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Cinema Politica On Demand

Subscribe to Cinema Politica On Demand! Watch the best in independent documentary film, curated by the largest community-based documentary network in the world. Any device, any where, any time.

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  • Call me Kuchu

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  • Julio of Jackson Heights

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  • How to Change the World

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  • If a Tree Falls: A Story of the ...

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  • Berta Didn't Die, She Multiplied!

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  • Bad Girl

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  • WHOSE STREETS?

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  • Out Run

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  • What Would Jesus Buy?

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  • Continuons à aller plus loin ens...

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  • Kettle

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  • A Place Called Chiapas

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  • The Lesson of the Snail

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  • Above All Else

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  • Amazon Voices

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  • Anarchronicles

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  • The Art of Resistance

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  1. Pax Americana: The Weaponization of S...

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    As if there weren’t enough weapons here on earth, space has become the newest arena for countries around the globe to launch their struggle for supremacy. Denis Delestrac’s film Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space is packed full of some truly startling facts — everything from the “Rods of God” (space weapons that can launch from orbit) to the fact that fifty cents of every American tax dollar goes towards military spending. The astronomica...

  2. Call me Kuchu

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    In an unmarked office at the end of a dirt track, veteran activist David Kato labours to repeal Uganda’s homophobic laws and liberate his fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women, or “kuchus.” But David’s formidable task just became much more difficult. A new “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” proposes death for HIV-positive gay men, and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual. Inspired by American evangelicals who have ...

  3. Julio of Jackson Heights

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    On the night of July 2, 1990, three young men in the neighborhood of Jackson Heights went out armed with a claw hammer, a plumber’s wrench and a kitchen knife, hunting for “a gay guy to stretch out.” After deciding not to attack a gay couple walking along the avenue because they didn’t “like the odds” of a three on two fight, they went to the P.S. 69 schoolyard which was well-known as a meeting place for gay men because of its shadowy nooks. There ...

  4. How to Change the World

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    In 1971, it took a group of rebellious, longhaired friends on a rickety boat to get the topic of the environment on the global agenda. They fell short of their primary goal – to block nuclear weapon testing on the volcanic island of Amchitka – but the young Canadian organization Greenpeace discovered plenty of other threats to keep fighting for Planet Earth. Armed with genuine idealism, a hunger for adventure and a brilliant media strategy, activis...

  5. If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth...

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    In December 2005, Daniel McGowan was arrested by Federal agents in a nationwide sweep of radical environmentalists involved with the Earth Liberation Front-- a group the FBI has called America's "number one domestic terrorism threat." For years, the ELF—operating in separate anonymous cells without any central leadership—had launched spectacular arsons against dozens of businesses they accused of destroying the environment: timber companies, SUV de...

  6. Berta Didn't Die, She Multiplied!

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    In Honduras, the most dangerous country in the world to be a land defender, Berta Cáceres' death has not silenced the many campesinxs fighting for justice and Indigenous Sovereignty. They mourn Berta's assassination with powerful chants of 'Berta Didn't Die, She Multiplied!' This documentary will show the Indigenous Lenca and Afro-Indigenous Garifuna people of Honduras in their struggle against capitalism, patriarchy, racism and homophobia. The ins...

  7. Bad Girl

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    How does imagery influence the development of sexual identities and how might representations of sexuality change the way we understand it? The male-dominated multi-billion-dollar mainstream pornography industry recreates a restrictive image of sexuality, but growing numbers of women directors are offering alternative visions of female desire.

    Marielle Nitoslawska's 2002 film Bad Girl investigates explicit representations of female sexuality by ...

  8. WHOSE STREETS?

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    Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, WHOSE STREETS? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising.

    When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered pa...

  9. Out Run

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    OUT RUN follows LGBT activists in conservative parts of the world who choose to seek highly visible positions as elected politicians. Bemz Benedito, a transgender candidate for Congress in the Philippines, and David Kuria, a gay activist running for the Senate in Kenya, campaign to become the first openly-LGBT elected officials in their respective countries. Hostility from the government, discrimination from religious leaders, and persecution by vi...

  10. What Would Jesus Buy?

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    From producer Morgan Spurlock (SUPER SIZE ME) and director Rob VanAlkemade comes a serious docu-comedy about the commercialization of Christmas. Bill Talen (aka Reverend Billy) was a lost idealist who hitchhiked to New York City only to find that Times Square was becoming a mall. Spurred on by the loss of his neighborhood and inspired by the sidewalk preachers around him, Bill bought a collar to match his white caterer's jacket, bleached his hair a...

  11. Continuons à aller plus loin ensemble

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    Le mouvement de défense des droits des personnes en situation de handicap et leurs proches est né au Québec dans les années 70, dans la foulée des mobilisations des autres groupes sociaux opprimés et discriminés. Mouvement jeune, il a pris son essor rapidement et a obtenu plusieurs gains importants dans les années 80 et 90. Depuis les années 2000, à l’image de l’ensemble du mouvement communautaire, il a perdu de sa force, affaibli à la fois par les...

