Canada: A People’s History /
Le Canada: Une histoire populaire

Canada: A People’s History / <br>Le Canada: Une histoire populaire
Canada on TV Economics History Immigration Politics War
Year: 2002
Rating: PG
Runtime: 33 hours; Episodes are 105 minutes with individual topic segments of 10-15 minutes.
Language(s): English and French

Creator: Mark Starowicz
Director of Research: Gene Allen
Senior Writers: Mark Starowicz, Gene Allen, Gordon Henderson, Hubert Gendron

Dramatic and gripping, this popular series illustrates pivotal moments in Canada’s history, using eyewitness accounts to bring a compelling intimacy to grand historic developments. From the stories passed down through oral tradition to the first encounters between Indigenous peoples and Europeans, through the battles that engulfed the continent for centuries and the formation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867, to the modern era of feminism, multiculturalism and globalization, this captivating series brings to life many of the moments that have shaped our nation, telling Canada’s story through the eyes of the people who lived it.

Canada: A People’s History won the Gemini Award for Best Documentary Series and attracted over 14 million viewers.

The show is a collaborative production between the CBC and Radio-Canada and, as such, it is a fully bilingual series, available in both English and French.

Students can explore Canadian history even further by delving into the series’ award-winning website, which features behind-the-scenes footage, games, puzzles, lesson plans and links to other historical resources.

Episodes of this series are 105 minutes in length and comprise individual topic segments of 10 to 15 minutes. Episodes and segments can be shown independently of one another. For a more detailed breakdown of the topics covered in each episode, please see www.cbc.ca/history.


Mark StarowiczDuring a 40-year career at the CBC, Starowicz created some of the CBC's most successful programmes, including As It Happens and Sunday Morning and CBC Television's The Journal. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 20

Gene AllenAllen has a Ph.D in Canadian history and over 20 years’ experience as a journalist, including senior positions at The Globe and Mail and with the award-winning CBC series Dawn of the Eye.

 

The Book of Negroes

The Book of Negroes
Canada on TV History
Year: 2015
Rating: NR
Runtime: 265 minutes, in six 44-minute episodes

Director/Screenwriter: Clement Virgo
Author/Screenwriter: Lawrence Hill

This CBC mini-series is based on the internationally celebrated novel by Canadian author Lawrence Hill. A compelling tale of loss, courage, love and the triumph of the human spirit, it follows the extraordinary journey of Aminata Diallo (Ellis), an indomitable African woman. In 1750, 11-year-old Aminata is kidnapped from her village in West Africa and begins a rich journey that takes her through the harrowing ordeal of slavery, to the turmoil of the American Revolution and ultimately to freedom in the British colony of Nova Scotia. Brilliant and determined, Aminata is a remarkable heroine whose unshakeable connection to her own African heritage guides her over unimaginable obstacles in her quest for freedom and ultimately allows her to assume the mantle of leadership for which she is destined. Deeply moving and inspiring, The Book of Negroes explores painful historical realities through the unblinking eyes of a strong female protagonist whose story will stay with you long after the telling.

Starring: Aunjanue Ellis, Lyriq Bent, Ben Chaplin, Allan Hawco, Cuba Gooding, Jr.


Clement VirgoVirgo rose to prominence with his first feature film Rude, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and subsequently garnered two Genie nominations. Other notable titles include Poor Boy’s Game and Lie with Me, along with epi

Lawrence HillA member of the Order of Canada, Hill is the author of 10 books. The Book of Negroes earned the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, and CBC’s 2009 Canada Reads competition. His latest novel, The Illegal,

 

Continuous Journey

Continuous Journey
History Immigration
Year: 2004
Rating: PG
Runtime: 87 minutes

Director: Ali Kazimi

This inventive docudrama explores the exclusionary politics behind Canada’s historic Continuous Journey regulation, which kept the 376 Indian passengers of the Komagata Maru sequestered at sea for over two months in this infamous standoff of 1914.

 

Fight Like Soldiers – Die Like Children

Fight Like Soldiers – Die Like Children
History War
Year: 2012
Rating: PG
Runtime: 83 minutes
Language(s): English, French, Kinyarwanda, Lingala, Swahili, Zande

Director: Patrick Reed

In 1994 General Roméo Dallaire was on the ground in Rwanda as a genocide unfolded. He returned to Canada haunted by these memories, and has found a new mission: to end the use of child soldiers around the world. In this important and affecting documentary, Dallaire travels across Africa and North America talking with child soldiers, self-defense groups, militia leaders and those trying to help these children. As he searches for solutions to this horrific practice, animated sequences are interspersed to add the first-person voice of Michel Chikwanine, a former child soldier, who recounts a chilling story that makes it clear why this work is so crucial.

