Carte Blanche National Film Board Canada

Radiant City

Gary Burns, Jim Brown
Doc | 2006 | 85min

Gary Burns, Canada's king of surreal comedy, joins journalist Jim Brown on an outing to the suburbs. Venturing into territory both familiar and foreign, they turn the documentary genre inside out, crafting a vivid account of life in The Late Suburban Age.

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   01/09 | 16h | Instituto Moreira Salles

Payback

Jennifer Baichwal
Doc | 2011 | 85min

Based on Margaret Atwood’s bestselling book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, Jennifer Baichwal’s feature documentary Payback offers a fascinating look at debt as a mental construct and traces how it influences relationships, societies, governing structures and even the fate of the planet. The film explores the link between debtor and creditor in a variety of contexts and places—from the mountains of northern Albania to the tomato fields of southern Florida—blending compelling stories.

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   30/08 | 16h | Instituto Moreira Salles

Earth Keepers

Sylvie Van Brabant
Doc | 2009 | 82min

This documentary invites viewers to follow environmentalist Mikael Rioux as he meets exceptional men and women behind innovative projects for the future of society. Earth Keepers is a quest to find concrete solutions to the problems facing our planet. Part survival guide, part hopeful vision, this positive, inspiring documentary is for all those who refuse to give up, despite the enormity of our challenges.

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   31/08 | 16h | Instituto Moreira Salles

Wiebo's War

David York
Doc | 2011 | 93min

Wiebo Ludwig is the prime suspect in a recent string of pipeline bombings. The bombings echo a campaign of sabotage he waged against the oil and gas industry in the 90s – barricading roads, blowing up wells and     culminating in the unsolved death of a sixteen-year-old girl on his family's farm. The Ludwig family lives in northern Alberta, in the heart of Canada's oil patch. They came twenty-five years ago, wanting to live in more closely in accordance with their Christian beliefs, according to Scripture. They built their community in the wilderness with their own hands, not knowing that it lay on top of one of the largest undeveloped fields of natural gas on the planet.

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   01/09 | 18h | Instituto Moreira Salles

The Hole Story

Richard Desjardins, Robert Monderie
Doc | 2011 | 79min

The history of mining in Canada is the story of astronomical profits made with disregard for the environment and human health. The story of nickel in Sudbury, silver in Cobalt, gold in Timmins, copper in Rouyn... Using striking images, rare archival footage, interviews and their trademark humorous social commentary, the directors make a clear case against the way mining has been done in Canada.

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   31/08 | 18h | Instituto Moreira Salles

Toxic Trespass

Doc | 2006 | 83min

In Toxic Trespass, filmmaker Barri Cohen launches an investigation into the effects of the chemical soup around us. She starts with her 10-year-old daughter, whose blood carries carcinogens like benzene and the long banned DDT. Then Cohen heads out to Windsor and Sarnia: Canadian toxic hotspots, with startling clusters of deadly diseases.

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   30/08 | 18h | Instituto Moreira Salles

Mamori

Doc | 2010 | 7min

The raw material of images and sounds was captured in the Amazon rainforest by filmmaker Karl Lemieux and avant-garde composer Francisco López, a specialist in field recordings. Re-filming the photographs on 16 mm stock, then developing the film stock itself and digitally editing the whole, Lemieux transmutes the raw images and accompanying sounds into an intense sensory experience, evoking in our imagination the clamor of the tropical rainforest in this remote Amazonian location called Mamori.

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   31/08 | 16h | Instituto Moreira Salles