  12. Kettle

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    "Kettling" is a police tactic used to control large crowds during protests. Officers surround the crowd from all sides, pushing them together into a smaller area. In many cases an individual's only means of exiting the kettle is through arrest.

    Set against the backdrop of the Toronto G20 in 2010—where the largest mass arrest in Canadian history took place—, KETTLE is a short film that explores our personal notions of freedom and how easily those...

  13. A Place Called Chiapas

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    When the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect, Canada debated it. In the sovereign state of Chiapas, one of Mexico’s poorest regions, they went to war over it. A vital account of a monumental deadlock, A PLACE CALLED CHIAPAS is an on-the-ground report of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (ELZN) and the people for whom they fight. With one of the largest Indigenous populations in the country, Chiapas is a bastion of the ELZN....

  14. The Lesson of the Snail

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    In 1994, the 1st of January, Aborigenal people from Chiapas in Mexico assessed publicly their disaffection of the system, describing it as a vector of poverty and injustice. In the context of globalisation, they also warned the rest of the planet that another world must be possible.

    The Zapatista resistance is one of the most intriguing organisation among the international revolutionary struggles of nowadays, in the margins of the hegemonic neo-...

  15. Above All Else

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    One man risks his family and future to stop the tar sands of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from crossing his land. Shot in the forests, pastures, and living rooms of rural East Texas, Above All Else follows David Daniel, a retired high-wire artist and circus performer, from the moment that he discovers survey stakes on his land, through years of activism and civic engagement, to four climatic days in September 2012, when Daniel made a final stand ag...

  16. Amazon Voices

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    In Sarayaku, Yasuni and Lago Agrio—a region devastated by the Chevron Texaco corporation—, several indigenous communities are still trying to make their voices heard. Denouncing the social, cultural, environmental and human damage caused by oil extraction, they propose profoundly different ways of thinking. How does one define development? What is a “good-living” society? What solutions can be found in education? // Lamia Chraibi, Margerie David, a...

  17. Anarchronicles

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    This feature documentary relates the experience of various militant anarchists from Quebec, who represent different sides of this political movement. Drawing from more than 40 hours of interviews, countless manifestations, and numerous libertarian initiatives, this film strives to be a tool for popular education, which will de-mystify the chaotic and violent labels which are too often attributed to this political movement. It attempts to present a ...

  18. The Art of Resistance

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    Argentina’s troubled history, culminating in the major crisis of 2001, has seen the rise of a wave of original artistic and cultural expression. This documentary introduces us to several creators and artist collectives who use artistic expression as a means to deliver powerful social statements, explore unbridled creativity, and participate actively in constructing a new reality. The Art of Resistance is an inventive treatment of these artists’ res...

  19. Be... Without Water

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    Twenty eight concerned citizen groups are demanding that at least a moratorium be placed on the billion-dollar shale gas industry operations until the “infant industry” methods can be proven to be safe. Citizens are worried about well water contamination, heavy industrialization of rural areas, increasing pollution, a decrease in the value of their homes, etc. When damage is done to their property, they fear that they will not receive any compensat...

  20. Between Midnight & the Rooster's Crow

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    In the aggressive search for the 'black gold' that drives Western economies, multinational corporations are working to extract billions of dollars of oil reserves from beneath Ecuador's rainforest. This film investigates the operations of the EnCana Corporation, a firm that, despite proud public declarations of its social responsibility, is shown to be answerable for widespread environmental contamination and human rights violations. // Nadja Drost...

  21. Black Men Loving

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    This documentary upends the stereotypical images of black men as fathers to the extent that it seems, as one dad says, that “Black men loving is political” and “almost radical”. We are taken into the world of responsible parenting where we explore what being a father means to these men. The family life of these men differs amongst them and the film touches on the fathers’ parenting techniques and their experiences with their own fathers. This refre...

  22. The Blockade

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    THE BLOCKADE is a unique view from within on the most massive, longest, and politically most significant student protest in the country, since 1971, that started in April of 2009 at the Faculty of humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. The struggle against the commercialization of education and the blockade of teaching classes lasted for 34 days. The rebellion spread onto more than 20 faculties across the country and the students became an activ...

  23. The Caretakers

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    Exploring the fragile dynamic between settler activists and indigenous land/water defenders, the film “The Caretakers” articulates the effects of colonization on the environment and Indigenous peoples and asks the question, “How do we work in solidarity as settlers on these lands wanting to be allies with the Indigenous peoples in opposition to unnecessary resource projects?”

    Looking at the Anti Kinder Morgan blockade that took place in the fall...

