To start off this journey across our beautiful country, we decided to take a look at what being Canadian really means with Robert Cohen’s Being Canadian.
Being Canadian – 2015
Directed by Robert Cohen
Robert Cohen goes on a cross-Canada road trip to find out what it truly means to be Canadian. With guest-stars such as Seth Rogen, Mike Myers, and Rush, Cohen sets out to dispel the Canadian stereotype, and let the world see Canada for what it truly is, which is apparently more than beer, hockey, and snow.
Where to watch: Canada Screens, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo
All The Time In The World – 2014
Directed by Suzanne Crocker
A family of five sets out to find a new perspective on life by leaving their home to live in the Yukon wilderness for nine months. In a cabin with no road access, electricity, running water, Internet, a clock, watch or TV, they live through the long Yukon winter with only themselves for company. Filmed in Yukon, this documentary focuses on survival in the Yukon wilderness, as well as the amazing bond of family.
Where to watch: Buy it on BluRay or DVD through allthetimeintheworld.ca, or host your own screening, which can be set up through the site as well.
Way Up North-An Arctic Symphony – 2015
Directed by Herman Farahi, PJ Marcellino
In a three-part series, watch as 100 kids from six remote northern communities across the Northwest Territories learn music from world-class musicians and local singer-songwriters in the biggest musical outreach program in Canada’s Arctic.
The Vanishing Point – 2012
Directed by Stephen A. Smith, Julia Szucs
Two Inuit communities – one on Baffin Island, Canada, the other in Northwest Greenland – are linked by the migration of an intrepid shaman. Navarana, an Inughuit elder and descendant of the shaman anticipates consequences of rapid social and environmental change, and draws strength and hope from the ties that hold the two communities together.
Where to watch: Rent or Buy from https://www.nfb.ca/film/vanishing_point
KONELĪNE – 2016
Directed by Nettie Wild
Konelīne – which means “our land beautiful” is what the Tahltan First Nation has called their land in northwestern British Columbia for thousands of years. Filmed in what gold and copper mining companies call “the golden triangle,” KONELĪNE is a beautiful cinematic poem with unique and memorable characters that captures the beauty and complicated nature of the land.
Where to watch: Screening at Bloor Cinema throughout June, airing on Super Channel, Canal D, Knowledge in Fall of 2016
How To Change The World – 2015
Directed by Jerry Rothwell
This film focuses on the birth of the modern green movement and how Greenpeace has developed into a viral protest movement against environmental issues.
Where to watch: Vimeo, Netflix, ITunes, CraveTV and CTV
Alberta & Saskatchewan
Grasslands Project – 2016
Directed by Scott Parker
Grasslands Project is a community inspired documentary series, aiming to show life on the southern Prairies. Scott Parker travelled across the southern Prairies of Alberta and Saskatchewan to take a look at the small communities, and their way of life.
Where to watch: http://grasslands.nfb.ca
Treading Water: Plight of the Manitoba First Nation Flood Evacuees – 2014
Directed by Janelle and Jérémie Wookey
In 2001, after floodwater was artificially diverted to save the city of Winnipeg, 2000 First Nation people were forced from their homes due to their community being flooded. After three years, evacuees are still displaced, and fighting with the federal and provincial governments for their homes.
Where to watch: Buy it on DVD from https://www.winnipegfilmgroup.com/product/treading-water/
My Winnipeg – 2007
Directed by Guy Maddin
Guy Maddin pays tribute to Winnipeg by showing his personal history alongside local myth from his hometown in this “docu-fantasia” goodbye letter.
Where to watch: DVD Netflix, iTunes
This doc follows the story of a group of women from Indonesia who are working on a farm in Leamington, Ontario, as part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The program has become one of controversy as many workers have fallen victim to extortion and threats. With the help of two community activists (Evelyn and Cathy) the women confront their employer in this inspiring documentary.
Canada’s Toxic Chemical Valley – 2013
Produced by Vice Canada
The Canadian society relies on production of chemicals such as gasoline, plastics, fertilizers, and pesticides which are produced from a chemical valley in Sarnia, Ontario. Due to the high rate of chemicals that gets released into the air has caused serious health concerns that mark Sarnia, Ontario the worst air in all of Canada. /react-text
Where to watch: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/canada-toxic-chemical-valley/
Living With Giants – 2016
Directed by Aude Leroux-Lévesque, Sébastien Rist
Living With Giants follows the life of Paulusie, a skilled Inuk hunter. When alcohol is smuggled into his high school graduation party – in his dry community – Paulusie makes a mistake that will change the course of his life forever.
Kitturiaq – 2013
Directed by Frank Wolf
Kitturiaq follows two men on their canoe journey through the Labrador Plateau, from the perspective of Malina, a mosquito who joins them on their journey. Inuit and Innu people who have lived on this land for thousands of years share their history, and culture with the two men.
Where to watch: iOS, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, or rent/buy from Vimeo.
Infusion – 2010
Directed by Amélie Gosselin
King Cole tea has been blended in New Brunswick for the past 100 years, and is considered the only “real” tea by many who have grown up drinking it. Infusion takes a look at the traditions and symbols accompanying this cup of tea, while listening to the stories and memories of the people who hold it so dear to their hearts.
Where to watch: https://www.nfb.ca/film/infusion_en
Prince Edward Island:
Island Green – 2013
Directed by Millefiore Clarkes
Island Green takes a look at the changing face of PEI’s agricultural industry. PEI, famous for its potatoes, has an above average risk of cancer and respiratory illness. Island Green is an inspiring documentary, with Tanya Davis, a poet from PEI, doing a voice-over while beautiful shots of PEI are displayed on the screen.
Where to watch: Available for rent or download at https://www.nfb.ca/film/island_green
Nova Scotia Islands – Land and Sea – 2013
Directed by Lorna Kirk
In this episode of Land and Sea you are taken on a tour of the beautiful islands of Nova Scotia.
Where to watch: http://www.cbc.ca/landandsea/2013/02/islands.html