The Ghosts in Our Machine

Director Liz Marshall
Year 2013
Run Time 93min
Genre Documentary

In a film that explores the rights of non-human animals through the compassionate lens of international photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, we meet individual animals living within — and rescued from — the machine of our modern world. 

Director

Liz Marshall

Writer

Liz Marshall

Producers

Nina Beveridge, Liz Marshall

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Environment, Female Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Languages

English, French, Other Language

Canadian Distributor

INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT

Super Duper Alice Cooper

Directors Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Reginald Harkema
Year 2014
Run Time 98min
Genre Documentary

In this found-footage Dr. Jekyll–and–Mr. Hyde tale, the former is revealed as Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son from Detroit, Michigan, who transforms into Alice Cooper, a veritable rock-and-roll legend.

Directors

Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Reginald Harkema

Writers

Sam Dunn, Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen

Producers

Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Enfants de choeur! (The Choir Boys)

Director Magnus Isacsson
Year 1999
Run Time 76min
Genre Documentary, Drama
A documentary focusing on the relationships between a choir of homeless men in Montreal and their founder and choirmaster, Pierre.

Director

Magnus Isacsson

Genres

Documentary, Drama

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

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The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam

Director Ann Marie Fleming
Year 2003
Run Time 90min
Genre Documentary

A loving and entertaining portrait of the director’s greatgrandfather, a brilliant Chinese magician and acrobat.

Director

Ann Marie Fleming

Fleming is a visual artist, filmmaker and writer who has animated over 20 films, including the shorts Stories Sarah Tells, Big Trees and Heart. Her features include New Shoes, The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam and The French Guy. Fleming has won nearly 20 awards for her films, including 10 for Window Horses. Most recently, she directed the shorts A Short Film About Tegan & Sara, Question Period, and Old Dog.

Writer

Ann Marie Fleming

Producers

Ann Marie Fleming, Svend-Erik Eriksen

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography, BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, History

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey

Directors Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise
Year 2005
Run Time 96min
Genre Documentary

A lifelong heavy metal fan, Canadian anthropologist Dunn travels around the world to explore the origins of the genre as well as the controversy that sometimes accompanies the culture of the music and its fans.

Directors

Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise

Writers

Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise

Producers

Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen

Genre

Documentary

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Monsoon

Director Sturla Gunnarsson
Year 2014
Run Time 108min
Genre Documentary, Drama
Captured in gorgeous, ultra high-definition 4K video, Sturla Gunnarsson’s documentary profiles not just expert meteorologists but also farmers, fishermen, city dwellers and even bookies — real citizens whose lives, rain or shine, are profoundly affected by the monsoons.

By treating this natural phenomenon with the respect it commands, this Canada’s Top Ten audience award–winner becomes an epic journey into a phenomenon many call “the soul of India.”

With swells of music by the Bombay Dub Orchestra, Monsoon is wet, wild and utterly astonishing.

Director

Sturla Gunnarsson

Born in Iceland and raised in Vancouver, Gunnarsson earned an Oscar nomination for his debut feature doc, After the Axe. His films include Beowulf and Grendel, Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie and Monsoon, and he has directed hit TV shows such as Motive, Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Art of More, and most recently Schitt’s Creek and Ransom.

Writer

Sturla Gunnarsson

Producers

Ina Fichman, Sturla Gunnarsson

Genres

Documentary, Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Environment, Global Experiences

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

KinoSmith

Pour la suite du monde (For Those Who Will Follow)

Directors Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault
Year 1963
Run Time 105min
Genre Documentary
For centuries, the villagers of Île aux Coudres, a small island in the St. Lawrence River, hunted beluga whales by creating a sort of “fence” of saplings in shallow, muddy waters, trapping the mammals in low tide as they swim by.

In 1962, Michel Brault and a team of filmmakers travelled to the island to document the resumption of the practice decades after it had been abandoned, shedding light and wit on this “resourceful” tradition.

A balance of grace, humour, and up-close observation, Pour la suite du monde is known as a landmark achievement in documentary filmmaking and was screened at the Cannes film festival.

