Crossroads Life depicts that part of life that cinema forgot: corporate work. Movies typically use it only as a plot backdrop; we never know what that "important presentation" really was about, nor what is at stake in managers' struggles. Based on real events, Crossroads Life is as much about the contents of management work itself as about the humans engaging in it.
Clara, a CFO (Chief Financial Officer) for the Romanian subsidiary of a large life insurance corporation, is promoted to regional CFO. She expatriates to Amsterdam and quickly finds out that the methods she used before, and who she was before, do not work in the new context. She persists, working harder and harder, but sinking more and more. The solution takes an unexpected shape, prompting Clara to question the very core of who she thought she was.
Run time 57 minutes
Making an edcom
Man has been cultivating the land for 11 000 years and it has been 2500 years since he has been using a plough. By 1950 half of the arrable land of the world has become unsuitable for cultivation due to increasingly intensive agricultural technologies. Up to 2010 we have ruined another 30%.
The world's agriculture has to sustain an ever growing mass of peolpe under conditions that are getting worse day by day. The most profound arguments for intensive technology is that such a mass of people cannot be supplied with food using other methods. Because of employing tillage, artificial fertilisers and other chemicals the topsoil is getting thinner and thinner, and arrable land is decreasing.
How much food can be produced in the area still available? How is the number of earthworms connected to the amount of food that can be produced? Does an alternative way of cultivation exist at all, to replace intensive agricultural technologies?
Poisoned Earth is an awareness-rising, educational film but the examples and events are shown in a documentary fashion. This is what makes the way the film is looking for answers to the questions above so dramatic.
Run time 50 minutes
Gábor Mihály Kővári, Róbert Iván
Finding Howard tells the true story of how a song changed the life of educator and musician David Levine and the thousands of students with whom he has worked in schools and communities across the United States. The song, written by Nashville songwriter Lee Domann, tells the story of Lee’s classmate, Howard Ray, who was a social outcast and ridiculed by his peers. In his song, Lee looks back with regret at an incident in which he didn’t attempt to help Howard as he was being physically harassed by others. The film tracks Lee’s life through the emotional memories of his childhood to the writing of the song, and his reunion with Howard thirty years later. Finding Howard is a call to action for the creation of caring and compassionate learning communities where children feel safe, understood and heard.
Run Time 50 minutes and 29 seconds
David Levine , James Fossett
Pops is Tops
The Shadow Project
The Shadow Project has taken place in over 250 cities worldwide. The event commemorates the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan and aims to raise awareness about the ongoing threat from nuclear proliferation. In Hamilton, Ontario, The Shadow Project is hosted each year by artist Bryce Kanbara (You Me Gallery). This film presents footage from the 2019 event and archival material, set to a poem by celebrated writer Ellen S. Jaffe. The piece is performed by poet Nisha Patel (2019 Canadian Individual Slam Champion and Poet Laureate, City of Edmonton).
Run Time 4 minutes and 44 Seconds
Produced by Radii animation in conjunction with Screen Ireland and RTÉ Her Song sees Eve learning of her Grandmother's harrowing history in a Mother & Baby home. Woven through her past is the mythological and misunderstood figure of the Banshee, whose comforting presence inspires the strength she needs to tell her story.
Run time 6 minutes and 51 seconds
Éabha Bortolozzo, Jack Kirwan
Mr. Emancipation : The Walter Perry Story
Mr. Emancipation is the story of Walter L Perry’s determination to put on a celebration that would transcend divisions of race and class. He staged an Emancipation Day festival that was where everyone wanted to be. Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr, Jesse Owens all headed there because, as civil rights activist Dick Gregory said "The largest Juneteenth celebration was not in America, it was in Windsor, Canada.”
A celebration of ending slavery sounds grim.
What Walter Perry organized was the exact opposite of grim. Imagine a miles-long parade. The smell of soul food. Whirling carnival rides. There was live music, talent shows and even the Miss Sepia beauty pageant (the first international beauty pageant for Black women).
