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Roses Sing on New Snow

Director Yuan Zhang
Year 2003
Run Time 7min
Genre Animation
Maylin, a fantastic chef, is kept in the shadows by her father who gives her brothers credit for her cooking. When a local dignitary visits, Maylin gets a chance to step into the spotlight.

Director

Yuan Zhang

Genre

Animation

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Global Experiences

Original Languages

English, French

Language Versions

EN CC, FR CC

Hockey Night

Director Paul Shapiro
Year 1984
Run Time 74min
Genre Drama, Family
Cathy (Follows), an avid youth hockey player, moves with her mother to Parry Sound and finds no leagues for girls her age. After securing a spot in the lineup of an all-boys team, she finds that regardless of how well she plays on the ice, she continues to face opposition from a major sponsor who insists he doesn’t want her on the team. As the team nears a major final, she has to rely on the support of her teammates, and particularly its star player (Bisson) to let her achieve her hockey dreams.

A Canadian sports classic, Hockey Night features the on-screen debut of Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries) and memorable performances from Rick Moranis and Megan Follows (Anne of Green Gables).

Director

Paul Shapiro

Writers

Jack Blum, Paul Shapiro

Cast

Megan Follows, Rick Moranis, Gail Youngs

Producer

Martin Harbury

Genres

Drama, Family

Interests

Classics, Discrimination, Sports, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Big Drive

Director Anita Lebeau
Year 2011
Run Time 9min
Genre Animation, Family

Stuck in a seemingly endless car ride with nothing to do, four sisters use their imagination to create something amazing together.

Director

Anita Lebeau

Writer

Anita Lebeau

Cast

Nathalie Daudet, Emma Collins, Annie Rose Daudet, Maggie Collins, Anita Lebeau

Producer

Derek Mazur

Genres

Animation, Family

Interests

Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

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Forgotten Warriors

Director Loretta Todd (Cree/Métis)
Year 1997
Run Time 51min
Genre Documentary

Thousands of Indigenous people enlisted and fought for Canada in World War II, even though they could not be conscripted. While they fought for the freedom of others, they were being denied their rights back home. 

As a reward for service, veterans were allowed to buy land at a cheap price. However, many Indigenous soldiers were never told about the land entitlement, and some returned home to find the government had seized parts of their reserve lands to compensate non-Indigenous veterans.

Narrator Tootoosis gives a historical overview, while Indigenous veterans share their poignant and unforgettable war memories, and the ways in which they have healed.

Director

Loretta Todd (Cree/Métis)

Writer

Loretta Todd (Cree/Métis)

Cast

Nathaniel Arcand (Cree), Gordon Tootoosis (Cree), Michèle Audette (Innu)

Producers

Michael Doxtater (Haudenosaunee), Carol Geddess (Tlingit), Jerry Krepakevich

Genre

Documentary

Interests

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

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

Dystopianest Dystopia Ever

Director Jon Murray
Year 2013
Run Time 2min
Genre Comedy
A hilarious take on a “not too distant future” in which we no longer need old fashioned forms of communication like (ugh!) talking.

Director

Jon Murray

Writer

Jon Murray

Producer

Jon Murray

Genre

Comedy

Interests

Arts and Culture, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

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How To Be Alone

Director Andrea Dorfman
Year 2010
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation, Experimental

Narrated by Tanya Davis to beautiful hand-drawn illustrations by Dorfman, Davis’s eloquent poem is full of powerful truths. With over 9.5 million views on YouTube, the film is an online sensation.

Director

Andrea Dorfman

Writer

Tanya Davis

Producers

Walter Forsyth, Andrea Dorfman

Genres

Animation, Experimental

Interest

Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

And That’s Remarkable

Director Linnea Ritland
Year 2013
Run Time 1min
Genre Animation, Drama
“It’s remarkable how easily a human spirit can be broken,” this punchy short about bullying laments. But, as the animation assures us, it’s just as remarkable how it can be fixed.

Director

Linnea Ritland

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Bullying, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Instant French

Director André Leduc
Year 1979
Run Time 1min
Genre Comedy
This hilarious commercial for a make-believe electronic translation device is a wry commentary on the anxiety of our nation’s Anglophones.

Director

André Leduc

Cast

Rod Charlebois

Producer

David Verrall

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

Volta

Director Ryan Mullins
Year 2009
Run Time 13min
Genre Documentary

In this gorgeously shot documentary, Ryan Mullins is guided by a former projectionist on a tour of a derelict movie theatre in rural Ghana that is now serving as a make-shift school. 

Director

Ryan Mullins

Producers

Noah Dumahasi, Ryan Mullins

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Global Experiences

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

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Ways of Yesterday

Director Elliott Simon (Anishinaabe)
Year 2014
Run Time 6min
Genre Documentary
Through breakdance and rap, Elliott, a rapper, and Curtis, a b-boy, share their life experiences and try to motivate and inspire Indigenous kids to follow their dreams.

Director

Elliott Simon (Anishinaabe)

Cast

Curtis Kagige, Naiemah Kagige, Elliott Simon (Anishinaabe), Brandon Assinewai, Malakai Jacko

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

Wapikoni Mobile

The Girl Who Hated Books

Director Jo Meuris
Year 2006
Run Time 7min
Genre Family
This animated short about literacy introduces us to Meena, a young girl who hates books even though her parents love to read. Books are everywhere in Meena's house, in cupboards, drawers and even piled up on the stairs. Still, she refuses to even open one up. But when her cat Max accidentally knocks down a huge stack, pandemonium ensues and nothing is ever the same again. 
 

