Second Hand

Director Isaac King
Year 2011
Run Time 7min
Genre Animation, Drama

Two neighbours have very different ideas about wasting time and saving stuff in this humourous meditation on what’s precious or disposable.

Director

Isaac King

Producer

Isaac King

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Environment, Social Justice & Politics

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Lessons Injustice

Director Karen Chapman
Year 2017
Run Time 9min
Genre Documentary
A Black father prepares to have a tough conversation with his son about what it means to be a Black man in society, and reflects on why he needs to have this conversation in the first place.

Director

Karen Chapman

Producer

Paul Moyer

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Refuge in the Rockies

Director Kaio Kathriner
Year 2018
Run Time 12min
Genre Documentary
A look at how Columbian refugee Anderson Losada’s dreams of skiing on the Canadian Paralympic team helped to change an obscure law that barred him from pursuing Canadian citizenship.

Director

Kaio Kathriner

Writers

Kaio Kathriner, Tom Malenica

Producers

Matt Drake, Tony Cerciello, Kaio Kathriner

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Global Experiences, Newcomer Stories, Social Justice & Politics, Sports

Original Language

English

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Noeuds (Knots)

Director Aïcha Morin-Baldé
Year 2021
Run Time 9min
Genre Documentary
Three Black women in Montreal share their individual journeys of having to fight against societal pressure when they decide to embrace their natural hair.

Director

Aïcha Morin-Baldé

Writer

Aïcha Morin-Baldé

Producer

Fabienne Colas

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

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

Canada: A People’s History

Year 2000
Run Time 150min
Genre Documentary

Dramatic and gripping, this popular series illustrates pivotal moments in Canada’s history, bringing a compelling intimacy to grand, historic developments. From the stories passed down through oral tradition to the first encounters between Indigenous peoples and Europeans, through the battles that engulfed the continent and the formation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867, to the modern era of feminism, multiculturalism and globalization, this captivating series brings to life the moments that have shaped our nation, telling Canada’s story through the eyes of the people who lived it.

Canada: A People’s History won the Gemini Award for Best Documentary Series and attracted over 14 million viewers. It is a collaborative production between the CBC and Radio-Canada and is available in both English and French.

Students can explore Canadian history further by delving into the series’ award-winning website (www.cbc.ca/history), which features behind-the-scenes footage, games, puzzles, lesson plans and links to other historical resources.

Each 105 minute episode is made up of several 10-to-15-minute segments, which can be shown independently. For a more detailed breakdown of the topics covered in each episode, please see www.cbc.ca/history.

 

SERIES 1: 15,000 B.C. to 1800 A.D. For centuries, the territory now known as Canada is home to over 50 Indigenous nations, each with unique traditions and culture. In the 16th century, European explorers arrive, creating Canada’s first colonies, and forever changing the landscape and the lives of the First Peoples.

SERIES 2: 1670 to 1873 By the 1800s, British exploration opens the West to settlement, laying the foundation of a new nation, but also displacing and devastating Indigenous inhabitants. Confederation soon follows, with the creation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867.

SERIES 3: 1873 to 1940 Canada’s early years are fraught with economic depression, rebellions and tension between English- and French-speaking Canadians. Immigration, rapid growth and sociopolitical change follow, ending abruptly with World War II, a pivotal moment in Canada’s quest for autonomy that comes at the enormous cost of 60,000 lives.

SERIES 4: 1940 to 1990 The end of the Great Depression and the flames and ravages of World War II give way to a new era of peace, progress and prosperity, as well as free trade, globalization, feminism, Indigenous land claims, multiculturalism, Québec nationalism and the explosion of computer technology.

Directors

Writers

Hubert Gendron, Mark Starowicz, Gene Allen

Producer

Mark Starowicz

Genre

Documentary

Interests

History, Social Justice & Politics

Original Languages

English, French

Canadian Distributor

CBC

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Against The Grain

Director Curtis Mandeville (Métis)
Year 2009
Run Time 24min
Genre Documentary
Survivors of the Indian residential school system attempt to cope with its impact on their personal lives and communities. A good primer for discussions of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.

Director

Curtis Mandeville (Métis)

Writer

Curtis Mandeville (Métis)

Producers

Curtis Mandeville (Métis), Eileen McCord

Genre

Documentary

Interests

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

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Winnipeg Film Group

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InukShop

Director Jobie Weetaluktuk (Inuk)
Year 2009
Run Time 2min
Genre Documentary
What is the state of Inuit culture on screen? Inuk filmmaker Weetaluktuk mixes archival reels with new footage to make this commentary on cultural appropriation.

Director

Jobie Weetaluktuk (Inuk)

Writer

Jobie Weetaluktuk (Inuk)

Producers

Kat Baulu, Joe MacDonald, Vanessa Loewen

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

No Dialogue

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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The Basketball Game

Director Hart Snider
Year 2011
Run Time 5min
Genre Animation, Drama

When nine-year-old Hart attends Jewish summer camp, his group must play an epic basketball game against the students of a notorious Holocaust denier. What awaits him on the court? 

Director

Hart Snider

Writer

Hart Snider

Producer

Yves J. Ma

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Bullying, Discrimination, Social Justice & Politics, Sports

Original Language

English

Language Version

FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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Not Just a MMIW

Director Ulivia Uviluk (Inuk)
Year 2019
Run Time 4min
Genre Documentary
In this moving doc, Uviluk reflects on the circumstances and impact of her mother’s death and reminds us of the importance of remembering the names and lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, rather than just the statistics.

