used the trauma of the 9/11 attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda to radically transform American foreign policy while rolling back civil liberties and social programs at home. ‘Hijacking Catastrophe’ places the Bush Administration's false justifications for war in Iraq within the larger context of a two-decade struggle by neoconservatives to dramatically increase military spending in the wake of the Cold War, and to expand American power globally by means of military force. The documentary argues that the Bush Administration has sold this radical and controversial plan by deliberately manipulating intelligence, political imagery, and the fears of the American people. Peace and Conflict Media and Communication

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Bilby Brothers, The The Men Who Killed the Easter Bunny Jim Stevens
This documentary focuses on the plight of the bilby, a small, big-eared, long-nosed creature of the Australian outback that has been marginalized by rabbits, feral predators and humans. But there are two humans that put the bilby first and have gone on to capture the imagination of their local community, politicians, government bureaucrats and the wider population because they have turned the tables to protect an almost extinct species. Difficult choices must be made to deal with predators in order to rebalance the ecosystem and save the bilbies. The documentary celebrates the challenge, logistics, camaraderie, and outcome of a campaign organized by two very unique individuals. Environment

Access no. 402 48 min. 2002

Return to Kandahar Paul Joy and Nelofer Pazira

Access no. 403 65 min. 2003

Nelofer Pazira, the star of the movie ‘Kandahar,’ returns to Afghanistan to seek out her childhood friend Dyana, whose story inspired that film. Landing in Kabul 13 years after her family left Russian-occupied Afghanistan, Nelofer unravels her past and the history of her country while searching for Dyana. The epic journey takes her to Kabul, Kandahar and Masir-e-Sharif, where Dyana's uncle last had contact with her family. Nelofer journeys across a broken land smashed by war with the Russians, years of anarchy under the Northern Alliance, the Taliban, and now by America's "war on terror." Incisively weaving Nelofer's personal story with that of Afghanistan itself, the film shows a country once again in the grip of warlords. Numerous International awards including: Gemini; Best International Documentary Peace and Conflict Women

Red Pill, The David Sheen

Access no. 404 25 min. 2005

Twenty-five films in twenty-five minutes. This scratch video culture jam samples twenty-five Hollywood feature films creating a subversive, sometimes hilarious, deep ecology riff using the language of the masses. In a vertically integrated media environment a little editing software can be a powerful tool.

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In the Shadow of Gold Mountain Karen Cho
Karen Cho, a fifth-generation Canadian of mixed heritage, discovered that half her family wasn't welcome in the country they called home. While Canada encouraged and rewarded immigration from Europe, it imposed laws that singled out the Chinese as unwanted and unwelcome. Cho's film takes her across Canada to uncover stories from the last living survivors of the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act. This dark chapter in our history, from 1885 until 1947, plunged the Chinese community in Canada into decades of debt and family separation. Through a rich melding of stories, poetry and deeply moving testimonials, this film reveals the profound ways this history still casts its shadow. Human Rights History

Access no. 405 43 min. 2004

Granito De Arena (Grain of Sand) Jill Friedberg

Access no. 406 60 min. 2004

For over 20 years, global economic forces have been dismantling public education in Mexico, but always in the constant shadow of popular resistance. ‘Granito de Arena’ is the story of that resistance, the story of hundreds of thousands of public schoolteachers whose grassroots, non-violent movement took Mexico by surprise, and who have endured brutal repression in their 25-year struggle to defend public education. Interviews with internationally-recognized figures, such as Eduardo Galeano and Maude Barlow, place the Mexican teachers’ struggle in a global context, clearly spelling out the relationship between economic globalization and the worldwide public education crisis. Nominee- International Documentary Association’s 2005 Pare Lorentz Award. Globalization Education

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Behind the Loom Ana Carpio
For four decades, Guatemala suffered through an armed conflict that left thousands of victims. The widows left behind by this war, residents of a small indigenous community in the western highlands, organized to improve their lives and increase their family incomes by forming the weaving cooperative, ASOMADEK. They use the ancestral Maya technique of the back strap loom to create beautiful textiles which are now in high demand by quality-conscious consumers the world over. ‘Behind the Loom’ is the story of these women. It is the story of sacrifices but also a story of courage and tenacity. It is a story of overcoming fears to build a brighter future. Labour and Employment Women

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100% Women Karen Duthie

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Michelle Dumaresq is one of B.C.'s top competitive downhill mountain bike racers. So why is there an effort afoot to oust her from the competition? Because Michelle used to be Michael and several of her competitors think that gives her an unfair advantage. ‘100% Woman’ follows Michelle from the 2002 B.C. Cup, her first pro race, to the World Championships in Austria. Reactions range from racing superstar Missy Giove's words of support to talk of a boycott from some of the other racers. Michelle's grace, humour and passion for racing hold steadfast in the face of lost friendships and an outspoken opposition to her presence in the competition. Thought-provoking. Sexuality Women

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4Real Kenya: Featuring K'Naan Sol Guy
Travel with your guide Sol Guy as he takes you on an adventure through Kenya with Somalian refugee, poet

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and emcee, K’naan, the Dusty Foot Philosopher. Now living in Toronto, this is K’naan’s first trip back to Africa since he escaped the war in Somalia in 1991. He returns to film his first music video for his song "Soobax" a protest song that speaks directly to the warlords of Somalia. Meet local hero, Salim Mohamed, who takes us to his community, Kibera, the largest slum in East Africa where Salim runs a medical clinic and a community development sports program involving over 5,000 young people. The film crew also connects with Kenya’s vibrant hip-hop scene. ( Development Peace and Conflict

Mr. Mergler's Gift Beverly Shaffer

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The girl sits at the piano and plays the opening bars of Für Elise. Daniel Mergler has heard the Beethoven bagatelle countless times over the decades, but this is different. He listens with surprise, and delight lights up the old man's eyes. The young pianist is Xin Ben, the 9-year-old daughter of Chinese immigrants. Fate has brought her to Mr Mergler, a music teacher whose career is drawing to a close. ‘Mr Mergler's Gift’ is the moving account of a student and her mentor, and a lyrical homage to the transcendent power of music. Xin Ben illuminates Mr. Mergler’s final months with her youthful talent, and in return he lovingly guides her towards a life in music. Oscar-winning filmmaker Berverly Shaffer crafts a film of elegant simplicity and deep emotion, gracefully documenting a dying man's dedication to his young prodigy. Art and Culture Spirituality

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Collector of Bedford Street, The Alice Elliott
Dubbed the "feel good" movie of the year, this Academy Award nominee follows Larry Selman, the filmmaker's 60 year old neighbour. A community activist and fundraiser with developmental disabilities, Larry raises thousands of dollars for charity every year while he lives at the poverty level. Because of Larry's 20 years of service to his neighbourhood, the community created a supplemental need adult trust fund for him. This was the first time that a group, rather than an individual's family, had done so. The film humanizes the story behind the abstract statistics of developmental disability, revealing how a community welcomes and celebrates all of its diverse members. Numerous awards

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Call From a Coast Twyla Roscovich

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This film explores some of the concerns surrounding salmon aquaculture in BC and the importance of wild salmon to coastal communities. 18 new fish farms are planned for the pristine waters surrounding the Skeena River, one of the largest wild salmon producing rivers in Canada. Roscovich takes us underwater to catch glimpses of what is happening to the marine life in areas around fish farms. First Nations spokespeople, researchers, sports and commercial fishers point to changes they are witnessing since the introduction of industrial salmon farming to their area. Beautiful cinematography. Environment Agriculture

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Yes Men, The Dan Ollman
‘The Yes Men’ is a comic, biting, and revelatory documentary which follows a small group of pranksteractivists, as they gain worldwide notoriety for impersonating the World Trade Organization on television and at business conferences around the world. The film begins when two members of ‘The Yes Men,’ Andy and Mike, set up a website that mimics the World Trade Organization's website and it's mistaken for the real thing. They play along with the ruse and soon find themselves invited to important functions as WTO representatives. Delighted to represent the organization they politically oppose, Andy and Mike don thrift-store suits and set out to shock unwitting audiences with darkly comic satire that highlights the worst aspects of global free trade. Outrageously funny. Economics Globalization

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Future of Food, The Deborah K. Garcia

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‘The Future of Food’ offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. From Saskatchewan to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico, this film gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this new technology. The health implications, government policies and push towards globalization are all part of the reason many people are alarmed by the introduction of genetically altered crops into our food supply. A complex web of market and political forces are changing what we eat. Alternatives such as organic and sustainable agriculture offer real solutions to the farm crisis today. Agriculture Science and Technology

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There's Something in the Air/But It's Not on the Airwaves Chris Chandler and Karen Kilroy
This short film is about the media blackout on the global peace and justice movement. Where are the peace songs these days? Intended as video imagery to accompany Chandler’s spoken word piece from his album American Storyteller, it features video footage from several of the large demonstrations he attended in recent years, including School of the Americas Watch, The FTAA in Miami and the Counter Inaugural in Washington, DC. In the ten days it took to make the film 42 U.S. Service people were killed in Iraq including 14 from Ohio where the film was being made. Media and Communication Activism

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Sunset Story Laura Gabbert

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‘Sunset Story’ is a funny and intimate documentary that will make you think differently about growing old. Set against the backdrop of a retirement home in Los Angeles for "free-thinking elderly", the film follows Irja (81) and Lucille (95), whose feisty engagement with life draws them together inextricably. Irja and Lucille explode familiar stereotypes of doddering "old ladies." Sharp-witted, up-to-date, and often provocative, the two are not afraid to weigh in with opinions on men, sex, gender roles, and social attitudes toward the elderly. They operate as an odd couple, with Irja the eternal idealist and Lucille, the irreverent irreverent sceptic, cracking ironic dry jokes. Special Jury Award: 2003 Tribeca Film Festival


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Letter to the Prime Minister, A Julia Guest
Offering a singular take on the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq, 'A Letter to the Prime Minister' follows Jo Wilding on her remarkable journey in solidarity with the people of Iraq. Narrated as a letter to Tony Blair, the film traces the non-violent resistance to US/UK policy in the region. Wilding serves as witness to the destruction of the lives of ordinary people during the bombing campaign and their subsequent neglect by Occupation forces and the interim authorities. She also forms the Boomchucka Circus to work with school children and refugees. In April 2004, she travelled into Falluja, when even Al Jazeera had pulled out, to stand alongside the civilians trapped and targeted by US forces. The film questions an unjust and damaging Peace and Conflict Activism
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Chavez, Venezuela, and the New Latin America Aleida Guevara

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Che Guevara’s daughter Aleida interviews Hugo Chavez in Venezuela’s revolutionary terrain after April 2002 when Chavez survived a coup attempt instigated by the United States. Chavez describes his fiercely nationalist vision for Venezuela and his personal political formation. Jorge Garcia Carneiro, newly appointed head of the Venezuelan Armed Forces adds his perspective on the role of the Armed Forces in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. This film affords a rare glimpse through the blockade of information imposed by the United States and into a country rich with hope, dreams and…oil. Media and Communication Development

My Land Zion Yulie Cohen-Gerstel

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From a sixth generation Israeli and director of ‘My Terrorist’ comes this courageous and provocative personal essay in which Gerstel questions her own decision to return and raise her family in war-torn Israel, while

challenging the myths of Zionism. As she wonders about the future that awaits her daughters in a country embroiled in continuous war, she stretches a connecting thread from the Holocaust to the War of Independence to the rise in settlements and the condition of Palestinian refugees in Israel today. Gerstel goes straight to the heart of Israeli national identity as she grapples with the questions what is the price of freedom, and at whose expense? Compelling. Peace and Conflict History

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Between Midnight and the Rooster's Crow Nadja Drost
Canadian oil giant EnCana is under fire for the construction of an oil pipeline that is generating controversy and conflict in the Amazon. Faced with the contamination of their lands and coercion by military forces, Ecuadorian peasants tap into reserves of remarkable strength and courage as they resist. ‘Between Midnight and the Rooster’s Crow’ explores the experiences of the people whose lives are being drastically altered by the race for black gold -- a race fuelled by oil companies, a government desperate for foreign investment, and a rapidly-globalizing world. Best Canadian Documentary; 2005 Hot Docs Festival Globalization Human Rights

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Mission Against Terror Bernie Dwyer and Roberto Ruiz Rebo

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‘Mission against Terror’ is an Irish/Cuban co-production that exposes the facts about the decades-long struggle against terror launched from the shores of the United States against the peoples of Cuba. As the title implies, the story articulates the heroic actions of those who risked all to defend the peoples of both countries against acts of terrorism. Five of those patriots of justice languish in Federal prisons throughout the United States, convicted in political show trials of trumped-up charges ranging from conspiracy to commit espionage to conspiracy to commit murder. History Human Rights

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Stolen Spirits of Haida Gwaii Kevin McMahon
After the Haida were forced, by disease, to abandon some 35 of their ancient villages, their islands became a paradise for the relic hunters of the early 20th century, greedy for the totem poles and masks that were desired by museums. Unbeknownst to the Haida, these adventurers also dug up graves and looted mortuary poles, taking away hundreds of skeletons. ‘Stolen Spirits of Haida Gwaii’ follows the Haida through an incredible journey which takes them to a museum in Chicago and, ultimately, to reconciliation with the descendents of the scientists who robbed the islands’ graves a century ago. The Haida engage their entire community in the preparations for the return of the ancestral remains. An extraordinary story of cultural Aboriginal Art and Culture

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Oil on Ice Dale Djerassi and Bo Boudart

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‘Oil on Ice’ is a vivid, compelling and comprehensive documentary connecting the fate of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to decisions America makes about energy policy, transportation choices, and other matters. Caught in the balance are the culture and livelihood of the Gwich'in Athabascan Indians and Inupiat Eskimos and the migratory wildlife in this fragile ecosystem. ‘Oil on Ice’ exposes the risks of oil extraction in this extreme environment. It also dramatizes the choice between technologies based on fossil fuels and those that draw upon renewable, efficient, and non-polluting energy resources. Stunning cinematography. Awards include: Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival; Arctic Film Festival; Big Sky Documentary Film Festival; Pare Lorentz Award, International Documentary Association Environment Science and Technology

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This Beggar's Description Pierre Tetrault
Philip Tétrault has been locked up in jails and psych wards, kicked out of the house by desperate friends and family and spent long periods living on the streets of Montreal. However, he is also a talented writer and loving father whose deep family bonds and friendships have helped him come through periods of incredible darkness brought on by his schizophrenia. Directed by Pierre Tétrault, ‘This Beggar's Description’ tells his brother Phil's story - one of art, love, and mental illness - capturing the far-reaching effects of schizophrenia. Phil's writing is central both to his life and to this documentary - offering extraordinary insights into street life in Montreal, the beauty of nature and what he calls "the gymnastics of my mind." A powerful and moving portrait. Health Art and Culture
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Bloqueo Rachel Dannefer and Heather Haddon

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Featuring voices from the streets of Havana and the Cuban countryside, ‘Bloqueo’ (or blockade) lets Cubans speak for themselves about how they have been affected by the blockade, and what it means to live in Cuba today. The documentary also features analysis from activists traveling with the Pastors for Peace Caravan, an annual journey calling attention to this controversial policy. ‘Bloqueo’ looks at the successes that have made Cuba a model in healthcare, environmental stewardship, and other arenas that forge an alternative, and ultimately more sustainable, system. History Development

Thirsty Planet Edwin Carswell

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Set in the West African countries of Ghana and Benin, "Thirsty Planet" reveals the surprising potential of solar ovens. With temperatures often near 40 degrees Celsius, these equatorial regions hold great promise for using the sun to cook food and pasteurize water. In northern Ghana local doctors learn how solar ovens can be used to eradicate parasites from contaminated water. Following these successes, Canada World Youth participants start up their own solar oven projects in Northern Ghana and the Republic of Benin. Locals, who normally walk two or three kilometers to find firewood, are delighted to learn of an alternative method to

pasteurize water. Saving on fuel costs, they are also preserving their forests by using the limitless energy of Environment Development

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Argentina: Hope in Hard Times Elissa Young and Mark Dworkin
"Que se vayan todos" (Throw them all out). Chants echo off the skyscrapers of Buenos Aires. Join the processions and protests; visit neighbourhood assemblies, workers’ cooperatives and urban gardens in Argentina. This film takes a close-up look at the ways in which Argentines are picking up the pieces of their devastated economy and creating new possibilities for the future. A spare narrative, informal interview settings, and candid street scenes allow the pervasive strength, humour, and resilience of the Argentine people to tell these tales. These are their inspiring stories - of a failed economy and distrusted politicians, of heartache and hard times, of a resurgence of grassroots democracy and the spirit of community - told in resonant detail. Inspiring. CINE Golden Eagle; San Diego Latino Film Festival Economics Community

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Peaceable Kingdom Jenny Stein and James Laveck

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"Peaceable Kingdom" explores the relationships of farm animals, former farmers, and animal rescuers struggling against industrial agriculture. In doing so, "Peaceable Kingdom" weaves together the themes of respect, forgiveness, commitment and healing, and offers a vision of a more peaceful world. Agriculture Community
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Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11 Stephen Marshall and Ian Inaba

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"Aftermath" addresses 11 unanswered questions regarding the events surrounding 9/11. The responses question the US government's official story. Among those interviewed are George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist and Mike Ruppert Media and Communication Peace and Conflict

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Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price Robert Greenwald
This feature addresses the reasons behind Wal-Mart's aggressive advertising campaigns designed to convince the public that the corporation cares about its workers, its customers, and the communities where they set up shop. "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" takes the viewer behind the propaganda, revealing the dark side of the world's largest retailer. Labour and Employment Community
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Peak Oil: Imposed by Nature Amund Prestegard

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Prestegard takes the viewer to the heart of the matter surrounding the imminent decline in world oil production. This documentary explains the concept of Peak Oil and describes the possible consequences of reduced oil production. Colin Campbell, a geologist, investment banker Matthew Simmons, financial risk analyst Richard Webb, journalist Michael Ruppert, and others lay out the issues and the path ahead. Economics Science and Technology

Being Caribou Leanne Allison and Diana Wilson

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Leanne Allison and Karsten Heuer travel across 1,500 km of arctic wilderness in the company of 120,000 caribou in order to raise the profile of the caribou and the challenges to their survival. Their gruelling 5 month journey reveals the beauty of the arctic and the threat to arctic wildlife, especially the caribou, that oil and gas development in Alaska's National Wildlife Refuge poses. Environment

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Tocar Y Lucar To Play and to Fight Alberto Arvelo
There is a wonderful renaissance in classical orchestral music today centered in Venezuela, where nearly 250,000 children and youth are participating in the Youth and Children’s Orchestra System project. What

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began as a modest program to expose rural youth to music as a means of personal and social development has become an amazing phenomenon. Teaching musical harmony is also a means of educating people in human harmony, building community and spirit. This inspiring film weaves together impressive performances and interviews with renowned musicians such as Placido Domingo who reflect on the impact of this remarkable social project. Today the program is expanding to include youth with disabilities, including hearing impaired youth. Tocar Y Luchar is an inspirational story of courage, determination, ambition, and love showing us that only those who dream can achieve the impossible. Children and Youth Community
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Venus Theory, The Pasii Toivianinen

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Featuring world renowned scientist Dr. Charles Keeling, The Venus Theory is an invaluable tool for clearly explaining the science behind global warming. This film explores the possibility of the Earth's temperature one day equaling the temperature on the planet Venus. Leading scientists from around the world clearly explain the science behind climate change. Also outlined are projections of our atmosphere's warming in the coming century, and what consequences this holds for our planet, various species, and humankind. Environment Science and Technology
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Tobacco Conspiracy, The Nadia Collot
This France-Canada co-production goes behind the scenes of the huge tobacco industry, whose economic power has been expanding for five decades at the expense of public health. A gripping investigation covering three continents, Nadia Collot's film exposes the vast conspiracy of a criminally negligent industry that conquers new markets through corruption and manipulation. With its diverse viewpoints, shocking interviews and riveting images, The Tobacco Conspiracy deftly defines the issues in a complex situation where private interests and the public good collide. Enlightening and engrossing, this documentary is a hard-hitting critique of an industry gone mad. The next target for marketing: young Africans. Health Economics

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Rocked: Sum 41 in the Congo Adrian Callender

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Rocked is a grippingly honest and unscripted account of an African country in turmoil as seen through the eyes of acclaimed rock band, Sum 41. The war in Congo has been characterized as one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises and the most deadly war ever documented in Africa. The film crew follows the musical group, Sum 41, as they meet Congolese children and youth caught in the crossfire, including child soldiers and victims of assault. Sum 41's harrowing experience is caught on film as they witness firsthand what it is like to struggle for survival in a country where, since 1998, more than three million people have been killed and war has been more prevalent than peace. Peace and Conflict Children and Youth

