1968: A Look for New Meanings
1988 Leaders Debate
1991 Year in Review
A Company of Soldiers (Frontline)
Acts of Defiance
The American Experience: Nixon's China Game
Anatomy of a deal
Hon. Allan J. MacEachen Speech, "Faith & Politics." (DVD)
Asia Rising: Japan and Korea Rebuild
Breaking Point - Parts 1 &2
Brittain on Brittain: Cavendish Country & Starblanket
Brittain on Brittain: Paperland: The Bureaucrat Observed
Brittain on Brittain: The Champions, Part III: The Final Battle
The Canadian Collection:
Builders of Images: Latin American Cultural Identity
Get up, Stand up: Problems of Sovereignty
Mirrors of the Heart: Race and Identity
China in the Red (Frontline)
Cutting Edge Special: The Power of Nightmares [3 pts]
Czech 1989 & Fall of the Wall
Dying to tell the story (Eldon)
Frank McKenna (MacEachen Lecture)
Getting Out of Business: Privatization and the Modern State
The Great Deception: The War on Terrorism: An Alternative View
The Greenpeace Years
Global Village or Global Pillage: How people around the world are challenging corporate
God fights back: The Rise of Fundamentalist Religion
GST - Input Tax Credit
Hirohito: Japan in the 20th Century
Hitler: The Whole Story - Vol. 1
Implementing Treaty Self-Government
In the Hands of Canadians: Towards a new Constitution
Is Wal-Mart Good for America? (Frontline)
Israel: The first forty years
The Magic Lantern Video Collection
The Americas: The Latin American and Caribbean Presence in the United States
Capital Sins: Authoritarianism and Democratization
Continent on the Move: Migration and Urbanization
Fire in the Mind: Revolutions and Revolutionaries
The Garden of Forking Paths: Dilemmas of National Development
In Women's Hands: The Changing Roles of Women
Miracles are not Enough: Continuity and Change
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Portrait of an American
Nixon's China Game (American Experience)
Noam Chomsky: Manufacturing Consent Pt. 2 Activating Dissent
Noam Chomsky: Manufacturing Consent Pt. 1 Thought Control in a Democratic Society
Offside: A film by Jafar Panani
OP Friction - The Canadian Forces in the Persian Gulf
Palestine is Still the Issue (John Pilger) documentary (DVD)
Post-Meech Debate in Quebec
Pour un seul de mes deux yeux (avenge but one of my two eyes)
The Russian Revolution; End of Empire (Paksianes); Mission to Moscow (edited) & Malcolm X
The Seattle Syndrome
The Secret Side of Free Trade
Struggle for Democracy
Table Canada Table
Trotsky: Part 1 of 2
Trotsky: Part 2 of 2
The Wall Comes Down
Welcome to Sarajevo
Where do your tax dollars go?
1991 Year in Review: An extraordinary year for news: Russian Revolution - the year Communism collapsed; a fretful 48 hour hard-line coup crumbled in the face of a Democratic rebellion by the Russian people. Desert Storm; The Thomas Hearings; Sports; Business and Showbiz. ~ 1 hour.
A Company of Soldiers: Frontline reports from inside the U.S. Army's 8th Cavalry Regiment stationed in Baghdad for an up-close, intimate look at the dangers facing an American military unit in Iraq. Shot in the weeks following the U.S. presidential election, the film tracks the day-to-day challenges facing the 8th Cavalry's Dog Company as it suddenly has to cope with a dramatic increase in attacks by the insurgents. - 90 minutes.
Acts of Defiance: Two modern-day Indian uprisings have rocked North America: a siege at Wounded Knee, South Dakota; and an even longer standoff with Mohawks in Quebec.
A National Film Board crew was already behind the scenes making a film at Kahnawake, when the crisis erupted. Early one summer morning, Mohawks on the Kahnawake side of the river blocked a commuter bridge to the island metropolis of Montreal. 104 minutes 32 seconds
The Americas: The Latin American and Caribbean Presence in the United States: The final episode returns to the United States to profile California's Mexican population and the Latin American communities in Miami and New York City. It poses questions about assimilation, national identity and how these communities are changing what it means to be an American. 60 minutes.
Asia Rising: Japan and Korea Rebuild: Although WWII battles left much of Asia torn and suffering, the Japanese soon developed advanced high-profit export items such as cameras, electronics, cars and motorcycles. These in-demand products resulted in an economy rivaled only by the United States and the Soviet Union.
