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No Crying at the Dinner Table

Director Carol Nguyen
Year 2019
Run Time 16min
Genre Documentary
Director Carol Nguyen reflects on a family tragedy through a series of interviews, exposing how trauma and grief can remain in the shadows for too long.
 

Director

Carol Nguyen

Producers

Carol Nguyen, Aziz Zoromba

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Sinking Ship

Director Sasha Leigh Henry
Year 2020
Run Time 13min
Genre Romance
On a seemingly ordinary date, a couple begins to frankly dissect their relationship, revealing the unexpectedly rocky foundation that it is built upon.

Director

Sasha Leigh Henry

Writer

Tania Thompson

Cast

Pip Dwyer, Edsson Morales, Madeleine Claude

Genre

Romance

Interest

Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

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Two Worlds Colliding

Director Tasha Hubbard (Cree)
Year 2004
Run Time 49min
Genre Documentary
In the early 2000s, members of the Saskatoon police force drove Indigenous men into remote fields and abandoned them to die. These acts became known as the Saskatoon "freezing deaths," a terrifying story blown open by one survivor.

Director

Tasha Hubbard (Cree)

Hubbard is an award-winning filmmaker and an assistant professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of English. Her writing-directing project Two Worlds Colliding won a Gemini and a Golden Sheaf Award. She has also directed the short film 7 Minutes, and the feature docs Birth of a Family and nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, which won Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs and at the CSAs. She is currently directing the feature doc Singing Back the Buffalo.

Writer

Tasha Hubbard (Cree)

Cast

Andrea Menard

Producer

Bonnie Thompson

Genre

Documentary

Interests

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

Original Language

English

Jusqu’au déclin (The Decline)

Director Patrice Laliberté
Year 2020
Run Time 83min
Genre Thriller
A survivalist expert recruits a group of ordinary people united by fears of an impending societal collapse, and trains them at his remote lodge in the woods. When one of their training activities leads to a fatal accident, the group is divided about what to do and the tensions soon turn violent. Divided into opposing factions each with a full arsenal, they enter into a true fight for survival, one far greater than what they’d trained for.

"A first feature for director Patrice Laliberté and several of his principal collaborators, The Decline is lean, credible and well-crafted” - Dennis Harvey, Variety

Director

Patrice Laliberté

Writer

Patrice Laliberté

Cast

Guillaume Laurin, Marie-Evelyne Lessard, Réal Bossé, Guillaume Laurin, Nicolas Krief

Producer

Julie Groleau

Genre

Thriller

Original Languages

English, French

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Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger

Director Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)
Year 2019
Run Time 65min
Genre Documentary
When Jordan River Anderson, who suffered from a rare muscle disorder, died in 2005, he had spent all five years of his short life in a hospital while the federal and provincial governments argued over which of them was responsible for his care. In 2007, Canada’s Parliament passed a motion in support of “Jordan’s Principle,” a policy meant to ensure that First Nations children have equitable access to government-funded health, social, and educational services.

Master documentarian Alanis Obomsawin interviews Jordan’s family as well as other Indigenous families across Canada who have had to fight for basic human rights for their children.

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)

Cast

Ernest Anderson, Jordan River Anderson, Virginia Anderson

Genre

Documentary

Interests

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

Original Language

English

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When Morning Comes

Director Kelly Fyffe-Marshall
Year 2022
Run Time 87min
Genre Drama
The highly anticipated feature debut from award-winning filmmaker Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, When Morning Comes follows Jamal, a young Jamaican boy, as he says goodbye to his friends and family and prepares to leave his home behind. Though the decision of Jamal’s newly-widowed mother to send him to live with his grandmother in Canada comes out of concern for her son’s safety and his future after he gets in trouble at school, the prospect unsettles Jamal and exacerbates the friction in their relationship. 

With a languid, poetic visual style and psychologically complex depiction of relationships, When Morning Comes is a love letter to the strength and sacrifice of immigrant mothers.
 