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Dead in the Water Neil Docherty
One quarter of the world’s population has no access to clean drinking water. Many governments lack either the resources or the will to provide this essential commodity to their citizens. In recent years, a number of powerful companies have spotted this crisis and seen a business opportunity. In thousands of cities and towns throughout the world, often with the involvement of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, these corporations have attempted to privatize the water supply. Dead in the Water investigates the results of these efforts at privatization in several key locations, and chronicles what many see as the first in a wave of battles in the years to come. Human Rights Globalization

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Frankensteer Merrin Cannel & Ted Remerowski

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Frankensteer is a disturbing documentary that reveals how the ordinary cow has been turned into an antibioticdependent, hormone-laced, potential carrier of toxic bacteria, all in the name of cheaper food. This benign, grazing herbivore has undergone a transformation in how it's raised, fed and slaughtered. Consumers, by and

large, are totally unaware of the dangers lurking in their beef. According to Mike McBane of the Canadian Health Coalition, "When you bring a package of hamburger home from a supermarket, you have to treat it as toxic material." Recent changes in inspection rules have shifted the responsibility for food safety from government inspectors to the workers who do the slaughtering and packing. Science and Technology Agriculture

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Shameless: The Art of Disability Bonnie Sherr-Klein
Art, activism and disability are the starting point for what unfolds as a funny and intimate portrait of five surprising individuals. Director Bonnie Sherr Klein has been a pioneer of women’s cinema. This film marks Klein's return to a career interrupted by a catastrophic stroke in 1987. She now turns the lens on the world of disability culture and the transformative power of art. Joining Klein are artists with diverse (dis)abilities; humourist David Roche, poet and scholar Catherine Frazee, dancer and impresario Geoff McMurchy, sculptor and writer Persimmon Blackbridge. As we get to know each of these remarkable people driven by a passion for art and transformation, the everyday complexities and unexpected richness of life with a disability are Disabilities Art and Culture

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Bombay Calling Ben Addelman & Samir Mallal

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Bombay Calling dives into a bustling world of late nights, long hours and hard partying to chronicle the rise of a new force in Indian society - the telemarketers. This new generation of call-centre employees works late into the night, trying to perfect their English and American accents, in order to sell to clients half a world away. For their efforts, they are paid more money than their parents ever dreamed of earning. Fast-paced, gritty and fun, the film is a compelling inside look at youth culture in India and the emerging and already conflicted middle-class. It’s quite a feat to get the audience to sympathize with telemarketers. Labour and Employment Globalization
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Independent Intervention: Breaking Silence Tonje Hessen Schei & David Bee

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Independent Intervention is an award-winning documentary about the importance of independent media in times of war and corporate control of the media. It contrasts the mass media’s coverage of the invasion of Iraq with non-embedded independent investigative reporting and shows the brutal realities of war. As the major US networks remove human suffering from their presentation of war, Operation Iraqi Freedom is portrayed as a success for the spread of democracy and freedom. This film shows the absolutely critical role of the independent media, which, in a culture dominated by corporate wealth, gives us hope for democracy. Media and Communication Peace and Conflict

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Global Dimming Duncan Copp
This must-see film reveals that we may have grossly underestimated the speed at which our climate is changing. In the three days following 9/11 when the entire US airline fleet had been grounded, a climate scientist, Dr. David Travis, noticed how blue the sky was. The absence of vapour trails and the cloud cover they produce was immediate and dramatic. Travis found that the temperature worldwide had increased by an astonishing one degree Celsius during that short period. It appears that warming from greenhouse gases has been offset by the strong cooling effect of what scientists are calling "global dimming." Thus, our climate may be more sensitive to the greenhouse effect than previously believed. This film describes impacts that have already occurred globally and suggests what may lie ahead unless we take action. Environment Science and Technology

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Goodbye Baby Patricia Goudvis

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Goodbye Baby offers a rare, penetrating glimpse into controversial adoption issues, in this case within Guatemala. It examines a process that touches millions of lives and thoughtfully explores its complexities. What adoptive parents see as an act of love, others may view with deep suspicion. Goudvis is the mother of two children adopted from Guatemala, where she's lived on and off during the past 25 years. Informed by the filmmaker's own experiences, Goodbye Baby provides an insightful look into the dramatic and sometimes difficult world of intercountry and intercultural adoption. Children and Youth Women

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Drug War Reality Tour Stephen Marshall
This film takes you on a guided tour through the heart of America’s heroin capital. Sponsored by the Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KWRU), The Drug War Reality Tour transports busloads of tourists to the battlefield of America’s own domestic Drug War, showing them every aspect of the drug game, from where the dope arrives to where it is sold and used. Throughout the tour, street-wise KWRU members break down facts about the narco-culture and how forces like police complicity and corporate investment are aiding and using the drug epidemic to drive Kensington’s people out of their own neighborhood in order to make room for new urban development. Human Rights Economics

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Digital Dump, The Exporting Re-Use & Abuse to Africa Jim Puckett

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This photo-documentary report exposes the ugly underbelly of what is thought to be an escalating global trade in toxic, obsolete, discarded computers and other e-scrap collected in North America and Europe and sent to developing countries by waste brokers and so-called recyclers. In Lagos, while there is a legitimate robust market and an ability to repair and refurbish old electronic equipment, of the estimated 500 40-foot containers of imports shipped to Lagos each month, as much as 75% is "junk." Consequently, this hazardous e-waste is being discarded and routinely burned in what environmentalists call yet "another cyber-age nightmare now landing on the shores of developing countries." Environment Globalization

Rong Radio Kary Stewart

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The British Honours system originated in the 14th century and is a series of different awards given for exceptional achievement or service. The Order of the British Empire or OBE is one of these awards. Benjamin

Zephaniah is a Jamaican born British poet, writer and musician. He is best known for his works for children and also his vociferous left of centre approach to political and social issues. When the Queen and British Prime Minister Tony Blair added him to the Honours list to be awarded an OBE for services to the Arts, Zephaniah’s response was "Me? OBE me? Up yours." I thought "No way, Mr. Blair. No way, Mrs. Queen." Activism

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Fight for True Farming, The Eve Lamont
In this documentary, crop and animal farmers in Quebec, the Canadian West, the US Northeast and France offer solutions to the social and environmental scourges of factory farming. Driven by the forces of globalization, rampant agribusiness is harming the environment and threatening the survival of farms. The proliferation of GMO crops is a further threat to biodiversity as well as to farmers' autonomy. In Europe as well as North America, a current of resistance, bringing together farmers and consumers, insists that it is possible, indeed imperative, to grow food differently. The Fight for True Farming is a film of grim lucidity but also irrepressible hope. Agriculture Globalization

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I Know I'm Not Alone Michael Franti & Catherine Enny

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Michael Franti, world-renowned musician and human rights worker, travels to Iraq, Palestine and Israel to explore the human cost of war with a group of friends, some video cameras and his guitar. A compelling soundtrack, visual and musical montages and Franti's intimate commentary make this film appeal to a multigenerational audience. This is an opportunity to hear the voices of everyday people living, creating and surviving under the harsh conditions of war and occupation. With its guerrilla style footage captured in active war zones, the documentary is unlike the many academic and politically driven pieces provided by the mainstream media. I Know I’m Not Alone is an antidote to despair. Peace and Conflict Art and Culture

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State of Fear: The Truth About Terrorism Paco De Onis, Pamela Yates & Peter Kinoy
How can an open society balance demands for security with democracy? Based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the filmmakers masterfully blend personal testimony, history and archival footage to tell the story of escalating violence in this Andean nation. Fear of terror undermined their democracy, making Peru a virtual dictatorship where official corruption replaced the rule of law. Attacks by Shining Path insurgents provoked a military occupation of the countryside. Military justice replaced civil authority and widespread abuses by the Peruvian Army went unpunished. Nearly 70,000 civilians eventually died. State of Fear tells the complex story of violent revolution, repression, and efforts to bring about Peace and Conflict History

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Favela Rising Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary

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Favela Rising documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela united. A favela is a Brazilian squatter settlement. Haunted by the murders of family and friends, Anderson Sa, a former drug-trafficker, turns to music to rally his community to oppose the violent oppression of the drug armies and corrupt police. Just as Anderson’s grassroots Afro Reggae movement is at the height of its success, a tragic accident threatens to silence the movement. Favela Rising celebrates the strength of the human spirit to assert itself in the face of human rights violations, social injustice, and unexpected adversity. Gritty and inspiring. Numerous awards including: Film of the Year, International Documentary Association; Best Emerging Documentary Filmmaker, Tribeca Film Festival Activism Community

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No More Tears Sister Helen Klodawsky
A story of love, revolution, and betrayal, No More Tears Sister explores the price paid by revolutionary women in their dangerous pursuit of justice. Set during the violent ethnic conflict that has enveloped Sri Lanka over decades, the documentary recreates the courageous and vibrant life of renowned human rights activist, Dr. Rajani Thiranagama. Mother, anatomy professor, author and symbol of hope, Rajani was assassinated at the age of thirty-five. Fifteen years after Rajani’s death, her charismatic older sister Nirmala, a former Tamil militant and political prisoner, journeys back to Sri Lanka. She has decided to break her long silence about Rajani’s passionate life and her brutal slaying. Though set in Sri Lanka, Rajani’s story has parallels in postcolonial societies around the world. Women Peace and Conflict

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Devil's Miner, The Kief Davidson & Richard Ladkani

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The Devil’s Miner is the story of 14-year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12-year-old brother Bernardino, who work in the dangerous Cerro Rico silver mines of Bolivia. Raised without a father and living in extreme poverty, the boys assume many adult responsibilities. The Vargas boys chew coca leaves to stave off hunger and keep their wits about them during their long hours in the mines, where they also present offerings to El Tío, the malevolent spirit of the mines. According to local legend, El Tío is a miner’s only hope of salvation in this heavily Catholic region where the people believe that the spirit of God does not exist in the hellish underworld inside the mountain. A moving portrait of a world where children risk their lives daily in hopes of an eventual Children and Youth Labour and Employment
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Howard Zinn:You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train Deb Ellis & Denis Mueller
Narrated by Matt Damon and featuring music by Pearl Jam, Woody Guthrie & Billy Bragg. In these turbulent times, Howard Zinn is inspiring a new generation. This acclaimed film looks at the amazing life of the renowned historian, activist and author. Following his early days as a shipyard labour organizer and bombardier in World War II, Zinn became an academic rebel and leader of civil disobedience in a time of institutionalized racism and war. His influential writings shine light on and bring voice to factory workers, immigrant laborers, African-Americans, Native-Americans and the working poor. Featuring rare archival materials, You Can’t Be Neutral captures the essence of this extraordinary man who has been a catalyst for progressive change for more than 60 years. Activism Labour and Employment

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Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers Robert Greenwald

Access no. 454 75 min. 2006

Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (‘Wall-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price’ and ‘Outfoxed’) takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the "reconstruction" of Iraq. Iraq For Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so. Labour and Employment Peace and Conflict

Crossing Arizona Joseph Mathew

Access no. 455 75 min. 2006

An estimated 4,500 illegal border-crossers venture into the treacherous Arizona desert every day. Most are men in search of work, but women and children are also seeking to reunite with their families. This influx of migrants and the attendant rising death toll have elicited complicated feelings about human rights, culture, class, labour and national security. Frustrated ranchers repair cut fences while humanitarian groups place water stations in the desert in an attempt to save lives. Political activists rally against anti-migrant ballot

initiatives and try to counter rampant fear mongering. Farmers who depend on the illegal work force fear that they may lose their workers to a border patrol sweep. Crossing Arizona reveals the surprising political positions people take when immigration and border policy fails everyone. Human Rights Economics
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Occupied Minds Jamal Dajani & David Michaelis
Occupied Minds takes viewers on an emotional, intensely personal odyssey through one of the world's most volatile regions. The film follows Palestinian-American journalist, Jamal Dajani, and Israeli journalist, David Michaelis, as they travel together to Jerusalem, their mutual birthplace. The two journalists meet with a variety of people, including a Palestinian gunman, an Israeli soldier, an Israeli surgeon who lost his eyesight in a Palestinian suicide bombing, a Palestinian farmer whose pasture was divided by one of the walls being built around Israeli enclaves and an Israeli mother who lost her son in the conflict. As the filmmakers journey through these troubled lands, they struggle to find lasting solutions. Peace and Conflict

Access no. 456 58 min. 2005

Four Season Mosaic, The McNabb/Connolly

Access no. 457 54 min. 2005

The Four Seasons Mosaic unveils a remarkable and bold musical endeavour, the reinvention of Antonio Vivaldi's beloved masterpiece, The Four Seasons, for our global village. Filmed in Nunavut, India, China, and Toronto, the documentary explores how different world cultures have responded to the seasons through music, and asks the question, "What if they all came together?" This film explores how four different world cultures respond to the seasons through music. "An absolute joy to watch and hear!" (The Globe and Mail.) Art and Culture
2005 Gemini nominations for Best Performing Arts Program, Best Photography and Best Editing

Slow Food Revolution Carlo Buralli

Access no. 458 52 min. 2005

Traditional foods are at risk of disappearing forever, as a speed-obsessed world turns increasingly to fast foods. To counter this trend, there is an international gastro-economic movement known as Slow Food. Its aim is to protect traditional culture, the environment and biodiversity by encouraging regional food production. The movement is now active in 45 countries. Towns, like Orvieto, Italy have declared themselves to be "slow cities", free of fast food outlets, neon and noise. Beautifully photographed around the globe, Slow Food Revolution is a celebration of the sustainability, seasonality and quality of the earth's bounty. Art and Culture Community

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Life Running Out of Control Bertram Verhaag
Life Running Out of Control offers a uniquely wide-ranging international perspective on the science and ethics of genetic engineering. This film carries us on an enlightening journey to India, Norway, and the forests of Colombia, offering inspiring images of resistance and hope amidst the pressing concerns about the science and ethics of GMOs, corporate control of our food, and the patenting of human, animal, and plant life. A mustsee for those who are looking beyond the most immediate health and safety concerns, and seek to understand the wider implications of today's biotechnologies. Science and Technology Agriculture
Golden Lynx for Best Journalistic Achievement, Ökomedia Environmental Film Festival

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Who Shot My Brother? German Gutierrez

Access no. 460 95 min. 2005

Filmmaker German Gutiérrez got a call from Colombia informing him there had just been an assassination attempt on his older brother Oscar, a political activist hated by the establishment but adored by the disenfranchised. German Gutiérrez, recounts his quest to find the hired gunmen who tried to kill Oscar, and also to expose the roots of the violence that has taken hold of his native country. This beautifully filmed political documentary takes a courageous look at what Colombia has become, a lawless, neo-liberal Far West run by a corrupt middle class, where Americans are the puppet-masters pulling the strings while drug traffickers, guerrillas, and paramilitaries engage in all-out combat with each other as the "war on drugs" rages Peace and Conflict Activism

Power of Community, The How Cuba Survived Peak Oil Faith Morgan & Pat Murphy

Access no. 461 53 min. 2005

After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, Cuba lost over half of its oil imports and survived. During the difficult "Special Period", Cuba was undergoing a transition from a highly industrial society to a sustainable one, from large farms or plantations and reliance on fossil fuel-based pesticides and fertilizers, to small organic farms and urban gardens. Cuba became a living example of how a country can successfully traverse what we all will have to deal with sooner or later, the reduction and loss of finite fossil fuel resources. It's a story of their dedication to independence and triumph over adversity, and a story of cooperation and hope. Agriculture Community

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Ecological Footprint, The Patsy Northcutt
Humans are the most successful species on the planet but we are placing unprecedented demands on the planet's limited ecological resources. "We can choose to live on a depleted planet or we can choose to live on a rich, biologically diverse, more stable planet" proposes Dr. Mathis Wackernagel, co-creator of the Ecological Footprint. The Ecological Footprint is a resource accounting tool that measures human demand on the Earth. Wackernagel concludes on a hopeful note, showing how a new organization, Global Footprint Network, is partnering with government agencies, businesses, universities and NGOs to support the use of the Ecological Footprint accounting model to help turn this vision of a sustainable future into reality. Environment Education

Access no. 462 31 min. 2005

Bicycle, The Katerina Cizek

Access no. 463 14 min. 2006

Pax Chingawale pedals his bicycle over 20 km per day, visiting his neighbours from house to house. His travels take him to twenty villages in southern Malawi to battle AIDS at the grassroots. Pax works with traditional healers who are influential at the local level yet often contribute unwittingly to the spread of the disease. He bikes around in search of the abandoned and the ill while monitoring the progress of those whose lives are being saved by ARVs (Anti Retro-Virals), a life extending drug treatment. Pax is not a doctor or nurse. He’s an HIV-positive retired government auditor who volunteers with Canada’s Dignitas International, helping to create a model for making ARV drugs accessible to the world’s most vulnerable, those who live far from hospitals and any formal medical care. Health Community
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Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars Soda Soap Productions

Access no. 464 80 min. 2005

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars tells the story of a group of six Sierra Leonean musicians who came together to form a band while living as refugees in the Republic of Guinea. Forced from their homes in Sierra Leone, the members of the band represent the thousands of untold stories that exist amongst the survivors of the Sierra Leonean civil war. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars is an inspiring story of survival and rebirth in the wake of the horrors of war and a triumphant testament to the power of music. Art and Culture Peace and Conflict

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Gimme Green Isaac Brown & Eric Flagg
Lawns are undeniably a North American symbol. But what do they symbolize? Pride and prosperity? Or

Access no. 465 27 min. 2007

waste and conformity? Gimme Green is a humourous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets, and our outlook on life. From the subdivisions of Florida to sod farms in the arid southwest, Gimme Green peers behind the curtain of the $40 billion industry that fuels the US’s largest irrigated crop - the lawn. Environment Agriculture
Best Documentary: Beverly Hills Shorts Festival; Juror’s Citation: Big Muddy Film Festival

Cats of Mirikitani, The Linda Hattendorf

Access no. 466 74 min. 2006

"Make art not war" is Jimmy Mirikitani's motto. This 85-year-old Japanese American artist was born in Sacramento and raised in Hiroshima, but by 2001 he is living on the streets of New York with the twin towers of the World Trade Center still ominously anchoring the horizon behind him. How did Mirikitani end up on the streets? The answer is in his art. As tourists and shoppers hurry past, he sits alone on a windy corner in Soho drawing whimsical cats, bleak internment camps, and the angry red flames of the atomic bomb. When a neighbouring filmmaker stops to ask about Mirikitani's art, a friendship begins that will change both their lives. The Cats of Mirikitani is an intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing power of art. A heart-warming affirmation of humanity that will appeal to all lovers of peace, art, Peace and Conflict Art and Culture
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One Man, One Cow, One Planet Barbara Sumner Burstyn

Access no. 467 56 min. 2007

'The outcome of the battle for agricultural control in India may just dictate the future of the earth.' 78 year old Peter Proctor is quietly determined to save the world. Peter is known as the father of modern biodynamic farming, a form of organic agriculture. Biodynamic agriculture is changing the landscape, releasing entire communities from the debt cycles and destroyed lands of chemical farming and the bio colonialism of multinational corporations. One Man, One Cow, One Planet reveals the hidden battle of marginal farmers to own seeds, to grow diverse crops, to feed themselves and their communities. Agriculture Globalization

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Toxic Trespass Barri Cohen
Barri Cohen launches an investigation into the effects of the chemical soup around us. She starts with her 10year-old daughter, whose blood carries carcinogens like benzene and DDT. In Canadian toxic hotspots, Windsor and Sarnia, everyone seems to know children who have suffered respiratory illnesses, leukemia, brain tumours and other illnesses. And on the Native reserve of Aamjiwnaang, ringed by Sarnia’s “chemical valley,” the film reveals a startling birth rate problem that officials just can’t ignore. We meet passionate activists working for positive change, along with doctors and scientists who see evidence of links between environmental pollution and health problems.

