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This unique 60-minute documentary will help viewers to understand deaf culture as a way of life with rewards of its own. Emilie Peltier, deaf from birth but diagnosed only later in life, is working on developing her identity, even one that she can’t fully appreciate yet. In the process, the Sourde, moi? documentary follows her taking part in sign language classes, discovering deaf performing artists, and meeting inspiring, dynamic deaf in a quest to also correct the many clichés about the physiological and cultural differences in those with limited or no hearing. Emilie is the go-between in meetings with remarkably self-reliant deaf individuals, while audiences witness her commitment to finishing her personal journey to self-actualization.
Hundreds of UFO sightings are reported every year in Canada and while most of them may be questionable some are taken very seriously indeed. The Canadian military and scientific community have been looking into unidentified aerospace phenomena for decades and with good reason. In this informative documentary, a veteran investigative journalist travels across the country to give ufology enthusiasts the opportunity to explain their passions and theories and to question military experts, pilots, former Pentagon officials, scientists, astronomers, intellectuals, psychologists, and respected writers on the subject. It’s also the first documentary where Indigenous peoples can weigh in on UFOs with their legends and theories. The documentary was given access to government archives and exclusive testimonials. With all this interest in the subject why are UFOs still such a mystery? Are there really UFOs up high in the Canadian sky?
When André’s brother died in a car accident in 1990, four people waiting for a transplant got the gift of their lives. André wondered what impact his brother’s organ donation had on them over the years, especially the young girl who received his heart. At a family dinner long after the event, André learned about a letter the girl had written to the Halifax hospital where the transplant had taken place, expressing her gratitude and immense joy in getting the news that a heart was available. Unfortunately, the letter was redacted with all personal information blacked out. André wondered why her name was kept anonymous. The process has evolved since then, including reverse consent legislation the Nova Scotia government adopted in 2020, the first province to do so. The documentary covers André’s meetings with experts in the field as well as memories of the accident that took his brother’s life.
This year, Simon D’Amours takes his school bus and converted trailer on the road in a quest to become as self-sufficient as possible, while still living as a nomad. To this end, Simon will feed himself and keep healthy by living off the forest. He’ll explore ways to create a sustainable garden inside his trailer, powered by solar energy. He’ll even get chickens living in a coop on the trailer’s roof. Simon will keep cash expenses to the minimum, buying only absolute necessities, and learning as much as he can in the process. Meetings and in-depth discussions with authentic Yukoners – the sort of folks he’d rarely meet anywhere else – should help him learn to meet his basic food and energy needs at a time when winter is on the way...
The vast majority of francophone communities outside Quebec and Acadie are also rich in cultural diversity. Each episode in the 180 series provides a close-up look into the life of someone living in one of these communities. Each one talks about how they have developed over the years as their communities were transformed to better reflect the emerging Franco-Canadian identity. As part of the process, the series introduces those who have played or are still playing key roles in the changing lifestyles of Franco-Canadians living in Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia, and other regions. The series also covers a wide range of specific topics, including the concerns of French-speaking Métis in the Winnipeg area, the role of Laurentian University in French-language higher education, diversity in the performing arts, and what is being done to keep young francophones from leaving the regions they were born in.
Everyone has a passion for some activity or some thing they love that creates a special feeling within. This docuseries presents stories of how people with visual or physical disabilities manage to live their passion in their own way – that is, the same way as everyone else.
Who says learning has to be boring? Counting earthworms is fun when it’s for a witch’s magic potion. Zombie Morgane and Bestiole the Rat give the human body and its organs an amazombie look. Rocks and gemstones are flashier than ever when rock stars turn on the mineral music. Teachers, pupils, and parents will enjoy Miniséries – Mini TFO, the TFO Media Group’s latest project for 5-to 9-year-olds (grades 1 to 3). With a healthy dose of originality and humour, the 17-episode miniseries turns any educational topic in a fun free-for-all in less than two minutes flat. TFO miniseries are designed to accelerate the learning process for kids on a variety of topics, including financial literacy, coding, social studies, health and physical education, wellness, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) while meeting Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum standards.
Vic, Aïsha, and Finn are descendants of Franco-Ontarian interplanetary settlers. The three kids live in the city of Mécanopolis on an alien planet. The Majestueux are powerful beings with a secret base deep in the only forest on the planet. They derive their power from makinium, a mineral they’ll do anything to get their hands on even if that means destroying Mécanopolis. Ly, the smartest Majestueux of them all, even has the power of total mind control thanks to the last nugget of makinium, which she keeps with her at all times. Vic, Aïsha, and Finn must get that nugget from Ly because without it, the very last forest on the planet will die. They have their work cut out for them. Ly has not only placed 1001 barriers and obstacles in their way, but she’s also got her brothers and the Nux to carry out her every command.