Director

Kelly Fyffe-Marshall

Writer

Kelly Fyffe-Marshall

Cast

Shaquana Wilson, Djamari Roberts

Producers

Tamar Bird, Iva Golubovic, Sasha Leigh Henry

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Newcomer Stories

Original Language

English

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So Much Tenderness

Director Lina Rodríguez
Year 2022
Run Time 118min
Genre Drama
Aurora (Noëlle Schönwald) is an environmental lawyer who flees to Canada from her home in Columbia after the death of her husband. With the help of a Canadian couple, she makes her way to Toronto, but her attempts to start a new life are challenging, and she comes to realize that the past is not so easily left behind.

Director

Lina Rodríguez

Writer

Lina Rodríguez

Cast

Noëlle Schönwald, Deragh Campbell, Natalia Aranguren

Producer

Brad Deane

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Le Club Vinland (The Vinland Club)

Director Benoît Pilon
Year 2020
Run Time 125min
Genre Drama

This fascinating drama tells the story of Brother Jean (Sébastien Ricard), a priest teaching in the Charlevoix region of Quebec in the 1940s. A passionate amateur archaeologist, Jean plans an expedition with his students to find proof of the presence of a Viking settlement along the shores of the St-Lawrence River. The film won three Prix Iris, including best actor for Ricard.

Director

Benoît Pilon

Writers

Normand Bergeron, Benoît Pilon, Marc Robitaille

Cast

Sebastien Ricard, Remy Girard, François Papineau, Fabien Cloutier

Producer

Chantal Lafleur

Genre

Drama

Interests

Classics, History

Original Language

French

WolfCop

Director Lowell Dean
Year 2014
Run Time 79min
Genre Comedy, Horror
It's not unusual for alcoholic cop Lou Garou to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, but lately things have taken a strange turn. Crime scenes seem oddly familiar. Lou's senses are heightened, and when the full moon is out, he's ... a rage-fueled werewolf. Wolfcop is a hilarious, blood-soaked horror-comedy about one cop's quest to become a better man. One transformation at a time.

Director

Lowell Dean

Writer

Lowell Dean

Cast

Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Sarah Lind, Corinne Conley, Jesse Moss

Producers

Lowell Dean, Bernie Hernando, Deborah Marks, Danielle Masters, Hugh Patterson

Genres

Comedy, Horror

Interest

Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

La vraie nature de Bernadette (The True Nature of Bernadette)

Director Gilles Carle
Year 1972
Run Time 115min
Genre Drama
Bored Montreal housewife Bernadette (Lanctôt) decides to trade in her comfortable life in the city for a simpler existence in rural Quebec. With her son in tow, Bernadette moves into a rundown farmhouse where they attempt to make their living off the land. The newcomer’s arrival coincides with changes in her new community, and Bernadette can’t help but get involved in the politics of rural life.

Subversive and light-hearted, the film pokes fun at Bernadette’s romantic idealism with affectionate humanity.

Director

Gilles Carle

Writer

Gilles Carle

Cast

Micheline Lanctôt, Donald Pilon, Reynald Bouchard

Producer

Pierre Lamy

Genre

Drama

Original Language

French

Pour la suite du monde (For Those Who Will Follow)

Directors Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault
Year 1963
Run Time 105min
Genre Documentary
For centuries, the villagers of Île aux Coudres, a small island in the St. Lawrence River, hunted beluga whales by creating a sort of “fence” of saplings in shallow, muddy waters, trapping the mammals in low tide as they swim by.

In 1962, Michel Brault and a team of filmmakers travelled to the island to document the resumption of the practice decades after it had been abandoned, shedding light and wit on this “resourceful” tradition.

A balance of grace, humour, and up-close observation, Pour la suite du monde is known as a landmark achievement in documentary filmmaking and was screened at the Cannes film festival.

Directors

Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault

Writers

Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault

Producers

Jacques Bobet, Fernand Dansereau

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Classics, Environment, History

Original Language

French

Les Plouffe (The Plouffe Family)

Director Gilles Carle
Year 1981
Run Time 169min
Genre Drama
Les Plouffe is an adaptation of Roger Lemelin’s WWII-set novel, chronicling seven years in the lives of a poor family living in the Basse-Ville area of Quebec City.