Access no. 468 52 min. 2007

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Shock Waves Pierre Mignault & Hélène Magny

Access no. 469 52 min. 2007

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country whose record of human rights violations is among the highest in the world, the journalists at Radio Okapi constantly risk their lives in order to denounce the extreme abuses of power to which the civilian population is subjected. Shot under dangerous conditions, with the rebellion as backdrop, Shock Waves follows these reporters’ investigations. In a land where silence is imposed at gunpoint, Shock Waves provides eloquent testimony to the struggle for freedom of expression and democracy in a war-torn nation. Human Rights Peace and Conflict

Tsepong: A Clinic Called Hope Patrick Reed

Access no. 470 49 min. 2005

In December 2004, the Ontario Hospital Association had their first team of health care workers on the ground in Lesotho, operating out of Tsepong Clinic (“the place of hope” in Sesotho, the local language.) As part of a three-year partnership with the Lesotho Ministry of Health, they help with the wide-spread distribution of affordable life-saving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs.) Doctors, pharmacists and a single nurse provide instructions and ongoing coaching to patients under extraordinary working conditions. Health

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Empowering Youth Edwin Carswell
Empowering Youth is a celebration of eco-leadership programs in 12 African countries. Between 2003 and 2007, 18 African organizations partnered with Canada World Youth to deliver the AfricaCanada Eco-leadership Program. Following the program, African participants started up their own ecoenterprises or educational projects. These programs provided youth with an experience in global citizenship, environmentally sustainable development, civil society building, and democratic participation. This video tours 10 different projects including: beekeeping in Kenya, sheep farming in Burkina Faso, hydroponic-organic gardening in Senegal, and eco-tours in South Africa. Children and Youth Development

Access no. 471 16 min. 2007

War Made Easy How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death

Access no. 472 72 min. 2007

Loretta Alper & Jeremy Earp
War Made Easy exposes a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the US into one war after another. The film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations. War Made Easy is guided by media critic Norman Solomon’s meticulous research and tough-minded analysis. The film presents disturbing examples of propaganda and media complicity with special attention to parallels between the Vietnam War and the war in Iraq. Peace and Conflict Media and Communication
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Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home Andrew Nisker
Where does all our garbage go and what it’s doing to the world? Concerned for the future of his new baby boy, director Andrew Nisker takes an average urban family, the McDonalds, and asks them to keep every scrap of garbage that they create for three months. From organic waste to the stuff they flush down the potty, the plastic bags they use to the water they drink out of bottles, the air pollution they create when transporting the kids around, to using lights at Christmas, the McDonalds discover that for every action there is a reaction that affects them and the entire planet. By the end of the odyssey, you will be inspired to change your lifestyle for the sake of future generations. Environment

Access no. 473 75 min. 2007

Memories of a Dreamer Alisson Larrea

Access no. 474 51 min. 2007

More than 30 years after political prisoner Félix Mora suffered under Chile's cruel 1973 and inhumane dictatorship, he relives the shocking details of the human rights abuses he escaped from and the challenges he faced as an exile in Italy and Canada. Félix's heartbreaking memories are shared with his friend Jorge Aro, another political prisoner who was also held in the Stadium at the tender age of 15. Exile was meant to silence those who fought the regime. For Félix, exile became a catalyst to fight for freedom and democracy. Can he ever repatriate to his birthplace and belong to Chile again, or has this experience changed him - and his country - to a point of no return? This inspirational film where terror and injustice are overcome by courage

and determination is a testament to the lives of many Chilean exiles. Human Rights History
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Cottonland Nance Ackerman
When the last of Cape Breton's once thriving coalmines shut down in the late 1990s, the shrinking population of Glace Bay faced chronic unemployment. For some, despair led to a dependency on the prescription painkiller OxyContin. Cottonland draws a coherent line between economic and social depression and asks us to consider the deeper roots of widespread social problems. Strong and cohesive social network can help people to resist drug dependency. Ironically, this network exists in the neighbouring Native community of Membertou, where the economy is flourishing and a culture of hope thrives after generations of despair. Cottonland emphasizes the importance of a collective approach to problems of addiction and dependency. Community Aboriginal

Access no. 475 54 min. 2006

Life Among Whales, A Bill Haney

Access no. 476 57 min. 2005

Weaving together natural history and biography, A Life Among Whales is a fascinating exploration into the life and work of whale biologist and activist Roger Payne. Payne’s electrifying discovery in the early 1970s that whales sing "songs" helped ignite the modern day environmental movement. With beautiful and haunting images, Payne challenges us to become the greatest generation of all. Saving earth’s largest creatures would open the door to humanity’s recognition of our true role in the biosphere. (Images of whaling may disturb some people.) Environment Science and Technology
Earthwatch Film Award; Best Film & Video: MountainFilm, Telluride; Marine Conservation Award

King Corn Aaron Woolf, Curt Ellis, Ian Cheney

Access no. 477 88 min. 2007

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food industry. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the US heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbours, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm. Entertaining and enlightening Agriculture Environment

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China Blue Micha Peled
China Blue is a powerful and poignant journey into the harsh world of sweatshop workers. Shot clandestinely, this is a deep-access account of what both China and the international retailers don't want us to see: how the clothes we buy are actually made. Following a pair of denim jeans from birth to sale, China Blue links the power of the U.S. consumer market to the daily lives of a Chinese factory owner and two teenaged female factory workers. Filmed both in the factory and in the workers' faraway village, this documentary provides a rare, human glimpse at China's rapid transformation into a free market society. Labour and Employment Human Rights
PBS Independent Lens; Audience Award

Access no. 478 88 min. 2005

Everything’s Cool Daniel Gold & Judith Helfand

Access no. 479 94 min. 2007

Filmmakers: Everything’s Cool is a film about America finally "getting" global warming in the wake of the most dangerous chasm ever to emerge between scientific understanding and political action. While industry funded nay-sayers sing what just might be their swan song of pseudo- scientific deception, a group of climate change messengers are on a high stakes quest to find the iconic image, the magic language, the points of leverage that will finally create the political will to move the US from its reliance on fossil fuels to a new earth-friendly economy - and fast! Environment Science and Technology

Radically Simple Jan Cannon

Access no. 480 35 min. 2005

Imagine that you are first in line at a potluck supper that includes not only food and water, but all the materials needed to sustain life. How do you know how much to take? How much must you leave for your neighbours behind you - not just more than 6 billion human beings, but our fellow creatures and future generations? In the face of looming ecological disaster, many people feel the need to change their own lifestyle as a necessary step in transforming our unsustainable way of life. Engineer and author Jim Merkel demonstrates that a radically simple lifestyle is both possible and satisfying. Environment
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Sir, No Sir! David Zeiger
In the 1960’s an anti-war movement emerged that altered the course of history. This movement didn’t take place on college campuses, but in barracks and on aircraft carriers. It flourished in army stockades, navy brigs and in the towns that surround military bases. It penetrated elite military colleges like West Point. And it spread throughout the battlefields of Vietnam. It was a movement no one expected, least of all those in it. Hundreds went to prison and thousands into exile. And by 1971 it had, in the words of one colonel, infested the entire armed services. Yet today few people know about the GI movement against the war in Vietnam. Peace and Conflict Activism
Los Angeles Film Festival; Audience Award

Access no. 481 84 min. 2006

Refugees of the Blue Planet, The Hélène Choquette & Jean-Philippe Duval

Access no. 482 53 min. 2006

Each year, millions of people the world over are driven to forced displacement. From the Maldives to Brazil, and even closer to home in Canada, the disturbing accounts of people who have been uprooted are amazingly similar. The enormous pressure placed on rural populations as a result of the degradation of their lifesupporting environment is driving them increasingly further from their way of life. The Refugees of the Blue Planet sheds light on the desperate plight of individuals who are suffering the repercussions of this reality: environmental refugees. They are constantly growing in number and often have no legal status, even though their right to a clean and sustainable environment has been violated. Environment Human Rights

War/Dance Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine

Access no. 483 107 min. 2007

For the last twenty years, Northern Uganda has been at war with a rebel force, the Lord’s Resistance Army (L.R.A.) The L.R.A has a chillingly effective process to fill its ranks: abducting the boys to become soldiers and the girls into sexual slavery. But amidst the grief and violence, voices are heard - children’s voices, singing strong, without fear. Across the country, Ugandan children are getting ready for the biggest event of the year: the annual Kampala Music Festival. War Dance follows the courageous efforts of Patongo Elementary School students as they pour their hearts into this year’s competition. They dance to the rhythms of their ancestors, they dance about their future, they dance to be children - and they dance to win. Inspirational. Children and Youth Art and Culture
Documentary Directing Award; Sundance 2007

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Escape from Suburbia Greg Greene
This journey of discovery is a sobering yet vital and ultimately positive exploration of what the second half of the Oil Age has in store for us. Through personal stories and interviews we see how declining world oil production has already begun to affect modern life in North America. Expert scientific opinion is balanced with "on the street" portraits from an emerging global movement of citizens’ groups who are confronting the challenges of Peak Oil in extraordinary ways. Escape from Suburbia asks the tough questions: What are the controversies surrounding our future energy options? What are ordinary people doing in their own communities to prepare for Peak Oil? Environment Community

Access no. 484 96 min. 2007

Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad A Little Bit of So Much Truth Jill Friedberg

Access no. 485 93 min. 2007

When the people of Oaxaca decided they'd had enough of bad government, they didn't take their story to the media...they TOOK the media. In the summer of 2006, a broad-based, non-violent, popular uprising exploded in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Some compared it to the Paris Commune, but it was the people’s use of the media that truly made history in Oaxaca. This documentary captures the unprecedented media phenomenon that emerged when tens of thousands of school teachers, housewives, indigenous communities, health workers, farmers, and students took 14 radio stations and one TV station into their own hands, using them to organize, mobilize, and ultimately defend their grassroots struggle for social, cultural, and economic justice. Media and Communication Human Rights

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100% Cotton: Made in India Inge Altemeier und Reinhard Hornung
Access no. 486 30 min. 2003

Cotton is the main material for our textiles, especially those we wear directly on the skin. During cotton production, huge quantities of pesticides are used, including poisons used as chemical weapons. Many of these pesticides are banned in other countries but still used in India. In the cotton belt of India, hundreds of farmers caught in the vicious cycle of debt have committed suicide by drinking pesticides. Hundreds more die of the poisons during the spraying season or from handling the contaminated cotton during processing. The residues of the poisons also enter the bodies of consumers as they wear the clothing made from contaminated cotton. Environment Agriculture
Brazil Environmental Film Festival: First Place

Curse of Copper, The Friends of the Earth

Access no. 487 34 min. 2007

Intag region in Ecuador is one of the world’s ten most threatened biodiversity hotspots. On the border of the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve, Ascendant Copper Corporation proposes to construct an open-pit copper mine. After a fierce battle in the 1990s between local people and mining corporations, the local government declared the whole of Cotacachi an "Ecological County", and banned mining activities in the region. Despite this, in August 2002, two mining concessions in the Intag were secretly auctioned off by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Energy and Mines to a private trafficker in mining concessions. These rights were subsequently sold in 2004 and then transferred to Ascendant Copper Corporation (ACX), based in Vancouver. The communities of Cotacachi have continued to resist the encroachment of Ascendant Copper on their lands and have gained the support of international organizations including Friends of the Earth, Mining Watch Canada and Rainforest Concern. Environment Globalization

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My Dead Husband’s Land Mia Malan
Culture and its proponents prevent Luo women of Kenya from inheriting and owning their deceased husbands’ land and properties. The widows themselves are deemed property and are often "inherited." They are forced to marry male relatives, usually brothers-in-law, according to an ancient custom known as ‘ter.’ But the women of Orongo are emerging victorious in a battle against practices they consider oppressive and cruel. And, remarkably, they put their success down to AIDS, which has revolutionized Luo culture at Orongo. Widows and elders have joined hands to successfully fight the practice of ter, arguing that widows with HIV could infect their "inherited" husbands.

Access no. 488 32 min. 2006

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Greenpeace: Making a Stand Leigh Badgley

Access no. 489 48 min. 2006

With dramatic action footage, still photographs, lively interviews with unforgettable characters, Greenpeace: Making a Stand explores what inspires people to risk their lives for their beliefs - to sail a ship into a nuclear test zone, to get between a pod of whales and an explosive harpoon, or to block bulldozers mowing down a forest. This compelling documentary looks at the 35 year evolution of Greenpeace from the early days of the environmental movement in the 1970s, to the front lines of a potentially dangerous campaign in Argentina’s Pizarro Reserve. As a result of the attention that Greenpeace and the documentary crew brought to this struggle, the Wichi people won title to the Reserve. Activism Environment

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Super Amigos Arturo Perez Torres
Super Amigos follows 5 modern-day super heroes in Mexico City as they fight for social justice and human rights. These super heroes are a group of Lucha Libre wrestlers who have taken their fight out of the ring and into the streets of the Mexican Capital. Super Barrio, Super Gay, Ecologista Universal, Super Animal and Fray Tormenta are real life masked super heroes who fight against evil slumlords, corrupt politicians, homophobia, pollution, animal abusers, and poverty. Though their true identity remains a mystery, they could easily be Mexico City’s most popular figures and last salvation. Creativity and social activism combine to become a powerful force. Activism Human Rights

Access no. 490 82 min. 2007

Devil Came on Horseback, The Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern

Access no. 491 85 min. 2007

This hard-hitting film exposes the tragedy taking place in Darfur as seen through the eyes of former Marine Captain, Brian Steidle. His photographs and testimony take us on an emotionally charged journey into the heart of Darfur, Sudan where an Arab run government is systematically executing a plan to rid the province of its black African citizens. As an official military observer, Steidle was unprepared for what he would witness and experience including being unable to intervene to save lives. Frustrated by the inaction of the international community, he resigned and returned to the US to expose the images and stories of lives destroyed and to work to stop the carnage. Disturbing images. Peace and Conflict Activism

Saving Marriage Mike Roth & John Hennig

Access no. 492 90 min. 2005

In November 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Court issued a historic decision that made the state the first in the US to legalize same-sex marriage. Instead of representing a final victory for the movement, it was just the beginning of the fight that would stretch through two state Constitutional Conventions and an election and is still in process today. Saving Marriage chronicles the events spawned by the initial court decision. Interviews with lobbyists, activists, and politicians give an inside look at the strategies and efforts employed to preserve the right for gays and lesbians to marry. A gripping drama. Human Rights Sexuality
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Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey Connie Littlefield
Meet a group of maverick cops with varying political ideals who discuss the question: Is the war on drugs doing more damage than the drugs themselves? After 30 years of drug war, illegal narcotics are decreasing in price, increasing in purity and demand continues to surge. The heroes of this film are veterans of the drug war and they urge us to consider ending drug prohibition. They have had a complete revolution in their thinking. Now they are working to end the War on Drugs. Find out what happened to change their minds. "Legalize, regulate and tax" is their mantra now. They believe that all illicit drugs should be under the control of government, not left in the hands of criminals. Peace and Conflict Community

Access no. 493 55 min. 2007

Salud! : Cuba & the Quest for Health Connie Field

Access no. 494 93 min. 2006

¡Salud! looks at the curious case of Cuba, a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls ‘one of the world’s best health systems.’ From the shores of Africa to the Americas, ¡Salud! hits the road with some of the 28,000 Cuban health professionals serving in 68 countries. They take with them the experience and philosophy of their own community-oriented, preventive and universal health care model, a model fundamentally at odds with a global wave of healthcare privatization. International medical students in Cuba now number 30,000, including nearly 100 from the USA. Their stories plus testimony from experts around the world bring home the competing agendas that mark the battle for global health - and the complex realities

confronting the movement to make healthcare everyone’s birth right. Health Development

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Fierce Light Velcrow Ripper
Fueled by the belief that another world is possible, acclaimed filmmaker Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred) takes us on a journey from Oaxaca to Quebec City, to South Central LA and other places where activists are motivated by love. Called "soul force" by Gandhi and "love in action" by Martin Luther King, spiritual activism's historical roots are examined and illustrated by interviews with spiritual luminaries Thich Nhat Hahn and Desmond Tutu, and with activists including Alice Walker, Julia Butterfly Hill, and bell hooks. We join Ripper as he contemplates his place in the universe, his drive to make the world a better place, and the ways in which the two connect. Fierce Light is a visually powerful and incredibly moving documentary, a spiritual experience in itself, about the impact and the necessity of spiritual action in today's world. Spirituality Activism
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Sharkwater Rob Stewart

Access no. 496 89 min. 2008

Filmmaker Stewart debunks historical stereotypes of sharks as bloodthirsty monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas. Sharkwater exposes the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world’s shark populations in the marine reserves of Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. In an effort to protect sharks, Stewart teams up with Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Their battle with shark poachers in Guatemala results in pirate boat rammings, gunboat chases, mafia espionage and attempted murder charges, forcing them to flee for their lives. Stewart’s remarkable journey of courage and determination changes from a mission to save the world’s sharks, into a fight for his life, and that of humankind. Gripping and visually stunning. Best Documentary: Directors’ Guild of Canada Environment Activism

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Hannah’s Story Juanita Peters
When she was just 5 years old, Hannah Taylor spotted her first homeless person in the back alleys of Winnipeg. This experience not only troubled her but it drove her to act, leading to the establishment of the impressive Ladybug Foundation. Under Hannah’s leadership, that charity has raised over a million dollars, literally making change for people lacking life’s basic needs. Hannah’s message is disarmingly straightforward, "share a little of what you have and always care about others." Whether it’s organizing Big Boss lunches, speaking to students or to a prime minister, Hannah’s capacity to help others is huge, unflagging, and, ultimately, humbling. Children and Youth Activism

Access no. 497 29 min. 2007

Burning the Future Coal in America David Novack

Access no. 498 89 min. 2008

This powerful documentary examines the explosive forces that have set in motion a groundswell of conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia. Confronted by an emerging coal-based US energy policy, local activists watch CEOs and politicians praise "clean coal" without regard to the devastation caused by its extraction. Faced with toxic ground water, the obliteration of 1.4 million acres of mountains, and a government that appeases industry, our heroes demonstrate a strength of purpose and character in their improbable fight to arouse help in protecting their mountains, saving their families, and preserving their way of life. Clarion Award, the UK’s highest environmental film award: Pare Lorentz Environmental Award Environment Community

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Angels in the Dust Louise Hogarth
Angels in the Dust is a story of hope and healing in the face of a staggering crisis. AIDS is leaving entire South African villages decimated and thousands of children orphaned. Marion Cloete is a therapist who, with her husband and daughters, fearlessly walked away from a privileged life in a wealthy Johannesburg suburb to build Botshabelo, an extraordinary village and school that provides shelter, food, and education to more than 550 South African children. This is the inspiring story of the life-changing power of one compassionate heart: a courageous, self-sacrificing, fiercely loving woman who has chosen a spiritual path over a material one. Angels in the Dust offers a clear pathway of hope. Special Jury Award; Seattle Int’l Film Festival Health Spirituality

Access no. 499 94 min. 2007

Suncookers Catherine Scott

Access no. 500 18 min. 2006

Suncookers follows activist Margaret Owino on a journey across Kenya, visiting solar projects in Kakuma refugee camp and the community of Nyakach. In refugee camps, when fuel rations are depleted, women and children often must walk for miles, risking abduction and rape. Solar cooking can reduce firewood needs by up to 40% and solar water pasteurization can improve health dramatically. A positive example of small scale appropriate technology involving local communities. Community Development

Devil Plays Hardball CBC

Access no. 501 60 min. 2008

If you could help get one person off the street, would you? Could you? Devil Plays Hardball is a radical interventionist documentary that seeks to answer this question. Four well-established Vancouver residents have 10 months to mentor homeless individuals who have the desire but not necessarily the means to re-enter mainstream society. The camera intimately follows each pair as they explore what it takes to get the homeless participants off the streets. The results - heartwarming, heartbreaking and complicated - raise

important issues around very profound questions: can one person really make a difference? Community Education

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Raised to be Heroes Jack Silberman
They will fight and die for their country, but not in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Featuring haunting accounts from the front lines, Raised to Be Heroes introduces the latest generation of Israeli soldiers to selectively object to military operations undertaken by their country. Do they obey orders or do they refuse to serve, risking backlash and condemnation from family, friends and society? Through emotional testimonies, a group of Refuseniks lay bare the moment that they courageously drew the line. "The time I spent in jail was the most important time I served for my country, for my friends in my unit, for my family, for the security of Israel," says Major Chen Alon. Peace and Conflict Activism

Access no. 502 54 min. 2006

One Water Sanjeev Chatterjee, Ali Habashi

Access no. 503 68 min. 2008

One Water is a stunning film that celebrates the myriad ways that water affects lives around the globe. Is water a human right or a commodity? Filmed in 15 countries, the film combines stirring visual sequences, compelling expert commentary, and an original musical score to immerse audiences in a direct and exhilarating experience of the meaning of water. The audience bears witness to the threat to the planet's fresh water tables, the inequitable access to water in some of the world's poorest regions and the role--physical and spiritual--water plays in cultures around the globe. One Water's poetic simplicity makes these issues come alive with an urgency no verbal discussion ever could. Environment Globalization

