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Totem

Stan Hunt is a red cedar wood carver, an art he learned from his father, Henry Hunt, and grandfather, Mungo Martin - master sculptors from the Kwakiutl First Nation from the northern side of Vancouver island. Stan is now working on the most significant piece of his life, a 42-foot totem pole carved from a 1500-year-old, 5-ton cedar tree, a project commissioned by the Ministry of Culture and Public Spaces of the City of Buenos Aires. Once completed, his totem pole will travel 15,000 km by boat to reach Río de la Plata, Argentina.

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Playa Coloniale

Winter in Québec. Blinding snow. Freezing fingers. Endless complaining. Why endure wind chill factors and six hours of daylight when you can escape to a dream vacation in the sun at an all-inclusive resort? The warm, turquoise ocean of Cuba is just a plane ride away. By putting to the test the tenacious paradigm of salutary tourism, Playa Coloniale is a grinding look at an industry that, along with its users, rarely questions itself.

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Fogo

The ruggedly beautiful Fogo Island lies off the northeast coast of Newfoundland. In this remote corner of Canada, traces of Elizabethan English and Old Irish dialects may still be heard, and remnants of ancient folk customs shape the lives of its inhabitants. However, in recent years, economic hardship has taken a toll, forcing many to leave. Homes once full of fiddle music, are now decaying, becoming part of the tundra landscape.

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Fogo

The ruggedly beautiful Fogo Island lies off the northeast coast of Newfoundland. In this remote corner of Canada, traces of Elizabethan English and Old Irish dialects may still be heard, and remnants of ancient folk customs shape the lives of its inhabitants. However, in recent years, economic hardship has taken a toll, forcing many to leave. Homes once full of fiddle music, are now decaying, becoming part of the tundra landscape.

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Indigenous Film from BC & Beyond

How to talk about sex

Made in Maple Ridge, BC at the YouthCO 2012 First Direction Youth Conference, with First Nations youth from BC/ 3.5 min

Based on a true story from a First Nations youth, a mother’s plan backfires, and opens up an uneasy conversation.

Come Home

Made in Maple Ridge, BC at the YouthCO 2012 First Direction Youth Conference with First Nations youth and elders from BC/ 6 min

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Seeds of the Inner City

This grassroots documentary follows a year in the life of twelve residents of Vancouver’s Downtown eastside community as they become involved with SOLeFood, a social enterprise that provides agricultural employment and training opportunities in urban farming for inner-city residents. Through interviews with the participants and project organizers, and with a strong composition of images and exploratory sounds, the director creates an emotional and truthful diary of the life and death struggles and triumphs of the first urban farming team in the Downtown eastside.

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Miss Inc.

With its six Miss Universe and six Miss World titles, Venezuela is the hands-down global beauty pageant champion. After oil, pageants are the country’s second most important industry. even though 80% of the population lives below the poverty line, many women spend a fortune on their appearance, and across the country the pursuit of a modelling career and the Miss Venezuela crown is followed with near-religious fervour. exploring the backstage world of the beauty industry, this investigative documentary seeks to find out: Is beauty manufactured at whatever the cost in Venezuela?

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The Strawberry Tree

El arbol de las fresas

Filmed in the remote fishing village of Juan Antonio, Cuba just weeks before a hurricane swept the site off the face of the earth, El árbol de las fresas is a mesmerizing cinematic poem that tests the boundaries between anthropology, documentary, and reverie. The villagers’ ingeniousness and resilience, as well as their playful and irreverent relationship with the filmmaker, transform a sensitive portrait of the unique Taíno-Spanish culture into a reflection on documentary filmmaking itself and on humanity at the edge of time.

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Cry of the Andes

A fight for water - the thirst for gold. Journey to the heart of the Andes Mountains where ‘Pascua Lama’ is poised to become the world’s largest open pit mine. However, for the indigenous people and farmers living in the valley below, Pascua Lama threatens their only source of water in one of the driest places on earth. In a war between corporate and social values two men are leading a fight to defend their river and way of life. Now, one election will ultimately determine the fate of their valley and the true price of gold.

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