This is kitchen-sink drama at its most satirical, dramatizing an entire era in the quirks of this memorable clan. The lovable characters and unforgettable moments make Les Plouffe a simultaneously sad, funny and loving account of life in WWII-era Quebec.

This French Canadian classic won seven Genie Awards, including Best Achievement in Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Filiatrault).

Director

Gilles Carle

Writers

Gilles Carle, Roger Lemelin, Jacques Vigoureux

Cast

Gabriel Arcand, Pierre Curzi, Émile Genest, Juliette Huot, Denise Filiatraul

Producers

Denis Héroux, Justine Héroux, John Kemeny

Genre

Drama

Interests

Family Relationships, History, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

French

Language Version

FR Subtitles

Vinyl

Director Alan Zweig
Year 2000
Run Time 110min
Genre Documentary
Alan Zweig’s cult favourite documentary mines the comedy and tragedy of obsessive record collecting, assembling an all-star lineup of audiophiles, store clerks, DJs, Elvis fanatics and hot jazz enthusiasts. A hard-core collector himself, Zweig uses mirror confessionals to excoriate his anti-social compulsion, while approaching his interview subjects with open-hearted compassion.

With this film, Zweig established his voice as a documentarian who is not content to be merely a fly on the wall in the lives of his subjects. Instead, he deploys the camera as a tool for engagement, rooting around in the margins of contemporary society to explore themes of beauty, addiction, love and longing in a profound and unique way.

Director

Alan Zweig

Writer

Alan Zweig

Cast

Alan Zweig, Harvey Pekar, Alan Williams, Don McKellar

Producers

Alan Zweig, Greg Klymkiw, Bruce McDonald, David McCallum

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Nobody Waved Good-bye

Director Don Owen
Year 1964
Run Time 80min
Genre Drama
Shot in just three weeks in Toronto, Don Owen’s film — which was originally intended to be a short documentary — quickly evolved into a fictional coming-of-age story that has enraptured audiences for decades with its honesty and emotional integrity.

Peter (Kastner) is an 18-year-old growing up in 1960s suburban Toronto who is totally fed up with his parents’ middle-class lifestyle. He’s on the verge of finishing high school but the thought of a conventional life climbing the corporate ladder is unbearable.

Peter yearns to strike out on his own with his girlfriend Julie, but a life of petty crime and poor decisions looms. Told in stark black and white, this tale of teenage rebellion is timeless and relatable.

One of the National Film Board’s first narrative features, Nobody Waved Good-bye is a cinematic treasure and a true Canadian classic.

Director

Don Owen

Writer

Don Owen

Cast

Peter Kastner, Julie Biggs, Claude Rae, Charmion King

Producers

Tom Daly, Roman Kroitor, Don Owen

Genre

Drama

Interests

Classics, Family Relationships

Original Language

English

Margaret’s Museum

Director Mort Ransen
Year 1995
Run Time 116min
Genre Drama
Adapted from Sheldo Currie’s novel The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum, this poignant period drama looks at a small mining town in 1940s Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where Margaret (Bonham-Carter) grows to despise the mines in which both her brother and her father lost their lives.

As she mourns her losses, Margaret meets and falls in love with Neil (Russell), a bagpipe player who is just as disdainful of the local industry as she is. While Neil vows to find work outside of the mines, it proves tragically difficult for the couple to escape the realities of living in a mining community.

This critically acclaimed adaptation — featuring Genie Award–winning performances by Helena Bonham Carter, Kate Nelligan and Kenneth Welsh — is emotionally intense and deeply affecting.

Director

Mort Ransen

Writers

Sheldon Currie, Gerald Wexler, Mort Ransen

Cast

Helena Bonham Carter, Kate Nelligan, Clive Russell, Kenneth Welsh

Producers

Steve Clark-Hall, Mort Ransen, Christopher Zimmer, Claudio Luca

Genre

Drama

Interest

Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

Directors Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick
Year 1992
Run Time 167min
Genre Documentary
In this compelling and still timely documentary, linguist and liberal political activist Noam Chomsky presents his ideas on how the mass media works against the best interests of democracy. He argues that the corporations that control the outlets from which most people get their news are selectively picking what to cover for their own reasons and private agendas, rather than being the impartial news-dispensing entities we believe them to be.