Directors

Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault

Writers

Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault

Producers

Jacques Bobet, Fernand Dansereau

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Classics, Environment, History

Original Language

French

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Speed Sisters

Director Amber Fares
Year 2015
Run Time 80min
Genre Documentary
The Speed Sisters are the first all-women race car driving team in the Middle East. They're bold. They're fearless. And they're tearing up tracks all over Palestine.

Director

Amber Fares

Writer

Amber Fares

Producers

Amber Fares, Avi Goldstein, Jessica Devaney

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, Sports, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

Other Language

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

KinoSmith

  • Own Voice

The Spirit of Annie Mae

Director Catherine Anne Martin (Mi’kmaw)
Year 2002
Run Time 73min
Genre Documentary

Annie Mae Pictou Aquash was a 30-year-old Nova Scotia-born Mi’qmaw woman and a prominent figure in the American Indian Movement (AIM) until her life was tragically cut short in 1975, when she was brutally murdered in South Dakota. Decades later, as the crime remains unsolved, her friends and family reflect on her life and what she meant to each of them. 

While remaining an intimate portrait of a loving mother and friend, The Spirit of Annie Mae also chronicles the history of AIM, and ways in which the government sought to destroy it from within.

Director

Catherine Anne Martin (Mi’kmaw)

Writer

Angela Baker

Producer

Kent Martin

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Warrendale

Director Allan King
Year 1967
Run Time 100min
Genre Documentary

Originally produced for the CBC (but not aired on TV due to profanity), Warrendale is one of Allan King’s most searing and revealing pieces of work. King places us inside Warrendale (a facility for troubled youth in Toronto’s Rexdale community) like a fly on the wall, and we witness the full spectrum of emotions displayed by 12 fascinating children and the caregivers trying to nurture and guide them.

The stunning Warrendale won the Prix d’art et d’essai at the Cannes film festival and a special documentary award from the National Society of Film Critics.

Director

Allan King

Writer

Allan King

Producer

Allan King

Genre

Documentary

Interest

Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

Allan King Films

RiP! A Remix Manifesto

Director Brett Gaylor
Year 2009
Run Time 87min
Genre Documentary
In this challenging and thought-provoking documentary, filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age and the crumbling barriers between users and producers.

The film centres on Girl Talk, a mash-up musician who tops the charts with his sample- based creations, provoking debate about ownership, copyright, piracy and what it means to be an artist in the 21st century.

Musicians, authors and pop culture critics all weigh in on the issues in this wildly innovative and experimental doc.

A great mix of compelling analysis and difficult questions, RiP! addresses issues of sampling, sharing, intellectual property and creative freedom with flair and style.

Director

Brett Gaylor

Writer

Brett Gaylor

Producers

Mila Aung-Thwin, Kat Baulu, Germaine Ying Gee Wong

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, History

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

KinoSmith

The Accountant of Auschwitz

Director Matthew Shoychet
Year 2018
Run Time 78min
Genre Documentary

This powerful documentary chronicles the trial of Oskar Gröning, one of the last surviving perpetrators of the Holocaust and a former members of the SS. In 2015, the 94 year old was brought to trial for his role in the murder of 300,000 Jewish people.

This thought-provoking and insightful film explores his life and actions before, after and during the Second World War. An emotionally affecting and intellectually challenging look at responsibility, forgiveness, justice, and the role of an individual in one of human history’s greatest evils.

The runner-up for the audience award at the 2018 Hot Docs festival, this deeply affecting documentary has resonated with critics and audiences around the world.

Director

Matthew Shoychet

Writer

Ricki Gurwitz

Producers

Ric Esther Bienstock, Ricki Gurwitz

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, Global Experiences, History

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

Aqute Media

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Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk in Islam

Director Omar Majeed
Year 2009
Run Time 82min
Genre Documentary
The word “taqwacore” is taken from a novel by Michael Muhammad Knight, The Taqwacores, combining “taqwa,” an Arabic word for God-consciousness, with “hardcore”. His book, about a group of young Islamic punk rockers, inspired the creation of an actual Muslim punk scene.

The first half of Omar Majeed’s documentary deals with this burgeoning scene as a group of bands travel together touring the American countryside. Young, disaffected and secular, these musicians are caught between two worlds: the Islamic culture from which they come, and the Western culture in which they are coming of age.

