Films for April: Earth Day

Earth Day

Check out our Earth Day offerings for an amazing selection of films that will both inform and inspire your students to save our planet. And since Earth Day falls in the same week as National Canadian Film Day, you can hit two targets at once! 

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Angry Inuk  (85 min)

2016. Director & Writer: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril.

Angry Inuk is a story that’s over 4,000 years old. The seal hunt is not exactly a laughing matter, but humour and technical savvy go a long way to debunk certain claims. Wryly tackling both misinformation and aggressive appeals to emotion, Inuk filmmaker Arnaquq-Baril equips herself and her community with the powers of social media — and yes, #sealfies — to reframe a controversial topic as a cultural issue in this 2016 Audience Award-winning Hot Docs hit.

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Hadwin’s Judgment (87 min)

2015. Director: Sasha Snow. Writer: John Vaillant.

In 1997, Hadwin was driven to commit what some would say was an extraordinary and incomprehensible act, one that ran contrary to all he had come to value. To some, he became an environmental terrorist, and to others, a misunderstood activist — but what was he, really? Weaving together speculation and reality, Hadwin’s Judgement paints a complex portrait of the devastation and internal turmoil that led Hadwin to his decision.

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How to Change the World (110 min)

2015. Director: Jerry Rothwell. 

Eco-organization Greenpeace has boots on the ground all over the world. But their origin story begins in 1971, when a group of activists sailed on an old fishing boat from Vancouver to Amchitka, Alaska for one goal — to stop then-President Nixon’s atomic bomb tests. 

Based on memoirs by eco-activist and Greenpeace co-founder Bob Hunter, this inspiring film won two Canadian Screen Awards and the documentary editing award at the Sundance Film Festival, for its skillfully layered storytelling.

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Kayak to Klemtu  (90 min)

2018. Director: Zoe Leigh Hopkins. Writers: Zoe Leigh Hopkins, Michael Sparaga.

When a prominent Kitasoo/Xai’Xais activist passes away, his 14-year-old niece Ella (Blaney) embarks on a kayak journey to take his ashes home to Klemtu. It’s a race against the clock as Ella tries to make it back in time to give a speech protesting a proposed pipeline that would cross Indigenous land.   Ella is joined by her aunt, cousin and grumpy uncle (Cardinal), as the four paddle with all their might through the Inside Passage and past the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest. Join this family on the adventure of a lifetime that reflects on the importance of protecting our lands for future generations. Winner of the 2017 imagineNATIVE Audience Choice Award.

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Liverpool – 113 min

2012. Director & Writer: Manon Briand.

Émilie (Lapointe) is a shy coat-check girl at a club called Liverpool. When a patron overdoses in the club and Émilie attempts to return her jacket, this simple good deed lands her in the middle of a dark conspiracy.

Helping her on her journey through Montreal’s shady underworld is computer-whiz Thomas (Dubé), who has had his eye on her for some time. As the intrepid duo embark on a dangerous journey filled with secrets and intrigue, Thomas, an aspiring journalist, uses social media and technology to help them reveal the truth.

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Revolution – 85 min

2012. 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.

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RISE: Standing Rock (105 min)

2017. Director: Michelle Latimer.

This powerful documentary series from VICELAND gives viewers a rare glimpse into the frontline of Indigenous-led resistance, examining Indigenous life through the stories of people in diverse communities who are working to protect their homelands. Several episodes of this urgent and timely show debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and were hailed as “persuasive and poignant” by The New York Times.

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Sea of Life  (88 min)

2017. Director: Julia Barnes. 

Culminating in the demonstrations leading up to the important but ultimately ineffective Paris Climate Agreement, this documentary charts a path for what comes next and how a conscious treatment of the ocean could present the answer to keeping our planet liveable and beautiful for generations to come.

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Sharkwater  (89 min)

2006. Director & Writer: Rob Stewart.

Filmed in gorgeous high-definition video, Sharkwater takes you into shark- filled oceans, exposing the true nature of sharks, as well as the way human interference has turned this noble predator into prey. Stewart teams up with a rogue environmentalist group on a breathtaking adventure to battle shark poachers around the globe. His incredible journey will make you see sharks in a whole new light.

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Sharkwater Extinction (88 min)

2018. Director & Writer: Rob Stewart. 

Rob Stewart’s final film brings another urgent message about shark conservation, as a new threat faces this misunderstood predator. While the inhumane practice of shark finning is being banned worldwide, Stewart goes deeper to find the pirates that continue to hunt sharks by manipulating legal loopholes. As beautifully shot and thrilling as his previous films, Sharkwater Extinction is an urgent call to action in the face of a continuing decline in the worldwide shark population, with millions of sharks still being killed each year.

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The Whale (85 min)

2010. Directors: Suzanne Chisholm, Michael Parfit.

This touching documentary tells the story of a young orca named Luna, who gets separated from his family on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. Rambunctious, surprising and like a visitor from another planet, Luna endears himself to the community with his determination to make contact, leading to many unexpected consequences.

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Maq and the Spirit of the Woods (8 min)

2006. Director: Phyllis Grant (Mi’kmaq).

This animated short tells the story of Maq, a Mi’kmaq boy who realizes his potential with the help of some inconspicuous mentors.

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Meltdown (1 min)

2012. Director: Carrie Mombourquette.

Because his icy arctic environment is disappearing, a polar bear heads to the city to find a job. Fitting in with humans is not easy, so the bear comes up with a fun solution to his housing situation.

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Mobilize (3 min),

2015. Directors: Caroline Monnet.

Featuring a hypnotic soundtrack by Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, Mobilize repurposes footage from the NFB archives to explore the perpetual negotiation between the modern and the traditional by a people always moving forward.

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A Sea Turtle Story (9 min)

2012. Director: Kathy Schultz.

This animated short chronicles the life cycle of the critically endangered sea turtle. The film is ideal for all ages, teaching young and old alike about these fascinating creatures.

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Stories From Our Land- Tide (4 min)

2011. Director: Ericka Chemko.

A beautiful short film that captures the majesty of ice sculpted by wind and water. Time-lapse imagery reveals the dynamic dance of water and ice in the Arctic, in Nunavut.

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 Walk-in-the-forest (3 min)

2009. Director: Diane Obomsawin.

A medicine man walks in the woods and discovers an intriguing secret world.

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What on Earth! (9 min)

1996. Directors: Les Drew & Kaj Pindal.

This Oscar-nominated animated short proposes what many earthlings have long feared – that the automobile has inherited the planet!