They live more or less on the fringe. If their hands didn’t move so energetically when communicating with each other, no one would likely notice them. Their complex hand gestures are a giveaway because signing is vital to their existence – the soul of their identity, just like any other language. Yet little is known about the world of the deaf because of the limited public contact they have with the hearing community. To break through this wall of silence requires experiencing how they live, love, and cope with the challenges they face in a society that has yet to fully adapt to their needs. The deaf have their lives to live just like anyone else. And while many are now getting inner-ear implants so they can hear and talk, it’s not a perfect solution – in a sense, it’s also another wall that separates the deaf from the rest of society.
Essential is a word that has been heard repeatedly in the public and private spheres ever since the pandemic began. Essential businesses, essential workers, essential goods and services – have all become common, everyday expressions. But what, ultimately, is essential for human existence? The upheavals brought about by the pandemic have forced many to rethink the way they live, and to redefine their habits, their reactions, and their ideas. Some have left the city to settle in the country. Others are changing the way they look at work and the space it occupies in their lives. Still others are redefining their relationships to family and education. But do these new lifestyle choices necessarily make people happier, and do they help them to focus on life’s real essentials?
For the second year in a row, the Le grand ménage des Fêtes variety show celebrates the holiday season with a 60-minute lighthearted retrospective of the newsworthy events that have shaped life in francophone Canada for better or for worse. The idea behind the show’s sketches, musical performances, and vignettes from outside Quebec is to provide only content with references to current events that viewers will understand no matter where they live, so they’ll always feel they’re in on the gag. The overall goal of Le grand ménage des Fêtes is to highlight the good life, warts and all, in Canada’s many francophone communities from coast to coast. Once again, this year, the largest pan-Canadian gathering of actors, comedians, and singers will be hosted by The Newbies comedy trio.
The Padre series tells the story of David, a priest with a mysterious past, whose charisma and unorthodox methods entice his parishioners to reveal their sins to him.
In Season 2 of Eaux Turbulentes, Queensbury police investigators Marianne Desbiens and Charles Carignan look into the mysterious death of Macha Filion, daughter of influential businessman Régis Filion, on the day she was to marry an Indigenous man. While initially pegged as a hate crime, the investigation uncovers information about a massive residential development local Indigenous communities are energetically protesting against. Marianne’s ex, Joe Naveau, introduces their son Billy to his Indigenous heritage and encourages him to join the protest. Billy gravitates to an extremist faction that turns to violence. How far will Marianne go to protect her son? Will her fragile relationship with Charles survive their opposing views on the development? When Marianne meets Lionel Chevalier, a police officer and her father’s former partner, she realizes she’s also on her father’s last case, the one he was working on when he mysteriously disappeared, swept away by the river’s current
Ariel, a thirty-something Haitian-born Quebecer, is torn between two cities. Montreal is on the skids. Her job as a researcher in a community radio station bores her to tears, her former celebrity boyfriend, Pierre, is now a serial philanderer in a perpetual booze and cocaine haze, and her best friend, Annabelle, appears to have left her personality behind when she moved to the suburbs. Everything in Toronto, on the other hand, is on the up. She has a dream job as an assistant TV director where the director has quickly become her friend and confidant, she’s managed to find the likeable side of the show’s famously bitchy host, and she has a gang of new friends that make the most of city’s exciting cultural and linguistic diversity. Just how long she can continue her hectic weekly train commute between the two lifestyles and the two cities is the big question.
Transgender cultural icon Xavier Gould undertakes an artistic adventure search for a queer community in his rural native Acadie. In his wanderings, behind the heteronormative pastoral landscapes, he discovers a community of people determined to live their differences up front, in real life, without having to leave their hometowns or deny their cultural identity. Xavier comes away with the conviction that queer reality in rural Acadie may have its problems, but it also has its full share of beauty and community acceptance – Queer Acadie can and does exist.
The CMF’s Sector Development supports industry initiatives which demonstrate the potential to positively impact Canada’s audiovisual ecosystem by addressing industry gaps in distinct and identified areas affecting underrepresented communities.2020-2021 Funding Decisions
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