Film Library

For information on our film loan policy,  please contact the administrative assistant,  (867-2133).  Unless otherwise indicated, the films below are in VHS format.

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Advertising & The End of the World (1997, 40:00 min)
Extensively illustrated with graphics and examples from commercial imagery, it presents a compelling and accessible argument about consumerism and its impact on the earth's future. A renowned undergraduate teacher, Jhally's provocative presentation challenges students to re-evaluate their own everyday practices and invites us to re-examine our commitment to future generations.

African-Americans: Marching to Freedom (2000, 54:00 min)
"The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line." These prophetic words of W.E.B. DuBois in 1900 were to echo through a century of Jim Crow segregation, denial of voting rights, public lynching, KKK rallies, lunch counter sit-ins, police brutality, Black Panther militancy, urban riots, forced busing, and brave marches in the streets of Selma and Washington, D.C. This ABC News program anchored by Peter Jennings traces the rise of the Civil Rights movement B and of a black political consciousness, born on the tenant farms of the old South, that resulted in 1995's Million-Man March.

After the Montreal Massacre (1990, 27:14 min)
December 6, 1989. Sylvie Gagnon was attending her last day of classes at École Polytechnique, an engineering school in Montreal, when Marc Lepine entered the building. Systematically separating the women from the men, he opened fire on women students, yelling "you're all a bunch of feminists." Sylvie survived a bullet wound to the head while fourteen other women were murdered. This video makes the connection between the massacre and male violence against women, setting the stage for an exploration of misogyny and sexism.  

All We Worked For (16:05 min)   

Asylum (1998, 78:12 min)
The first feature documentary to take us inside the Canadian refugee process. It follows three people from their arrival in Canada to the final decision of the Refugee Board, and beyond. Tatiana Linco claims to have been persecuted in Kazakhstan because she is Russian. Marnush Chowdhury is a Bangladeshi human rights activist who fled when his life was threatened by the police. Cristian Ghitescu came to Canada as a stowaway; he says he faces imprisonment for speaking out against the Romanian government. Film maker Garry Beitel accompanies all three as they adapt to a new country, find a place within their respective communities, and deal with lawyers and officials. In an unprecedented move, the Refugee Board allows cameras into the all-important hearings which determine the status of claimants. As we follow Tatiana, Marnush and Cristian, we become increasingly sympathetic, but we also begin to question the certainty of their claims. Who is telling the truth? Who is really a refugee? And how do we decide. 

The Autumn Rain: Crime in Japan (1991, 29:40 min)
Although about Japan, the concerns expressed in this film are universal: the rising incidence of crimes perpetrated by and on ordinary citizens, the role of the police in society, the growth of organized crime. "Our traditional values are fading. Our code of honor is breaking down," laments one Japanese man, himself a member of one of Japan's organized crime "families". Japanese police, who carry no weapons, are seen as they patrol on bicycles and work out of street-level storefront offices. Access and integration into the local neighborhood seems to be their strategy. Still, crime in Japan in on the rise.  

Behind the Veil: Nuns (1984, 130:4 min)
This film records from a global perspective the turbulent history and remarkable achievements of women in religion, from the pre-Christian Celtic communities to the radical sisters of the 1980s. Filmed in Ireland, Canada, the U.S. and Italy, the film contrast the experiences of contemporary active nuns, living and working amidst poverty and crime, with the story of a young woman whose search for spirituality led her to a monastery near Rome. The film also explores some of the roots of the paternalistic attitudes that have dominated the Catholic Church almost since its inception, and the resultant denigration and sometimes persecution of religious women. Today, women are openly questioning the Church's male hierarchy and seeking some measure of influence in Church decisions. Active nuns speak about their convictions and the need to redefine the Church to combine spirituality with global politics.

 

bell hooks: Cultural Criticism and Transformation (1997, Part One 26 min; Part Two 40 min)

In this, her first feature video presentation, extensively illustrated with many of the images she critiques, bell hooks makes a compelling argument for the transformative power of cultural criticism.  She demonstrates how learning to think critically was central to her own self-transformation and how it can play a role in students' quest for a sense of agency and identity.  In Part One, On Cultural Criticism, hooks talks about the theoretical foundations that inform her work.  In Part Two, Doing Cultural Criticism, hooks demonstrates the value of culture studies in concrete analysis.

Best Boy by Ira Wohl
Filmmaker and psychotherapist Ira Wohl visits his developmentally disabled cousin, Philly. The two collaborated on this Oscar-winning film, Best Boy. Best Boy charted Philly's move out of his parent's home into a group residence and followed him as he achieved greater independence. This film did not simply record Philly's story, but actually contributed to his development.  

Bill Cosby on Prejudice (24 min)

In one long, jolting monologue, Bill Cosby, portraying America's composite bigot, tells us there's nothing funny about prejudice.  Produced early in his career, this best-selling film continues to drive home the absurdity of racial and ethnic hatred.  

 

Black Is...Black Ain't (1995, 86 min -- comes with facilitator's guide)
When Marlon Riggs died of AIDS at the age of 37, he was completing a film which summed up a lifetime's work exploring African American identity. This video weaves together the testimony of those whose complexion, class, gender, speech or sexuality has made them feel "'too black" or "'not black enough". Scholars and artists, including Bill T. Jones, Essex Hemphill, Angela Davis and bell hooks, as well as ordinary African Americans, movingly recall their own struggles to discover a more inclusive definition of "blackness". Threading the film together is Riggs' own deeply personal quest for meaning and self-affirmation as his health deteriorates. In the end Riggs locates the essence of "blackness" in African Americans' courage from slavery down to the present to improvise a positive meaning for their lives in the face of overwhelming discrimination and suffering. The video is an important contribution towards building a black community based on profound empathy for the struggle for self-affirmation fought by each African American.

 

Black Mother Black Daughter (1989, 28:59 min)
Explores the lives and experiences of black women in N.S., their contributions to the home, the church and the community and the strengths they passed on to their daughters. Building upon a tradition of oral history which has always been fundamental to the survival of black culture throughout the world, this film is the first formal record of the history and life experiences of black women in N.S.

 

Bowling for Columbine (2002, 120 min)

Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore (Roger & Me) takes aim at America's love affair with guns and violence, mixing riveting footage, hilarious animation and candid interviews with everyone from the NRA's Charlton Heston to shock-rocker Marilyn Manson.

A Brief History of Time (1993, 84 min)
This film explores the exciting mysteries we've all wondered about in a remarkable feature film set against the backdrop of Stephen Hawking's life story. Paralyzed and confined to the narrowest of worlds by ALS (frequently called "Lou Gehrig's disease"), Hawking has nevertheless conducted research into the farthest reaches of time and the universe.

