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Mon Oncle Antoine
Claude Jutra's sweeping portrait of village life in 1940's Quebec has been called one of the greatest Canadian films of all time. Recalling a time when the local general store was the crossroads of life, the film illustrates the way…
The Necktie - Le noeud cravate
A mixture of puppet and hand-drawn animation, THE NECKTIE is the story of Valentin and his quest to find meaning in his life. Stuck in a dead-end job, he has forgotten all about the things that used to bring him…
Madame Tutli Putli
Madame Tutli-Putli boards the night train, weighed down by all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past. She travels alone, facing both the kindness and menace of strangers. As day descends into dark, she finds herself caught up…
The Cat Came Back
This hilarious Oscar-nominated animated short 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... Nominated for Best Short…
Men for Sale - Male Prostitutes Speak Out
In this documentary, 11 male sex-trade workers from Montreal are followed over the course of a year. They share their struggles to survive alcohol and drug-related addictions, abuse and stigmatization - but most of all, their troubled pasts.
Paris 1919 - Negotiating Peace After WWI
For six months in 1919, Paris was the capital of the world. The last shots had just been fired in the most devastating war of all time - and the old global order lay in tatters. Delegations from over 30…
The Sand Castle
An Oscar-winner for Best Animated Short Film, THE SAND CASTLE features the sandman and the creatures he sculpts out of sand. These lively creatures build a castle and celebrate the completion of their new home, only to be interrupted by…
Life With Murder - The Evolving Relationships of a Family Faced with a Devastating Crime
When their son is accused of murdering his sister, a mother and father face perhaps the most awful decision any parent could have to make: whether to break with their son or accept him back into the family. With astonishing…
The Peacekeepers - U.N. Efforts to Aid the Democratic Republic of Congo
With unprecedented access to the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping, THE PEACEKEEPERS provides an intimate and dramatic portrait of the struggle to save "a failed state." The film follows the determined and often desperate manoeuvres to avert another Rwandan disaster,…
Glasses
Milo is always losing his lunchbox, screwing up in class and humiliating himself on the playground. He'd like to be invincible like his comic book hero Captain Cosmo, but for a shy near-sighted kid, the humiliations of Grade One know…
Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen - An Intimate Look into a Poet's Life
This informal black-and-white portrait of Leonard Cohen shows him at age 30 on a visit to his hometown of Montreal, where the poet, novelist and songwriter comes "to renew his neurotic affiliations." He reads his poetry to an enthusiastic crowd,…
Evolution
This short animated film about the evolution of life on Earth would make Darwin himself chuckle. It's funnier than any learned treatise, and yet it's all here - from the single-celled amoeba romping about the ocean depths, to the first…
Every Child
This Oscar-winning short film was at the invitation of the United Nations Organization to celebrate UNICEF's Declaration of Children's Rights. EVERY CHILD illustrates one of the ten principles of the Declaration, namely that every child is entitled to a name…
Neighbours
In this Oscar -winning short film, Norman McLaren employs the principles normally used to put drawings or puppets into motion to animate live actors. The story is a parable about two people who come to blows over the possession of…
The Burning Times - Witchhunts & Violence Against Women
This beautifully crafted film is an in-depth look at the witch-hunts that swept through Europe just a few hundred years ago. False accusations and trials led to massive torture and burnings at the stake, and ultimately to the destruction of…
The Colour of Beauty - Racism in the Fashion Industry
Renee Thompson is trying to make it as a top fashion model in New York. She's got the looks, the walk and the drive. But she's a black model in a world where white women represent the standard of beauty.…
When the Day Breaks
After witnessing the accidental death of a stranger, Ruby seeks affirmation in the city around her, and finds it in surprising places. With deft humour and finely rendered detail, WHEN THE DAY BREAKS illuminates the links which connect our urban…
Becoming 13 - Teenage Girls Attempt to Navigate Adolesence
Avi spends a lot of time in her room studying, or trying to. She is expected to achieve nothing less than academic perfection - an admirable but impossible goal. In some ways Avi is more comfortable with the camera and…
Invasion of the Space Lobsters
An advanced race of giant lobsters from outer space land on Earth "sunny side up," but no one knows why. An utter failure of communication with these galactic crustaceans catapults the world towards Armageddon bisque! World peace is at stake!…
Big Mouth
Filmmaker Andrea Dorfman has a way with words. In BIG MOUTH, she explores the experiences of a bright-minded, quick-witted child, questioning what it means to speak the truth, and coming to understand how our differences make us unique. Hand-drawn puppets…