In the second half, the setting moves to Pakistan, where the bands have travelled to perform. Author Knight is along for the ride to observe and comment on the reality his writing has created.
 

Director

Omar Majeed

Writer

Omar Majeed

Producer

Mila Aung-Thwin

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, Global Experiences, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

KinoSmith

The Magic of Anansi

Director Jamie Mason
Year 2001
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation
This animated short tells the story of Anansi, a little spider who is tired of being snubbed by other jungle animals, especially Mr. Tiger. Anansi hatches a plan to make the other animals respect him, but soon learns an important lesson about how to treat his friends.

Director

Jamie Mason

Genre

Animation

Interest

Literary Adaptation

Original Languages

English, French

Invasion of the Space Lobsters

Director Janet Perlman
Year 2005
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation
As they try to assemble their barbecue, a suburban family is stunned by the appearance of giant lobsters in an egg-shaped UFO, leading to hilarious pandemonium. In this clever animated throwback to 1950s monster movies, a neighbourhood learns the value of clear communication!

Director

Janet Perlman

Genre

Animation

Interest

Female Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, French

The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin

Director Janet Perlman
Year 1981
Run Time 10min
Genre Animation, Comedy

The classic Cinderella fairytale is given an endearing twist, presented by a cast of penguins!

Director

Janet Perlman

Genres

Animation, Comedy

Interests

Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

No Dialogue

A Drummer’s Dream

Director John Walker
Year 2010
Run Time 84min
Genre Documentary
This documentary film features a rare and unique assembly of some of the greatest drummers in the world. Explosive talent, compelling humour and irresistible personality come together as seven diverse drummers create an unforgettable experience.

Director

John Walker

Writer

John Walker

Producers

John Walker, Kent Martin

Genre

Documentary

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

A Married Couple

Director Allan King
Year 1969
Run Time 97min
Genre Documentary

In 1969, Allan King crafted one of the most intimate portraits of domestic life ever captured on film with A Married Couple. Billy and Antoinette Edwards are experiencing some marital crises: Power struggles and gender politics have come between them, and their relationship is in deep, deep trouble.


Inviting the cameras into their home, the Edwards allow King to film their life over 10 weeks in Toronto, which — like the film itself — is intense and hectic, frightening and funny. It’s a cinéma verité documentary unlike any other. Throwing the conflict and intimacy of the bonds of marriage into a spotlight that is at once both harsh and tender.

Director

Allan King

Writer

Allan King

Producer

Allan King

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, Classics

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Criterion Collection

A Place Called Chiapas

Director Nettie Wild
Year 1998
Run Time 89min
Genre Documentary

Filmmaker Nettie Wild notes that in Canada, the North American Free Trade Agreement, which went into effect in 1994, was a matter for lively discussion and political debate. In Chiapas, one of the poorest states in Mexico, it provoked an actual revolution.


In this remarkably clear-eyed and vivid documentary, Wild follows the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) as they fight and evade the Mexican army. Wild takes viewers on a journey through fear and hope, telling a complex story of Indigenous rights and corporate interests in the wake of NAFTA.


The film won the Genie for Best Documentary, among several other awards.

Director

Nettie Wild

Writers

Manfred Becker, Nettie Wild

Producers

Betsy Carson, Kirk Tougas, Nettie Wild

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Environment, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

Zeitgeist Films

There’s Something in the Water

Directors Elliot Page, Ian Daniel
Year 2019
Run Time 73min
Genre Documentary
The term “environmental racism” may be unfamiliar to many, but its meaning is fairly literal. It refers to the discrimination minorities face when they are subjected to toxic levels of pollution, often because factories or waste sites are placed near their communities. 

Elliot Page brings attention to these injustices in her home province of Nova Scotia in this urgent documentary about women fighting to protect their communities, their land, and their futures.

Page travels to rural areas of the province that are plagued by toxic fallout from industrial development, discovering that these catastrophes have been precisely placed, all in remote, low income — and very often Indigenous or Black — communities. As the filmmakers observe, your postal code determines your health.
 

Directors

Elliot Page, Ian Daniel

Producers

Elliot Page, Ian Daniel, Julia Sanderson, Ingrid Waldron

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Environment, Global Experiences, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Giant Pictures