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Voices in Wartime Andrew Himes
Voices in Wartime sharply etches the experience of war through powerful images and the words of poets unknown and world-famous. Soldiers, journalists, and historians interviewed add diverse perspectives on war’s effects on soldiers, civilians and society. Poets around the world, from the US and Colombia to Britain and Nigeria, to Iraq and India, share their views and experiences of war that extend beyond national borders and into the depth of the human soul. History and literature have shown us that in times of war, poets can lead us to greater truths and that the power of poetry can help us understand the trauma, violence and death caused by armed conflict. Peace and Conflict Art and Culture

Access no. 504 57 min. 2005

Tar Sands Canada for Sale Peter Raymont & Tom Radford

Access no. 505 52 min. 2008

Washington lobbyists, pipefitters from Newfoundland, Chinese investors and Norwegian Industrialists descend on tar-soaked Fort McMurray where rents are sky rocketing and cocaine abuse is four times the provincial average. This "environmental sacrifice zone" has become Canada’s contribution to US energy security. Yet, for many, the tar sands are a global warming disaster. Cancer rates skyrocket downstream of Fort McMurray while Rocky Mountain glaciers melt and disappear. All the while, Alberta crude goes south to US markets while Eastern Canada pays ever more for Middle East oil. How much is Canada willing to sacrifice for a stake in this energy bonanza? Environment Globalization

Hijacked Future David Springbett

Access no. 506 43 min. 2008

Our industrial system of agriculture literally runs on oil, from fertilizers and pesticides, to the trucks and planes that transport food. And the source of our food - seeds - is being hijacked by a handful of corporations from the farmers who have for millennia, grown and saved them. The film looks at the increasingly fragile base of our North American industrial food system in order to bring all of us consumers of food to a better understanding of just what’s at stake with our daily bread. It asks us to question the wisdom of a system precariously based on oil and corporate seeds while we’re at the same time witnessing the impact of climate change. Agriculture Globalization

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It’s STILL Elementary
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45 min. 2007

Debra Chasnoff & Helen S. Cohen
It’s STILL Elementary presents a moving story about the power to ignite positive social change through documentary film and grassroots organizing. It examines the incredible impact of the award winning film It’s Elementary over the last decade, and follows up with teachers and students featured in the first film to see how lessons about lesbian and gay people changed their lives. It’s STILL Elementary also documents the story behind the controversial PBS broadcast of It’s Elementary and the infamous right-wing attacks on the film and its creators. This film is a call to action for parents and educators to continue working for safe, inclusive schools. Sexuality Children and Youth

World According to Monsanto, The Marie-Monique Robin

Access no. 508 109 min. 2008

With operations in 46 countries, Monsanto is the world leader in genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Since its founding in 1901, the multinational has faced many legal challenges due to the toxicity of its products. Today, it is reinventing itself as a "life sciences" company converted to "sustainable development." Using unpublished documents and first-hand accounts by victims, scientists and politicians, the film exposes hidden aspects of this industrial giant. Thanks in part to lies, collusion with the US government, pressure tactics and corruption, Monsanto has been spreading GM crops worldwide with no real monitoring of their effects on nature or human health. Science and Technology Agriculture

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Strong Coffee The Story of Café Femenino Sharron Bates
Strong Coffee tells the story of Café Femenino, the first and only coffee grown entirely by women farmers. The Café Femenino project is helping to weaken the grip of machismo in remote farming communities. The project has resulted in more gender equity; abuse and violence towards women are decreasing, and the quality of life in these regions is improving. This uplifting film follows a group of coffee roasters to Peru as they travel to remote villages to see how coffee beans are grown, picked, processed, and sold. We learn about the Peruvian women’s struggles, their courage and incredible achievements and how Café Femenino helps women in our

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own communities. Women Agriculture

49 Megawatts Bryan Smith

Access no. 510 31 min. 2007

49 Megawatts looks at the future of BC’s rivers after the issuing of hundreds of private water licenses for power production. In an attempt to uncover the backroom politics behind the approval of the Ashlu Creek Hydro Project, Bryan Smith reveals how the government of BC is fast tracking hydro projects under the name of "green power" without efforts to curb power demand, adequately assess the environmental impacts of "run of river" hydro projects, or consider the input of local communities and governments. 49 Megawatts has been acclaimed for its amazing kayaking footage and for exposing the controversy over these energy projects. Science and Technology Environment

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War on Democracy, The John Pilger
The War on Democracy demonstrates the brutal reality of the US government’s notion of ‘spreading democracy’; that, in fact, the US is actually conducting a war on democracy. John Pilger argues that true popular democracy is now more likely to be found among the poorest of Latin America and their grassroots movements. Pilger conducts an exclusive interview with President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Some remarkable interviews with US government officials who ran the CIA’s wars in Latin America in the 1980’s reveal more about US policy than all the statements and postures of recent times. The War on Democracy, however, is a hopeful film, for it sees the world not through the eyes of the powerful, but through the hopes and dreams and extraordinary actions of ordinary people. Best Documentary: One World Media Awards Globalization Peace and Conflict

Access no. 511 94 min. 2007

Man of Two Havanas, The

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Vivien Lesnik Weisman
The filmmaker’s childhood was filled with bombings and assassination attempts on her father, a former comrade of Fidel Castro. Weisman explores her relationship with her father and the Cuba he left behind. Through the prism of a daughter we explore the past, the present, and the nature of social responsibility and personal sacrifice. The movie contains highly controversial top-secret audiotapes of a CIA trained Cuban exile terrorist who is in the middle of a trial and incarcerated by Homeland Security. During the 1970s and 1980s, there were as many as seven bombings in one day and hundreds per year carried out by anti-Castro terrorists in Miami. History Peace and Conflict

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Faubourg Tremé The Untold Story of Black New Orleans Director: Dawn Logsdon Executive Producer: Wynton Marsalis
Faubourg Tremé is arguably the oldest black neighbourhood in the US, the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement and the home of jazz. The rich and vibrant character of the place is re-created through archival footage of parades, past and present. In the early 1800’s, free black people in Tremé were publishing poetry and conducting symphonies. Long before Rosa Parks, Tremé leaders organized sit-ins and protests that successfully desegregated the city’s streetcars and schools. Today civil rights battles continue and many Tremé residents are unable to return home after Hurricane Katrina. A music-filled and riveting tale of hope, heartbreak and resiliency. Golden Gate Award; San Francisco Int’l Film Festival; Tribeca Film Festival Human Rights Community

Access no. 513 67 min. 2007

Sweet Misery A Poisoned World Cori Brackett

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The artificial sweetener, aspartame, is the bedrock of the diet industry. Found in everything from fizzy drinks to vitamin pills and marketed under a variety of different names, it is difficult to detect and even harder to avoid. But how safe is it? Does it really cause brain tumours, blindness and other serious illnesses? This shocking documentary investigates how the US Federal Drug Agency came to approve such a potentially dangerous product. A year after aspartame was added to diet drinks; diabetes rates jumped 30% in the United States and incidents of an unusual type of brain tumour jumped 60%. Look for one of the most notorious Bush era "villains" in this "whodunit" of corporate rule.

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Taking Root The Vision of Wangari Maathai Lisa Merton and Alan Dater
Taking Root tells the story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its founder Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The Green Belt Movement worked tirelessly against deforestation, poverty, embedded economic interests, and government corruption, and became a national political force that helped to defeat Kenya’s 24-year dictatorship. Taking Root documents the dramatic confrontations of the 1980s and ‘90s and captures Maathai’s thirty-year journey of courage to protect the integrally connected issues of the environment, human rights, and democracy. Audience Award: Environment Peace and Conflict

Access no. 515 81 min. 2008

You, Me and the SPP Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule Paul Manly

Access no. 516 80 min. 2009

This film examines the Security Prosperity Partnership (SPP) and the Trade Investment. Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA), trade agreements which are undermining, eroding and eliminating standards, civil liberties, regulatory systems and institutions put in place over generations through the democratic process. Proponents of these agreements argue that they are needed to improve trade by removing barriers which impede the free flow of goods and services both inter-provincially and between the NAFTA countries. Opponents equate them to a corporate coup d'etat that is weakening the democratic authority of the citizens of North America and the sovereignty of Canada. Globalization Labour and Employment

Dream People of the Amazon Larry Lansburgh

Access no. 517 32 min. 2005

Under threat of social upheaval and pollution from oil operations in their pristine Amazon rain forest, the

indigenous Achuar people have relied on their dreams for guidance. Following those dreams, the Achuar are reaching out for alliances in the developed world--the very world that has destroyed so many cultures like theirs. A creative blending of modern activism and technology in partnership with Indigenous wisdom and Aboriginal Human Rights

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Fallen Feather, the Randy Bezeau
Between 1879 and 1986, upwards of 100,000 children in Canada were forcibly removed and placed into Indian Industrial Residential Schools. Their unique culture was stripped away to be replaced with a foreign European identity. Their family ties were cut, parents were forbidden to visit their children, and the children were prevented from returning home. The Fallen Feather provides an in-depth critical analysis of the driving forces behind the creation of residential schools. Using historical source documents, survivors’ personal testimonies and commentary from community leaders, the film explores the government’s primary motivation in the creation of these schools. Aboriginal Education

Access no. 518 94 min. 2008

Real Dirt on Farmer John, The Taggart Siegel

Access no. 519 83 min. 2006

The Real Dirt on Farmer John is the story of third-generation American farmer, John Peterson, on a journey of success, tribulation, failure and rebirth. This film takes us through his childhood in the ‘50s to the farm-crisis in the‘80s, culminating in his creation of a biodynamic, organic CSA farm serving 1500 families in the Chicago area with fresh produce. Equal parts performance artist, philosopher of the soil, and farmer, Peterson has been known to wear a feather boa with his overalls. This is the story of the transformation of an individual and his community. It is the story of the terrors of non-conformity in a traditional insular society with its resistance to change and diversity, and the necessity for innovation and risk in response to changing circumstances. Numerous awards including: Audience Award; Slamdance Festival: Grand Jury Award; San Francisco Int’l Film Festival Agriculture Activism

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Silent Forest, A Ed Schehl
This award winning documentary outlines the growing global threat of genetically engineered trees to our environment and to human health. A Silent Forest explores the unknown and possibly disastrous consequences of improperly tested GE methods. The film explains complex scientific concepts while detailing the dangerous impacts genetically engineered trees will have on human health, farmers, native forests, forestdwelling indigenous peoples, and wildlife. This is an urgent call for action. First Place; EarthVision Environmental Film Festival Environment Science and Technology
Narrator: David Suzuki

Access no. 520 46 min. 2007

Archeology of Memory: Villa Grimaldi Quiquez Cruz & Marilyn Mulford

Access no. 521 88 min. 2008

Archeology of Memory: Villa Grimaldi is a beautifully crafted film about music and the power of art to heal, and about the Chilean exile community. The film follows exiled musician Quique Cruz from the San Francisco area to Chile as he unlocks painful memories to create a multimedia installation and musical suite to heal his wounds inflicted by state-sponsored torture at Villa Grimaldi during the Pinochet regime. To help tell the story, he searches for artist friends who were incarcerated with him. Poets, painters, writers, playwrights, musicians have collectively created a narrative in which they explore the contradictions of terror and aesthetics, the notion of pain and beauty and how to convert darkness into light. The film culminates with the performance of the tremendously moving musical suite. Audience Top Ten; Vancouver Int’l Film Festival: Best Documentary; Mill Valley Film Festival Art and Culture Peace and Conflict

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Forest for the Trees, The Bernadine Mellis
The Forest for the Trees is an intimate look at an unlikely team of young activists and older civil rights workers who come together to battle the U.S. government. Filmmaker Bernadine Mellis is the daughter of 68-year-old civil rights lawyer Dennis Cunningham. Judi Bari was an Earth First! leader and union organizer who placed as much importance on timber workers’ lives and families as she did on the trees. Her car was bombed in 1990 and three hours later, she was arrested as a terrorist - charges that were later dropped. Cunningham took on Judi’s case and after 12 years, Judi Bari v. the FBI finally gets a court date. This film is a piece of U.S. history that resonates as the lines between dissent and terrorism are being intentionally blurred. Activism Peace and Conflict

Access no. 522 57 min. 2006

US and Us, The Quinn

Access no. 523 27 min. 2008

The U.S. and Us is a romp through the changing landscape of Canada-U.S. relations. Featuring interviews with Canada’s most popular activist Maude Barlow and best-selling political authors Linda McQuaig and Mel Hurtig, the film documents growing Canadian concerns over everything from the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the fine print of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). Vignettes of Quinn’s performance art humourously illustrate mounting tensions over serious issues of energy, water and national security to question the future of Canadian sovereignty when American interests are at stake. Globalization Activism

From Under the Bushy Trees Jan Padgett & Moira Simpson

Access no. 524 72 min. 2008

We journey with Gerri Graber from Powell River, BC to Chad. Here, Gerri teams up with Bartholomew Mokuh and together they work with the villagers of Manda to begin construction of a school. The people of Powell River become involved in raising money for the school and for a family of seven AIDS orphans that Gerri and Mokuh have befriended. At the heart of the film are the women of Chad who struggle to survive ongoing oppression. Despite everyone’s best intentions and efforts, problems develop. The film offers insight into the

challenges of bringing aid to Africa and the positive impact a few dedicated activists can have. Development Women

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Two Rivers Rodney Mitchell
Attempts at Native and European American reconciliation typically fail to produce lasting changes - usually because whites set the agenda. Several years ago, a handful of individuals in the Okanagan Valley of Washington state began meeting together to find out why relationships between Native Americans and nonNatives were virtually non-existent outside of courtrooms. Two Rivers shows how people from different worlds can create profound, lasting friendships if they are willing to adopt an open attitude, experiment with new ways of connecting, and learn to speak, listen, and act from their hearts. Aboriginal Community

Access no. 525 57 min. 2006

Island On the Edge Director: Nick Versteeg Co-Producers: Don Genova & Jason

Access no. 526 70 min. 2008

Food security is an issue that affects everyone. This film looks at the history of food production on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands and what would happen to our food supply if the islands were suddenly cut off from the rest of the world. It also chronicles the efforts of several crusaders who grow crops, raise animals and craft artisan food products in the face of growing competition from imports and rising costs. These visionaries imagine a world in which eating and growing food is accessible to all and is part of a healthy community, economy and planet. Finally, the film shows why people need to get involved with supporting the local food movement. The film’s producers and Minister of Agriculture Stan Hagen are featured in the film. Agriculture Activism

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Sense of Wonder, A Christopher Monger and Karen Montgomery
When Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, the backlash from her critics thrust her into the centre of a political maelstrom. Despite her extremely private persona, her convictions about the risks posed by chemical pesticides forced her into the role of controversial public figure. This documentary style film, based on the life of Rachel Carson is a dramatic production in which actress Kaiulani Lee plays the part of Carson. Using Carson's own words, she depicts Carson in the final year of her life. Struggling with cancer, Carson recounts with both humour and anger the attacks by the chemical industry, the government and the press as she focuses her limited energy to get her message to Congress and the American people. Through her scientific integrity and elegant prose, Carson battled government negligence and unbridled corporate interests. Rachel Carson is often referred to as the patron saint of the environment and generally credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Environment Activism

Access no. 527 55 min. 2008

March Point Annie Silverstein, Tracy Rector, Cody Cayou, Nick Clark, Travis Tom

Access no. 528 53 min. 2008

March Point follows Cody, Nick and Travis, three teens from the Swinomish Indian Tribe who participated in a community justice diversion program. They originally wanted to make a gangster movie but found themselves using video cameras to investigate the impact of two oil refineries on their tribal community. Over time, the presence of the refineries has negatively affected the health of the water and land and the very fabric of cultural tradition itself. March Point follows their journey as they come to understand themselves, the environment and the threat their people face. Ambivalent environmental ambassadors at the onset, the boys grapple with their assignment through humour, sarcasm and a candid self-knowledge. Making the film transforms them in ways they could not have imagined. ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival; Best Documentary Aboriginal Environment
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Fatherhood Dreams
Access no. 529 55 min. 2007

Julie Ivanova
Meet four gay men who have always wanted to be dads and discover the challenges they face as they realize their dreams of becoming parents. Fatherhood Dreams invites people into the day-to-day lives of gay dads Scott, Steve, Randy and Drew, who are fathers through adoption, co-parenting, and surrogacy. Their private journey through fatherhood forces them to deal with much larger issues that affect gay fathers in Canada, including the legal aspects of surrogacy, the complexity of "open adoption", and the human rights battles concerning the official recognition of LGBT and multi-parent families. This is a film about the power of love in fulfilling dreams. Human Rights Children and Youth

Where the Water Meets the Sky Camfed

Access no. 530 60 min. 2008

Written by Jordan Roberts and narrated by Morgan Freeman, Where the Water Meets the Sky tells the inspiring story of a group of women in a remote region of Northern Zambia who achieve the unimaginable: they learn how to make a film as a way to speak out about their lives, raising an issue that no one will discuss - the plight of young women orphaned by AIDS. In a community where women are rarely given the chance to speak up, the inspiring voices at the core of this moving documentary ring loud and clear. What begins as a workshop in filmmaking becomes a journey in empowerment as the women rise to the challenge of pressing their community to change. Women Community

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Myths for Profit Amy Miller
Myths for Profit is a dramatic, exposé which explores Canada’s role in industries of war and peace. Through diverse interviews and case studies, this documentary unveils the specific interests and profits that are made by certain corporation, individuals and agencies within Canada. The Canadian government and the military would like us to believe that we are altruistic peacekeepers helping people around the world. But is this accurate? Myths for Profit examines how these misconceptions are maintained and who stands to gain by perpetuating them. This film helps us understand the systems of power in Canada so that we can move forward in challenging how they operate and collectively create change.