  24. Crude Gold: Gran Colombia Gold

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    This film is part of the CRUDE GOLD series, and is focused on a particular mining company. The story of how Gran Colombia Gold came to be formed is the story of abuses of power against a worker's union as a rightful owner of the mine. The story takes place in Segovia, a town with a long and proud tradition in gold mining. The Toronto-based corporation may be involved with the murder of president of the Regional Union Mining and Energy workers, Rafa...

  25. Crude Gold: The Case of Eco Oro

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    The Santurban paramo has become an example of community struggle to protect water sources successfully. Lawyers, community leaders and activists united to mobilized and demanded the protection of natural resources threatened by Vancouver-based Eco Oro projects. A palpable urgency surrounds this story because of the fragility of the paramo - high-altitude wetlands - which supplies fresh water to the vast regions around Bucaramanga. // Monica Gutierr...

  26. Cultures of Resistance

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    In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, acclaimed filmmaker Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, traveling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. From Iran, where graffiti and rap became tools in fighting government repression, moving on to Brazil, wher...

  27. Diversidad: A Road Trip to Deconstruc...

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    From the waterfronts of Vancouver to the mountaintops of Mexico, this journey lifts the veil of idealism. They discover the challenges and hardships of organic farmers. They see that for a lot of inner city families do not have access to fresh food, let alone the land to grow their own. They realize that their point of view of the plight of the undocumented farm worker isn’t quite what they had read about before they left home. And they begin to re...

  28. Durga

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    The colourful and joyous festival of Durga Puja is one of the largest religious festivals in India. However, while the goddess is celebrated, millions of Indian women live another reality, much less revered. This haunting visual poem examines the contradiction between the spiritual worship of femininity and the brutality of domestic violence. // Paramita Nath, Canada, 2012, 11' //

  29. East Hastings Pharmacy

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    The chronicle of a typical pharmacy of the Vancouver Downtown Eastside, where most clients are on a treatment that requires taking daily doses of methadone witnessed by the pharmacist. The pharmacy is a site of rituals and repeated interactions where quiet routine and confrontation follow each other in one continuous movement. This film was made in collaboration with residents of the Vancouver Downtown Eastside through improvisations and re-enactme...

  30. En la casa, la cama, y la calle

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    The documentary follows Tamara, a first time actor who plays the role of Jessica, a teenager who gradually finds herself trapped in a sexual exploitation ring and on the verge of being trafficked. Now a national spokesperson on the issue, Tamara explores the complexity of her role both on and off screen. Bismarck, the charismatic actor who plays 'the pimp,' shares his personal motivation for getting involved and why raising awareness among young me...

  31. END:CIV

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    This film examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations. Based in part on Endgame, the best-selling book by Derrick Jensen, END:CIV asks: “If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?” // Franklin López, Canada, 2011, 115' //

  32. Ghosts

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    Three Arab-Canadian men are detained and tortured for months and years in Syria and Egypt. Upon their release they return to Canada struggling to find some answers as to why they were detained and tortured. An internal inquiry into their cases, the Iacobucci Inquiry, reveals that the Canadian government was complicit in their detention and torture. The camera team follows the lives and cases of the men for a year and a half as the men fight to leav...

  33. God's Will

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    A former neo-Buddhist who has become an ardent defender of Orthodox values, Dmitry Enteo riveted public attention after performing several eccentric actions on himself. He calls himself an orthodox ‘actionist’, and opposes the creative activity of the Voyna and Pussy Riot art groups. Having gathered a movement of Orthodox activists around himself and called it ‘God's Will’, Dmitry declared his intention to lead first Russia, and then the whole worl...

  34. Golden Dawn: A Personal Affair

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    A journalist is delving for years into the organization of the Greek neoNazi party “Golden Dawn”. The financial collapse, the political instability and the family relations are placed into the spotlight as the documentary is trying to discover “what’s in the head of GoldenDawners, who pose as victims” of the system. // Angélique Kourounis, Greece - France, 2016, 90' //

  35. The Good Neighbour

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    This film takes a closer look at the effect on the local people living in the area of the Canadian oil sands in Alberta. Through a young Norwegian woman’s eyes we get an insight into the complicated industry's navigations between the lack of governmental rules and regulations, and the violations of First Nation's human rights and their land-based constitutional rights. Statoil, a major oil company primarily owned by the Norwegian government (and th...

  36. Grass

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    This documentary examines the U.S. government's marijuana regulations, and how these laws have influenced public perceptions of the drug. Narrated by noted pot advocate Woody Harrelson, the film opens with a series of comically outdated anti-drug reels before chronicling America's relationship with marijuana through the decades. Filmmaker Ron Mann splices together archival footage of U.S. politicians, musicians and artists to support his weed-frien...

