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According to John Acorn

This short film won the audience award at the Island Media Arts Festival before being broadcast on CBC. It's easy to see why: Jason Arsenault trains his camera on off-the-grid islander John Acorn with heart-warming results.
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All the Time in the World

The filmmaker's family of five uproots to live in a remote corner of the Yukon for nine months, roughing it without electricity or running water as they pursue true connection and freedom from the structure of time.
Sat, Apr 28, 2018 12:30 PM
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Black Mother Black Daughter

Black Mother Black Daughter explores the lives and experiences of Black women in Nova Scotia, their contributions to the home, the church and the community and the strengths they pass on to their daughters.
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The Children of Fogo Island

This short film from Colin Low presents the problems faced by the people of Fogo Island, Newfoundland, and what keeps them committed to the land. Witness some of the magic of the island as seen through the eyes of children, and understand why its inhabitants cling to its shores.
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The Corporation

Released years before Occupy Wall Street, this prescient doc examines the phenomenon of the corporation—a relatively new human invention that has become "all-pervasive, like the church, the monarchy and the communist party."
Fri, May 4, 2018 10:00 AM
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Death by Popcorn: The Tragedy of the Winnipeg Jets

You don't need to be a hockey fan to appreciate this found-footage doc on the downfall of the ill-fated Winnipeg Jets. Featuring cameos from all-stars Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky, it's a post-mortem as heartbreaking as it is hilarious.
Fri, Apr 27, 2018 12:00 PM
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First Stories – Two Spirited

This short documentary presents the empowering story of Rodney "Geeyo" Poucette's struggle against prejudice in the Indigenous community as a two spirited person (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender). Geeyo registers as a dancer in the Kamloopa Powwow under the Jingle Dress category (normally reserved for women) to walk proudly while being true to one's spirit.
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Hubert Davis's short is a personal quest to discover his father, former Harlem Globetrotter Mel Davis, and, ultimately, himself. Structured in three parts—love, recollection and redemption—Davis's Oscar-nominated doc is about family, identity and facing the past to live in the present.
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Inuit High Kick

Festival favourite Alethea Arnaquq-Baril uses super slow-motion to magnify the incredible skill and physicality of Johnny Issaluk, an Inuit games athlete, as he performs the one-foot high kick event. Taking off from one foot, Issaluk leaps into the air to tap a sealskin target dangling high above his head—with his toes.
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Like the Trees

This short film introduces us to Rose, a Métis woman from Northern Alberta. Rose has lifted herself out of an anguished existence in the city by rediscovering her roots among the Woodland Cree. She left everything behind to return to a simpler life of being true to herself, and belonging in her community.
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Loin D'où? (Far from Where?)

Michka Saäl's first short is a rumination on displacement. Arriving from North Africa (Saäl was of Tunisian origins), an unnamed narrator explores her new home of Montreal. The shock of the snow and a sense of exile are framed around, and intentionally subvert, Quebec's motto: Je me souviens.
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Manufactured Landscapes

In this Genie Award–winner, Jennifer Baichwal explores the provocative and subtly political work of Canadian photographer Ed Burtynsky, whose complex artistic practice throws industrial wastelands and urban decay into beautiful relief.
Sun, May 6, 2018 3:30 PM
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Amanda Dawn Christie's "docufantasia" is a 10-minute take on the "incomplete and mostly false" history of Moncton. Nodding to the expulsion of Acadians and language tensions in the province, Christie's playful short is comic and complex.
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Shorts Program: Redux

Featuring past and present leading voices from Atlantic Canada, this shorts program showcases the eclectic visions and innovative techniques by which fimmakers have explored the lives and landscapes of Canada's eastern coast.
Fri, Apr 27, 2018 12:15 PM
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In this unflinching, award-winning interrogation of how an Igloolik performer and musician came to die in RCMP custody in 2012, one flashpoint death is set against a broader exploration of Nunavut's alarmingly high rates of suicide.
Sun, May 6, 2018 12:15 PM
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In her signature lyrical style, the director explores her relationship with an incarcerated American writer serving a life sentence, whose poetry and prose measure the power of language and attempt to redefine time and reality.
Sat, May 5, 2018 12:15 PM
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Two Worlds Colliding

In January 2000, two police officers leave an Indigenous man to die, stranded in -20°C temperatures. He survives—but a grisly pattern emerges. This inquiry into the infamous Saskatoon "freezing deaths" exposes systemic injustice in a fractured community.
Sun, Apr 29, 2018 11:45 AM
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Celebrated BC filmmaker Nettie Wild explores the migration of the sockeye salmon up the Adams River in her native province. Wild captures the dizzying frenzy and beauty of the shimmering creatures by splitting the screen and multiplying the images of this remarkable natural event.
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Vive La Rose

Based on the last recording by one of Newfoundland's foremost traditional music performers, Émile Benoît, Vive La Rose is animation on location, rooting the film in a location that evokes the past, and combines ink drawings with a variety of romantic and associative elements and objects.
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World Famous Gopher Hole Museum

Located in Torrington, Alberta, population 200, the world famous Gopher Hole Museum has been in operation for two decades—and will never change its price of admission. But this tourist stop is more than just a curiosity; it also preserves and cherishes the farm town's history.
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