Meanwhile, South Korea - crippled by its own war with North Korea and under a strict dictatorship - emerged from absolute poverty to become a leader in the steel industry.
Asia Rising documents how Japan and Korea managed to rise above the strife of war to develop into world economic powers, setting the global pace for competition in the late 20th century. 60 minutes.
Breaking Point: Canada/Quebec - The 1995 Referendum: Canada is in a state of shock. Just seven days before the vote, the country is on the verge of breaking apart. For the first time, the YES camp is leading in the polls. No more than a month before this seemed unthinkable. Those who were there will never forget this week, when Canada reached its breaking point. 4 hours. [DVD].
Brittain on Brittain: Cavendish Country & Starblanket: Cavendish Country: Cal Cavendish is a Calgary-based country-western songwriter and performer. Cal works part-time as a night security guard, but as disc jockeys play his recordings, his popularity grows. 27 minutes 20 seconds
Starblanket: At twenty-six, Noel Starblanket is one of the youngest Indian chiefs in North America - twice elected chief of the Starblanket Reserve, and also elected vice-president of all Saskatchewan Indians. His great-grandfather's advice was to "learn the wit and cunning of the white man." That he did. Here he is seen in action, an Indian chief with a briefcase, working with government officials for grants, running for public office, talking down his opposition, and solving the domestic problems of his reserve. 27 minutes 20 seconds (1973)
Brittain on Brittain: Paperland: The Bureaucrat Observed: Bureaucracy shapes our lives and guides us from the cradle to the grave. This documentary lays bare the idiosyncrasies of bureaucracy whether in Canada, Austria, Hungary, the Vatican or the Virgin Islands. It also attempts to make the functioning of public service more comprehensible. The absurdities of bureaucratic behaviour are exposed with humour and irreverence. 57 minutes 46 seconds (1979).
Brittain on Brittain: The Champions, Part III: The Final Battle: The third in a trilogy of films on two of Canada's most brilliant politicians - Pierre Elliot Trudeau and Rene Levesque - covering the years between 1976 and 1986. Using newsreel footage and interviews with key political strategists, the film reveals the turbulent, behind-the-scenes dramas during the Quebec referendum and the repatriation of the Canadian Constitution. In so doing, it also traces the course of each man's fall from power and illuminates turning points in recent Canadian history. 87 minutes 02 seconds (1986).
Builders of Images: Latin American Cultural Identity: Exploring the arts throughout the Americas, this program celebrates the extraordinary creative ferment that has attracted global acclaim and given rise to a distinct and increasingly influential Latin American artistic voice. 60 minutes.
Capital Sins: Authoritarianism and Democratization: Beginning with the rapid economic growth of the late 1960s and early 1970s, this program spotlights the methods Brazil's rulers chose to develop the country and how their choices affected the lives of ordinary Brazilians. 60 minutes.
Frontline: China in the Red. Chronicles three pivotal years of evolution from Communist society to market economy. For half a century, millions of Chinese labored in state factories with cradle-to-grave job security. But reforms bringing prosperity and world-power status now threaten the livelihood of many Chinese. FRONTLINE follows 10 Chinese citizens caught up in social and economic transformation, struggling to survive in a world they never imagined. 120 minutes.
Continent on the Move: Migration and Urbanization: The program follows a Mexican migrant family on its rural-to-urban journey, comparing this internal migration with the transnational flow of immigrants from war-torn Guatemala into Mexico. 60 minutes.
Cutting Edge Special: The Power of Nightmares. A BBC series of documentary films, written and produced by Adam Curtis. This documentary argues that a group of neoconservatives benefited from exaggerating the scale of the terrorist threat from which they offer to protect their people, as they have tried to benefit by exaggerating the threat of communism in the 1970s and 80s; that the fortunes of neo-conservatism and radical Islamism are closely connected; and that some popular beliefs about these groups are inaccurate (Wikipedia). 3 parts (2 tapes). 180 minutes.
Part 1: Baby it's Cold Outside. Should we be worried about the threat from organised terrorism or is it simply a phantom menace being used to stop society from falling apart?
Part 2: The Phantom Victory. Part two, the Phantom Victory looks at how two groups, radical Islamists and neo-conservatives with seemingly opposing ideologies came together to defeat a common enemy.
Part 3: The Shadows in the Cave. The Power of Nightmares assesses whether the threat from a hidden and organised terrorist network is an illusion. In the concluding part of the series, the programme explains how the illusion was created and who benefits from it.