Access no. 531 60 min. 2009

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Land of Oil and Water Warren Cariou and Neil McArthur

Access no. 532 44 min. 2009

Underneath the woods and the muskeg of northern Canada lies roughly two trillion barrels of oil, fifteen percent of the world’s known reserves. Land of Oil and Water follows the journey of Warren Cariou, a Métis writer from northern Saskatchewan, who learns that the oil companies from Alberta are expanding into his homeland. Cariou talks to people in the area about their hopes and fears about the development. Aboriginal communities who have experienced the development in Alberta continue the struggle to preserve their traditional way of life in the midst of the largest and most destructive oil recovery operation the world has ever known. It’s time to count the true cost of development and listen to the Métis and First Nations people who call this place home Aboriginal Human Rights

H2Oil Shannon Walsh

Access no. 533 81 min. 2009

In Alberta’s pristine boreal forests, the process of oil sands extraction uses up to 4 barrels of fresh water to produce only one barrel of crude oil. H2Oil follows a voyage of discovery, heartbreak and politicization in the stories of those attempting to defend water in Alberta against tar sands expansion. Unlikely alliances are built and lives are changed as they come up against the largest industrial project in human history. Ultimately we ask what is more important, oil or water. And what will be our response? With hope and courage H2Oil tells the story of one of the most significant, and destructive projects of our time. Environment Community
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Smile Pinki Megan Mylan
Pinki Kumari is an eight-year-old girl who is living with a severe cleft lip in one of the poorest areas of India. Not allowed to attend school at her native village, Rampur Dahaba village in Mirzapur, near Varanasi, and ostracized because of her cleft, Pinki lives a life of quiet desperation. Her parents could never afford the surgery that she desperately needs. By chance, Pinki's parents meet a social worker one day who is traveling village to village, gathering patients for a hospital that provides free cleft lip surgery to thousands of poor children each year. This is an uplifting and unforgettable film. Best Short Documentary; 2008 Academy Award Children and Youth Disabilities

Access no. 534 39 min. 2008

Garbage Dreams Mai Iskander

Access no. 535 53 min. 2009

Filmed over four years, Garbage Dreams follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade in the world’s largest garbage village, a ghetto on the outskirts of Cairo. For generations, the residents of Cairo have depended on the Zaballeen to collect their trash, paying them only a minimal amount for their services. These workers recycle 80% of all the garbage they collect. When the city suddenly decides to replace the Zaballeen with multinational garbage disposal companies, the community finds itself at a crossroads. Faced with the globalization of their trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community. Short Listed for Best Documentary, 2010 Academy Awards; Best Cinematography; Rhode Island Int’l Film Festival Children and Youth Globalization
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Good Morning Kandahar Ariel Nasr
"My country fights a war in my father’s country. And I look on with a growing sense of confusion." So Ariel Nasr begins his powerful documentary, Good Morning Kandahar, which gives poignant voice to the dilemmas felt by thousands of young Afghans around the world - many in surprising places - as they grapple with events in their homeland. The film introduces us to young Afghan-Canadians torn between a deep desire to help Afghanistan and fear that things will never change. Good Morning Kandahar is a moving and rich film that brings a profoundly needed personal perspective to a painful controversy. Best Original Music Score, Atlantic Film Festival Peace and Conflict Community

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At the Edge of the World Dan Stone

Access no. 537 90 min. 2009

The 3rd Antarctic Campaign undertaken by the controversial Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was arguably "the perfect combination of imperfections" and the actions taken to stop a Japanese whaling fleet were astonishingly reckless and admirable. The under-trained international volunteer crew has developed a combination of bizarre and brilliant tactics to stop the whalers. But first they must find them in the vast expanse of the Ross Sea. With one ship (The Farley Mowat) too slow to chase down the whaling fleet and their second ship (The Robert Hunter) unsuited for Antarctic ice conditions, the situation becomes increasingly desperate in this real-life David-vs.-Goliath adventure. Numerous awards include: Haskell Wexler Award for

Best Cinematography, Woodstock Film Festival; Best Documentary, Monaco International Film Festival; Environmental Film Audience Award, 2009Vancouver Int’l Film Festival Environment Activism
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Rebecca’s Wild Farm Rebecca Hosking
Wildlife camerawoman Rebecca Hosking returns to her childhood home to take on the family farm. The Hosking farm is not a normal farm - it is a haven of biodiversity, with majestic oak trees full of birds, water meadows and hayfields heaving with wild flowers. We follow Rebecca as she investigates different ways to run a productive farm without using fossil fuels and in doing so, the film reveals a fascinating glimpse into positive alternatives such as permaculture for the future of farming. Beautifully filmed. Agriculture Environment

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Bogotá: Building a Sustainable City Tad Fettig

Access no. 539 27 min. 2008

As few as 10 years ago Bogotá, Colombia was characterized by drug cartels, senseless violence and a 30year civil war. Every three hours someone was kidnapped. Every 15 minutes someone was murdered. Today as you move around the city you’ll see mega-libraries, greenways, 1,000 parks, over 70,000 trees and a stateof-the art transportation system called the TransMilenio. People from all walks of life are out of their cars, enjoying their city space- parents strolling with their kids, neighbours meeting and talking with one another. This remarkable transition came out of the vision that Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogotá from 1997 through 2000, had for his city. Peñalosa believed that cities should encourage walking and biking, which would promote community and make the streets safer for everyone. Environment Peace and Conflict
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Infinite Vision Pavi Mehta

Access no. 540 35 min. 2004

Despite crippling obstacles, Dr. Venkataswamy restored the sight of over 100,000 people with his own hands. Thirty years ago, at the age of 58, he started an 11-bed eye clinic in an old temple-city, and with his team, turned Aravind Eye Care System into the largest and most productive eye care facility in the world. Taking its compassionate services to the doorstep of rural India, Aravind's stunningly effective strategies have created a self-sustaining system that now treats over 1.4 million patients each year, two-thirds of them for free. This award winning documentary tells the inspired story of what made Dr. V's leadership, and spiritually grounded vision so compelling. Health Development

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Justicia Now Martin O’Brien & Robbie Proctor
Chevron / Texaco left a toxic legacy in the Northern Ecuadorian region of the Amazon rainforest. A courageous group of people called Los Afectados (The Affected Ones) are seeking justice for the ensuing cancer, sickness, and death in the largest environmental class action lawsuit in history. The lawsuit, representing 30,000 people, charges Chevron/ Texaco with damaging the environment and health of the community. The company denies any responsibility and blames the campesinos for their health problems. Activists Daryl Hannah and Stuart Townsend speak out about the issues. For more information, see or Grand Jury Award, Latin American Environmental Media Health Activism
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Be the Media Nick Middleton and Chad Schroter-Gillespie

Access no. 542 22 min. 2009

Be the Media examines the state of Canada's highly concentrated, deregulated and privatized media industry while showcasing the vital role of local independent citizen journalism and media production in the mid Vancouver Island region. Featuring interviews with a diverse cast of inspired citizens, Be the Media offers a unique and proactive approach to democratizing the media. Original music by Tongue & Groove and Peter Bowles Media and Communication Activism
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Burma VJ Anders Østergaard
Going beyond the occasional news clip from Burma, the acclaimed filmmaker, Anders Østergaard, brings us close to the video journalists who deliver the footage. Though risking torture and life in jail, courageous young citizens of Burma live the essence of journalism as they insist on keeping up the flow of news from their closed country. Armed with small handycams, the Burma VJs stop at nothing to make their reportages from the streets of Rangoon. Their material is smuggled out of the country and broadcast back into Burma via satellite and offered as free usage for international media. The film offers a unique insight into high-risk journalism and dissidence in a police state, while at the same time providing documentation of the historical and dramatic days of September 2007, when the Buddhist monks started marching. Short Listed for Best Documentary, 2010 Academy Awards;World Cinema Documentary Editing Award, Sundance; Nominee for Best Documentary, European Film Awards Media and Communication Human Rights

Access no. 543 84 min. 2008

Apology of an Economic Hitman Stelios Kouloglou

Access no. 544 90 min. 2008

From 1971 to 1981 John Perkins was a prominent member of the top-secret team of "economic hit men" who used fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, military coups and murder to help create the global American empire. Working as an economist for consulting firm, Chas T Main, his job was to structure huge loans to Indonesia, Panama and Saudi Arabia -- loans for massive construction projects that would funnel the money back to US contractors, at the cost of national self-sufficiency, independence and endemic poverty for the vast majority of the local population. Economics--not Intelligence--is where the real cloak-and-dagger stuff happens. Economics Globalization
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Coca Cola Case, The German Gutiérrez & Carmen Garcia
Directors: In this gripping documentary, directors German Gutiérrez and Carmen Garcia present a searing indictment of the Coca-Cola empire and its alleged kidnapping, torture and murder of union leaders trying to improve working conditions in Colombia, Guatemala and Turkey. The filmmakers follow labour rights lawyers Daniel Kovalik and Terry Collingsworth and an activist for the Stop Killer-Coke! campaign, Ray Rogers, as they attempt to hold the giant U.S. multinational beverage company accountable in this legal and human rights battle. This is an inspiring story of international solidarity and the principled stand taken by courageous union leaders in the global South. Labour and Employment Globalization

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Mirage of El Dorado Martin Frigon

Access no. 546 75 min. 2008

Mirage of El Dorado leads us into the mountains of northern Chile, where the devastating operations of Canadian mining companies, Barrick Gold and Noranda, threaten a fragile ecosystem of glacier-fed rivers in one of the driest parts of the globe. The film exposes the hypocrisy of the Canadian government towards its own mining companies which corrupt foreign governments and weaken the process of environmental assessments. With a backdrop of breathtaking images and eloquent testimonials, Mirage of El Dorado defies the powers that would have us believe their divine mission is to extract wealth no matter where it lies, purportedly to save local communities from endemic poverty. Globalization Human Rights
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Sweet Crude Sandy Cioffi
Sweet Crude is the highly acclaimed film about the human and environmental consequences of 50 years of oil extraction in the Niger Delta, the history of non-violent protest, and the members of a new insurgency, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) who are demanding an end to the environmental degradation (equivalent to 50 Exxon Valdez spills) and a share of the $700 billion oil profits. The Nigerian government policy of execution and intimidation extended even to Cioffi and her crew, who were arrested and detained, their film footage seized. This superbly crafted film confronts issues of human rights, resource control, environmental justice and mainstream media agendas. The issues are complex; the answers elusive. But in this moment, there’s an opportunity to find solutions. What if the world paid attention before it was too late? Many awards include: Special Jury Award, DMZ Docs, Korean Documentary Film Festival; Best Documentary, Strasbourg International Film Festival Environment Human Rights

Access no. 547 93 min. 2009

Addicted to Plastic Ian Connacher

Access no. 548 85 min. 2007

From Styrofoam cups to artificial organs, plastics are perhaps the most ubiquitous and versatile material ever invented. No ecosystem or segment of human activity has escaped the shrink-wrapped grasp of plastic. Addicted to Plastic is a global journey to investigate what we really know about the material of a thousand uses and why there's so darn much of it. On the way, we discover a toxic legacy and the men and women dedicated to cleaning it up. We travel to 12 countries on 5 continents, including two trips to the middle of the Pacific Ocean where plastic debris accumulates. The film provides a wealth of expert interviews on practical and cutting edge solutions to recycling, toxicity and biodegradability. Environment Science and Technology
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Soldiers of Conscience Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg
From West Point grads to drill sergeants, from Abu Ghraib interrogators to low ranking reservist-mechanics, soldiers in the U.S. Army today reveal their deepest moral concerns about killing in war. Their message: every soldier wrestles with his conscience over killing. Although most decide to kill, some refuse. Soldiers of Conscience reveals that far more soldiers decide not to kill than we might expect. Made with official permission from the U.S. Army, Soldiers of Conscience includes never-before-seen footage of basic training and the war in Iraq, with an original soundtrack from an Academy Award winner and composer. It is a realistic look at war, peace, and the power of the human conscience. Warning: This film shows images from war. Best Documentary, 2007 Salem Film Festival Peace and Conflict
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Access no. 549 54 min. 2007

Pray the Devil Back to Hell Abigail E. Disney & Gini Reticker

Access no. 550 72 min. 2008

Filmmakers: Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Thousands of ordinary women, both Christian and Muslim, came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside the presidential palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they took on the warlords and non-violently forced a resolution to the stalled peace talks. This is the inspiring story of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations. Many awards include: Best Documentary, Tribeca Film Festival Peace and Conflict Women
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Seeking Refuge Karen Cho
Five asylum seekers set out on the lengthy journey to be accepted as refugees in Canada. Plunging into the experiences, hopes and struggles of asylum seekers looking for protection, Seeking Refuge follows newlyarrived claimants awaiting their hearings and captures the lives of those who have been denied asylum and are facing deportation. From border crossings to refugee shelters, a moving look at the lives of people who navigate Canada's complex refugee determination system after escaping war, persecution, rape and political unrest. In a situation where the decision to grant or deny asylum could mean life or death for the refugee, Seeking Refuge offers a provocative look at both the refugee system and those whose lives lie in the balance. Human Rights

Access no. 551 70 min. 2009

Good Food Mark Dworkin & Melissa Young

Access no. 552 57 min. 2008

Something remarkable is happening in the fields and orchards of the Pacific Northwest. After leaving the land for decades, family farmers are making a comeback. They are growing much healthier food, and more food per acre, while using less energy and water than factory farms. And most of this food is organic. For decades Northwest agriculture was focused on a few big crops for export. But climate change and the end of cheap energy mean that each region needs to produce more of its own food and to grow it more sustainably. Good Food visits farmers, farmers' markets, distributors, stores, restaurants and public officials who are developing a more sustainable food system for all. Agriculture Labour and Employment

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RiP: A Remix Manifesto Brett Gaylor
Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers. The film's central protagonist is Girl Talk, a mash-up musician topping the charts with his sample-based songs. But is Girl Talk a paragon of people power or the Pied Piper of piracy? Creative Commons founder, Lawrence Lessig, Brazil's Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow are also along for the ride. A participatory media experiment, from day one, Brett shares his raw footage at, for anyone to remix. This movie-as-mash-up method allows these remixes to become an integral part of the film. With RiP: A Remix Manifesto, Gaylor and Girl Talk sound an urgent alarm and draw the lines of battle. Media and Communication Art and Culture

Access no. 553 87 min. 2008

Roadsworth; Crossing the Line Alan Kohl

Access no. 554 72 min. 2009

Roadsworth: Crossing the Line details a Montreal stencil artist’s clandestine campaign to make his mark on the city streets. Hailed as an "artist's artist" by Wooster Collective, Roadsworth began to play with the language of the streets, overlaying city asphalt markings with his own images: a crosswalk becomes a giant boot print, vines choked up traffic dividers, and electrical plugs filled parking spots. Each piece begged the question, Who owns public space? As he is prosecuted at home and celebrated abroad, Roadsworth struggles to defend his work, define himself as an artist and address difficult questions about art and freedom of expression. Music by Mitchell Akiyama, Miracle Fortress, and Broken Social Scene. Art and Culture

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Made in LA Almudena Carracedo
Made in L.A. is an Emmy award-winning documentary that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labour protections from trendy clothing retailer Forever 21. In intimate observational style, Made in L.A. reveals the impact of the struggle on each woman’s life as they are gradually transformed by the experience. Compelling, humourous, deeply human, Made in L.A. is a story about immigration, the power of unity, and the courage it takes to find your voice. As seen through the eyes of María, Maura and Lupe, the workers' struggle for basic economic justice and personal dignity yields hope and growth, but it is also fraught with disappointments and dangers. The long campaign is a turning point from victimization to empowerment. Labour and Employment Women

Access no. 555 70 min. 2007

Body and Soul; Diana and Kathy Alice Elliott

Access no. 556 40 min. 2007

Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy directed by Academy Award nominee Alice Elliott (The Collector of Bedford Street), is a rare look at an unusual relationship between two people some would call profoundly disabled. Two remarkable advocates for people with disabilities, Diana Braun who has Down syndrome and Kathy Conour who has cerebral palsy, met three decades ago and vowed to fight to live independent lives. Fearful of being shut away in a nursing home or forced into a state run institution, Diana and Kathy broke the rules, escaped the system, and modeled a grand experiment in independent living. This is a story of a profound, creative friendship and about making a difference. Disabilities Activism
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Under Rich Earth Malcolm Rogge
Under Rich Earth is a story about ordinary people with extraordinary courage. In a remote mountain valley in Ecuador, coffee and sugarcane farmers face the dismal prospect of being forced off their land to make way for a Canadian mining project. The issue creates division between those hoping the project will create jobs and those who feel it will destroy the land. Unprotected by the police and ignored by their government, local activists prepare to face down the invaders on their own. Their resistance ultimately leads to a remarkable and dangerous stand off between farmers and a band of armed paramilitaries deep in the cloud forest. The role of the video camera cannot be underestimated in the outcome. Under Rich Earth offers a surprising and poignant tale of hope and determination. Audience Choice, One of Top Ten Canadian Films at 2009 Vancouver Int’l Film Festival Activism Community
Rye Cinema

Access no. 557 91 min. 2008

Chinese Violin, The Joe Chang

Access no. 558 8 min. 2002

A young girl and her father leave everything familiar behind when they move to Canada from China. The only piece of home they bring with them is a Chinese violin. As they face the huge challenges of starting new lives in a new place, the music of the violin connects them to the life they left behind - and guides the girl to a musical future. The Chinese Violin is part of the NFB's Talespinners collection which uses vibrant animation to bring popular stories from a wide range of cultural communities to the screen. Children and Youth Art and Culture

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Water Detectives David Springbett
In Matamoros, Mexico, a severe water shortage led the city to take the unusual step of putting local children in charge of changing adult attitudes and habits. Thousands of schoolchildren were enlisted as "water detectives" - educated in concepts of water conservation, and encouraged to discuss the importance of proper water usage with adults. Kids were authorized to give "tickets" to transgressors who were seen to be wasting water, and the municipality followed up by fixing leaks and visiting homes. The result? Matamoros lowered its water consumption by nearly 20% in just one year! This inspiring film features lively narration from three of the water detectives, Mariana, Carlos and Raoul. Children and Youth Community

Access no. 559 11 min. 2007

Magic Lion, The African Rhythms: Animated Stories for Children Charles Githinji NFB

Access no. 560 7 min. 2004

The Magic Lion: An African boy goes on a quest to save his gravely ill grandfather. He must find a mysterious village where healers create medicine with special properties. On his way, the boy meets a strange lion caught in a trap. Freeing the lion is risky but he trusts that things will work out if he shows kindness. (2004, 6 min 52 sec) The Cora Player: A young couple from Burkina Faso fall in love, but because they are from different social classes, they must defy tradition to be together. This film is based on Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which upholds the right to love freely, blind to convention and social class. (1996, 7min 5 sec) Jump-Up: Caribbean Carnival in Canada: This film centres on the friendship of Lisa, a newly arrived girl from the West Indies, and Sophie, her Canadian neighbour. Together they help make a costume for the Jump-Up parade, an annual festivity celebrated in many communities with roots in the Caribbean. (1995, 10 min 45 Children and Youth Health
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Champions of the Wild: Dolphins Jack Silberman
Every year, dozens of bottlenose dolphins are captured and shipped off to aquariums and theme parks. Diane Claridge and her hubsand, Ken Balcomb, say it's time to set the dolphins free, and that keeping them captive is barbaric. Their marine mammal survey, based on the Bahamian island of Abaco, works to identify individual dolphins living in the area. Conventional wisdom has it that captive dolphins can't survive in the wild. But in 1992, a bottlenose known as Bahama Mama escaped after 17 years in captivity. Five months later, Claridge and Balcomb identified her swimming with a group of wild dolphins. The finding has provided even more ammunition for their fight to free the planet's imprisoned dolphins and whales. Environment Education

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Apples and Oranges Lynn Fernie

Access no. 562 17 min. 2003

"It's Not Cool to be Cruel" is the theme song in Apples and Oranges, a film for Grades 4-8 that addresses name-calling, homophobia and stereotyping. In this fun and thought-provoking video, children's paintings magically transform into two animated adventures of Anta, Habib and Jeroux as they deal with homophobia and bullying at school.Woven into these short animated stories are film clips of an actual class discussion between an equity educator and elementary school students. In a lively talk about why names are bad and hurtful, stereotypes about gays and lesbians are dismantled and new views are put into place by the children themselves. Apples and Oranges challenges young viewers to think about their responses to people and families different from their own. Children and Youth Sexuality

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Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma Patrick Reed
Triage is the ultimate humanitarian nightmare. Racing against time with limited resources, relief workers are forced to make split-second decisions. Who gets treatment, food, a place to live? Who is left to die? This film follows Dr. James Orbinski on journeys to lands and people whose life-and-death struggles marked him forever. As Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) president, Orbinski accepted the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize on their behalf. He was a field doctor during the Somali famine and the Rwandan genocide. The film accompanies the doctor to Somalia and Rwanda, visits genocide sites and highlights dilemmas confronted by humanitarian organizations and workers. Peace and Conflict Human Rights
Numerous awards include: Sundance Film Festival; Top Ten films; Hot Docs

Access no. 563 88 min. 2008

Our Land, My People: The Struggle of the Lubicon Cree Lisle Turner and Lisle Turner
The film follows Lubicon councillors, elders, and band members as they share with Amnesty International the impact of resource exploitation on their way of life and traditional economy. Over $14B has been extracted from Lubicon land; the Lubicon have seen not a penny. Since the late 1970s, the Lubicon Cree, an Indigenous people in Alberta, Canada, have seen the land on which they depend transformed by logging and large-scale oil and gas extraction. Despite a 1990 decision by the United Nations Human Rights Committee that the human rights of the Lubicon Cree are being violated by the impact of natural resource extraction, the Canadian authorities have failed to bring about a fair resolution of the long standing land dispute. Aboriginal Environment

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Yes Men Fix the World , TheAccess no. 565
87 min. 2009

This is a screwball true story that follows two daring and imaginative political activists, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, as they infiltrate the world of big business and pull off outrageous pranks that highlight how corporate greed is destroying the planet. Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits, the Yes Men lie their way into business conferences and parody their corporate targets in ever more extreme ways, basically doing everything that they can to wake up their audiences to the danger of letting greed run the world. "Hilarious, therapeutic, inspiring. The Yes Men are geniuses." Naomi Klein. Economics Activism

People Speak, The Producer: Matt Damon

Access no. 566 113 min. 2010

The People Speak is a beautiful and moving film inspired by Howard Zinn’s book, A People’s History of the United State. The film features the actual words (in letters, songs, poems, speeches, and manifestos) or rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past and present, including Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Bob Dylan, Langston Hughes, Chief Joseph, Muhammad Ali, and unknown veterans, union workers, abolitionists, and many others. Their voices are brought to life by a group of remarkable musicians and actors such as Bruce Springsteen, Danny Glover, Pink, Ry Cooder, Sandra Oh, John Legend and others. History Activism