Director

Ulivia Uviluk (Inuk)

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

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Sober House: A Sign of Change in Cree Nation

Director Wendell G. Collier (Mi’kmaw)
Year 2019
Run Time 20min
Genre Documentary
A group of teen activists work together to institute a city-wide program to combat alcohol abuse, using signs placed in front windows to mark alcohol-free homes.

Director

Wendell G. Collier (Mi’kmaw)

Producer

Wendell G. Collier (Mi’kmaw)

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

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Short Film Programme

Director Various
Year 2022
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
In addition to the feature films in this catalogue, we also offer a wealth of Canadian short films suitable for various grade levels. They cover a variety of themes and topics, and encompass fiction and documentary, live action and animation. For the full list, check out our Short Film Programme page, and use the filters at the top to find something that meets your needs. 

If you’d like to show several short films together as a programme, please feel free to get in touch for advice and tips on selecting the perfect combination for your needs. 

Director

Various

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography, BIPOC Stories, Bullying, Classics, Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Discrimination, Environment, ESL, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+, Literary Adaptation, Newcomer Stories, Social Justice & Politics, Sports, Strong Female Leads

Original Languages

English, French

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Continuous Journey

Director Ali Kazimi
Year 2004
Run Time 87min
Genre Documentary
In 1914, the SS Komagata Maru set out on a voyage to transport Indian immigrants to Canada. On May 23 of that year, the ship arrived in Vancouver with 376 Sikh, Muslim and Hindu passengers on board. Many of the men were veterans of the British Indian Army and believed that it was their right as British subjects to settle anywhere in the Empire they had fought to defend and expand. They were wrong – they were stopped from coming into Canada by the Continuous Journey Regulation of 1908, which excluded Indians and South Asians from being able to enter the country.  

This inventive docudrama explores the exclusionary politics, which kept the Indian passengers of the Komagata Maru sequestered at sea for over two months in this infamous standoff.  

A story of immigration and injustice, this beautifully crafted film shows historical footage in a way never seen before.

Director

Ali Kazimi

Writer

Ali Kazimi

Producer

Ali Kazimi

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Global Experiences, History, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

TVO

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Joe

Director Jill Haras
Year 2002
Run Time 8min
Genre Animation
An animated tribute to real-life African Canadian hero Joe Fortes, who overcame discrimination and prejudice to become a beloved member of the Vancouver community.

Director

Jill Haras

Genre

Animation

Interests

Biography, BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, History, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

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Assini

Director Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)
Year 2015
Run Time 13min
Genre Drama
Seven-year-old Assini and her friends often play Cowboys and Indians. But when Assini discovers that she herself is an "Indian," the game takes a new turn.

Director

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)

Writer

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)

Producers

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis), Melanie Bray

Genre

Drama

Interests

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

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

Vtape

No Fish Where To Go

Directors Nicola Lemay, Janice Nadeau
Year 2014
Run Time 12min
Genre Animation, Drama, Family
This compassionate animation looks at the consequences of war through the lens of two little girls who become friends despite their upbringing in opposing clans. 

Directors

Nicola Lemay, Janice Nadeau

Writer

Marie-Francine Hébert

Producer

Marc Bertrand

Genres

Animation, Drama, Family

Interests

Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, Social Justice & Politics

Original Languages

English, French

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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The Routes

Director James McDougall (Anishinaabe)
Year 2014
Run Time 4min
Genre Drama
A man cycles through his memories of the local women who have gone missing in his Anishinaabe community.

Director

James McDougall (Anishinaabe)

Writer

James McDougall (Anishinaabe)

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Wapikoni Mobile

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The Creator’s Game

Director Candace Maracle (Mohawk)
Year 2011
Run Time 41min
Genre Documentary
After being denied entry into Europe because of their Haudenosaunee passports, the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team are forced to forfeit their shot at the World Championship. A year later, we follow the team as they fight to bring the title and national sovereignty to their people.

Director

Candace Maracle (Mohawk)

Writer

Candace Maracle (Mohawk)

Producer

Candace Maracle (Mohawk)

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics, Sports

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Vtape

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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

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire

Director Peter Raymont
Year 2004
Run Time 90min
Genre Documentary
Canadian Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire was in command of the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission to Rwanda in 1994 when a bloody genocide erupted. Over the course of 100 days, more than 800,000 Tutsis were killed by Hutus, the rival tribe in their country.

Dallaire attempted to stop the killing by alerting the world through the United Nations and the international media. Though his attempts were unsuccessful, Dallaire emerged as a hero. Ten years later, Dallaire returns to Rwanda to personally commemorate the anniversary of that holocaust.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005.

“Dallaire is not only the protagonist of Shake Hands with the Devil, he is a compelling reason to see it.” — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Director

Peter Raymont

Raymont has produced and directed over 100 documentaries, which have earned more than 50 international awards. His producing credits include West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson, Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr and Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band. He recently directed the doc Margaret Atwood: A Word after a Word after a Word is Power, and produced Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On, which premiered at TIFF 2022.

Writer

Roméo Dallaire

Producers

Linda Lee Tracey, Peter Raymont

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, Discrimination, Global Experiences, History, Literary Adaptation, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

White Pine Pictures