Fire in the Mind: Revolutions and Revolutionaries: The program looks at revolutionaries in the region today, with a special emphasis on the former guerrillas in El Salvador and the current movement in Peru and links these movements to the revolutions in Cuba and Nicaragua. 60 minutes.
The Garden of Forking Paths: Dilemmas of National Development: The modern era is traced through the development of the nations and the national economics of the Americas. A focus on Argentina includes the Peron years, the dictatorship of the 1970s and the Malvinas/Falklands War. 60 minutes.
Get up, Stand up: Problems of Sovereignty: The program addresses internal and external challenges to sovereignty in the Americas and examines the ways in which several nations cope with the dilemma of maintaining economic and cultural sovereignty in the face of strong pressures, both foreign and domestic. It takes place in Colombia, Jamaica and Panama, exploring a wide range of threats to sovereignty, from narco-terrorism to foreign intervention 60 minutes.
Getting Out of Business: Privatization and the Modern State: This program chronicles the rise and fall of the concept that government does a better job of providing transportation, power, or even employment, than does private enterprise. Case by case and country by country, it explains the philosophy of governmental involvement in business and examines the consistent results. The viewpoint is skewed in favor of private ownership and the privatization of government-owned or run industry; but the facts adduced are fair and equitable, and the omitted arguments in favor of government intervention will spark lively discussion of the entire role of government. 58 minutes (1992).
The Great Deception: The War on Terrorism: An Alternative View. What really happened on September 11? Why didn't the White House, the Pentagon and the CIA succeed in stopping the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington? Have the mainstream media failed in their responsibility to ask search questions about the events of that day?
Media critic Barrie Zwicker, the host of VisionsTV Insight: Mediafile, is one of the few North American journalists to offer an alternative viewpoint on the Sept. 11 tragedy. In this provocative six-part series of Mediafile commentaries, he challenged the official explanation for the attacks and considers the troubling implications of America's new war. (2002)
God fights back: The Rise of Fundamentalist Religion. Explores the resurgence of conservative, religiously based values in America in the late 1970s through the 1980s. It reveals how society was forced to confront powerful religious leaders who wanted to guide government with "God on their side." In America, the Christian Right became a potent political force, rallying against those deemed less holy, and dominating the Republican party platform. Its impassioned supporters drew Church and State closer together than at any time in recent memory. And religion took on a prominent role in other parts of the world too. Western liberal values, which were spreading rapidly across the Middle East, were challenged by religious fundamentalist views. (BBC production) 60 minutes.
Hitler: The whole story - Vol. 1 - The Early Years: For a nation in darkness, it was the promise of a new dawn. For the failed artist, it was a chance to change history. Follow Hitler's progress as a calculating leader, gradually perfecting an image as the savior of a world on the brink of disaster in THE EARLY YEARS. Feel the mesmerizing energy of his speeches and the frenzy of the crowds. Watch his confidence and his following grow in a Germany desperately seeking to restore national pride. 50 minutes (1989)
In Women's Hands: The Changing Roles of Women: Looks at how women in the region are experimenting, by choice or necessity, with new roles that break old stereotypes about gender and family. The spotlight is on Chile, where the tumult of the last two decades has challenged women in every social class. 60 minutes.
Indian Governments of Saskatchewan Presents Implementing Treaty Self Government. Making First Nations self government a reality is a challenge. In this video production we use the example of a tipi to illustrate how various elements including our treaty rights to education, health social programming, economic development and so on. We also illustrate how jurisdiction must be extended off the reserve land but still within the traditional territory through the provision of urban service. We illustrate how these program areas form a framework on which the construction can be placed. We use the tipi because of its traditional place in our society and its long history providing shelter. each of the poles holds special meanings and the outer covering is supported by the individual poles working in unison. 20 minutes.
Is Wal-Mart Good for America. Frontline offers two starkly contrasting images: one of empty storefronts in Circleville, Ohio, where the local TV manufacturing plant has closed down; the other - a sea of high rises in the South China boomtown of Shenzhen. The connection between American job losses and soaring Chinese exports? Wal-Mart. For Wal-Mart, China has become the cheapest, most reliable production platform in the world, the source of up to $25 billion in annual imports that help the company deliver everyday low prices to 100 million customers a week. But while some economists credit Wal-Mart's single-minded focus on low costs with helping contain U.S. inflation, others charge that the company is the main force driving the massive overseas shift to China in the production of American consumer goods, resulting in hundreds of thousands of lost jobs and a lower standard of living here at home. 60 minutes. [DVD]
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Portrait of an American: This portrait shows his background and education, the practical and spiritual sources of his dream, the intellectual and moral roots of his power, and the historical and political forces that enabled him to articulate the needs of blacks and of all Americans. 28 minutes.