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Music by Prudence Director: Roger Ross Williams
Prudence Mabhena lives in Zimbabwe, and for a long time almost no one knew about her hauntingly beautiful voice. No one knew the strong, resilient woman who owned it. They were unable to overlook her body; she was born with a debilitating condition called arthrogryposis. Music by Prudence traces the path of this little girl, and her remarkable transcendence from a world of hatred and superstition into one of music, love, and possibility. Her grandmother, Rachel Ncube raised her and taught her to sing. But when Prudence turned 7, she was sent to live with her father and his new family. There, Prudence experienced neglect and isolation. The haven away from this pain is King George VI School & Centre for Children with Physical Disabilities (KG6) where Prudence gets a scholarship and her new life begins. Best Short Documentary; 2010 Academy Awards Disabilities Children and Youth

Access no. 567 33 min. 2009

Soundtrack for a Revolution Directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman

Access no. 568 82 min. 2009

Soundtrack for a Revolution tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music, the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. The film features new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots; riveting archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, and Ambassador Andrew Young. The infectious energy of the songs swept people up and empowered them to fight for their rights as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence. Soundtrack for a Revolution celebrates the vitality of this music. A vibrant blend of heart-wrenching interviews, dramatic images, and thrilling contemporary performances. Numerous awards include: Peoples’ Choice Award; Vancouver Int’l Film Fest / Peoples’ Choice Award; Toronto Int’l Film Festival / Shortlisted for Academy Award Human Rights Art and Culture

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Reel Injun Director: Neil Diamond
Reel Injun is an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema. Travelling through the heartland of America and into the Canadian North, Cree filmmaker, Neil Diamond, looks at how the myth of "the Injun" has influenced the world’s understanding, and misunderstanding, of Natives. With clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, and candid interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native directors, writers, actors, and activists including Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson, Graham Greene, Adam Beach, and Zacharias Kunuk, Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native People from the silent film era to present day. Aboriginal Art and Culture

Access no. 569 85 min. 2010

Water on the Table Director: Liz Marshall

Access no. 570 79 min. 2010

Water on The Table is a character-driven, social-issue documentary that explores Canada’s relationship to its freshwater, arguably its most precious natural resource. The film asks the question; is water a commercial good like running shoes or Coca-Cola? Or, is water a human right like air? Water On The Table features Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians, who is considered an "international water-warrior" for her crusade to have water declared a human right. "Water must be declared a public trust and a human right that belongs to the people, the ecosystem and the future, and preserved for all time and practice in law. Clean water must be delivered as a public service, not a profitable commodity." Best Canadian Feature Film Award; Planet in Environment Globalization

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Grace, Milly, Lucy: Child Soldiers Director: Raymonde Provencher
Over the past twenty years, more than 30,000 Ugandan children have been abducted by rebel troops and forced into in armed conflict. Many of these child soldiers are girls. Grace, Milly Lucy...Child Soldiers explores this little-known reality. When they return from captivity, girls who were trained to kill and often forced to "marry" their captors must readjust to life within their community. Clinging to their dreams, Grace, Milly and Lucy are trying to restore meaning to their lives and break the silence surrounding the fate of a sacrificed generation. Combining personal accounts and scenes from daily life, this documentary conjures up the stifled echoes of a painful past and dares to believe that a better future is within reach for these women who are united in a common struggle. Children and Youth Peace and Conflict

Access no. 571 73 min. 2010

Business of Gold in Guatemala, The Director: Gregorio LaSalle

Access no. 572 54 min. 2009

Even as the government of Guatemala was signing the 1996 Peace Accords, it was, unbeknownst to the Guatemalan population, giving out hundreds of mining concessions to international (mainly Canadian) mining companies. Since the early 2000s, serious conflicts have broken out in Guatemala and elsewhere in Central America, due to the environmental and health effects and violations of human and indigenous rights caused by Canadian mining companies. "The Business of Gold in Guatemala" documents one struggle, the resistance of the Mayan-Mam people of San Miguel Ixtahuacan against the Canadian company Goldcorp Inc. Human Rights Environment


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Call of Life; Facing the Mass Extinction Director: Monte Thompson
Call of Life investigates the growing threat posed by the rapid and massive loss of biodiversity on the planet. Featuring leading scientists, social scientists, environmentalists and others, the film explores the scope, the causes, and the predicted global impact of a mass extinction occurring on a scale not seen since the disappearance of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. If current trends continue, scientists warn that half or more of all plant and animal species on Earth will become extinct within the next few decades. Call of Life examines the collective and individual choices we have before us, and how the decisions we make -- or fail to make -- in the next decade will affect the habitability of Earth. Best Communication Film, Reel Earth Festival, Environment

Access no. 573 60 min. 2010

Green Director: Patrick Rouxel

Access no. 574 48 min. 2009

Her name is Green; she is alone in a world that doesn’t belong to her. She is an orangutan, victim of deforestation and resource exploitation. This film is an emotional journey with Green in her final days. With no narration, it is a visual ride presenting the devastating impacts of logging and land clearing for palm oil plantations, the choking haze created by rainforest fires and the tragic end of rainforest biodiversity. We watch the effects of consumerism and are faced with our personal accountability in the loss of the world’s rainforest treasures. Golden Panda Award; Wildscreen 2010/ Grand Teton Award; Jackson Hole International Wildlife Film Festival 2009 Environment Globalization

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Two Spirits Director: Lydia Nibley
Fred Martinez was nádleehí (someone who possesses a balance of masculine and feminine traits) a special gift according to his traditional Navajo culture. But his determination to express his truest identity tragically cost him his life. At age sixteen, he was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was murdered in Cortez, Colorado. Two Spirits tells a nuanced story of what it means to be poor, transgendered, and Navajo. This sensitively rendered film offers an opportunity to approach ideas and beliefs about gender and sexuality in ways that transform understanding. Sexuality Spirituality

Access no. 575 52 min. 2009

Dark Side of Chocolate, The Directors: Miki Mistrati and U. Roberto Romano

Access no. 576 47 min. 2010

Is the chocolate we eat produced by trafficked children? Award winning Danish journalist, Miki Mistrati hunts for answers in Mali, West Africa where hidden camera footage reveals illegal trafficking of young children to the cocoa fields in neighbouring Ivory Coast. Children as young as 7 years old work illegally in the plantations doing the dangerous job of cutting cocoa pods and carrying heavy loads. Some are victims of trafficking and most are never paid. Ivory Coast produces 40% of the world’s cocoa. Companies like Nestle, Hersheys, and Mars signed the Cocoa Protocol in 2001 promising to work toward the eradication of child labour in the cocoa sector by 2008, but little has changed. Does your favourite chocolate bar have a bitter taste? Children and Youth Human Rights

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Good Morning Africa Director: Chiara Sambuchi
Africa is not simply a continent in crisis. Chiara Sambuchi's documentary follows four women from four different African nations: Uganda, Senegal, Mozambique and South Africa. Ndeye, who runs a garage called Femme Motors in Dakar, must balance the demands of being a woman in a Muslim culture with her own sense of independence. In Mozambique, Marcia struggles to teach rural villagers the importance of economic self-reliance. Grace, who works as a nurse in South Africa, is dealing with the demands of a busy hospital, looking for a boyfriend, and bemoaning the fact that good men are hard to find. Margaret runs a radio program in Uganda that seeks to broadcast information about contraception, safe sex and issues related to the emancipation of women. In a predominantly Catholic country, she has to battle not only religious and cultural mores, but also her own family dynamics. There is so much ordinary happiness, colour and camaraderie in this candid and intimate look at the real lives of hard working African women that the effect is deeply heartening. The film's final scene in which Ndeye and her fellow mechanics (both men and women) get dolled up for a night of dancing is an absolute joy to behold. Community Women

Access no. 577 90 min. 2010

Vanishing of the Bees Director: Maryam Henein

Access no. 578 86 min. 2010

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables. Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between humankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers discuss possible alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting opinions abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this mystery. The bees have a message . . . but are we listening?


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Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride Director: Bob Christie
Homosexuality remains illegal in roughly 80 countries. In 7, it is punishable by death. This film follows the Vancouver Pride Society’s (VPS) Parade Director Ken Coolen and his VPS colleagues as they travel to places where Pride is still steeped in protest to personally experience the rampant homophobia that still exists. They also travel to Sao Paulo Brazil for the world’s largest gay parade and New York City, the birthplace of the modern gay liberation movement. Despite the hundreds of thousands of people cheering in the streets, Pride is much, much more than a parade and a party. It is a giant step on the road to true equality. Increasingly the Pride movement is globalizing. Coolen and many Pride organizers in North America and Europe, where celebration has overtaken political action, strive to remind their communities that Pride is at its heart a global fight for human rights. Sexuality Human Rights

Access no. 579 85 min. 2009

Fresh Director: Ana Sofia Joanes

Access no. 580 70 min. 2009

Fresh is a fresh look at the problems and consequences of our current industrialized food system, something that affects us all. But more than just a critique of the ills that accompany mass production on the farm and mass marketing in the food chain, Fresh focuses on the farmers, thinkers, and business people who are reinventing food production. Visionaries such as Will Allen and Joel Salatin are creating new approaches that address environmental, health, and economic challenges throughout the food chain. Fresh illustrates how farmers are eschewing artificial inputs like chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, and pesticides to grow healthier livestock and produce for consumers, and, at the same time, creating a better way of life for everyone. Agriculture Health

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Split Estate Director: Debra Anderson
Imagine discovering that an energy company plans to drill for natural gas two hundred feet from your front door. Imagine another shocking truth; you have little or no recourse to protect your home or land from such development. Split Estate maps a tragedy in the making, as citizens in the path of a new drilling boom in the Rocky Mountains struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities and their health. Exempt from US laws like the Clean Water Act, the oil and gas industry has left this idyllic landscape and its rural communities pockmarked with abandoned homes and polluted waters as a result of "fracking", the process used to extract natural gas. Similar processes in Canada have poisoned wells and turned tap water into flammable liquids. This compelling documentary shows the dirty side of natural. Emmy Award for Outstanding Research. Environment Health

Access no. 581 76 min. 2009

Total Denial; Doe vs. Unocal Director: Milena Kaneva

Access no. 582 92 min. 2007

This is the story of the construction of the Unocal/Total oil pipeline in Burma and of two western corporations making business deals with a junta infamous for human rights abuses. It is also the story of one man, Ka Hsaw Wa, wanted by the law both in Burma and in Thailand. The film shines a light on the common practice of slave labour in Burma, a country controlled by a military dictatorship. An unprecedented legal battle unfolds in a US courtroom, shocking the world with its revelations. Fifteen plaintiffs, who've never left the Burmese jungle, battle head-to-head with two corporate giants. The outcome of this struggle will profoundly affect the actions of corporations worldwide. Vaclav Havel Award for Human Rights; One World Festival Prague Human Rights Globalization

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Dirty Business Director: Peter Bull
This documentary reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal power and tells the stories of innovators who are pointing the way to an alternative green energy future. Half the electricity in the US still comes from coal, and guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, the film examines what it means to be so dependent upon a nineteenth century technology that is the largest single source of greenhouse gases. Can coal really be made 'clean'? Can renewables and efficiency replace coal? Goodell seeks answers in a series of stories shot in China, Saskatchewan, Kansas, West Virginia, Nevada and New York. Environment Science and Technology

Access no. 583 89 min. 2009

Dirt! The Movie Filmmakers: Bill Beneson & Gene Rosow

Access no. 584 40 min. 2009

Floods, drought, climate change, and even war are all directly related to the fate of humble dirt. Made from the same elements as stars, plants, and human beings, dirt is very much alive. One teaspoon of dirt contains a billion organisms working in balance to sustain a series of complex, thriving communities that are invisibly a part of our daily lives. Four billion years of evolution have created the dirt that recycles our water, gives us food, and provides us with shelter. But humanity has endangered this vital living resource with destructive methods of agriculture, mining practices, and urban development, with catastrophic results. The filmmakers travel around the world to capture the stories of global visionaries who are discovering new ways to repair humanity’s relationship with soil and suggesting ways we can create new possibilities for all life on Earth. Best Film for Our Future; Mendocino Film Festival / Best Green Documentary; Maui Film Festival Environment Agriculture
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Hope Builders Director: Fernand Dansereau
The future of the world is perhaps being played out in an elementary school in Quebec, where a teacher is implementing a new teaching method (Action Research) aimed at preparing children to take up environmental challenges. During a very special school year, the students of Dominique Leduc’s grade six class are learning to identify, rigorously analyze and resolve a problem that exists in their world. They are also learning about the uncertainty faced by those who want to change things. A unique and invaluable witness to this experimental educational project, the documentary Hope Builders demonstrates how this teaching method is important in developing critical intelligence in students, but it also underlines the crucial role of the teacher. Director emeritus Fernand Dansereau reminds us that we must still look to the human instinct to find reasons Education Environment

Access no. 585 90 min. 2010

Thousand Suns, A Director: Stephen Marshall

Access no. 586 27 min.

A Thousand Suns tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York and Kenya, the film explores the modern world's untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond. Community Agriculture

Afghan Star Director: Havana Marking

Access no. 587 88 min. 2009

After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, Pop Idol has come to Afghanistan. Millions are watching the TV series ‘Afghan Star’ and voting for their favourite singers by mobile phone. But in this troubled country, even music is dangerously controversial. Many of those taking part are literally risking their lives. For many, this is their first encounter with any kind of voting. This timely film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk

all to become the nation's favourite singer. But will they attain the freedom they hope for in this vulnerable and deeply conservative nation? World Cinema Audience Award & World Cinema Director Award; Sundance 2009 Art and Culture Human Rights

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Schooling the World Director: Carol Black
Schooling the World takes a challenging look at the role played by modern education in the destruction of the world’s last intact indigenous cultures. Beautifully shot on location in Ladakh in the northern Indian Himalayas, the film weaves the voices of Ladakhi people through a conversation between four original thinkers; anthropologist and ethno-botanist Wade Davis, Helena Norberg-Hodge and Vandana Shiva, and Manish Jain, a former architect of education programs with UNESCO, USAID, and the World Bank. The film questions our very definitions of wealth and poverty, and of knowledge and ignorance, as it uncovers the role of schools in the destruction of traditional sustainable agricultural and ecological knowledge, in the breakup of extended families and communities, and in the devaluation of ancient spiritual traditions. Finally, Schooling the World calls for a "deeper dialogue" between cultures, suggesting that we have at least as much to learn as we have to teach, and that these ancient sustainable societies may harbour knowledge which is vital for our own survival in the coming millennia. Education Development

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Laughology Director: Albert Nerenberg

Access no. 589 65 min. 2009

When his own baby daughter begins laughing at him, Nerenberg makes a surprising discovery, that essentially he doesn’t laugh. That sets him off on a dramatic journey around the planet to discover real laughter and cutting-edge neuroscience. Laughology reveals the first laugh, a huge African laughter epidemic and the man with the most contagious laugh in the world. The film attempts to find the reason why we laugh, and especially why we’re wired to laugh together, whether it’s in a pub, at a movie, or in the face of danger. Science is discovering the incredible health benefits of laughing. And amazingly, a London study has now proven that laughter is one of the most contagious human behaviors of all. Laughology exposes the sudden arrival of the global laughter trend at a crucial time when the world probably needs a good laugh. Science and Technology Community

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Kick Like a Girl Director: Jenny MacKenzie
Kick Like A Girl is the story of what happens when The Mighty Cheetahs, an undefeated third grade girls soccer team competes in the boys division. With humour and honesty this documentary reveals the reality of the boy-girl issues and what "Kick Like A Girl" really means on and off the playing field. The film is narrated by 8 year old Lizzie, a self-described soccer girl, who doesn't let juvenile diabetes, elbow blocks or grass stains interfere with her desire to compete. Refreshing and triumphant, Kick Like A Girl reminds us all of the lessons learned in competitive athletics and how sports has been one of the most effective instruments of social change in our lifetime. Best Short Film; Danville International Children’s Film Festival/ Best Children’s Short; Newport International Film Festival Children and Youth Women

Access no. 590 25 min. 2008

Courtenay River Estuary Director: Michael Fountain

Access no. 591 5 min. 2010

One of the most significant attractions and natural features in the Comox Valley is the Courtenay River Estuary. The estuary has been ranked Class 1 status; only eight out of the 442 estuaries on the coast of BC have been given this ranking. It is also currently in the process of achieving National Historic Status designation. The estuary is truly an ecological and historical jewel. Project Watershed and its partners are committed to involving and connecting all to this extremely important zone of teaming life and biodiversity. Environment Community

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Oil in Eden Director: Damien Gillis
The Great Bear Rainforest on BC's north and central Pacific coast is one of the last bastions of Canadian wilderness. Home to bountiful marine mammals, fish and wildlife, this spectacular place is now threatened by a proposal to bring an oil pipeline and supertankers to this fragile and rugged coast. The plan for the Northern Gateway Pipeline is to pump over half a million barrels a day of unrefined bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands, crossing a thousand rivers and streams to the Port of Kitimat. From there, supertankers would ply the rough and dangerous waters of the BC coast en route to Asia and the US. The risks are enormous. Now First Nations, conservation groups, and concerned citizens are banding together to oppose the Enbridge project, in what is shaping up to be the defining Canadian environmental battle of our time. See stunning images of wildlife from the Great Bear Rainforest including the legendary spirit bear. Environment

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Black Wave Director: Robert Cornellier

Access no. 593 52 min. 2009

In the early hours of March 24th 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil supertanker runs aground in Alaska. It discharges millions of gallons of crude oil. The incident becomes the biggest environmental catastrophe in North American history. For twenty years, Riki Ott and the fishermen of the little town of Cordova, Alaska have waged the longest legal battle in U.S. history against the world’s most powerful oil company, ExxonMobil. They tell us all about the environmental, social and economic consequences of the black wave that changed their lives forever. With the prospects of pipelines and greatly increased tanker traffic in our waters, this legacy of the Exxon Valdez is a cautionary tale for us today. Best Direction in a Documentary; 2009 Gemini Environment Economics

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Force of Nature; The David Suzuki Movie Filmmaker: Sturla Gunnarsson
This detailed and rewarding documentary follows scientist, broadcaster and environmentalist David Suzuki as he approaches his 75th year. The centrepiece of the film is a recording of his legacy lecture at Vancouver's University of British Columbia, in which he sums up a message of ecology and responsibility that, thanks to pioneers like him, is now a powerful international discourse. The lecture is intercut with footage following Suzuki across Canada and the world as he reminisces about his life; its triumphs, humiliations and joys. This is a deeply political and deeply personal film, both intimate biography and stirring polemic. Suzuki shares his recollections of the trauma of internment and stigmatization that he and his family faced during World War II. As he speaks of his father's resignation in the face of injustice, one sees that it provided a powerful counterexample for Suzuki; he would go on to spend his life opposing submission. The film is both a valediction and a call for a new beginning. Environmental Film Audience Award; 2010 Vancouver Int’l Film Festival Environment Human Rights
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Access no. 594 93 min. 2010

Chemerical Director: Andrew Niskar

Access no. 595 75 min. 2010

From the creator of the award winning film, Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home, comes a shocking tale about the products we use to clean our homes and bodies. Chemerical explores the life cycle of everyday household cleaners and hygiene products to prove that, thanks to our clean obsession, we are drowning in a sea of toxicity. The film is at once humorous, as we watch the Goode family try to turn over a new leaf by creating and living in a toxic-free home, and informative, as director Nisker works with many experts to give audiences the tools and inspiration to live toxic-free. Chemerical tackles the "toxic debate" in a truly informative and entertaining way, not only by raising awareness, but most importantly, by providing simple Environment Science and Technology

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Just Do It Emily James
Just Do It - a tale of modern-day outlaws. The world of environmental direct action has been a secretive one, until now. With unprecedented access, Emily James spent over a year embedded in activist groups such as Climate Camp and Plane Stupid, documenting their clandestine activities. Just Do It introduces you to a powerful cast of mischievous and inspiring characters who put their bodies in the way. They super-glue themselves to bank trading floors, blockade factories and attack coal power stations en masse, all despite the very real threat of arrest. One of the activists, Marina Pepper, is a cheerful soul who believes in the subversive power of offering the police a nice cup of tea. The protest groups are intensely British, a roving awkward squad, intent on being a fly in the ointment of profit; yet they make friends with the bemused cops and bailiffs, and get a bit upset when things inevitably turn sour. Just Do It is an absorbing, illuminating and at times very funny film. Activism Art and Culture