From 1936 until 1967, that's how Walter Perry celebrated freedom. Perry and his celebration got caught up in the overheated racial politics of the day, sabotage and race riots of 1967 in Detroit. His event never recovered that year and shortly after Walter Perry died…. but the spirit of Mister. Emanciaption still lives on.
Run time 1 hour 2 minutes and 03 seconds
GROWING ON TWO WHEELS
Growing on Two Wheels is Vanessa’s love story for bike trips. Over time, the challenges become very different when cycling as a family. During her journey from ages 32 to 40, she will have learned to overcome her doubts and step out of her comfort zone.
Run Time 27 minutes and 51 seconds
Black Bauhinia examines Hong Kong’s struggle against the Chinese regime and evokes universal contemplations about resistance against authoritarianism, the question of identity, and the meaning of homeland. The documentary offers the first comprehensive and balanced account of localism – a movement that has radically transformed Hong Kong’s domestic and international relations and attracted the wrath of the Chinese regime.
The collaborative filmmaking approach incorporates diverse voices of frontline protestors, different generations of activists, and critics of the movement. The documentary captures the desperation of activists holding on to hope and their fears of defeat and the futility of their sacrifices. This is juxtaposed with the painful reflections of responsibility and identity as refugees in the West. Black Bauhinia is a timely document of the fight against a disappearing Hong Kong.
Run Time 1 hour 16 minutes and 55 seconds
Malte Philipp KAEDING
Islands, and their natural boundaries away from the mainstream, have always attracted idealists. In the early 1900's the Finnish socialist philosopher, Matti Kurrika established a utopian colony off the coast of Vancouver Island. Sointula, the Finnish word for harmony, became home to hundreds of Finnish settlers looking to escape oppression. Sointula residents, Tosha Nelson and Kathy Gibbler, reveal the island’s tragic history and its ongoing pursuit of community ideals.
Run time 4 minutes and 36 seconds
Embers the Dragon - Hurry up Embers!
t's a beautiful day on Keiki Island. Embers the Dragon wakes in his cave and things immediately start to go wrong. His mum hurries him out of bed, his brother Blaze winds him up and, to top it all off, everyone he meets on his walk to school makes things worse. Maybe Mrs Owl and the magical Keiki tree can help him put things right.
Join Embers and his friends as they learn all about the big things we call emotions and how they effect the way we act, how we feel about ourselves and how we feel about others.
Run Time 6 minutes and 31 seconds
Others Before Self
Learn how child refugees keep their culture after China took their country.
The kids at Tibetan Children's Village tell the story of the occupation of Tibet and show how their school teaches the wisdom of their culture and helps them work towards returning to their homeland.
An intimate and visually stunning portrait of the lives, history and beliefs of the young refugees at Tibetan Children's Village in the Indian Himalayas.
Run time 54 minutes
The Beautiful Picture
In Search of Professor Precarious
A documentary in which the director, a longtime precarious contract teacher, lifts the curtain on higher education's dirty little secret. He travels Canada to capture the experience of precarity and the fight against the exploitation of contract faculty in higher ed. The film tells the stories and struggles of a few compelling characters and groups, while examining the issue of precarious work.
Run Time 51 minutes and 10 seconds
One Room: A Family of Teachers
“I never wanted to be a teacher. All the Mutton girls were teachers and I wasn’t going to be one.” Muriel and Rena Mutton, both born into a family of teachers, recall their long careers in one room schoolhouses, set in rural Ontario in the 1930s and 1940s. With the eye of the community keenly watching, teachers were under pressure to manage 8 grades, maintain discipline without backup (cue the strap) and could see promising students eschew a high school education for much needed farm labour. Released from provincial ‘Normal Schools’ – the training ground of new teachers – these women ventured away from their own homes at a young age to educate a province.
Run Time 12 minutes and 28 seconds
Building Common Ground
How to live together in a world of inequality and conflicts? This is the story of an unlikely place: Here, young people with diverse backgrounds from around the world live together for peace and sustainability. We follow the first inhabitants and the visionaries and founders as they begin to build common ground.