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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)

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Awaskinawason (Children of Earth)

Director Antony Dubé (Atikamekw)
Year 2015
Run Time 3min
Genre Animation, Drama
Awaskinawason is made up of the Atikamekw words awacic (child), aski (earth) and takonawason (having the responsibility for). A plea to respect the great circle of life.

Director

Antony Dubé (Atikamekw)

Writer

Antony Dubé (Atikamekw)

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Environment, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Other Language

Language Versions

EN Subtitles, FR Subtitles

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Boxed In

Director Shane Belcourt (Métis)
Year 2009
Run Time 4min
Genre Comedy, Drama
In this short film, a young woman of mixed ancestry struggles with an Equal Opportunity Form that requires her to respond to the dilemma: Ethnicity - Choose One.

Director

Shane Belcourt (Métis)

Writers

Shane Belcourt (Métis), Duane Murray

Cast

Jennifer McEwan, Arnold Pinnock

Producer

Lea Marin

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interests

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

Original Language

English

Language Version

FR Subtitles

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Breaths

Director Nyla Innuksuk (Inuk)
Year 2016
Run Time 4min
Genre Documentary
“The North is the place where I feel I’m completely myself.” In this evocative documentary short, Inuit singer-songwriter and humanitarian Susan Aglukark weaves together stories of artistry, family, and belonging as she explores the complex cultural shifts of the last 50 years of Inuit life. Turning her lens on the turbulence of colonial transition, director Nyla Innuksuk examines the forces that shaped Aglukark’s voice and how that voice is now being translated for a new generation of Inuit artists. 

Director

Nyla Innuksuk (Inuk)

Innuksuk is a director, writer, producer, and VR creator. She co-created the Inuk character Snowguard with Marvel and has written several short films and documentaries. Her first feature was Slash/Back, released in 2022.

Genre

Documentary

Interest

Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

FR Subtitles

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Christmas at Moose Factory

Director Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)
Year 1971
Run Time 13min
Genre Animation
Legendary documentarian Alanis Obomsawin’s debut film is a first-hand look at the experience of children in a residential school during Christmastime.

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.

Genre

Animation

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

FR Subtitles

Ice Breakers

Director Sandamini Rankaduwa
Year 2019
Run Time 15min
Genre Documentary
A rising hockey star is introduced to the history of the Black hockey league in Atlantic Canada to inspire him to pursue his dreams in a sport where Black athletes like him remain underrepresented.

Director

Sandamini Rankaduwa

Writer

Sandamini Rankaduwa

Producer

Rohan Fernando

Genre

Documentary

Interests

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

Original Language

English

Language Version

FR Subtitles

Taxi Libre

Director Kaveh Nabation
Year 2010
Run Time 13min
Genre Drama

Jose Garcia was a doctor in his home country. Now, as a taxi driver in Canada, he must cope with a playfully taunting prospective employer who takes a seat in his cab.

Director

Kaveh Nabation

Writer

Kaveh Nabation

Cast

Omar Alexis Ramos Torres, Alain Cadieux, Marco Ledezma

Producers

Alexandra Yanofsky, Kat Baulu

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Newcomer Stories

Original Languages

French, Other Language

Language Versions

EN Subtitles, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

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Ute Kanata (Here in Canada)

Director Virginie Michel (Innu)
Year 2016
Run Time 2min
Genre Documentary

This poignant take on “O Canada” adapts the national anthem to the reality of the First Nations of Canada, and provides a rallying song for all peoples.

Director

Virginie Michel (Innu)

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

Other Language

Language Versions

EN Subtitles, FR Subtitles

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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

National Film Board (NFB)

Snow

Director Kim Barr
Year 2017
Run Time 10min
Genre Drama
A young girl who recently immigrated to Canada encounters racism from her classmates when she reacts to seeing snow for the first time. When a new friend helps her see how beautiful a snowfall can be, she learns to identify with it and embrace her uniqueness.

Director

Kim Barr

Writer

Kathy-Ann Thomas

Cast

Hannah Chantée van Herten

Producers

Kathy-Ann Thomas, Kim Barr

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Bullying, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker, Newcomer Stories, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Version

FR Subtitles

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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

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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

National Film Board (NFB)

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The Boxing Girls of Kabul

Director Ariel Nasr
Year 2011
Run Time 52min
Genre Documentary

The members of the Afghan women’s boxing team are determined to compete on the world stage, and all share a dream of representing their country in the Olympics. Constantly having to deal with political pressure, lack of funding, and improper training facilities, these young women still manage to break through the barriers before them in their fight to keep their boxing careers alive.