Access no. 596 90 min. 2011

Love In Action Velcrow Ripper

Access no. 597 5 min. 2011

In this inspirational film,Velcrow Ripper captures the vibrancy of the epic Occupy Oakland general strike. Acclaimed spoken word artist, Drew Dellinger, recites his powerful poem 'Occupy Wall Street' as he moves through the crowd of dedicated activists. Dellinger says, "Our communities need us. We are all leaders. How could we ask for anything less than the future?" The poem is set to the hauntingly beautiful music from the 'Saracen' album by Jef Stott. Activism Art and Culture

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Rainforest Richard Boyce
Inspired by his relationship with a Kwaxkwaka'wakw elder, Richard Boyce embarks upon a cinematic journey contrasting the tree farms that dominate the landscape surrounding his home with an ancient rainforest on the Pacific Coast. Guided by passion and a determination to honour reality, Boyce travels to the most remote corner of Vancouver Island, through some of the most intensive logging on the planet, into a wilderness that is on the brink of extinction. The trees, ranging from seedlings to massive 1,200-year old colossi, thrive along the banks of an ancient river flood plain, which provides for diverse life forms in the temperate rainforest. This film is an evocative journey, contrasting modern logging with forestry as practiced for ten thousand years by First Nations people. Aboriginal Environment

Access no. 598 65 min. 2011

Permaculture: The Growing Edge The Growing Edge Donna Read & Starhawk

Access no. 599 45 min. 2011

Permaculture: The Growing Edge is an antidote to environmental despair, a hopeful and practical look at a path to a viable, flourishing future. The film introduces us to inspiring projects; visiting David Holmgren’s homestead, sheet mulching an inner-city garden, transforming an intersection into a gathering place with City Repair and joining mycologist Paul Stamets as he uses mushrooms to clean up an oil spill. We meet some of the key figures in the permaculture movement including Australians, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren who started this movement in the 1970s. The film gives us a glimpse into this worldwide network of skilled ecological designers, teachers, food growers, natural builders, environmental activists and visionaries. Environment Activism

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City of Borders Yun Suh
City of Borders provides an original view of the vibrant underground community at the only gay bar in Jerusalem where people of different nationalities, religions and sexual orientations create a sanctuary among people typically viewed as the "enemy." This powerful and provocative documentary intimately portrays the daily lives of five Israeli and Palestinian patrons as they risk their lives challenging taboos and navigating the minefield of politics, religion and discrimination to live and love openly. Set against the construction of the separation wall between Israel and the Palestinian territories and the struggle for a gay pride parade in the Holy City, these five inter-woven stories reveal the contradictions and complexities in the struggle for acceptance. In observing the lives of the bar regulars, City of Borders explores the bond forged when people from warring worlds embrace the right to be accepted and belong, rather than being divided by their differences. Sexuality Peace and Conflict

Access no. 600 66 min. 2009

California Dreaming Bregtje van der Haak

Access no. 601 51 min. 2010

California is the state of new beginnings, dreams and movie stars, of surfers and a wonderful climate. But the Golden State is bankrupt and the city of Los Angeles is running out of cash. Public services are being cut and unemployment keeps rising. At the same time, optimism, entrepreneurship and the belief in the American dream are stronger than ever. In Los Angeles, we meet five people who are going through a transformation in their lives during this crisis. Justin and Christine lost their jobs and are now living in a van with their two young sons. Charles is out of prison after fourteen years. Mizuko prepares her children for the future by making them at ease in virtual reality. Laura has taken advantage of the crisis by buying land cheaply and starting an urban farm, and the artists' collective, Fallen Fruit, maps the abundant free 'public fruit' available in the city. Who are the pioneers who are reinventing the new America and how do they see the future? Community Labour and Employment

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Point Holmes Sensitive Natural Areas Kerry Dawson
Point Holmes, near the quiet seaside community of Comox on eastern Vancouver Island, is home to two unique but threatened sensitive natural areas. A rare krummholz Garry Oak ecosystem of stunted and twisted oak trees is found along the shoreline, where powerful wind and wave systems shape the landscape. Further inland, an ancient series of undulating sand dunes, covered with a blanket of pine, fir and salal, is one of only two assemblages of this type known to exist in BC. The video looks at the threats facing the area and examines the question of appropriate land use decision making. Environment Community

Access no. 602 12 min. 2011

World Without Water, A Brian Woods

Access no. 603 90 min. 2006

Within our lifetime over half of the world's population will be living without access to safe water and sanitation. Eight year old Vanessa and her parents walk almost a mile down the cliffs of El Alto in Bolivia to collect water from an unreliable well every day. Yet they live just a few hundred metres from their city's main water treatment plant and can see millions of gallons just beyond the barbed wire fence. They are victims of increasing water commodification. The struggle for this precious resource is explored through compelling stories of families living in Bolivia, Detroit, Dar Es Salaam and Rajestan. Human Rights Globalization

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Carbon Connection, The
Access no. 604 41 min.

In Scotland, a town has been polluted by oil and chemical companies since the 1940s. In Brazil, water and land is being swallowed up by destructive monoculture eucalyptus tree plantations. Both communities now share a new threat, carbon trading. As part of the deal to reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, major polluters can now buy carbon credits to reduce emissions elsewhere instead of cutting their own pollution. What this means for those living next to the oil industry in Scotland is the continuation of pollution caused by their toxic neighbours. Meanwhile, in Brazil, the carbon credit market gives an injection of cash for more planting of damaging eucalyptus trees. The film follows two groups of people from each community who used video cameras to tell their stories. From mental health issues in Scotland to the loss of medicinal plants in Environment Community

Tambogrande: Mangoes, Murder, Mining Stephanie Boyd, & Ernesto Cabellos

Access no. 605 85 min. 2007

Adventurous pioneers transform Peru's harsh northern desert into a fertile valley of mango and lime orchards. But all they have worked for is threatened when gold is discovered under their land. Fear, violence and murder rock their once quiet community. In the midst of chaos, a martyr's vision unites the farmers and leads them down a revolutionary path of non-violent resistance. These brave men and women take on corrupt politicians and a Canadian mining company in an epic tale of ordinary people rising to heroic deeds in times of great crisis. In the community of Tambogrande, united action leads to victory. Community Activism

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Survival, Strength, Sisterhood Power of Women in the Downtown Eastside Alejandro Zuluaga & Harsha Walia
Survival, Strength, Sisterhood: Power of Women in the Downtown Eastside documents the 20 year history of the annual Women's Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories. By focusing on the voices of women who live, love, and work in the Downtown Eastside, this film debunks the sensationalism surrounding a neighbourhood deeply misunderstood, and celebrates the complex and diverse realities of women organizing for justice. Women Community

Access no. 606 32 min. 2011

These Were the Reasons Howie Smith

Access no. 607 27 min. 2011

This film is based on first-hand stories of workers who organized early unions and fought for the rights of working people in British Columbia. Their voices are combined with historic images. These along with labour songs and linking narration, provide a window into the 100 year struggle for union recognition in BC. Hear the stories from the people who lived the history and participated in important battles for a more equitable society. Labour and Employment Activism

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Louder Than a Bomb Greg Jacobs & Jon Siskel
Louder Than a Bomb is a film about passion, competition, teamwork, and trust. It is also about poetry. Every year, more than six hundred teenagers from over sixty Chicago area schools gather for the world’s largest youth poetry slam, a competition known as "Louder Than a Bomb". Rather than emphasize individual poets and performances, the structure of "Louder Than a Bomb" demands that kids work collaboratively with their peers; presenting, critiquing, and rewriting their pieces. To succeed, teams have to create an environment of mutual trust and support. For many kids, being a part of such an environment in an academic context is lifechanging. Louder Than a Bomb chronicles the stories of four teams as they prepare for and compete in the event. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the tempestuous lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world. This is language as joyful release by irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. The community they create along the way is the story at the heart of this inspiring film. Numerous Audience Choice Awards including: Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival, Philadelphia Film Festival; Art and Culture Children and Youth

Access no. 608 100 min. 2011

Granito; How to Nail a Dictator Pamela Yates, Peter Kinoy, Paco de Onis

Access no. 609 103 min. 2011

Granito is a story of Guatemala, its turbulent history, and how documentary film footage is being used as courtroom evidence to bring a measure of justice for crimes committed decades ago. In Granito, our characters sift for clues buried in archives, seeking to uncover a narrative that could unlock the past and settle matters of life and death in the present. Each of the five main characters whose paths cross in Granito are connected by the Guatemala of 1982 where a genocidal "scorched earth" campaign by the military exterminated nearly 200,000 Mayan people. Our characters become integral to the overarching narrative of wrongs done and justice sought that they have pieced together, each adding their granito, their tiny grain of

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Jury Grand Prize, Politics On Film Festival

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Kinshasa Symphony Claus Wischmann & Martin Baer
Kinshasa is the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the third-largest city in Africa. Almost ten million people live here and they number among the poorest inhabitants on this planet. Kinshasa is also the home of Central Africa’s only symphony orchestra. Two hundred orchestral musicians are playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. A power cut occurs just before the last movement. Problems like this are the least of the worries facing the orchestra. In the 15 years of its existence, the musicians have survived two putsches, various crises and a war. But concentration on the music and hopes for a better future keep them going. Kinshasa Symphony is a study of people in one of the world’s most chaotic cities doing their best to maintain one of the most complex systems of joint human endeavour, a symphony orchestra. The film is about the Congo, the people in Kinshasa and the power of music. Numerous Awards including: Most Popular Nonfiction Film Award, 2010 Vancouver Int'l Film Festival; Best Cinematography, Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival 2010 Art and Culture Community

Access no. 610 95 min. 2010

Chemical Reaction, A Paul Tukey

Access no. 611 70 min. 2009

A Chemical Reaction tells the story of one of the most powerful and effective community initiatives in the history of North America. It started with one lone voice in 1984. Dr. June Irwin, a quirky dermatologist, noticed a connection between her patients’ health conditions and their exposure to chemical pesticides and herbicides. With relentless persistence, she brought her concerns to town meetings to warn her fellow citizens that the chemicals they were putting on their lawns posed severe health risks. Dr. Irwin’s persuasive arguments and data to back her findings eventually led the town of Hudson, Quebec to enact a by-law that banned the use of all chemical pesticides and herbicides. The mighty chemical companies mounted a legal challenge to the town and eventually the case made it to the Supreme Court of Canada. The town’s right to protect its citizens was upheld, and other municipalities followed suit. The movement spread so far and wide that the entire province of Quebec enacted a ban and Home Depot stopped selling these products. This is an inspiring film about citizen activism. Health Environment

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Waking the Green Tiger Director: Gary Marcuse Executive Producer: Betsy Carson
Access no. 612 78 min. 2011
Seen through the eyes of activists, farmers, and journalists, Waking the Green Tiger follows an extraordinary campaign to stop a huge dam project on the upper Yangtze River in southwestern China. Featuring astonishing archival footage never seen outside China, and interviews with a government insider and witnesses, the documentary also examines Chairman Mao’s campaigns to conquer nature in the name of progress. An environmental movement takes root when a new environmental law is passed and, for the first time in China’s history, ordinary citizens have the democratic right to speak out and take part in government decisions. Activists test their freedom to challenge a dam using documentary film footage to reveal the fate of Activism History
Voted one of Top Ten Canadian films, at Vancouver Int’l Film Festival; Best Canadian Documentary, Planet in Focus

Lesson Plan Philip Neel & David Jeffery

Access no. 613 76 min. 2010

This provocative documentary looks back at the notorious 1967 Third Wave project. Originally designed by California high school teacher, Ron Jones, to teach his well-heeled Palo Alto pupils (including a teenaged Neel) about the roots of fascism, the experiment proved to be more successful than anyone could have anticipated - or feared. The film’s narrative explores the five days of the experience, in which the students started out as a cooperative until informers were assigned by Jones. As members were recruited and trials were held, even non-informants quickly turned on other members in their quest to ace the assignment. Over the decades, the experience would inspire articles, movies, and a novel that has become required reading in schools in several countries. Education Children and Youth
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White Water, Black Gold Davbid Lavallee
White Water, Black Gold takes us with Director David Lavallee on a three year journey following an imaginary drop of water, and later an imaginary drop of oil, down the Athabasca River and across western Canada. The result explains the inextricable link between water and oil in our modern world while unveiling threats the tar sands projects pose to the third largest watershed in the world as well as the Arctic and Pacific Oceans. Having worked as a hiking guide in the Columbia Icefields for 15 years, Lavallee saw profound changes to the mountain landscape. At the same time, Alberta was ramping up growth in the extremely water-intensive tar sands industry downstream. Whether it's a dam breach that could destroy the Mackenzie watershed, tailings ponds that are approaching the size of a great lake, or tanker traffic on Canada’s pristine west coast; it’s clear that our country’s water is in trouble. Environment

Access no. 614 64 min. 2011

Consuming Kids The Commercialization of Childhood Writer & Director: Adriana Barbaro & Jeremy Earp

Access no. 615 67 min. 2008

Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car. Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children's advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation, showing how marketers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world. Consuming Kids pushes back against the wholesale commercialization of childhood, raising urgent questions about the ethics of children's marketing and its impact on the health and well-being of our children. Children and Youth Health

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Urban Roots Mark McInnis
The industrial powerhouse of a lost American era has died, and the skeleton left behind is present-day Detroit. Now, against all odds, in the empty lots, in the old factory yards, and in between the sagging blocks of company housing, seeds of change are taking root. A small group of dedicated citizens, allied with environmental and academic groups, have started an urban environmental movement with the potential to transform, not just a city after its collapse, but also a country after the end of its industrial age. Urban Roots is the inspiring story of a group of dedicated Detroiters working tirelessly to fulfill their vision for locally grown, sustainably farmed food in a city where people have found themselves cut off from real food and limited to the lifeless offerings of fast food chains, mini-marts, and grocery stores stocked with processed food from thousands of miles away. Community Agriculture

Access no. 616 93 min. 2011

Occupation Has No Future David Zlutnick

Access no. 617 84 min. 2010

In the Fall of 2009 a group of US veterans and war resisters traveled to Israel/Palestine to meet with their Israeli counterparts in an effort to strengthen connections and share experiences. Occupation Has No Future uses this trip as a lens to examine the occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, and explore the work of Israelis and Palestinians organizing against militarism and occupation. Through conversations with Israeli conscientious objectors, former soldiers, and Palestinians living under occupation, Occupation Has No Future creates a survey of the atmosphere in the State of Israel and the West Bank. This documentary looks at the partnership of the Israeli anti-militarist movement with a growing grassroots Palestinian campaign of civil disobedience, to defeat the occupation. Honest about the extremely daunting challenges, Occupation Has No Future ultimately tracks the hope of a growing number of Israelis and Palestinians to live together, free from occupation, in peace and with justice. Peace and Conflict Human Rights

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Raw Opium Peter Findlay
Opium is a commodity that has tremendous power, both to ease pain and to destroy lives. For centuries, the opium poppy has played a pivotal role, not just in the lives of people who grow, manufacture and use it, but also in the sphere of international relations. In Raw Opium, we meet a variety of people with different perspectives including opium growers in southeast Asia, a UN drug enforcement officer on the border of Afghanistan and a former Indian government drug czar. We are introduced to Portugal's new, revolutionary policies toward its drug situation and to Vancouver’s Insite Clinic with its creative approaches to this complex issue. Assumptions about drug addiction and the War on Drugs are profoundly challenged. Health Education

Access no. 618 84 min. 2010

Clean Bin Project Grant Baldwin

Access no. 619 75 min. 2010

Is it possible to live completely waste free? Partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least landfill garbage in an entire year. Their light-hearted competition is set against an examination of the sobering problem of waste in North American society. Even as Grant and Jen start to garner interest in their project, they struggle to find meaning in their seemingly minuscule influence on the large-scale environmental impacts of our "throw-away society." Featuring interviews with renowned artist, Chris Jordan and marine pollution expert, Captain Charles Moore, The Clean Bin Project presents the serious topic of waste reduction with optimism, humour, and inspiration for individual action. Environment Community
Best Canadian Documentary, Projecting Change Film Festival

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Shark Riddle, The Laura & Rob Sams
The Shark Riddle, the second in The Riddle Solver Series, is a half-hour shark film for the whole family featuring striking footage of over 20 shark species. The movie was crafted as a co-production between Sisbro Studios and the Save Our Seas Foundation. It features live-action high definition footage, as well as a few animated segments by the Emmy winning animators at Big Squid Studios. Children of all ages will enjoy this entertaining and educational episode of The Riddle Solvers. Children and Youth Environment
Best Children's Program: Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

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Riddle in a Bottle Laura & Rob Sams

Access no. 621 30 min.

Riddle in a Bottle is an award-winning film which shares how life on earth is connected through moving water. With a generous grant form the Save Our Seas Foundation, Sisbro Studios was able to purchase underwater camera equipment, and they spent a total of two years capturing beautiful aquatic footage from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans (and lakes and rivers in-between). Filled with music, humour and wonderful cinematography, the film is suitable for family viewing. Children and Youth Education
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Maq and the Spirit of the Woods Phyllis Grant

Access no. 622 9 min. 2006

Maq and the Spirit of the Woods is the story of Maq, a Mi'gmaq boy who realises his potential with the help of inconspicuous mentors. When an elder in the community offers him a small piece of pipestone, Maq carves a little person out of it. Proud of his work, the boy wants to impress his grandfather and journeys through the woods to find him. Along the path, Maq meets a curious traveller named MI'gmwesu. Together, they share stories, medicine, laughter and song. Maq begins to care less about making a good impression and more about sharing the knowledge and spirit he has found through his creation. It is only when Maq joins his grandfather that he understands who Mi'gmwesu really is.