 

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (2002, 83 min) DVD

One of the most controversial figures of the Civil Rights Movement, Bayard Rustin was one of the first "freedom riders", an advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King and A. Philip Randolph, and organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Intelligent, gregarious and charismatic, Rustin was denied his placed in the limelight for one reason - he was gay.  His homosexuality forced him to play a background role in landmark events in the Black struggle.  This is a fascinating biography dealing with the interplay of personal and political in the life of a complex, multi-talented essential figure in the history of American radicalism.  It contributes a riveting new chapter to our understanding of both progressive movements and gay life in 20th century America.

Bruised and Afraid: The Battered Wife

The Burning Times (1990, 56:13 min)
This film takes an in-depth look at the witch persecutions that swept through Europe just a few hundred years ago. False accusations and trials led to extensive torture and burnings at the stake, and ultimately, to the destruction of a way of life that had endured for thousands of years. Of those killed, 85 percent were women. Widespread violence against women, still prevalent today, can be traced back to those times. The film explores the process whereby the old pagan communities, founded on spirituality and co-operation, were transformed into the misogynist capitalist societies of our own century.  

 

Caught in the Net (1997, 13:37 min)
This film provokes people to explore the risks of getting too personal on the Internet.

The Champagne Safari (1995, 94 min)
A biography of Charles E. Bedaux, millionaire, inventor, explorer. A world powerbroker until the charge of treason. The culmination of a 16-year quest for the truth by filmmaker George Ungar, the film recounts the previously untold story of this mysterious millionaire's expedition through the Canadian Rocky Mountain wilderness. Using archival footage and eyewitness testimony, it is a fascinating journey into the backrooms of power and secret service files.

Charting A New Course (1990, 21 min)
An introduction to community economic development on the island of Cape Breton, N.S. The activities of four community organizations on Cape Breton illustrate the main elements of the community-based economic development strategy. This innovative strategy is presented as an alternative to reliance upon government or upon conventional market forces to revitalize a depressed local economy. The successes of each of the organizations are seen but so too are their struggles.

Children are not the Problem (29:40 min)  

A Class Divided (1985, 58 min) DVD
Produced by Yale University Films. In 1970, to evaluate how racial stereotypes affect children, Jane Elliott divided her elementary school class between blue eyes and brown and gave blue-eyed children preferential treatment. This classic program presents the long-term effects of racial stereotyping in schools and suggests new approaches to make positive differences with students and teachers. Includes the companion book A Class Divided: Then and Now by William Peters and a discussion guide prepared by Jane Elliott.

Creating Alternative Futures:
East Meets West/Two Views of the Future (28:50 min)
Post Industrial Futures (28:50 min)
Restructuring the Global Economy (28:50 min)
Science and Society (28:50 min)

Crimes and Punishments: A History (1999, 30 min)
This controversial documentary traces the often brutal history of criminal punishment from the medieval era through today. Early lithographs show in shocking detail the excessive punishments applied in pre-modern times for minor crimes. We see how more humane attitudes toward punishment led to the construction of prisons, such as the South Carolina penitentiary presented in the program. There, prison officials discuss the difficulties involved in running a large penal institution. Prisoners and correction officers provide insights into daily life at the prison and talk about the over-all failure of current rehabilitation efforts. This is an excellent portrait of criminal punishment as it was, and where it stands today.

Criminal Justice in Canada, 2nd edition
Chapters 1-7
Chapters 8-14
A compilation of CTV videos.

Current Issues: Views of American Futurists (120 min)  

Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk (2005, 120 min) DVD

American higher education is, in many ways, "declining by degrees."  The national commitment to provide every qualified student, regardless of economic status, an opportunity to go to college has weakened.  In many college classrooms, an unspoken "understanding" allows as many as 20% of students to coast their way to a diploma without really learning much at all.  This decline is occurring at the same time other countries are investing heavily in higher education, recognizing its critical role in the future. Veteran correspondent John Merrow takes viewers behind the scenes of American higher education to experience college through the eyes of students, professors, and college administrators.  Set on four different college campuses across the country, Declining by Degrees examines both the promise and the peril in higher education today.

 

D.E.S.: An Uncertain Legacy (1985, 54:47 min)
Focusing on Harriet Simand, a young outspoken Montreal woman and D.E.S. victim, who together with her mother began the first D.E.S. Action Group in Canada, the film warns of the tragic legacy of D.E.S. -- a legacy of reproductive and genital abnormalities, possible sterility, and cancer among the daughters and sons of women who took the drug. The film encourages possible D.E.S. mothers and children to verify the use of the drug, and to seek early treatment if it is necessary. It also offers a challenging template for discussion on many important issues relating to health care: women in the health care sector; the responsibilities of drug companies, the medical profession and governments regarding consumer protection; patient's rights, etc.

 

Desperately Seeking Baby 

Distress Signals (1991, 54:33 min)
The film probes the frontiers of television's brave new globalized world. From the world's largest television show marketplace on the French Riviera to a penetrating behind-the-scenes look at CNN, the film explores the forces at work shaping what audiences around the world see on their television sets.

Domino (1998, 44:34 min.)
Portrays the poignant stories of six interracial people's quest to forge their own identity. Although there is only one human "race", interracial people's experience underlines society's practice of categorizing its members by 'race" - which inherently challenges the embracing of both parents, both cultures. Interracial people are often asked, "What do you consider yourself?" - which knocks over the first of many dominoes. Domino explores the kinds of issues which are triggered by this question - issues of identity, cultural isolation and the search for community. Film maker Shanti Thakur explores her own interracial identity by listening to the similarities and differences of interracial people. Some identify as one culture; others as both or neither. Through intensely personal stories, each person recounts how their identity was affected by the experience of their parents history, family politics, the hierarchies of race, gender roles and class. Their outspoken views demonstrate how living intimately with two cultures can be a source of strength and enrichment.

Dream Worlds II: Desire, Sex, and Power in Music Video (1997, 55:00 min.)
How do the images of popular culture influence how young women and men understand themselves and each other? By focusing on one of the most important aspects of popular culture - music video - Dream Worlds II raises critical questions, and suggests new answers about the effect of music video. Dream Worlds II powerfully illustrates the systematic representations of women in music video, and how these representations tell a dangerous and narrow set of stories about what it means to be female or male; stories which impact how women think about themselves sexually, and how men think sexually about women. Shocking and often disturbing, Dream Worlds II gives us a critical distance from images which have become so ubiquitous, and normal, they are almost invisible. So powerful, MTV attempted to halt its distribution with the threat of legal action.