Directed by Mark Achbar, who later made The Corporation, and the late Peter Wintonick, one of our country’s leading documentarians, Manufacturing Consent is a fascinating analysis of how society and the media are driven by corporate interest, and a primer on how to be a well informed citizen in spite of it all.

Directors

Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick

Producers

Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick, Adam Symansky

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, History, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Le démantèlement (The Dismantling)

Director Sébastien Pilote
Year 2013
Run Time 111min
Genre Drama
Gaby (Arcand) lives alone on his family farm, while his two adult daughters live far away in the big cities. For Gaby, family always comes first. When Gaby’s eldest daughter finds herself in a financial emergency, she asks her father for immediate support to avoid losing her house for good. Gaby’s surprising response turns the whole family inside out, forcing everyone to re-examine the things they hold most dear.

A beautiful, evocative and emotionally powerful film about family, connection and growing older, whose startling insight and emotional maturity belies the youth of its director.

Director

Sébastien Pilote

Writer

Sébastien Pilote

Cast

Gabriel Arcand, Gilles Renaud, Lucie Laurier, Sophie Desmarais

Producers

Marc Daigle, Bernadette Payeur

Genre

Drama

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Sisters & Brothers

Director Carl Bessai
Year 2011
Run Time 90min
Genre Drama
The final film in Carl Bessai’s Family X trilogy — following 2008’s Mothers & Daughters and 2010’s Fathers & Sons — tells thoughtful emotional truths touching on themes of jealousy, despair, affection and forgiveness. But this is a comedy, and it mines real relationships for honest laughs as four sets of siblings reunite, none of whom have been close in some time.

With a stellar cast (all of which collaborated on the film's script) including the late Cory Monteith, Gabrielle Miller and Amanda Crew, this lovably dysfunctional story presents a funny, off-kilter vision of familial connections and their intricacies.

Director

Carl Bessai

Writer

Carl Bessai

Cast

Cory Monteith, Gabrielle Miller, Amanda Crew, Tom Scholte, Dustin Milligan

Producers

Emily Alden, Carl Bessai, James Brown

Genre

Drama

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

English

Prom Night

Director Paul Lynch
Year 1980
Run Time 92min
Genre Horror
“If you’re not back by midnight, you won’t be coming home!” So says the terrifying poster for Prom Night, Paul Lynch’s Canadian horror classic. The premise is deadly simple: An unknown killer seeks revenge on four teens for the accidental death of a classmate six years earlier — and with a knife this sharp, prom night just may be their last night.

This memorable slasher film was remade in 2008, but we’ll stick to the original, thanks! This gruesome and wildly fun cult hit was a drive-in-theatre hit all over the country, and garnered Jamie Lee Curtis a Genie nomination for her performance.

Director

Paul Lynch

Writers

Robert Guza Jr., William Gray

Cast

Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Stevens

Producer

Peter R. Simpson

Genre

Horror

Interest

Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

In Her Place

Director Albert Shin
Year 2014
Run Time 115min
Genre Drama
In this compelling drama from writer-director Albert Shin, a wealthy woman from Seoul seeks to secretly adopt the unborn child of a troubled teenager from a desolate farm in the South Korean countryside. As the teenager’s pregnancy progresses, their business transaction becomes something that is far more complicated than they first expected.

Set against the misty South Korean countryside, the film treats its three subjects with equal affection, and Shin delivers an honest, powerful drama that packs an enormous emotional punch.

Director

Albert Shin

Writers

Pearl Ball-Harding, Albert Shin

Cast

Ji-hye Ahn, Hae-yeon Kil, Kyung-Ik Kim, Da-Kyung Yoon

Producers

Igor Drljaca, Albert Shin, Hyun Chan Yoon

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Global Experiences

Original Language

Other Language

Language Version

EN Subtitles