Miracles are not Enough: Continuity and Change: Travels to Brazil and Nicaragua to observe the explosion of theological debate, social activism, and spiritual revival that is changing a region where religion has long been important in society and politics. 60 minutes.
Mirrors of the Heart: Race and Identity: Set on Hispaniola, an island that is home to Haiti and the Dominican Republic - two nations with different attitudes towards their African heritage - and in Bolivia, a country with a rich Indian tradition, this program examines regional, racial and ethnic identities and how they have been altered by rural transformations and urban opportunities. 60 minutes.
The American Experience: Nixon's China Game. It stunned and shocked America, its allies, and its enemies -- a secret White House initiative, spearheaded by Henry Kissinger, that led to a diplomatic breakthrough. Watch history unfold as President Richard Nixon embarks in February 1972 for Beijing and an encounter with Mao Tse-tung. See this momentous event through the testimony of key witnesses and recently declassified records. 60 minutes.
Offside: 2007 (92 minutes)
This internationally award-winning film casuality and sometimes caustically uncovers what binds us - and blinds us - to the differences between our ways of life in the West and in modern day Iran. Fascinating, funny and tragic, it's "Score one for the ladies!" raves J. Hoberman of the The Village Voice.
The Tehran soccer stadium roars with 100,000 cheering men - and only men. According to Islamic custom, women are not allowed, and the ambitious girls who manage to sneak in are caught and sent to a holding pen, guarded by male soldiers their own age. Duty makes the young men and women adversaries, but duty can't overcome their shared dreams, their mutual attraction, and ultimately their overriding sense of national pride and humanity.
Remember Africville: Africville, a small black settlement, lay within the city limits of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In the 1960s, the families who lived there were uprooted and their homes demolished in the name of urban renewal and integration. Now, more than twenty years later, the site of the community of Africville is a stark, under-utilized park. Former residents, their descendants and some of the decision-makers speak out and with the help of archival photographs and films tell the story of that painful relocation. 34 minutes 30 seconds
The Conservatives: This program chronicles the rise of the Conservative movement in America from the 1940s to the height of the Reagan Era, explaining the intellectual premises of Conservatism while covering both the well-known and the less-chronicled back pages of Conservative history. In addition to documentary footage, the program provides interviews with, among others, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, William F. Buckley, Jr., Barry Goldwater, Norman Podhoretz, Milton Freidman, Clare Boothe Luce, Paul Weyrich and Ronald Reagan. 88 minutes
The Greenpeace Years: This documentary is a history of the Greenpeace organization, from its modest beginnings in the early 1970s in Vancouver, to its present status as the largest group in the international environmental movement. The Greenpeace Years offers a rare look at the people beyond the organization and highlights many of the campaigns to save the whales, ban nuclear weapons and stop toxic waste dumping. 54 minutes 51 seconds
The Seattle Syndrome: A series about Globalization. Directed by Steve Bradshaw. How would you react if you could make money out of growing cocoa beans, but were punished for turning it into chocolate? That's how many people in the Third World feel when they face drastic import controls for turning their raw materials into manufactured goods. Now they're also running up against the Seattle Syndrome - an alliance of liberals and protectionists who want more restrictions on trade to fight poor wages and exploitative working conditions. But is the Seattle Syndrome a justifiable way of fighting globalization - or cold it be a kind of colonilaism in disguise? 24 minutes.
Welcome to Sarajevo: Ripped from today's explosive headlines...Woody Harrelson, Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei and Stephen Dillane team up and deliver powerhouse performances in this true story of courage and daring! Living on the edge amid the constant threat of attack, an offbeat band of TV journalists lead by hotshot Jimmy Flynn (Harrelson), report from a devastated war-torn country. The action intensifies when one of the journalists crosses the line and risks his life in a bold attempt to smuggle an orphaned girl to safety. Filling the screen with a jarring mix of passion and danger, Welcome to Sarajevo is a gritty, behind-the-scenes look at covering a war...head-on and on the rune. Don't miss it. 1 hour 42 minutes.