This powerful documentary follows the boxers’ lives both in and out of the ring, with interviews with their coaches and family members that not only show what they’ve had to overcome, but also the long journey that still lies ahead of them.

Winner of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Short Documentary.

Director

Ariel Nasr

Writer

Ariel Nasr

Producer

Annette Clarke

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Asian Filmmaker, BIPOC Stories, Global Experiences, Social Justice & Politics, Sports

Original Language

English

Language Version

FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

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Je m’appelle humain (Call Me Human)

Director Kim O'Bomsawin (Abenaki)
Year 2020
Run Time 78min
Genre Documentary

After spending most of her life working as an Innu language translator and transcriber, Joséphine Bacon rose to fame late in life in her second career as an award-winning poet. This moving profile frames her life and work in a new context, offering a deeply personal look at an important literary figure in Canada.

Je m'appele humain premiered at the Quebec City Film Festival to great acclaim, and went on to receive four Prix Iris nominations, including Best Documentary.

Director

Kim O'Bomsawin (Abenaki)

Writers

Kim O'Bomsawin (Abenaki), Nathalie Gressin

Cast

Joséphine Bacon (Innu)

Producer

Andrée-Anne Frenette

Genre

Documentary

Interests

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

Original Languages

French, Other Language

Language Versions

EN CC, EN Subtitles, FR CC, FR Subtitles

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Night Raiders

Director Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)
Year 2021
Run Time 101min
Genre Action/Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

A compelling and propulsive dystopian thriller grounded in an allegory for the residential school system, Night Raiders is the story of Niska (Tailfeathers), a Cree mother in an impossible situation. As she travels across a war-torn Turtle Island (North America), she is caught in a desperate attempt to save her daughter from a state-run forced re-education camp. With the world against her, Niska joins forces with a group of underground resistance fighters seeking to free their children and save their future.

Anchored by an incredible lead performance from Tailfeathers along with a stellar supporting cast, this powerful and heartfelt debut feature from Danis Goulet premiered at TIFF in 2021 and was nominated for eleven Canadian Screen Awards, winning six, including Best Original Screenplay.

Night Raiders should become the most talked-about Canadian film of the year. And for good reason.” – Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail

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)

Cast

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sámi), Brooklyn Letexier-Hart (Cree/Métis), Alex Tarrant (Māori-Niuean-Samoan), Shaun Sipos, Amanda Plummer

Producers

Taika Waititi (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui), Paul Barkin, Tara Woodbury, Ainsley Gardiner (Ngāti Awa/Te Whānau-a-Apanui/Ngāti  Pikiao/Whakatōhea), Georgina Allison Conder

Genres

Action/Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics, Strong Female Leads

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Dub, FR Subtitles, Other CC

Canadian Distributor

Elevation Pictures

Giant Little Ones

Director Keith Behrman
Year 2018
Run Time 93min
Genre Drama
Franky (Wiggins) and Ballas (Mann) have been best friends since childhood. Coming to high school, they are both beloved young stars on the swim team. Life is good and trouble-free until Franky's 17th birthday. During an evening of celebration, a defining incident changes the relationship between the two young men and forces the celebrant to re-examine his identity, his friends and his estranged relationship with his homosexual father (McLachlan) who is trying to get closer. 

Heartfelt and intimate, this film explores friendship, self-discovery and the power of unlabeled love. 

Director

Keith Behrman

Writer

Keith Behrman

Cast

Josh Wiggins, Darren Mann, Taylor Hickson, Kyle MacLachlan, Maria Bello

Producer

Allison Black

Genre

Drama

Interests

Family Relationships, LGBTQ2S+

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Dub, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Mongrel Media

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Tia and Piujuq

Director Lucy Tulugarjuk (Inuk)
Year 2018
Run Time 80min
Genre Drama, Family, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Tia (Bshara) is a 10-year-old refugee from Syria, living in Montreal and struggling to make friends and feel comfortable in her new environment. While her parents are preoccupied with her mother’s pregnancy and the challenges of everyday life in a new place, Tia is left mostly to her own devices. 