Director

Jo Meuris

Writer

Sugith Varughese

Cast

Michael Rudder, Elizabeth Lofranco, Harry Standjofski, Thor Bishopric

Producer

Tamara Lynch

Genre

Family

Interests

Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Strong Female Leads

Original Languages

English, French

Language Versions

EN CC, FR CC

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

The Dingles

Director Les Drew
Year 1988
Run Time 7min
Genre Family
Created by award-winning animator/director Les Drew, this animated short features Doris Dingle and her family of three cats. Sure to appeal to children of all ages, The Dingles shows what happens when an unexpected violent wind disrupts the family's idyllic life. The film is based on the book The Dingles, written by Helen Levchuk and illustrated by John Bianchi.

Director

Les Drew

Cast

Emma Levine, Christine Olivier

Producer

William Pettigrew

Genre

Family

Interests

Family Relationships, Literary Adaptation

Original Languages

English, French

Language Versions

EN CC, FR CC

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

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Where The River Widens

Director Zach Greenleaf (Mi’gmaq)
Year 2014
Run Time 5min
Genre Documentary
A lyrical ode to the hard work, determination, and kinship of the fisherman of Gesgapegiag First Nation.

Director

Zach Greenleaf (Mi’gmaq)

Writer

Zach Greenleaf (Mi’gmaq)

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

Wapikoni Mobile

Yellow Sticky Notes

Director Jeff Chiba Stearns
Year 2007
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation, Drama
An animator finds a unique way to deal with the fact that yellow sticky notes are taking over his life. 
 

Director

Jeff Chiba Stearns

Producer

Jeff Chiba Stearns

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

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The Skin We’re In

Director Charles Officer
Year 2017
Run Time 44min
Genre Documentary

An urgent exploration of race relations, this documentary from acclaimed director Charles Officer follows award-winning journalist and activist Desmond Cole as he pulls back the curtain on racism in Canada, inviting all Canadians to understand the experience of being in his skin. Cole won a National Magazine Award for his impactful and incisive Toronto Life cover story about carding and racial profiling. Now, in Officer’s starkly honest doc, he journeys across North America, exploring what it’s really like to be Black in the 21st century.

“Cole’s journey is not just toward discovery, but toward the unveiling of a desperate, hidden truth: the truth about the skin he’s in. And the Canada we thought we knew.” – CBC.ca 

Director

Charles Officer

Actor, writer and filmmaker Officer’s first feature, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, was nominated for 10 Genies, winning one. Officer also directed the docs Mighty Jerome, The Skin We're In, Unarmed Verses, and Invisible Essence: The Little Prince, as well as the feature Akilla's Escape, which won five CSAs. He has recently directed episodes of Coroner, and executive produced and co-directed The Porter. He’s also the executive producer of the upcoming docs The Art of Dance and Emmanuel.

Cast

Desmond Cole

Producer

Stuart Henderson

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

CBC

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Mr. Sanderson

Directors Ray Sanderson, Terrie McIntosh (Ojibwe)
Year 2014
Run Time 9min
Genre Documentary
An intimate portrait of the inspirational Ray Sanderson, a single father blinded by gun violence who pleads for us to look at things differently.

Directors

Ray Sanderson, Terrie McIntosh (Ojibwe)

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Lights for Gita

Director Michel Vo
Year 2002
Run Time 7min
Genre Animation
In her first winter in Canada after her family moved from India, Gita finds a special way to celebrate Divali, the Hindu festival of lights.

Director

Michel Vo

Genre

Animation

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Global Experiences

Original Languages

English, French

Language Versions

EN CC, FR CC

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Now Is the Time

Director Christopher Auchter (Haida)
Year 2019
Run Time 16min
Genre Documentary
In 1969, the community of Old Massett raised a totem pole carved by Robert Davidson, the first new pole in Haida Gwaii in almost a century. 50 years later, a Haida filmmaker remixes the incredible archival footage and animation to reflect on the important event.

Director

Christopher Auchter (Haida)

Writer

Christopher Auchter (Haida)

Producer

Selwyn Jacob

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, History, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Subtitles

SARS-CoV-2

Director Andrew Huculiak
Year 2021
Run Time 4min
Genre Documentary

We have been changed in innumerable ways by the historical event of SARS-CoV-2. Ways that we haven’t begun to comprehend. In this short, an individual reflects on the chaos and monotony of the past year.

Director

Andrew Huculiak

Writer

Andrew Huculiak

Cast

Emily Schoen

Producer

Josh Huculiak

Genre

Documentary

Interest

Global Experiences

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

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Mohawk Girls

Director Tracey Deer (Mohawk)
Year 2005
Run Time 55min
Genre Documentary
For three teenage girls growing up in Kahnawake — and indeed, all teenagers on the reserve — life can be quite confusing. If they want to move away to pursue new experiences — perhaps in nearby Montreal — they risk losing credibility, or worse yet, their rights as Mohawk women. Of course, if they stay, their opportunities in the tiny community are limited.

With insight, humour and heart, director Tracey Deer (who left Kahnawake to attend school and pursue filmmaking) returns to her community to follow these Mohawk girls and tell their stories. Her deeply emotional documentary reveals the complex hope, heartache and promise of growing up Indigenous in the 21st century.

Director

Tracey Deer (Mohawk)

In 2008, Deer won a Gemini Award in Best Documentary Writing, for Club Native. Her debut doc was the award-winning Mohawk Girls, which she adapted into a TV series that ran for five seasons and was nominated for seven CSAs. Beans has won eleven awards, including Best Picture at the CSAs. Most recently, she directed episodes of the series Three Pines, and is currently working on the feature Thorpe, about Native American Olympic gold medalist Jim Thorpe.

 

Writer

Tracey Deer (Mohawk)

Producers

Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick, Adam Symansky, Joanne Robertson

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)