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Films & Other Videos

Films with: Thompson, Bonnie

Angry Inuk
"Seal meat is a staple food for the Inuit people, and many of the pelts are sold to offset the extraordinary cost of hunting. Inuit are spread across extensive lands and waters, and their tiny population is faced with a disproportionate responsibility for protecting the environment. They are pushing for a sustainable way to take part in the global economy, but in opposition stands an army of well-funded activists and well-meaning celebrities who consider any seal hunting barbaric. Filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and her cameras travel through the Canadian Arctic, giving voice to the people the animal activists rarely bother to meet: the hunters, the craftspeople, the families for whom the seal hunt is a critical part of their livelihood and survival."--Container.
DVD 12778
Elder Project
"Our older seniors - those aged 80 and over ? have become the fastest growing population segment of the world's population and yet their voices are rarely heard. The Elder Project follows seven diverse seniors over two years, recording their experiences for a series of short and candid episodic stories ... The elders share their views on many issues, including the loss of a driver's license, the decision to move in with family members and a growing sense of isolation. Each senior has different medical, social-economic and cultural circumstances, but articulates similar concerns about increasing frailty and making the transition into a more dependent living scenario. Above all, they eloquently express their shared desire to grow older with dignity and a sense of control over their future."--Container.
DVD 8391
Radiant city
Something's happening on the edge of town. There's a desperate housewife in the parking lot, a musical chorus line mowing the lawn - and a loaded gun in the upstairs closet. Sprawl is eating the planet. Across the continent the landscape is being levelled - blasted clean of distinctive features and overlaid with zombie monoculture. Politicians call it growth. Developers call it business. The Moss family call it home. While Evan Moss zones out in commuter traffic, Ann boils over in her dream kitchen and the kids play sinister games amidst the fresh foundations of monster houses.
DVD 5172
Shining mountains
"Majestic and inspiring, the Rocky Mountains rise dramatically to divide the continent and define the past, present and future of North America. The Shining Mountains is a documentary series of four one-hour films, shot over four seasons, produced for History Television and National Geographic.Journey through time in a quest to understand and celebrate the unique ecological mosaic of the Rockies. Weaving back and forth, from present to the past, Shining Mountains explores the natural wonders, cultural heritage and future of the Rockies in a well-paced and sometimes controversial composite of vision. Today's foremost thinkers and elders speak to their care and concerns for the environment. Shining Mountains draws on narrative from scientists, adventurers, aboriginal elders, resource managers, conservationists and developers, all of whom are under the spell of the Great Divide."--Container.
DVD 4844
Totem the return of the G'psgolox pole /
In 1929, the Haisla people of the northwestern British Columbia returned from a fishing trip to find a 9-metre-high totem pole, known as the G'psgolox pole, severed at the base and removed from the village. The fate of the 19th-century pole remained unknown to the Haisla for over sixty years. Director Gil Cardinal reveals the Haisla's 1991 discovery of the pole in a Stockholm museum, where it is considered state property by the Swedish government. Cardinal skillfully layers compelling interviews, striking imagery and rare footage of master carvers as they create a replica pole. The Haisla have fulfilled a promise to the museum to replace the original totem. Now, having honoured their end of the bargain, they await the return of the G'psgolox pole.
DVD 3361