Everything changes when she discovers a magical portal that transports her to Igloolik, a community in the Arctic Circle. There she meets Piujuq (Tulugarjuk), an Inuk girl who she quickly forms a deep bond with in spite of their cultural differences. Through their friendship, the stories of Piujuq’s grandmother, and their wanderings across the striking northern landscape, the girls are immersed in Inuit myth and magic. 

A heartwarming magical-realist fable about friendship and discovery, Tia and Piujuq is a delightful adventure for all ages. 

Director

Lucy Tulugarjuk (Inuk)

Writers

Lucy Tulugarjuk (Inuk), Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Samuel Cohn-Cousineau

Cast

Tia Bshara, Nuvvija Tulugarjuk (Inuk), Madeline Piujuq Ivalu (Inuk)

Genres

Drama, Family, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, Indigenous Filmmaker, Newcomer Stories, Strong Female Leads

Original Languages

English, French, Inuktitut, Other Language

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Subtitles, Other Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Vtape

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nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

Director Tasha Hubbard (Cree)
Year 2019
Run Time 98min
Genre Documentary

On August 9, 2016, a 22-year-old Cree man named Colten Boushie was killed by a gunshot to the back of his head after entering a rural farm property in Saskatchewan with his friends. When an all-white jury acquitted the white farmer of all charges, the case received international attention and sent Colten’s family and community on a quest to fix the Canadian justice system.

Sensitively directed by Tasha Hubbard, this profoundly affecting documentary weaves a narrative encompassing the filmmaker’s own family story, the history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands.

Nîpawistamâsowin was the opening night film at Hot Docs 2019, where it won the prize for Best Canadian Documentary.

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)

Producers

Tasha Hubbard (Cree), George Hupka, Jon Montes, Bonnie Thompson

Genre

Documentary

Interests

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

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

Les Rois Mongols (Cross My Heart)

Director Luc Picard
Year 2017
Run Time 102min
Genre Drama, Family

When a young Québecois girl watches the 1970 October Crisis take over the news, it gives her an idea for how to keep herself and her brother out of foster care. With their father in the hospital and their mother unable to care for them, the children hatch a plan to find and kidnap an elderly woman (Coulter) who can pose as their grandmother.

They take their victim to a remote cabin, but the authorities are soon on their trail, as their poorly planned scheme quickly gets out of hand, and the story evolves into a brilliant parallel of one of the most important moments in Quebec history. Winner of the prestigious Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Les Rois Mongols is a bittersweet and adventurous coming-of-age story with a lot of heart.

Director

Luc Picard

Luc Picard is a celebrated actor with over 50 film and television credits and two Jutra Awards to his name. He has directed Audition, Babine, Ésimésac, and a segment in the anthology film 9. Les rois mongols earned six Canadian Screen Award nominations. His latest film is Confessions and he recently starred in Arsenault & Fils and French Girl.

Writer

Nicole Belanger

Cast

Milya Corbeil-Gauvreau, Henri Picard, Anthony Bouchard, Alexis Guay, Clare Coulter

Producers

Luc Chatelain, Stephanie Pages

Genres

Drama, Family

Interests

Family Relationships, History, Literary Adaptation, Social Justice & Politics, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

French

Language Version

FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Téléfiction Distribution

My Salinger Year

Director Philippe Falardeau
Year 2021
Run Time 101min
Genre Drama
Based on a true story, Joanna (Margaret Qualley), an aspiring writer, takes a job at a literary agency in New York that represents the notoriously reclusive writer J.D. Salinger, and is tasked with responding to his many fan letters. While it begins as a tedious desk job, she finds herself taken in by the letters and decides she wants to help the fans get their letters to their idol, going against the wishes of her strict manager (Sigourney Weaver).

Director

Philippe Falardeau

Quebecois director and screenwriter Falardeau has won more than 32 international awards for his films, which include Monsieur Lazhar, La moitié gauche du frigo, C'est pas moi, je le jure!, The Good Lie, the political satire Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre, and the recent My Salinger Year as well as the TV show Le temps des framboises

Writers

Philippe Falardeau, Joanna Rakoff

Cast

Margaret Qualley, Sigourney Weaver, Douglas Booth, Seana Kerslake

Producers

Luc Déry, Kim McCraw

Genre

Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Literary Adaptation, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Dub, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Mongrel Media