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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

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Envers et contre tout (Against All Odds)

Director Kimberley Ann Surin
Year 2021
Run Time 10min
Genre Documentary
An incisive look at the way racism continues to act as a barrier to Black athletes from participating in youth hockey programs.

Director

Kimberley Ann Surin

Writer

Kimberley Ann Surin

Producer

Fabienne Colas

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker, Sports

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

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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Wapawekka

Director Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)
Year 2010
Run Time 16min
Genre Drama
Josh and his father visit their family cabin in Saskatchewan for the last time, confronting the generational differences between their Cree heritage and Josh's urban lifestyle.

Director

Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)

Danis Goulet is an award-winning Cree/Métis filmmaker from La Ronge, SK, now based in Toronto. Her films have screened at festivals worldwide including Sundance, Berlinale, TIFF, and MoMA. She is a former programmer and current board member for TIFF, and was the former Director of the imagineNATIVE Film+Media Arts Festival. Her latest projects include the TV series Reservation Dogs, and the upcoming feature film Ivy

Writer

Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)

Producers

Christine Kleckner, Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Language Versions

EN Subtitles, Other Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Vtape

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Anirniq (Breath)

Director RJ Sauer
Year 2011
Run Time 5min
Genre Drama
A beautiful exploration of the Inuit belief that when someone dies, their spirit goes into the living creatures around them.

Director

RJ Sauer

Writer

RJ Sauer

Producers

RJ Sauer, Amy Jones

Genre

Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Inuktitut

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Brüdder Productions

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Origin of the Dream Catcher

Director Donavan Vollant (Innu)
Year 2018
Run Time 4min
Genre Animation, Drama
In this beautiful animated short film we learn about the creation of the very first dreamcatcher.

Director

Donavan Vollant (Innu)

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, History, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Inuktitut

Language Version

EN Subtitles

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Amaqqut Nunaat: The Country of Wolves

Director Neil Christopher (Inuk)
Year 2011
Run Time 12min
Genre Animation, Drama
It begins as a hunting trip out on the ice for two Inuit hunters. However, soon they find themselves lost and the only safe haven to be found for miles is a mysterious village filled with the sounds of drum dancing and revelry. Unfortunately, this village turns out to be even more dangerous than the frigid ocean as the men realize that in this strange land, men can change into wolves.
 

Director

Neil Christopher (Inuk)

Writer

Neil Christopher (Inuk)

Producers

Neil Christopher (Inuk), Louise Flaherty (Inuk)

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Inuktitut

Language Versions

EN Dub, EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributors

Inhabit Media, Taqqut Productions

Vive la rose

Director Bruce Alcock
Year 2009
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation, Romance

Based on the last recording by one of Newfoundland's foremost traditional music performers, Emile Benoit's tender delivery of the 18th century French song is the heart of Vive la rose. The story of unrequited love and tentative obsession throughout the beloved's life, sickness and early death is the narrative focus, accompanied by an emotional interpretation of Benoit's strong Newfoundland French accent and wavering old man's voice. Vive la rose is animation on location, rooting the film in a location that evokes the past, and combines ink drawings with a variety of romantic and associative elements and objects.

Director

Bruce Alcock

Producers

Tina Ouellette, Annette Clarke, Michael Fukushima

Genres

Animation, Romance

Interests

Arts and Culture, History

Original Language

French

Language Versions

EN Subtitles, FR CC

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives

Directors Aerlyn Weissman, Lynne Fernie
Year 1992
Run Time 85min
Genre Documentary

This Canadian documentary chronicles the era of lesbian-themed pulp romance paperbacks of the 1950s, a time when titles such as “Odd Girl Out” spoke to the isolated and confused young lesbians of the era. Ten women (including one of the authors of these novels), talk about being queer in the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, discovering these books, and going through their own first love affairs and painful breakups.

The hardships they faced (from being shunned by their families to enduring police raids) are interspersed with archival footage and four dramatized chapters from a pulp novel, Forbidden Love. The desperate measures resorted to by the protagonists in these works of pulp fiction are shown to have been quite tame compared to the real-life experiences of these women.

The film won the Genie Award for best feature documentary.

“It is testimony to how clever the film and filmmakers are that a documentary about history continues to seem so utterly timeless.” – Matthew Hays, POV Magazine

Directors

Aerlyn Weissman, Lynne Fernie

Writers

Aerlyn Weissman, Lynne Fernie

Producers

Margaret Pettigrew, Ginny Stikeman

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Female Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+

Original Languages

English, French

Language Versions

EN CC, EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

Director Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)
Year 1993
Run Time 119min
Genre Documentary
In July of 1990, the Oka Crisis was a critical moment in contemporary Canadian history and a turning point for Indigenous affairs. That summer, as the small Quebec community was thrust into the international spotlight, master filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nail-biting days filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks of Kanehsatake, Quebec, the Quebec police and the Canadian army.

