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We Were Children - The Traumatic Legacy of Residential Schools
In this feature film, the profound impact of the Canadian government's residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of 2 children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from…
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…
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…
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…
Sexy Inc. - Media Pornification & Children
Are children being pushed prematurely into adulthood? Sophie Bissonnette's documentary Sexy Inc. Our Children Under Influence analyzes the hypersexualization of our environment and its noxious effects on young people. Psychologists, teachers and school nurses criticize the unhealthy culture surrounding our…
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…
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.
Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or There Must Be More To Life
Once Jennie had everything. She had two bowls to eat from, two pillows, and for cold weather, a red wool sweater. She even had a master who loved her. But Jennie didn't care. In the middle of the night she…
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…
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…
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…
A Chairy Tale
In this Oscar -nominated short film, a chair, animated by Evelyn Lambart, refuses to be sat upon, forcing a young man to perform a sort of dance with the chair. The musical accompaniment is by Ravi Shankar and Chatur Lal.…
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,…
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…
Nails - The Individual and His Work in the Industrial Age
A blacksmith is seen labouring at his forge, shaping nails from single strands of steel rods. The scene shifts from this peaceful setting to the roar of a twentieth-century nail mill, where banks of machines draw, cut, and pound the…
The Elder Project - Seven Seniors Face the Future
The Elder Project follows seven diverse seniors over two years and records their experiences through a series of short and candid episodic stories. As they face the possibility of increasing frailty and transitioning into more dependent-living scenarios, the elders talk…