 

From C to C: Chinese Canadian Stories of Migration

From C to C: Chinese Canadian Stories of Migration
History Immigration
Year: 2011
Rating: NR
Runtime: 46 minutes

Director: Jordan Paterson
Writers: Jordan Paterson, Paul Yeung, Denise Fong

This fascinating documentary contrasts the historical injustices faced by Chinese migrants over the last century with the experiences of contemporary Chinese Canadian youth. Focusing on past discriminatory immigration policies, the film reflects on the meaning of prejudice and exclusion to those who experienced it and those who did not. By calling attention to the diverse nature of contemporary Chinese Canadian identities, the film paints an inclusive and diverse picture of Canada as a nation.


Jordan PatersonVancouver-based Paterson’s credits include the short docs The Three of Portugal and Sanctuary. He is now writing and directing the mini-series China on the Western Front. From C to C was nominated for three Geminis and

 

My Prairie Home

My Prairie Home
LGBTQ Music and Arts
Year: 2013
Rating: NR
Runtime: 76 minutes
Language(s): English

Director-Writer: Chelsea McMullan

Set against the backdrop of the Canadian Prairies, Alberta-born singer/songwriter Rae Spoon takes us on the musical journey of a trans person’s coming of age in an evangelical household.

 

Occupy Love

Occupy Love
Activism Economics Environment Politics
Year: 2012
Rating: NR
Runtime: 84 minutes
Language(s): English

Director/Writer: Velcrow Ripper

This inspiring documentary captures the heart of a movement that is sweeping the planet in response to current global economic and environmental crises. The apparently fearless filmmaker Velcrow Ripper travels around the world to film a series of popular uprisings — the Arab Spring in Egypt, Spain’s Indignado movement, Occupy Wall Street — asking the question “Is it possible to understand these crises as a kind of love story?”

This poignant documentary explores what Martin Luther King Jr. called “love in action,” searching for the meaning and importance of the love of humanity and of the planet.

“…the photography is beautiful, the scenes of crowds and their signs arresting, and the interviews with individual protesters — in Tahrir Square, Zuccotti Park, tear-gassed Oakland, and even melting Greenland — are often inspiring.” — Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice

With Amr Adel, Angaagaq Angakkorsuaq, and Colin Beavan.


Velcrow RipperRipper’s feature debut, Bones of the Forest, won Best of the Festival at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and a Genie for Best Documentary. Ripper is perhaps best known for his award-winning Fierce Love trilogy:

 

Revolution

Revolution
Environment
Year: 2012
Rating: PG
Runtime: 85 minutes
Language(s): English

Director: Rob Stewart

In this powerful follow-up to his acclaimed documentary Sharkwater, Rob Stewart discovers that sharks aren’t the only ones in danger — climate change has a devastating impact on human life as well. Striking and vibrant landscapes are juxtaposed with startling proof that significant damage has already been done. At the same time, Stewart finds immense hope in the dedicated and passionate youth whose efforts are changing our future for the better.

 

Status Quo?

Status Quo?
Activism Feminism Politics
Year: 2012
Rating: NR
Runtime: 87 minutes

Director-Writer: Karen Cho

This striking, in-depth documentary pays homage to Canada’s feminist forerunners and raises important questions about where and how we should move on from here.

 

The World Before Her

The World Before Her
Feminism Politics
Year: 2012
Rating: PG
Runtime: 90 minutes
Language(s): English and Hindi with English subtitles

Director-Writer: Nisha Pahuja

Ruhi Singh attends an intense beauty boot camp as a contestant in the Miss India pageant, a surefire path to fame. Meanwhile, Prachi Trivedi works at a very different kind of camp, run by militant Hindu nationalists, where young girls train to combat western influences. Moving between the two camps, this lively and provocative documentary paints a dramatic story of the obstacles that each woman faces as she tries to make a difference in her society.


Nisha PahujaPahuja’s other credits include Bollywood Bound and Diamond Road. The World Before Her earned Best Canadian Feature at Hot Docs and made TIFF’s list of Canada’s Top 10 films in 2012.

 

West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson

West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson
Music and Arts
Year: 2011
Rating: NR
Runtime: 95 minutes

Director: Michèle Hozer
Director: Peter Raymont

Tom Thomson was an artist who greatly influenced the Group of Seven and is one of Canada’s most beloved painters. In 1917, at the peak of his creativity, he disappeared while canoeing. His body was found, but his death remains a mystery. Through his paintings, archival footage and newly-discovered audio recordings, this beautiful documentary explores this brilliant artist’s life — and death.

“As gorgeous as the iconic artist’s paintings.” — Chris Cobb, Ottawa Citizen


Michèle HozerHozer has been an editor for 25 years; West Wind is her sophomore directorial effort.

Peter RaymontRaymont has produced and directed over 100 documentaries, including Shake Hands with the Devil.