This powerful documentary takes you right to the heart of the action, painting a sensitive and deeply affecting portrait of the people behind the barricades.

Winner of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Best Canadian Feature Film prize.

Director

Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)

Legendary Abenaki filmmaker Obomsawin has made over 50 documentaries on issues affecting Indigenous peoples in Canada, including Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, Trick or Treaty?, Is the Crown at War with Us?, Our People Will Be Healed and Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger. Her most recent film is the short documentary Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair. Next, she is set to appear in an episode of Marie Clements’ Bones of Crows: The Series.

Writer

Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)

Producers

Wolf Koenig, Colin Neale, Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Classics, Environment, Female Filmmaker, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, EN Subtitles, FR CC, FR Dub, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

Sonatine

Director Michelline Lanctot
Year 1984
Run Time 91min
Genre Drama

Actor and filmmaker Micheline Lanctôt won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival for her second feature, the story of two teenage girls whose close bond, dreams, and sentimental whims are presented in a series of vignettes that move gradually from the seemingly trivial to the extremely dark.


Structured around three parts, the first follows teenage Chantal (Pascale Bussières), who pursues an infatuation with a bus driver (Pierre F. Fauteux), ultimately costing him his job. The second segment follows Louisette (Marcia Pilote), who has run away from home but finds temporary affection from a Bulgarian sailor (Kliment Denchev) in the port. In the third and final chapter, the two girls come together and make a grim, disturbing plan.


Micheline Lanctôt won the Genie Award for Best Director for the film.

Director

Michelline Lanctot

Writer

Michelline Lanctot

Cast

Pascale Bussieres, Kliment Denchev

Genre

Drama

Interest

Female Filmmaker

Original Language

French

Language Versions

EN Subtitles, FR CC

Canadian Distributor

Les Films René Malo

Mariages (Marriages)

Director Catherine Martin
Year 2001
Run Time 95min
Genre Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Quebec filmmaker Catherine Martin made her feature debut with this film about a 19th century woman struggling against oppressive Victorian social norms. 20-year-old Yvonne (Marie-Ève Bertrand) is a free spirit whose prudish, strict older sister Héleène (Guylaine Tremblay) struggles to contain her.

Helene intends to send her sister to a convent, and when Yvonne falls in love with the rakish Charles (David Boutin), Hélène concocts a scheme to keep them apart by arranging for him to marry her own teenage daughter. Unwilling to give up her passionate desires, Yvonne heads to the woods to find her own solution.

This finely crafted historical drama was awarded Best Feature by the Quebec Association of Film Critics in 2001.

Director

Catherine Martin

Writer

Catherine Martin

Cast

Marie-Ève Bertrand, Guylaine Tremblay, Hélène Loiselle

Producer

Lorraine Dufour

Genres

Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, History

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Film Tonic

La passion d’Augustine (The Passion of Augustine)

Director Léa Pool
Year 2015
Run Time 103min
Genre Drama

Céline Bonnier stars as Mother Augustine, a passionate and resilient Catholic nun who teaches music to children of all backgrounds in a convent school in rural Quebec in the 1960s. When her rebellious but musically gifted niece (Lysandre Ménard) joins the convent, Mother Augustine must confront a past that she strives to forget.

With the looming changes brought by Vatican II and Quebec's Quiet Revolution, the local government threatens to shut down the school in favour of public education, and Mother Augustine must search her soul for a solution – or perhaps a new calling. She and her fellow nuns are forced to confront the waves of modernity, but can Augustine move forward, or will she perish with tradition?

The film was nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards including Best Actress for Bonnier, and Best Original Score.

Director

Léa Pool

Pool has earned three Genie Award nominations for Best Direction. Her films include Emporte Moi, Mouvements du désir, Lost and Delirious, La dernière fugue and the documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc. Her recent films include the doc Double Sentence and the features La passion d'Augustine and Et au pire, on se mariera.

Writers

Léa Pool, Marie Vien

Cast

Céline Bonnier, Lysandre Ménard

Producers

Lyse Lafontaine, François Tremblay

Genre

Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Female Filmmaker, History

Original Language

French

Language Versions

EN Subtitles, FR CC

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Les affamés (Ravenous)

Director Robin Aubert
Year 2017
Run Time 104min
Genre Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

In the bleak aftermath of an outbreak of zombies in rural Quebec, Bonin (Marc-André Grondin) struggles to survive along with the rapidly dwindling remaining population. When he encounters a group hiding in a house that is in the path of an invading horde of the undead, he must decide whether or not to save them, as doing so would put him and his companions in danger.