W.E.B. Du Bois (1995, 116 min)
1996 MacArthur "Genius" Award winner Louis Massiah enlisted four leading African American writers (Wesley Brown, Thulani Davis, Toni Cade Bambara and Amiri Baraka) to guide us through W.E.B. Du Bois' (1868-1963) long and multi-faceted life and to discuss its impact on their own work. In the process, this ambitious documentary offers an overview of nearly one hundred yeas of Black history: Du Bois' debates with Booker T. Washington over accommodation to segregation; his role in founding the Niagara movement, the NAACP and the first Pan-Africans Congress; and his championing of African anti-colonial movements and radical movements at home, which resulted in his eventual exile in Ghana where he died in 1963. Du Bois' life, liking scholarship with activism, makes him an inspiring figure for today's students as they enter academic life.  

The Emperor's New Clothes (1995, 53:05)
Filmed in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico over a three-year period, this film immerses itself in the stark reality of life before, during and after the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It takes an incisive look at the profound effects that economic agreements between big business and government can have on human lives, including increased cuts to social programs, massive unemployment, environmental damage, and demoralisation.

Empty Harbours, Empty Dreams (1979, 58:03 min)
The film explores how the three British colonies of N.B., N.S. and P.E.I., became provinces of Canada, and it charts the subsequent decline of their economies after Confederation. Photographs, archival drawings, cartoons, and interviews with Maritime historians are used to document the case.

Escape to Nova Scotia (58:00 min)  

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement (7 DVDs, 1986, approx 120 min each)

Vol 1. Awakenings (1954-1956); Fighting Back (1957-1962)

Vol 2. Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961); No Easy Walk (1961-1963)

Vol 3. Mississippi: Is this America? (1962-1964); Bridge to Freedom (1965)

Vol 4. The Time Has Come (1964-1966); Two Societies (1965-1968)

Vol 5. Power! (1966-1968); The Promised Land (1967-1968)

Vol 6. Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More (1964-1972); A Nation of Law? (1968-1971)

Vol 7. The Keys to the Kingdom (1974-1980); Back to the Movement (1979-1985)

Fidel: The Untold Story (2001, 91 min)
This film offers a unique opportunity to view one of the most influential and controversial figures of our time, Fidel Castro, through exclusive interviews with Castro himself, historians, public figures and close friends.  Juxtaposing the personal anecdotal with the history of the Cuban revolution and the fight to survive the post-Soviet period, this film tells a previously untold story and presents a new view of this powerful and compelling figure.

Field of Endless Day (1993, 58:14 min)
This film outlines the presence of black people in Canada, from the 17th century to the wartime participation and activist groups of the first half of the 20th century. The film seeks to uncover the "roots" of Canada's black population, tracing the history of their struggles and triumphs over a period of almost three hundred and seventy-five years.

Fish or Cut Bait (45 min)

Folk Devils and Moral Panics: Deviance, the Media and Popular Culture (1999, 25 min) DVD
This program presents Stanley Cohen's analysis of the media response to an incident in which groups of young people grew bored and rowdy after being refused service in the cafés of a seaside resort.  Cohen explains how a few fights and the crack of a starting pistol were deemed a dangerous riot.

 

For Generations to Come (1994, 82:11 min)
This film shows us the social, cultural and economic pressures on the modern family. It challenges our views about what a family is and what it will be in generations to come. Beyond the issues and the debates, the people who make up the seven families share their warmth, their humour, their honest, their strength and their love, revealing a compelling picture of the Canadian family persevering amidst the changing times of the late 20th century. (Dept. also has accompanying Canadian Families booklet.)

 

For Jackson: A Time Capsule from His Two Grandmothers (2003, 49 min) DVD

Documents the journeys of two women moving through ordinary and extraordinary moments. They share the stories of their remarkable lives as a record for their grandson, Jackson. As a young woman, Rosemary Brown left Jamaica for Canada, where she would develop a notable record of public service and political engagement.  Among other accomplishments, in 1972, she became the first Black woman elected to public office in Canada. Ruth Horricks-Sujir traveled to India in the 1950s, where she married Raghu Sujir and started a family.  Back in Canada, she faced conservative attitudes toward her mixed marriage, widowhood and life as a single working mother.

Frantz Franon: Black Skin, White Mask (1995, 50 min)
Explores for the first time on film one of the most influential theorists of the anti-colonial movements of our century. The film follows Fanon from his birth in 1925 on the French island of Martinique, through his medical training in France and subsequent disillusionment which resulted in Black Sin, White Mask. Leaving France, Fanon worked at a psychiatric hospital in Algeria where he joined the turbulent liberation struggle then underway and wrote The Wretched of the Earth, recognized as "the bible of the decolonization movement". Fanon died of leukemia in 1961 as nations across Africa were winning the independence for which he fought. 

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Guysborough County (60 min) -- dubbed
How successful are development strategies? What causes unemployment in Nova Scotia industries?

Half the Kingdom (1989, 58:45 min) DVD
Seven noted women engage in a struggle to encompass their Jewish heritage with a feminist perspective. Bringing radically different approaches to this process, the women share a profound respect for each others' endeavors. The film shows women re-claiming a role for themselves in Jewish life, rediscovering rituals and stories that have been forgotten through the centuries, and creating new ones.

Hear What We Are Saying (53 min)
A documentary about systemic racism in mental health. It exposes the shortcomings of Western psychiatric practices which neglect to integrate the many layers of racism and sexism that women of colour encounter as well as the sexual harassment they experience. Through interviews and case studies, this documentary analyses the current situation and proposes some solutions. (Dept. also has accompanying question/answer booklet).

Herbicide Trials (1984, 48:16 min)
In 1982, 15 Cape Breton landowners went to court to stop spraying of herbicides by the local subsidiary of a Swedish multinational on forests adjacent to their properties. Testimony of scientists and support of public opinion, both here and abroad, were not enough to win their case. The film shows their ordeal and the landmark Sydney trial. Concerns raised included potential conflict-of-interest situations where a govt. must protect citizens' health while supporting certain kinds of industry; the relative value of the political and judicial processes in mediating social problems; and the need for a public forum for debating environmental issues. The film contains outstanding footage from chemical-industry films of the 1950s and recent material about Vietnam veterans affected by Agent Orange.