  37. Gulabi Gang

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    Enter the badlands of Bundelkhand in central India and you have entered a place of desolation, dust and despair. And yet it is hope that we discover as we follow the pink sari-clad women of Gulabi Gang. These women travel long distances by cart and tractor, bus and train, to wrest justice for women and Dalits, undeterred by sneering policemen and condescending bureaucrats. // Nishtha Jain, Norway - India - Denmark, 2012, 96' //

  38. Hands On: Women, Climate, Change

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    This collaborative doc offers unique perspectives across cultures and generations; A young woman challenges the expansion of oil rigs in the North Sea while a seasoned community organizer interprets satellite weather reports for fisherman struggling to survive on India’s increasingly volatile coast. Silje Lundberg runs the only youth environmental organization in Norway, leading 7000 members in a campaign to prevent arctic oil exploration around th...

  39. Honour Your Word

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    The film draws us into the lives of two young leaders: Marylynn Poucachice, a mother of five, and Norman Matchewan, the soft-spoken son and grandson of traditional chiefs. Both spent their childhoods on the logging blockades their parents set up to win a sustainable development plan protecting their land. But it turns out signing the agreement was the easy part. Now, 20 years later, Norman and Marylynn are taking up the struggle of their youth, to ...

  40. Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians

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    The film presents the emblematic case of the defense of Wirikuta, sacred territory to the Huichol people, against the threat of mining exploitation. This native people to this land, launches a spiritual crusade to protect life, evidencing the internal contradictions in our materialistic world. // Hernán Vilchez, Mexico - Argentina, 2014, 125' //

  41. In the Shadow of a Gold Mine

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    Tanzania is one of the largest gold producers in Africa. Multinational mining companies operate mines across the country. But as these companies turn greater profits and Tanzania becomes a major investment destination, hundreds of people are bearing the cost, at times with their lives. IN THE SHADOW OF A GOLD MINE is an investigative portrait of one multinational gold mine in Tanzania and its impact on the small-scale miners and farmers who live in...

  42. The Kalasha and the Crescent

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    Rumored to be the descendants of Alexander the Great, the Kalash people have in fact inhabited northern Pakistan's Chitral valley since long before the legendary conqueror came to the region. They uphold a rich cultural heritage, with polytheistic beliefs, seasonal festivals, and a variety of other traditions that are at odds with Pakistan's dominant Islam. Today, even as the majestic peaks of the Hindu Kush mountains shield the Kalasha from the re...

  43. Legend of the Storm

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    Nine-year-old Otsí:tsa's innocence is destroyed when violence engulfs her community during the Oka Crisis, a 78-day standoff that erupted between the Mohawk Nation and the Canadian Government during the summer of 1990. Otsí:tsa, however, has something to prove - not only to herself, but to the world. She's a tough Mohawk girl who will not be defeated. // Roxann Whitebean, Canada, 2015, 17' //

  44. The Little Black School House

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    This one-hour documentary unearths the little known story of the women, men, and children who studied and taught at Canada’s racially segregated Black schools. It is a poignant and unfailingly honest evocation of the struggle of African Canadians to achieve dignity and equality through education- a right fundamental to a democratic society. Extraordinary archival film footage, rare photographs, and touching first hand accounts from past students, t...

  45. Mars at Sunrise

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    The film tells the story of a war waged on imagination. The film abstractly portrays the conflict between artists on either side of Israel's militarized borders, and explores how a powerful creative mind survives, and even thrives, under pressure. When Azzadeh, a young Jewish American poet, travels to Israel to see the land and people she has only ever heard about through the voices of others she uncovers stories of Israeli soldiers who reflect on ...

  46. Maximum Tolerated Dose

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    An animal / human experiment to find the highest dose of a chemical that, when administered to a group of test subjects in a clinical trial, does not result in a fatality due to short-term toxicity. This dose is then used for longer-term safety studies of the same species, lasting anywhere from two years to a lifetime. The MTD test is controversial, however, in part because of difficulties in extrapolating findings to more realistic doses, and in e...

  47. My Brooklyn

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    This is a documentary about Director Kelly Anderson’s personal journey, as a Brooklyn “gentrifier,” to understand the forces reshaping her neighbourhood along lines of race and class. The story begins when Anderson moves to Brooklyn in 1988, lured by cheap rents and bohemian culture. By Michael Bloomberg’s election as mayor in 2001, a massive speculative real estate boom is rapidly altering the neighbourhoods she has come to call home. She watches ...

  48. Myths for Profit

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    This film is a dramatic, exposé documentary which explores 'Canada’s role in Industries of War and Peace’. Through diverse interviews and case studies this documentary unveils the specific interests and profits that are made by certain corporations, individuals and agency within Canada. By examining these myths we seek to find out what are the possible motives that hide behind these stories, and if there are certain people who stand to gain and mai...

  49. ...and much more!