Les affamés is a brilliant and fresh take on the zombie genre, maintaining a tense atmosphere with exceptional moments of horror. It won the Best Canadian Feature prize at TIFF in 2017 and swept the Jutra Awards (now the Prix Iris) with ten wins, including Best Film and Best Direction.

“Robin Aubert's idiosyncratic and nuanced drama breathes fresh life into the zombie apocalypse subgenre.” - John Leydon, Variety

Director

Robin Aubert

Saints-Martyrs-des-Damnés premiered at TIFF 2005. Aubert also directed the feature films À quelle heure le train pour nulle part, À l’origine d’un cri, and Tuktuq, and starred in De père en flic, the critical hit Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre, Jeune Juliette, and Mon cirque à moi. His latest film, Les Affamés won Best Canadian Feature at TIFF 2017 and ten Prix Iris. He is currently completing his next film, Tu ne sauras jamais. 

Writer

Robin Aubert

Cast

Charlotte St-Martin, Marc-André Grondin, Monia Chokri, Micheline Lanctôt

Producers

C.S. Roy, Stéphanie Morissette

Genres

Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Les Films Seville

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Yéil (Raven)

Director Shaunoh
Year 2021
Run Time 5min
Genre Drama

An artistic retelling of the story of how Raven brought the sun, moon and stars into our world.

Director

Shaunoh

Cast

Guna Megan Jensen

Producer

Maggie Mac

Genre

Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Environment, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Other Language

Language Version

EN Subtitles

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Cherche Femme Forte (Wanted: Strong Woman)

Director Marilyn Cooke
Year 2019
Run Time 15min
Genre Drama
Nawedge, a nurse in a care home, discovers a new side of herself when she joins an underground wrestling ring.

Director

Marilyn Cooke

Writer

Marilyn Cooke

Cast

Tatiana Zinga Botao

Producer

Nellie Carrier

Genre

Drama

Interest

Female Filmmaker

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

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Four Faces of the Moon

Director Amanda Strong (Michif)
Year 2016
Run Time 13min
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Documentary, Family
This intricate stop-motion animation interlaces Canada’s colonial past with writer-director Amanda Strong’s personal family history — and illuminates Cree, Métis, and Anishinaabe reclamation of culture, language, and Nationhood.

Director

Amanda Strong (Michif)

Writers

Amanda Strong (Michif), Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv-Klahoose)

Cast

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)

Producer

Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv-Klahoose)

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Documentary, Family

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Other Language

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Taxi Libre

Director Kaveh Nabation
Year 2010
Run Time 13min
Genre Drama

Jose Garcia was a doctor in his home country. Now, as a taxi driver in Canada, he must cope with a playfully taunting prospective employer who takes a seat in his cab.

Director

Kaveh Nabation

Writer

Kaveh Nabation

Cast

Omar Alexis Ramos Torres, Alain Cadieux, Marco Ledezma

Producers

Alexandra Yanofsky, Kat Baulu

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Newcomer Stories

Original Languages

French, Other Language

Language Versions

EN Subtitles, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

NFB

French Immersion

Director Kevin Tierney
Year 2011
Run Time 99min
Genre Comedy
A contemporary comedy about five Anglo-Canadians - actually four Anglos and a New Yorker - who find themselves in a two-week total immersion French program in a remote town in Northern Quebec. 

Director

Kevin Tierney

Writers

Jefferson Lewis, Kevin Tierney

Cast

Oluniké Adeliyi, Dorothée Berryman, Jean-Guy Bouchard, Pascale Bussières, Colm Feore

Producers

Claude Bonin, Kevin Tierney

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Languages

English, French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

TVA Films

Bon Cop Bad Cop 2

Director Alain Desrochers
Year 2017
Run Time 126min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Eight years after they met in Bon Cop Bad Cop (above), the comically mismatched duo of straightlaced Ontario cop Martin Ward (Feore) and scruffy Quebec cop David Bouchard (Huard) reunite to investigate yet another major crime in this long-awaited sequel. When their separate investigations unexpectedly cross paths, the pair must join forces to investigate a crime ring south of the border, giving the film plenty of hilarious opportunities to poke fun at the cultural differences between the two Canucks and their American counterparts.

Director

Alain Desrochers

Desrochers began his filmmaking career with over 100 music videos and commercials, winning numerous awards. His first feature, La Bouteille, earned him a Genie nomination for Best Direction. His credits include Nitro, Cabotins and Gerry. Most recently, he directed the miniseries Bad Blood and the feature Security starring Sir Ben Kingsley.

Writer

Patrick Huard

Cast

Colm Feore, Patrick Huard, Erik Knudsen, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse

Producers

Pierre Even, Patrick Huard, François Flamand

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Languages

English, French

Language Versions

EN CC, EN Subtitles, FR CC, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Les Films Seville