History Book -- Parts 1-6 (90 min)
Part 1: A Flickering Light in the Darkness (15 min)
Describes the life of the people under feudalism. The merchant, a new force in European history, appears. He accumulates money and power by "buying cheap and selling dear".
Part 2: At Dawn, Overcoming All Difficulties (15 min)
Describes Vasco da Gama voyage around the Cape of Good Hope to the rich trading centres of the East. On his return to Portugal, militarily fleets are sent to conquer the rich nations he discovered on his first voyage.
Part 3: A Bright Future...For Some (15 min)
The return of the merchant who is finding the old system of feudalism a great handicap in his pursuit of wealth. An ally is found in the King of England, and the breakdown of the feudal system occurs through war. The rise of the nation state follows.
Part 4-6: No write-up.

History of the 20th Century: Business and Commerce (1996, 48:00 min)
Examines the huge changes and upheavals that have occurred in the way trade is conducted and money made in the 20th century. At the end of the 19th century, a global free trade market existed between the countries with overseas empires. The program explores how the Great Depression and World War II destroyed this structure, and how a newer and bigger global market has since emerged. The current global market is significantly different from its predecessor due to the role of multinational corporations and modern communications and transportation systems. The program examines the effect that a global market has on issues such as employment, and how politicians can no longer control local economies due to the effects in the international market. 

 

Home Feeling: Struggle for a Community (1983, 57:35 min)
The Jane-Finch "Corridor" is an area of six square blocks in Toronto's North York. The residents of Metro Toronto, the Corridor evokes images of vandalism, high-density subsidized housing, racial tension, despair and crime. By focusing intimately on the lives of several of the residents, many of them blacks or members of other visible minorities, and their relationship with police, social service agencies, and other major institutions that affect their lives, the film provides a powerful view of a community that, contrary to its popular image, is working toward a more positive future.

 

Hughes' Dream Harlem (2002, 61 min) DVD

Langston Hughes was one of the most prominent figures of the Harlem Renaissance and is often referred to as Harlem's poet laureate.  This film shows how Hughes successfully fused jazz, blues and common speech to celebrate the beauty of Black life.  Hughes' Dream Harlem presents a vision of the esteemed poet in present-day Harlem among the hip-hop and spoken-word scenes, and makes an important case for Hughes' impact on the spoken-word community.

Hungry for Profit  

The Hutterites (1991, 27:56 min)
The followers of Jacob Hutter live in farm communities, devoutly holding to the rules their founder laid down. Through the kindness of a Hutterite colony in Alberta, this film, in black and white, was made inside the community and shows all aspects of the Hutterites' daily life. 

 

In the Shadow of Gold Mountain (2004, 43:04 min, DVD format) DVD

Karen Cho, a fifth-generation Canadian of mixed heritage, discovered that half her family wasn't welcome in the country they called home.  While Canada encouraged and rewarded immigration from Europe, it imposed laws that singled out the Chinese as unwanted and unwelcome.  Cho's film, In the Shadow of Gold Mountain, takes her from Montreal to Vancouver to uncover stories from the last living survivors of the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act.  From 1885 until 1947 the Chinese community in Canada was plunged into decades of debt and family separation.  At the centre of the film are personal accounts of extraordinary Chinese Canadians who survived an era that threatened to eradicate their entire community.  

 

An Inconvenient Truth: A Global Warning (2006, 96 min) DVD

Former Vice President Al Gore presents a compelling view of the future of our planet - and our civilization.  This is a wake-up call that cuts through myths and misconceptions to deliver a message that global warming is a real and present danger.  An Inconvenient Truth brings home Gore's persuasive argument that we must act now to save the earth.  Each and every one of us can make changes in the way in which we live our lives and become part of the solution.

 

Inequity in the Classroom (1991, 26:41 min)
Examines the often subtle and inadvertent sexual and racial biases that women students frequently encounter in colleges, universities and adult education settings. (Comes with training & reference manual.)

Intersection of Civil Rights and Social Movements: Putting Disability in its Place
Tape 1    (118 min)
    Part 1 - The Geneology of a Movement
    Part 2 - Civil Rights Historians
Tape 2    (90 min)
    Part 1 - The Curator Looks at Icons of History
    Part 2 - A Presentation on Jacobus tenBroek
Tape 3    (110 min)
    Part 1 - Movement Organizers Look Back
    Part 2 - The Academic Field of Disability Studies in 2000
Tape 4    (71 min)  Inauguration of the Bancroft Library's New Collection Documenting the Disability Rights...

Liebe Perla (2000, 53 min)
The fascinating story of a special friendship forged between two very short women: Perla, the last remnant of a family of dwarfs that survived Dr. Mengele's cruel experiments in Auschwitz and Hannelore, a German Christian, born after the war.  In this film Hannelore attempts to fulfill Perla's dream by obtaining a lost Nazi film in which Perla's entire family is displayed naked by Dr. Mengele at a gathering of the SS hierarchy. 

Life + Debt (2001, 86 min) DVD

With twenty-five years of "help" from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank intended to bring Third World nations such as Jamaica into the fold of free market economies, these "restructuring" policies have crippled Jamaica's efforts toward self-reliant development while enriching the lenders.  This scathing film is an unapologetic look at the "new world order" from the point of view of Jamaican workers and farmers, as well as government and policy officials.  It portrays the relationship between Jamaican poverty and the practices of international lending agencies while driving home the devastating consequences of globalization.

 

The Made-for-TV Election (1988, 90 min)
Shows how the media manipulated stories etc. during the 1988 U.S. election.

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Making Babies: Part One (1992, 50:45 min)
This movie takes a critical look at reproductive technology and provides a chilling account of its development and use. Through interviews with doctors, drug salesmen, infertile women, surrogates, and feminist critics like Gena Corea, the film explores the origins & application of the technology & the dangers it may pose to women and to society as a whole.

Making Perfect Babies: Part Two (1992, 50:49 min)
Filmed in clinics and research centres where genetic manipulation of human embryos has already begun, the film offers a critical examination of the new genetic technology and its potential applications. Through interviews with people like scientist and feminist, Ruth Hubbard, and disability activist, Marsha Saxton, the film raises important questions about why the technology is being developed and how it may affect the lives of women and society as a whole. It warns that we may be heading toward a future in which "quality control" is an acceptable part of human procreation.

Managing A Diverse Workplace: Understanding Different Cultural Values and Styles (1990, 56 min)
This program refutes the melting pot theory, explaining that employees do not, and should not be expected to, set aside their particular cultural values when they come to work. The most successful organizations and managers are those who understand diversity and seek to profit from it; this program presents the views of African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans who share their work experiences and demonstrate that what minorities want from coworkers and management is no more than an open mind and chance to make good.

