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Reviving the Roost

Director Vivek Shraya
Year 2019
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation, Documentary
Using neon-light animation, Shraya presents an ode to a gay bar in Edmonton that was important to her journey of self-acceptance. Content Note: Coarse Language and Mature Subject Matter

Director

Vivek Shraya

Writer

Vivek Shraya

Producer

Justine Pimlott

Genres

Animation, Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+

Original Language

English

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The Relay

Director Kimberley Ann Surin
Year 2021
Run Time 22min
Genre Documentary

Members of the 1996 Canadian Olympic relay team reflect on their historic gold medal-winning run, and what it meant both for them and for Canada as a whole.

Director

Kimberley Ann Surin

Writer

Kimberley Ann Surin

Producer

Kimberley Ann Surin

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, History, Sports

Original Language

English

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Village Of Idiots

Directors Eugene Fedorenko, Rose Newlove
Year 1999
Run Time 13min
Genre Animation, Drama
Based on a Jewish folk tale adapted by playwright John Lazarus, this animated short tells the story of Shmendrik, a simpleton living in a small Polish village. Weary of daily life in his native Chelm, Shmendrik sets out on a quest for knowledge that brings him to a new Chelm, a place eerily reminiscent of his old Chelm. An amusing take on our tendency to romanticize what we don't have.

Directors

Eugene Fedorenko, Rose Newlove

Writer

John Lazarus

Producers

Michael Scott, David Verrall

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Classics, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences

Original Language

English

Language Versions

FR Dub, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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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

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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

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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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Hardwood

Director Hubert Davis
Year 2002
Run Time 27min
Genre Documentary
Mel Davis, a member of the legendary Harlem Globetrotters, had two families — one in Chicago and one in Vancouver. His Canadian son, Hubert, takes a personal look at his father’s life. Nominated for an Oscar.

Director

Hubert Davis

Davis’s first film, Hardwood, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Documentary. He received the Don Haig award at the Hot Docs festival for Invisible City, and has directed numerous award winning commercials, as well as the short film Aruba and the 2016 feature doc Giants of Africa. His 2017 short, Rivolta, won a Cannes Film Lion. his most recent feature doc Black Ice, premiered at TIFF 2022. Next, he is working on the series The Count.

Writer

Hubert Davis

Producers

Erin Faith Young, Peter Starr

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Sports

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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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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Honey For Sale

Director Amanda Strong (Michif)
Year 2009
Run Time 7min
Genre Documentary
The director focuses her camera on the tenuous life of a honeybee in this poetic and thoughtful meditation on the fragility of human existence.

Director

Amanda Strong (Michif)

Writers

Amanda Strong (Michif), John Sedore

Producer

Amanda Strong (Michif)

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Environment, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Vtape

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The Life You Want

Director Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe)
Year 2011
Run Time 34min
Genre Documentary
The isolated northern town of Fort Hope, Ontario has a serious problem with prescription drugs. This film follows the journey of one brave resident who admits her problem and applies for treatment.

Director

Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe)

Writers

Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe), Dave Clement

Producers

Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe), Irene Dubé

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Thunderstone Pictures

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Overburden

Directors Warren Cariou (Métis), Neil McArthur
Year 2009
Run Time 15min
Genre Documentary
Indigenous communities in Alberta defend the environment, their health and way of life in the face of a destructive oil recovery enterprise.

Directors

Warren Cariou (Métis), Neil McArthur

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Environment

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

Winnipeg Film Group

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Indigo

Director Amanda Strong (Michif)
Year 2014
Run Time 9min
Genre Experimental
Inspired by Indigenous stories and vividly-realized through stop-motion animation, a woman trapped in a cluttered space is freed by "Grandmother Spider," who still has some important webs to weave.

Director

Amanda Strong (Michif)

Writer

Daniel T. Fischer

Producers

Luke Sargent, Brett Long, Amanda Strong (Michif)

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Vtape

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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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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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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

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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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Bundle

Director Jamie Whitecrow (Anishinaabe)
Year 2020
Run Time 4min
Genre Experimental
 A look at the Anishinaabeg tradition of carrying a small bundle at all times containing items that are essential to maintaining spiritual and emotional wellbeing.

Director

Jamie Whitecrow (Anishinaabe)

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

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Wash Day

Director Kourtney Jackson
Year 2021
Run Time 12min
Genre Documentary

As they get ready for the day, three young Black women discuss the public perception of their Blackness in relation to their personal journeys of cultivating a strong sense of self.

Director

Kourtney Jackson

Writer

Kourtney Jackson

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

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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