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Access no. 623 45 min. 2010

The International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) teamed up with EP Films to create a documentary that tells the story of the threats facing the Great Bear Rainforest and the continued efforts of the First Nations communities and conservation groups to protect this wild landscape. SpOil follows the Great Bear Rainforest Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition (RAVE) that sent a swat team of photographers and filmmakers to the Great Bear Rainforest to document the beauty and the threats to this wild landscape. Stunning cinematography! Best Environmental Film,Vancouver International Film Festival; Nominated for the Moving Mountains Award,Telluride Mountain Film Festival Environment Globalization

Play Again Tonje Hessen Schei

Access no. 624 80 min. 2012

One generation from now most people in the North will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. But what are we missing when we are behind screens? And how will this impact our children, our society, and eventually, our planet? This emotionally moving and humorous film follows six teenagers who spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. Play Again takes them on their first wilderness adventure - no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality. Through the voices of children and leading experts Play Again investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and encourages action for a sustainable future. Children and Youth Science and Technology
Best of Fest, Colorado Environmental Film Festival; Audience Award, Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival

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Freedom Riders Stanley Nelson
Freedom Riders is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed the United States forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives - many endured savage beatings and imprisonment - for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism. From award-winning filmmaker, Stanley Nelson, Freedom Riders features testimony from a fascinating cast of central characters: the Riders themselves, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the Rides firsthand. "The people that took a seat on these buses, that went to jail in Jackson, that went to Parchman, they were never the same. We had moments there to learn, to teach each other the way of nonviolence, the way of love, the way of peace. The Freedom Ride created an unbelievable sense: Yes, we will make it. Yes, we will survive. And that nothing, but nothing, was going to stop this movement," recalls Congressman John Lewis, one of the original Riders. Says filmmaker Stanley Nelson, "The lesson of the Freedom Rides is that great change can come from a few small steps taken by courageous people. And that sometimes to do any great thing, it's important that we step out alone." Human Rights Activism

Access no. 625 115 min. 2010

Reflections; Art for an Oil-Free Coast Cameron Dennison

Access no. 626 22 min. 2012

Reflections: Art for an Oil-Free Coast shares the story of an expedition of fifty artists into the truly stunning and remote landscape of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, a landscape they feel is threatened by Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and supertanker project. As these artists worked among pristine estuaries and alongside bears, they created an amazing collection of art to share with the world. Canadian icon Robert Bateman summarizes the crux of the matter stating, "The real problems facing this planet are not economic, and they are not technical. They are philosophical. So we need to get our philosophy right. What way do we want to go forward? We need a critical mass of people who care deeply in their hearts about nature. And that's partly what we're all about here." Art and Culture


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Dying Green Ellen Tripler
Set in the foothills of the Appalachians, this film explores one man’s vision of using green burials to conserve land. Dr. Billy Campbell, the town’s only physician, has radically changed people's understanding of burials in the United States. Dr. Campbell’s dream is to conserve one million acres of land. Dying Green focuses on the revolutionary idea of using our own death to fund land conservation and create wildlife preserves. 2011 CINE Golden Eagle award. Environment Health

Access no. 627 26 min. 2011

Dirty Energy Bryan Hopkins

Access no. 628 94 min. 2011

On April 20th, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded off the Gulf of Mexico taking the lives of 11 workers, pouring millions of barrels of oil into the ocean and creating one of the worst environmental disasters in history. Dirty Energy tells the personal story of those directly affected by the spill who are now struggling to rebuild their lives amidst economic devastation and long-term health risks. This is a story too often glossed over by the mainstream media and ignored by those sent to Washington to represent the will of the people. The fate of the Gulf region and its inhabitants is largely unknown. The systematic failures of BP and the federal government to properly confront this environmental calamity with honesty and integrity has powerful consequences, but sadly the human cost has been greatly underestimated and hidden from the public. Still today, the people of the Gulf are fighting to preserve their endangered way of life. This is their story. Social Justice Award, Santa Barbara International Film Festival Human Rights Labour and Employment

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Crime After Crime Yoav Potash
Crime After Crime tells the dramatic story of the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her. Two rookie attorneys step forward to take her case and through their perseverance, they bring to light long-lost witnesses, new testimonies from the men who committed the murder, and proof of perjured evidence. Their investigation ultimately attracts global attention to victims of wrongful incarceration and abuse, and takes on profound urgency when Debbie is diagnosed with cancer. Filmmaker Yoav Potash methodically documented this story as it unfolded with exclusive access to Debbie Peagler and her attorneys, allowing his film to tell an unforgettable story of a relentless quest for justice. Numerous awards including: Audience Choice, San Francicso Int'l Film Festival; Audience Award, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Women Human Rights
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Access no. 629 93 min. 2011

Hooked on Growth Dave Gardner

Access no. 630 55 min. 2011

How do we become a sustainable civilization? This film takes a unique approach among environmental documentaries. Rather than dispensing facts about climate change, peak energy, and other critical issues, it examines the cultural barriers that prevent us from acting rationally. It asks why population conversations are so difficult to have, and why a roaring economy is more important to us than a survivable planet. It explores our obsession with community growth and economic growth. Hooked on Growth holds up a mirror encouraging us to examine the beliefs and behaviours we must leave behind, and the values we need to embrace, in order that our children can survive and thrive. Education Economics

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Edible City Andrew Hasse and Carl Grether
Edible City is a film that tells the stories of extraordinary people who are digging their hands into the dirt, working to transform their communities and doing something truly revolutionary--growing local systems that are socially just, environmentally sound, and economically resilient. Can people disengage from the destruction taking place on planet earth and engage in something that helps to heal the earth and sets us free from the corporate systems that do us more harm than good? Local food production may be the answer to many of the challenges we face today. The film looks at examples of creative community based food security projects, including exciting work in many American inner city neighbourhoods as well as in Cuba. Agriculture Community

Access no. 631 72 min. 2012

All Me: The Life & Times of Winfred Rembert Vivian Ducat

Access no. 632 78 min. 2012

With his intensely autobiographical paintings depicting the day-to-day existence of African Americans in the segregated South, Winfred Rembert has preserved an important, if often disturbing, chapter of American history. His indelible images of toiling in the cotton fields, singing in church, dancing in juke joints, or working on a chain gang are especially powerful because he lived every moment, and because he experienced so much injustice and bigotry. Now in his sixties, Rembert has developed a growing following among art collectors and connoisseurs, and enjoyed a number of tributes and exhibitions of his work. In All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, the artist relives his turbulent life, abundantly visualized by his extensive paintings and, in a series of intimate reminiscences, shows us how even the most painful memories can be transformed into something meaningful and beautiful. This music-filled film is a glowing portrait of how an artist is made. Cine Golden Eagle Award Human Rights Art and Culture

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Bidder 70 Beth and George Gage
Bidder 70 centers on an extraordinarily ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In the name of climate justice, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher purchased oil and gas lease rights to thousands of acres of federal land in southern Utah, even though he had no intention of paying for it. Follow Tim (Bidder 70) from college student to incarcerated felon. DeChristopher says, "At this point of unimaginable threats on the horizon, this is what hope looks like…With countless lives on the line, this is what love looks like, and it will only grow…" Powerful, intelligent and very entertaining, Bidder 70 will show you how one person can change the world. This is a truly inspiring story. Best American Film, Traverse City Film Festival Environment Activism

Access no. 633 73 min. 2012

Symphony of the Soil Deborah Koons Garcia

Access no. 634 104 min. 2012

Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance, soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet. Beautiful cinematography and musical score. Agriculture Environment

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My Neighbourhood Rebekah Wingert-Jabi &Julia Bacha
Mohammed El Kurd is a Palestinian boy growing up in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in the heart of East Jerusalem. When Mohammed turns 11, his family is forced to give up part of their home to Israeli settlers who are leading a campaign of court sanctioned evictions to guarantee Jewish control of the area. Shortly after their displacement, Mohammed’s family and other residents begin peacefully protesting against the evictions, determined not to lose their homes for good. To their surprise, they are quickly joined by scores of Israeli supporters who are horrified to see what is being done in their name. My Neighbourhood captures voices rarely heard, of those striving for a shared future in the city of Jerusalem . Peace and Conflict Human Rights

Access no. 635 30 min. 2012

Paraiso for Sale Anayansi Prado

Access no. 636 73 min. 2012

What price would you pay for paradise? And who would you be willing to take it from? The pristine archipelago of Bocas del Toro, Panama attracts retirees and developers from the U.S. with its crystal-clear waters and its island culture. In Paraiso for Sale, filmmaker, Anayansi Prado, returns to her homeland to document the effects the fast-growing migration is having on the local community. This engaging and revealing documentary tells the personal stories of the people who call this area home and would like to keep it that way. From an American couple who’ve invested in their home and in their Panamanian community, to a local businessman turned political hopeful and an indigenous leader fighting for his land, the characters and stories in Paraiso for Sale speak to the larger global issue of communities, new and old, under siege from faceless corporations. Paraiso for Sale explores issues of modern day colonialism, residential tourism, and global gentrification. Globalization Community

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Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth Frauke Sandig & Eric Black
The ancient Maya believed this present world would end and a new cycle arise after 5125 years. What lies behind the myth of the Mayan calendar? How does the story end? Does the water change color? Do the oceans collapse? Does the sky fall as the last tree is cut? Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth follows six young Maya in Guatemala and Chiapas through their daily and ceremonial life. They put forth a wholly indigenous perspective in their own words, without narration. Their cosmovision, in which all life is sacred and interconnected, presents a deeply compelling alternative to the prevailing worldview. As corporations go to the ends of the earth to extract all value, all resources, these Maya reveal their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment. They believe they are the guardians of the Earth. Each story touches upon a facet of the current global crisis. Best Int'l Feature, Planet in Focus Film Festival Aboriginal Activism

Access no. 637 98 min. 2012

Planeat Shelley Lee Davies & Or Shlomi

Access no. 638 72 min. 2012

Why has the death rate from heart disease and cancer exploded in recent times? Why are the ice caps melting, the oceans dying and the forests being cut down as we produce the food necessary to support our burgeoning populations? Against a backdrop of colourful and delicious food grown by organic farmers and prepared in the kitchens of world-famous chefs, Planeat brings together the ground-breaking studies of three prominent scientists who have done important research to answer these questions. Dr. T. Colin Campbell in China explores the link between diet and disease; Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn uses nutrition to treat chronically ill heart disease patients; and Professor Gidon Eshel investigates how our food choices contribute to global warming, wasteful land use and lifeless oceans. Planeat inspires you to make better food choices: choices that can dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, protect our environment and make our planet sustainable while celebrating the joys of food. Agriculture Health

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We Still Live Here (Âs Nutayuneân) Anne Makepeace
The Wampanoag's ancestors ensured the survival of the English settlers known as the Pilgrims, and lived to regret it. Now a cultural revival is taking place. Spurred on by their celebrated linguist, Jessie Little Doe Baird, recent winner of a MacArthur `genius' award, the Wampanoag are bringing their language home and saying loudly and clearly in their native tongue, "Âs Nutayuneân," (We Still Live Here). This story begins with a vision. Years ago, Jessie began having recurring dreams of familiar-looking people from another time speaking in an incomprehensible language. These visions sent her on an odyssey that would uncover hundreds of documents written in Wampanoag, led her to a Master's in Linguistics at MIT, and culminated in an unprecedented feat of language reclamation by her people. Jessie's daughter Mae is the first Native speaker of Wampanoag in a century. Inspiration Award, Full Frame; Moving Mountains Prize, Telluride Mountain Films Aboriginal History

Access no. 639 56 min. 2010

United States of Africa Yanick Letourneau

Access no. 640 75 min. 2011

African hip hop pioneer Didier Awadi is on a quest to craft an album that pays tribute to the great black revolutionary leaders and their struggle to realize a dream, a united and independent Africa. In this epic musical and political journey, Awadi visits some 40 countries to collaborate with hip hop activist artists, including Smockey (Burkina Faso), M-1 of Dead Prez (United States) and ZuluBoy (South Africa). Featuring a score by Ghislain Poirier, as well as Awadi’s own songs, United States of Africa draws the viewer into one artist’s profound meditation on the power of music and the impact of political engagement, both individual and collective. A hopeful and compelling film. Art and Culture Activism

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Vito Jeffrey Schwarz
On June 27, 1969, a police raid on a Greenwich Village gay bar called the Stonewall took a surprising turn when patrons decided it was time to fight back. Vito Russo, a 23-year-old film student, was among the crowd. Over the next twenty years until his death from AIDS in 1990, Vito would go on to become one of the most outspoken and inspiring activists in the LGBT community’s fight for equal rights. He was a pivotal figure in several well-known organizations including ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power), a guerilla activist group that created highly telegenic acts of civil disobedience. Vito also wrote The Celluloid Closet which explored the ways in which gays and lesbians were portrayed on film, the lessons those characters taught gay and straight audiences, and how those negative images were at the root of society’s homophobia. Sexuality Human Rights

Access no. 641 93 min. 2011

Sing Your Song Susanne Rostock

Access no. 642 104 min. 2011

Sing Your Song surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte. This inspirational biographical film begins with Belafonte's birth into poverty in Harlem in 1927, and his childhood years in Jamaica. Director, Susanne Rostock takes the viewer through his discovery of theater and his training as an actor, and on to his career and success as a singer. The film includes clips of his career but also reveals the compelling story is his activism for social justice. Belafonte is a tenacious hands-on activist, who worked intimately with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized celebrities for social justice, participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, and took action to counter gang violence and the incarceration of youth. He continues to work in the prison rights movement. Despite his high profile, he has never been afraid to spend time in the trenches even when it involved taking enormous personal risks. Most Popular Nonfiction Film Award, Vancouver Int'l Film Festival Activism Human Rights

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Occupy Love Velcrow Ripper
Join acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper on a journey deep inside the global revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet. From the Arab Spring to the European Summer, from the Occupy Movement to the global climate justice movement, a profound shift is taking place. Humanity is waking up to the fact that the dominant system of power is failing to provide us with health, happiness or meaning. The old paradigm that concentrates wealth, founded on the greed of the few, is collapsing. Endless growth on a finite planet cannot be sustained. The resulting crisis has become the catalyst for a profound transformation. Millions of people are deciding that the time has come to create a new world, a world that works for all life. Woven throughout the moving, action-oriented backbone of the story is a deep exploration of the heart of the movement, the meaning of love, and concrete examples of just what "another world" could look like. The film features some of the world’s key visionaries on alternative systems of economics, sustainability, and empathy. Best Canadian Feature, Planet in Focus Festival Activism Spirituality

Access no. 643 88 min. 2012

Bitter Seeds Micha X. Peled

Access no. 644 87 min. 2012

In the years since the World Trade Organization forced India to open its markets to genetically modified seeds such as Monsanto's BT Cotton, farmers have been forced into untenable debt in order to buy the more expensive seeds and the fertilizers and pesticides required to make them grow. Every 30 minutes a farmer in India kills himself in despair because he can no longer provide for his family. Will Ramkrishna be next? A cotton farmer at the epicenter of the suicide crisis region, he is struggling to keep his land. Manjusha, the neighbours’ daughter, is determined to overcome village traditions and become a journalist. Ramkrishna’s plight becomes her first assignment. A deeply affecting, character-driven film, Bitter Seeds masterfully weaves a rich tapestry of compelling human stories and subplots, that allows you to enter a world that is both personal and profound. Oxfam Global Justice Award & Winner Green Screen competition at IDFA; Jury Award, Green Agriculture Human Rights

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Shift Change; Putting Democracy to Work Mark Dworkin & Melissa Young
Shift Change tells the little known stories of employee-owned businesses that compete successfully in today's economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces. With the economic crisis, millions have been thrown out of work, and many are losing their homes. Some citizens and public officials are ready to think outside of the box, to reinvent economies in order to restore long term community stability and a more egalitarian way of life. There is growing interest in firms that are owned and managed by their workers. Such firms tend to be more profitable and innovative, and more committed to the communities where they are based. This film takes us to the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation that, since the 1950s, has transformed a depressed area of Spain into one of the most productive in Europe with a high standard of living and an egalitarian way of life. In various parts of the US, the film takes us to green industry cooperatives, co-op bakeries, and Equal Exchange, one of the largest roasters of fair trade coffee in the world. Labour and Employment Community

Access no. 645 70 min. 2012

Walk in Beauty; Clean Energy for a Changeable World Doug Crawford

Access no. 646 14 min. 2012

The Navajo territory of "Four Corners" has often been characterized as an "energy sacrifice zone" where people from California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico have flipped their switches in complete ignorance of the devastating consequences of their choices. The list of staggering impacts from coal-fired electricity is long, and includes cancers, heart and lung disease and rampant asthma. This is especially true among the elderly and young. Rising levels of dangerous smog also impact visibility, and negatively affect traditional ceremonies and agriculture. These impacts from coal impose unacceptable costs. Navajo communities are moving to new sources of energy including solar power that can displace coal and uranium, create new jobs and build enduring pathways out of poverty. Environment Health

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Maestra Catherine Murphy
In Cuba in1961, 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read and write in one year. 100,000 of the teachers were under 18 years old. Over half were women. Maestra explores this story through the personal testimonies of the young women who went out to teach literacy in rural communities across the island--and found themselves deeply transformed in the process. In the midst of the literacy campaign, Cuban exiles launched the CIA-supported Bay of Pigs invasion. Although it was discovered and thwarted by the Cuban armed forces, escaped mercenaries combed the countryside, harassing the peasants and their literacy teachers. Maestra is a compelling and beautifully filmed reconstruction of one of the most significant campaigns in Cuba’s history. Fifty years on, the film clearly demonstrates the impact that it had on the lives of all those who took part. "The historical significance of this archive, and its lessons for the present, cannot be overstated." Howard Zinn Education Women

Access no. 647 33 min. 2012

End of Immigration, The? Marie Boti & Malcolm Guy

Access no. 648 52 min. 2012

In Canada, when we think of "temporary foreign workers," the image that comes to mind are the seasonal agricultural workers who have been working in our fields for the past 40 years, or the live-in nannies and maids from the Philippines. But these days, temporary foreign workers are found in all sectors: fast food, service stations, city bus drivers. Canada appears to be taking its cue from places like Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia that run on temporary foreign workers. The documentary uncovers a trend which is having a profound impact on the society in which we live, where there will be citizens with full rights, and "rent-a-workers" with few or none. Is this the kind of society we want to build? Labour and Employment Globalization

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Nothing Like Chocolate Kum-Kum Bhavnani
Deep in the rain forests of Grenada, anarchist chocolate-maker Mott Green operates an unusual chocolate factory that turns out delicious creations. Nothing like Chocolate tells the moving story of the relentless and headstrong Mott Green, founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company, as he pursues his unique vision to create the best chocolate in the world from scratch. Solar power, employee shareholding and small-scale antique equipment turn out delicious chocolate in the hamlet of Hermitage, Grenada. Finding hope in an industry entrenched in enslaved child labor, irresponsible corporate greed and tasteless, synthetic products, Nothing like Chocolate shows a positive alternative based on fairness, community, sustainability and high quality. Development Globalization
Narrator: Susan Sarandon

Access no. 649 67 min. 2012

Pink Ribbons, Inc. Director: Léa Pool

Access no. 650 98 min. 2011

Breast cancer has become the poster child of cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless people walk, run and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this money go and what does it actually achieve? Pink Ribbons, Inc. is a feature documentary from the National Film Board of Canada that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a "dream cause," has become obfuscated by a shiny, pink story of success. The film challenges the pink-themed campaign promotion of a quick-fix mentality, focusing too much on early screening and achieving a "cure" for the disease, instead of researching causes and protection from environmental contaminants. Health Women

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Surviving Progress Filmmakers: Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks
Surviving Progress is a stunning feature documentary that connects the financial collapse, growing inequity, and the Wall Street oligarchy, with future technology, sustainability and the fate of civilization. Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, A Short History of Progress, inspired this film, reveals how civilizations are repeatedly destroyed by "progress traps." Alluring technologies serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. In the past, we could use up a region’s resources and move on. But if today’s global civilization collapses from overconsumption, that’s it. We have no back-up planet. Surviving Progress brings us thinkers who have probed our primate past, our brains and our societies. Some amplify Wright’s urgent warning, while others have faith that the very progress which has put us in jeopardy is also the key to our salvation. Surviving Progress leaves us with a challenge; to prove that making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead-end. Science and Technology Economics

Access no. 651 87 min. 2012

War in the Mind

Access no. 652 64 min. 2011

Throughout history the lasting psychological effects of war have taken a terrible toll on soldiers and their families, but until the1980s, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was unrecognized as a treatable injury. Today there has been some positive change, but the startlingly high number of military suicides indicate that there is much work to be done. In an intimate and candid interview Senator and Retired General Roméo Dallaire elaborates on his own experience of PTSD. This compassionate film takes us to witness sessions of a unique therapeutic program which promises great hope for effective treatment. Silver Chris Award Columbus Int'l Film &Video Festival Peace and Conflict Health

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We Are Wisconsin
Access no. 653 90 min. 2012

We Are Wisconsin chronicles the incredible events that transpired in Wisconsin in 2011. When Republican Governor Scott Walker tries to introduce a budget bill that threatens to eliminate worker rights and prevent public debate, public opposition is swift and powerful. The film follows an unlikely group of six local citizens: a police officer, a nurse, a high school teacher, a union electrician, a county social worker and a student leader who are actively involved in the take-over of the Capitol building. In less than a month, the local population unites in a way they had never done before and support comes from around the world. We Are Wisconsin puts a different face to the stereotypes of activism as the protestors we encounter are from all walks of life, united by a common goal of protecting their democratic rights. These six characters reveal the motives that inspire ordinary citizens to act, showing us how social movements are sparked. Top 10 Audience Choice, Hot Docs; Nominated for Int'l Documentary Assoc. Award Labour and Employment Community

Lost in the Woods Sisbro Studios

Access no. 654 29 min.

An old box turtle (named Shirley) meets a raccoon (named Fernando Hernandafandavez) who is totally lost in the forest. Shirley helps Fernando discover the magic of spring, as well as the tale of a newborn fawn in the springtime woods. All the animals think the fawn is lost, but is he? The movie includes several original songs including a beautiful lullaby sung by the mother doe to her fawn, before she leaves her fawn alone in the grasses. Numerous awards including 2006 Wildscreen Panda Award for Best Children's Wildlife Film Worldwide Children and Youth

Cat Came Back, The NFB

Access no. 655 8 min.

This hilarious Oscar®-nominated animation 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... 1989 Genie Award for best animated short film

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Asthma Tech NFB
Filmmaker Jonathan Ng turns the notion of "otherness" on its head in his animation film, Asthma Tech. In this semi-autobiographical whimsy, young Winston is burdened by the hardships of chronic asthma and isn’t able to participate in the everyday activities of his peers and classmates. Winston copes with the predicament through his vivid imagination and with paper and crayons, and on one particularly rainy afternoon his talents and skills save the day. Winston discovers that the magic of imagination has the power to bridge, transform Art and Culture Health

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Bearly Alike Sisbro Studios

Access no. 657 16 min.

Bearly Alike parallels a day in the life of the Alaskan brown bears with a day in the life of a young man named George. Watch George and the bears wake up in the morning . . . and fall right back to sleep. Watch George protect his sandwich from a dog, while bears protect fish from a wolf. Watch George and the bears eat, drink, yawn, itch, fish and more. Is George so different from the bears that live far away? With live action and original music, the video is perfect for anyone young at heart. Children and Youth

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