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky (1992, Parts I and II) (165 min) DVD
Highlighting Chomsky's analysis of the media, these films focus on democratic societies where populations not disciplined by force are subjected to more subtle forms of ideological control. Shocking examples of media deception permeate Chomsky's critique of the forces at work behind the daily news. Chomsky encourages his listeners to extricate themselves from this "web of deceit" by undertaking a course of "intellectual self-defense".

Maude Barlow: StFX Talk (120 min)

McLibel: Two Worlds Collide (1997, 53 min)
The inside story of the single father and the part-time bar worker who took on the McDonald's Corporation.  The film follows Helen Steel and Dave Morris as the anonymous campaigners turn into unlikely global heroes. Struggling to defend themselves in the longest trial in English history, they face infiltration by spies, secret meetings with corporate executives, 40,000 pages of background reading and a visit from Ronald McDonald. Using interviews with witnesses and reconstruction of key moments in court, the film examines the main issues in the trial B nutrition, animals, advertising, employment, the environment B and the implications for freedom of speech. McLibel is not about hamburgers. It's about the remorseless power of multinational corporations.

Meeting Place (1990, 52:07 min)
Insightful, human look at Toronto's experiment in multiculturalism, a bold social idea that so far appears to be working. The film examines the virtues and risks of the program, taking the viewer to an airport immigration desk where a Tamil woman throws herself at an officer's mercy, and to the class-rooms of Westview Centennial High, whose student body originates from fifty different countries. 

The Michelin Bill (28 min)

Moses Coady (1991, 57:30 min) DVD
Moses Coady is a largely unsung Canadian hero, a priest from the Maritimes who was both a progressive social thinker and social activist. Through his involvement in adult education and the cooperative movement, he helped free many maritimers from the semi-feudal conditions in which they lived. Coady's work poses alternatives to traditional ideas about forms of economic organization as well as suggesting the potential power of adult education to influence the political process.

Mother Earth (1992, 10:34 min)
A short evocative, poetic firm that celebrates life on our planet. This documentary film looks at the reality of human beings; the earth is our home and we are profoundly connected to all other beings. Powerful reference to the forces that threaten the earth and all its in habitants offer us points for reflection. Haunting visual images selected from 50 years of NFB productions, accompanied by stirring music composed by Loreena McKennitt, speak without words to all people.

Motherland: Tales of Wonder (1991, 89:50 min)
Director Klodawsky embarks on a journey beyond our society's myths and misconceptions of mother-hood; beyond the gleaming images of mothering & homemaking depicted in North American media. Wry, humorous, provocative, this feature-length documentary spans two generations of women of different backgrounds and cultures: those who raised children in the 50s and 60s, and those who are just beginning; each trying to find a place for herself amid a barrage of mixed messages and unforgiving expectations.  

Mothers of Courage (2003, 48 min) DVD

It's ten-year-old Bethany's school concert, and her parents are watching anxiously. Bethany may live with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, hydrocephalus and visual impairment, but as she takes to the stage with her peers, she shines. An intimate glimpse into the struggles and joys of a family with a special-needs child, "Mothers of Courage" explores how a person with disabilities can thrive if given adequate support. Unfolding from the perspective of Bethany's mother, Marlene, who fights to secure her daughter's future. Marlene must navigate complex layers of health care, education and government bureaucracies that often prove frustrating and unyielding. Footage of the family's daily life is interwoven with candid commentary from health professionals, teachers and the other mothers of disabled children whom Marlene encourages through her advocacy.

The Myths of Mental Illness (1993, 56:15 min)
The film tells the story of one man's breakdown -- more and more drinking, increasingly bizarre behavior, and finally, social and professional suicide. The film also traces his courageous battle to regain meaning in his life. Real-life interviews with psychiatrists who hold opposing views of mental illness are intercut with the powerful drama. The film raises questions about coping with stressful life and work situations; mental health and illness; psychiatry, drug therapy, and psychotherapy; the healing potential in human relationships; human freedom and dignity; technology and the invasion of privacy; and media integrity. The film raises key questions about humanity and out times.  

No More Secrets (1999,  Videos 1 & 2)
"No More Secrets: The Talking Circle and Understanding Violence Against Women" is a two part video examining violence against women within the Black community.
Part 1:  The Talking Circle (37:38 min)
Part one, The Talking Circle, breaks this silence.  It profiles an intimate gathering of a multi-generational group of     African Nova Scotian women who, for the first time, speak publicly about the issue of violence against women in the Black community.  Sharing personal stories and  experiences, these brave women uncover the complexity of this profound problem with honesty and care.  They offer ever hopeful perspectives on the possibility that through cooperative work among women and men, changes will come.
Part 2: Understanding Violence Against Women (28:27 min)
Part two, Understanding Violence Against Women, presents a framework for understanding this problem.  It establishes the role the African United Baptist Women's Institute has played in launching a public discussion on violence against women and profiles the very personal stories of women who have suffered violence and who have begun to heal.  They hope to help others by sharing their experiences.   Black professionals who work in the field and African Baptist leaders who are raising this issue within the church community, issue a call for common action and transformation.

Norway's Lofoten Cod Fishery (1996, 21:15 min)
Around the world, the fisheries are in trouble. Among the new, suggested solutions is co-management: a system in which governments devolve some of the authority for managing fish stocks to local communities. One of the best-known and most successful examples of co-management is found in Norway's Lofoten Islands, where a tradition of self-regulation is backed up by a national commitment to supporting scientific fisheries research. What lessons can be drawn from the Lofoten experience? This film will encourage fishing communities to see that there are alternatives, however imperfect, to the current global fisheries crisis. 

One Drop Rule (2001, 45 min) DVD

One Drop Rule asks what makes someone Black?  Is it "one drop of blood"?  A way of dressing?  Is being Black really a matter of attitude and worldview?  The film tactfully explores skin color consciousness with Africa Americans and interracial adults of Black and white parents.  Participants discuss the stresses of interracial dating.  The children of interracial marriages explore feelings of being pressured by others to choose between two cultural identities.  They explain the added burden of not being readily accepted by either racial group.

 

Our Brand is Crisis (2005, 87 min) DVD

For decades, U.S. strategists-for-hire have been quietly molding the opinions of voters and the messages of candidates in elections from the Middle East to the South American jungle.  Our Brand is Crisis follows James Carville, Jeremy Rosner and a team of political consultants as they launch a media-savvy campaign for Bolivian presidential candidate Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada.  With unprecedented access to think sessions, media training and the making of smear campaigns, witness a shocking example of America "spreading democracy" overseas and its earth-shattering aftermath. 

 

Pelts: Politics of the Fur Trade (1989, 56:20 min)
The fur trade is Canada's oldest industry but, in recent years, some people have been questioning the morality of killing animals for fur. Pelts examines the emotional public relations war that has been raging between the fur industry and its opponents, and takes a look at some of the ethical, environmental, and economic issues raised by the debate. The film presents the arguments of the opposing sides, as well as the methods they use to win public support, providing the viewer with a unique opportunity to consider all aspects of a very complex and highly charged issue.

Playing for Keeps (1990, 44:11 min)
What's it like being a teenage single mother? Three young women -- Karen, Debbie, Tracy -- describe in their own words what having a baby means. The picture they paint in this powerful, gritty documentary is far from the rosy vision they might have dreamed of, when they first found out about their pregnancies.

Pornography and Censorship, Parts 1 & 2

A Proud Past -- A Promising Future
History of Blacks in Ontario

Race Is a Four-Letter Word (2006, 55:19 min) DVD

Biologically speaking, "race" is a spectral concept: black, brown, red, white and yellow, considered purely as skin colours, merit no more significance than a tattoo.  Scientists remind us that we all have the same genetic ancestor.  Nevertheless, history, politics, sociology and economics transform skin colour - "race"- into either a golden sheath or a leaden prison of shame.  In Race Is a Four-Letter Word, director Sobaz Benjamin highlights Canadian conflicts around race.  Heroically, he exposes himself, too: a black man who grew up trying to bleach his skin with chemicals, and then struggled to appreciate the meaning of his heritage as an "Afro-Saxon" Briton, then Grenadian and now Haligonian-Nova Scotian-Canadian.  We also meet a white man who is culturally and psychologically black, a black woman who wants to be considered iconically Canadian, another black woman who retreats to England rather than continue to face Canada's racial cold war.  In the the end, Race Is a Four-Letter Word teaches us that the soul has no colour.  Yet we also learn that race is a marathon we are all forced to run.

 

A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom (1996, 86 min)
Today most Americans don't realize that the man who led the 1963 March on Washington wasn't Martin Luther King, Jr. but a 74 year old African American labour leader. This video begins to restore a brilliant civil rights activist to his place as a key figure in 20th century American history. Born in 1889 in the Jim Crow South, Randolph moved North and became a prominent radical journalist. He was approached by the Pullman porters and helped them organize the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. After a bitter 12 year battle, Randolph won the first national labour agreement for a black union. Randolph always stressed that civil rights need to be backed up by economic rights. As the nation mobilized for WWII, Randolph's threat of an embarrassing protest march on Washington forced President Roosevelt to ban segregation in the federal government and defense industries. After the war, Randolph again called for resistance to the first peace-time draft unless the military were desegregated. President Truman was outraged but in 1948 singed the pathbreaking executive order integrating the military. Finally, with the 1963 March on Washington, Randolph succeeded in placing civil rights at the forefront of the nation's moral and legislative agenda.

Remember Africville (1991, 34:30 min)
Africville, a small black settlement, lay within the city limits of Halifax, N.S. 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.

The Road Taken (1996, 48:00 min)
Documents the experiences of Blacks who worked as sleeping-car porters on Canada's major railways from the early 1900s through the 1960s. The tradition of Blacks working exclusively as porters was established by the Pullman Palace Car Company in the US in 1867. Later, when sleeping cars were introduced in Canada, the railway companies continued hiring Black porters.

Roger & Me (1989, 91:00 min)
What would you do if hard times came to your hometown and made you mad as hell?  If you're Michael Moore, you'd hold bingo-game find -raisers every Tuesday night for three years.  Sell your  home and virtually everything in it.  And sink nearly every penny into making Roger & Me, the uproariously funny movie named to more than 80 film critics' 1989 10-Best lists.  It also won year's best awards from the New York, Los Angeles and National Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review.  Word of mouth about Roger & Me spread like wildfire.  Moore himself emerges a  modern folk hero.  All because he doggedly and hilariously tried to do what every working stiff dreams of: talk to the man at the top.  Moore's efforts to meet General Motors Chairman Roger Smith and persuade him to visit Moore's hometown of Flint, Michigan, provides the framework of a film that uses humor to devastating effect.  Roger & Me champions people over profits.  And it howlingly lampoons corporate America as it shows how the working men and women of Flint cope with economic setbacks.   

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Seven Shades of Pale (1994, 28:37)
From a quiet, neglected corner of N.S., a meeting with the Black community that shows both the traditional attitudes of the older generation and the more alert, resolved stance of the young. The old still pin their hopes on the church and the preacher, while the young look more towards the Black United Front and its roving director. For both generations change is a challenge. The common hope is for a fuller life.  

Sisters in Law (2005, 104 min) DVD

The only documentary selected for the 2005 Directors' Fortnight at Cannes, co-directed by Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi, Sisters in Law is a fascinating, often hilarious, look at the work of one small courthouse in Cameroon.  With fierce compassion, the tough-minded state prosecutor, Vera Ngassa, and court president, Beatrice Ntuba, dispense wisdom, wisecracks and justice in fair measure.

 

Sisters in the Struggle (1991, 49:23 min)
Features Black women who are active in community organizing, electoral politics, and labour and feminist organizing. They share their insights and personal testimonies on Canada's legacy of racism and sexism. The analyses they present link their struggles with the ongoing battle against pervasive racism and systemic violence against women of colour.

 

Slavery and the Making of America (2004, 4 part DVD series)

Vol. 1: The Downward Spiral (60 min)

Covering the period from 1619 through 1739, this first volume spotlights the origins of slavery in America. 

Vol. 2: Liberty in the Air (60 min)

Spanning from the 1740s through the 1830s, this second hour explores the continued expansion of slavery in the colonies.

Vol. 3: Seeds of Destruction (60 min)

The third hour looks at the period from 1800 through the start of the Civil War when slavery saw an enormous expansion and entered its final decades.

Vol. 4: The Challenge of Freedom (60 min)

The final volume of this series takes viewers through the Civil War, the Reconstruction and beyond as it follows the life of Robert Smalls.

The Smell of Burning Ants (21 min)
A haunting documentary on the pains of growing up male. It explores the inner and outer cruelties that boys perpetrate and endure. The film raises gender issues and provokes the viewer to reflect on how our society can deprive boys of wholeness.

So Who Lives Here Anyway

Social Science Video Library: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd.
Tape 1:
Bhanga Music (7:51); Medicine Man (8:16); Devon (9:39); Carolyn (10:25); Raves (7:10); Buxton Reunion (8:50)
Tape 2: Galloway (11:18); Stalking (6:41); Welfare Recycles (7:28); Earnfare 917:07); Muslim by Choice (12:17)
Tape 3: Rites of Passage (8:01); Girlie Show (5:42); Male Vanity (10:03); Alzheimers (12:33); Heart Disease & Women 96:39); Miracles (7:58)
Tape 4: Mining (21:07); Flu (12:56); Rural Doctors (13:12); Community Policing (10:48)

Sociology -- CBC/Prentice Hall Canada Video Library (1998, Videos 1-3: Marcionis/Clarke/Gerber)
Video 1 Hockey Deadlock (9:30); Teen Magazines (13:25); Cross Culture (5:55); The Come-Back Kids (13:00); 9 to 5 (12:52)
Video 2 Improv (7:38); School Violence (12:30); Ontario Turns Right (10:50); Portraits from a Project (4:30); Davis Inlet: Moving from Misery (10:30); Same Sex, Same Rights (5:25); Tonight's the Night (8:33); Bell Pak (9:43)
Video 3 What is Family, Anyway? (18:42); Toronto Blessing (13:07); Educating Girls (9:00); Techno Babies (25:05); Global Warming: A Progress Report (12:25)

Sociology -- Harcourt Brace Sociology Video Collection (1998, Videos 1-4)
Video 1 After the Montreal Massacre (17:26); Anybody's Son Will Do (20:30); Adbusters (5:40); Not a Love Story (22:30); Supermodel's Super Envy (7:36); Magic in the Sky (19:55)
Video 2 Watching TV (4:57); Searching (12:40); Precious Moments (5:10); Lessons (12:06); Voices from the Shadows (22:36); The Gods of Our Fathers (23:00); Service in the Sky (9:50); The Tribal Mind (18:07)
Video 3 Escaping from History (#1) (17:00); Before and NAFTA (4:45); Families (11:50); Community Alternatives Society (9:00); Clockwork (15:00); Education As We See It (20:06); The Air We Breathe (15:40); The Bomb Under the World (16:17)
Video 4 The Exxon Valdez and the GNP (7:24); Future in the Cradle (11:22); World Wide Web (6:25); Distress Signals (20:24); Street Kids (21:53); Gang Warfare (6:00); Escaping from History (#2) (17:27); E (6:32); The Quebec Referendum on CTV (15:00)

Sociology -- Harcourt Brace Sociology Video Collection (2001, Videos 5-6)
Video 5 Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky and the Media Case Study: Cambodia and East Timor (19:51); God's Dominion/Shephards to the Flock (17:25); The Evolution of Society/A History of Social Classes (27:02); A Place Called Chiapas (27:17)
Video 6 When Strangers Reunite (15:54); Ms. Conceptions (26:41); The Cola Conquest Part 3: The Cola-Colonization (24:05); Stopping Traffik: The War Against the War on Drugs (26:39)

Speak It: From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia (1993, 28:50 min.)
This film speaks to the essence of the experience of being young and Black today. Set in Halifax, the film follows students as they work to establish a Cultural Awareness Youth Group, a vehicle for building pride and self-esteem through educational and cultural programs. In the environment of their predominantly white high school the students face daily reminders of the presence of racism, ranging from abuse (crude racist graffiti on washroom walls), to exclusion (the seemingly more "innocent" omission of Black history from texts). Yet, they do not lose hope. With help from mentors, they discover the richness of their heritage and learn some of the ways they can begin to effect change.   

Street Kids  (1985, 22 min)
Graphic animation of black and white photographs provides a gritty, realistic look at juvenile prostitution and the young people, male and female, who are struggling to get off the streets. This documentary quickly dispels the images of glamour and big money usually associated with prostitution, and makes clear the continuum of being sexually abused as a child, loss of self-esteem, and turning to the streets. Street Kids shows the positive efforts of child-care workers to help juvenile prostitutes find a way out. A provocative discussion starter for teenage audiences, parents, social service agencies, and legal professionals.

Struggles in Steel: The Fight for Equal Opportunity (1996, 58 min + viewers guide)
This Peabody Award winner documents the shameful history of discrimination against Black workers and the heroic campaign which won them equality on the job. Black steelworker Ray Henderson and noted independent film maker Tony Buba collaborated in interviewing more than 70 Black steelworkers who narrate nearly a century of African American industrial history. They recount heart-rendering stories of how they had to fight their employers, their union and their fellow workers to gain access to better-paying, higher-skilled jobs, previously reserved for whites only.  In 1974 they finally won their struggle through a consent decree, a court order compelling both company and union to set hiring and promotion goals for women and minorities. But their success was short lived; with the "downsizing" of U.S. basic industry, African Americans again find themselves on the outside looking in at America's prosperity.

Stuart Hall: Representation and the Media (55:00 min.)
Unpacks one of the central ideas of cultural studies - that reality is not experienced directly, but always through the lens of culture, through the way that human beings represent and tell stories about the world in which they live. Using concrete examples, Hall shows how the media - and especially the visual media - have become key players in the process of modern story telling.

Taking Stock (1994, 47:13 min)
It was a way of life. It was the backbone of a society. And then the cod fishery off the east coast of Newfoundland collapsed. This film traces the history leading up to the crisis and the calling for a moratorium of the Northwest Atlantic Cod Fishery. It presents the key players in this complex and tragic story, focusing on those who are now trying to come to grips with an uncertain future.  

Teach-In on Afghanistan: War, Racism and Civil Liberties
Speakers: Dr. Shahnaz Khan, David Eby, Mohammed Loubani, Ahmad Ludin, Sr. Mary Eileen MacEachern, Ed Miller.  Moderated by Carolyn Doyle.  The teach-in took place on Monday, January 28, 2002.

This is What Democracy Looks Like (1999, 72:00 min)
A co-production of the Independent Media Center and Big Noise Films, This is What Democracy Looks Like is a 72-minute documentary capturing the events of the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle. Edited from the footage of over 100 video activists, the film marks a turning point in collaborative filmmaking and achieves a scope and vision possible only through the lenses of 100 cameras.

12,000 Men (1991, 34:27 min) DVD
This moving and informative documentary not only deals with the history of the Maritime coal and steel industries, but also emphasizes the attempt of the people of Cape Breton, N.S., to organize for better working conditions and salaries. Archival footage is intercut with oral testimony of the now-elderly participants in the strikes, lock-outs, picketing, and even pitched battles necessary to bring the union into being.  

Under Wraps (1996, 56 min)
Cats do it. Zebras do it. Women do it. Most female mammals menstruate, yet we're not supposed to talk about it. Under Wraps takes viewers to eight cities across North America to see how attitudes towards menstruation are manifested in popular culture today. Drawing from a wide range of sources, including writer Judy Blume, controversial artist Judy Chicago and Museum of Menstruation curator Harry Finley, this candid documentary brings a taboo subject out into the open in a way that proves fascinating and relevant to both women and men. Previewing recommended.  

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004, 3hrs 40min) DVD

Tells the story of the first African-American boxer to win the most coveted title in all of sports and his struggle, in and out of the ring, to live his life as a free man.

Uranium (1990, 48 min)
Tackles the uranium industry and the consequences of widespread contamination caused by uranium mining.

Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back  (48:20 min)
This edgy, raw video documentary explores the politics of disability through the performances, debates and late-night conversations of activists at a national conference on Disability and the Arts. Featuring interviews with well-known disability rights advocates and artists such  as Cheryl Marie Wade, Mary Duffy, Harlan Hahn and Anne Finger, along with professors, students and others with disabilities, Vital Signs conveys the intensity, variety and vitality of disability culture today.

The Vienna Tribunal (1994, 48:13 min)
Highlights the moving and gut-wrenching personal stories of women from around the world who testified before a panel of eminent judges at the Global Tribunal on Violations of Women's Human Rights. Modelled on past tribunals, the women challenged world leaders at the U.N. World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna to finally "address these violations for the gross human rights violations that they are".  

View from the Summit (2002, 75 min) DVD

It's April 20, 2001 - and Quebec City prepares to host the three-day Summit of the Americas.  A four-kilometre fence has been erected, cutting off the Upper Town from the rest of the city.  Thirty-four heads of state from the Americas will meet behind closed doors to discuss agreements for a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).  Those opposed to the FTAA are mobilizing and gathering in Quebec City too.  Several thousand delegates have come to participate in the People's Summit, and tens of thousands will march in protest.  Six thousand police officers fill the streets and it looks as if the historic Quebec capital is under siege.  The local population fears the worst.  Will the Quebec capital become a battleground?  Shot in cinéma vérité style by seven of Quebec's best documentary filmmakers, View from the Summit vividly portrays what happens when passionate and creative protesters clash with the ideologies of those in power. 

 

Waging Peace: A Year in the Life of Caledonia Junior High (2001, 70:24 min)

At Caledonia Junior High -- like at so many schools -- students and teachers live in an environment of disrespect and potential danger.  Waging Peace looks beyond the sensational headlines on school violence to offer real solutions.  The film shows the hard work that goes into turning a  troubled school around.  It lets us know how students really see school and demonstrates the positive effects of trusting teens and giving them some responsibility.

War: Anybody's Son Will Do (1983, 56:36 min) DVD
This film follows a group of young recruits through their gruelling ten-week "basic training". It provides insight into techniques that all armies use to indoctrinate recruits with a new set of morals -- techniques that transform ordinary citizens into soldiers ready to kill, even to die, for their country. Hosted by Gwynne Dyer.

We Don't Live Under Normal Conditions (2000, 59:03 min)
With hard-to-find facts disputing the alleged biological basis of depression, We Don't Live Under Normal Conditions raises complex issues about how our society is handling depression and other mental "disorders".

We're the Boss! (1989, 29:23 min)
A film about a community that made the connection between culture and economic development. It is a look at the Evangeline region, a predominantly Acadian area in western P.E.I. There, local initiative, several co-operatives and a credit union have transformed the economy, and thereby strengthened Acadian culture. Some of the community-based enterprises shown are a potato chip factory, a fish processing plant, a wood-chip operation, a funeral home and a cable TV station. Looking both to the past and to the future, the film interviews pioneers of the Acadian co-op movement and graduating high school students who express concerns about the role of co-ops in their community.  

What Does it Mean to be White? The Invisible Whiteness of Being (2004, 50 min) DVD

In this program, Derald Wing Sue asks whites and non-whites what it means to be white.  The reactions are provocative and reveal how unaware and uncomfortable many white people are with such a question.  Sue defines white privilege and explains how it keeps whites relatively oblivious to the intimidation and oppression felt by non-whites.

 

When Billy Broke His Head...and Other Tales of Wonder (56:32 min)
When Billy Golfus, an award-winning radio journalist, was brain damaged as a result of a motor scooter accident ten years ago, he became one of the 43 million Americans with disabilities -- this country's largest and most invisible minority.  In the irreverent, first-person road movie, Golfus, a sort of underground Charles Kuralt, goes on the road to meet people with disabilities around the country, and witness first hand the strength and anger that is forging a new civil rights movement. When Billy Broke His Head  blends humor with politics and individual experience with a chorus of voices, to explore what it is really like to live with a disability in America -- where pervasive discrimination and bureaucratic "helping" systems too often keep people with disabilities trapped in a labyrinth of government rules and legislated poverty.

 

Which ever way you look at it, it's still Autism: deconstructing the jigsaw (2006, 30 min) DVD

Larry Arnold is autistic.  He is also an artist, a film maker, a musician, a photographer and a poet.  All these talents are displayed in this DVD in which he invites us to revisit autism, not in terms of diagnostic categories, but as a mix of perspectives that may sometimes clash.

 

Who Gets In?: Canada's Immigration Policies (52 min)

 

Who's the Man?: Masculinity, Mythos and the Media (2004, 55 min)

Masculinity is a social construct that changes within an evolving culture. The CBC Hot Type special, Who's the Man?, has chosen six men who have occupied or continue to occupy a place in the imaginations of Canadians and our media. The men in Who's the Man? are all emblematic of some of the values that we as Canadians have to wrap our hearts and minds around. What can the six individual stories and the ways in which they are covered in the media tell us about the kind of society we want?

Women's History Month 1994, StFX

Working Lives (1992, 20:00 min)
Concentrates on the crucial century of radical change between 1750 and 1850, when large numbers of people began for the first time to work in factories rather than on the land, and when agriculture had to adapt to provide for an expanding population. The program also covers the drift to towns; the factory and apprentice systems; early conditions in the mines; and the reactions to working conditions as frustration led to rebellion, new legislation was proposed, and trade unionism developed.

 

Wrestling with Manhood: Boys, Bullying and Battering (2002, 60:00 min)

The first educational program to pay attention to the enormous popularity of professional wrestling among male youth, addressing its relationship to real-life violence and probing the social values that sustain it as a powerful cultural force.  Drawing the connection between professional wrestling and the construction of contemporary masculinity, Sut Jhally and Jackson Katz show how so-called "entertainment" is related to homophobia, sexual assault and relationship violence.  They further argue that to not engage with wrestling in a serious manner allows cynical promoters of violence and sexism an uncontested role in the process by which boys become "men."