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Documentary Films

In the Hodgson Seminar Room (2nd floor, room 200) OR in Auditorium, depending on availability.

All films start at 3 PM Films may change without notice due to circumstances beyond our control.

Please note: Many of these documentary films are available for loan through the McGill Library system (Redpath Library downtown and/or Macdonald campus) or through the FREE download on the KANOPY website.

  Dec. 6: La tombe de ramsès II et ses enfants perdus. (History Channel, 2015)

     Dec. 13: Témoin gênant (2003, France). Depuis l'apparition de nouvelles molécules insecticides, très largement utilisées, des dizaines de milliards d'insectes pollinisateurs meurent chaque année. Parmi eux, l'abeille domestique est le témoin gênant de ce massacre de la chaîne biologique. Les apiculteurs, victimes de ce phénomène, mettent à jour les lacunes révoltantes de notre administration dans la gestion des toxiques, et l'existence de risques graves pour la santé humaine. Autour des apiculteurs se met en place un réseau d'énergies au niveau européen pour défendre la cause de l'abeille qui nous concerne tous.

 Dec. 20: Brave New World with Stephen Hawking (BBC, 2013)

Professor Stephen Hawking presents a global exploration of the scientific breakthroughs that are transforming our lives in the 21st century. With the help of some of the world's leading scientific figures - including Sir David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins, Aarathi Prasad, Lord Winston and Maggie Aderin-Pocock - this five-part series reveals how science is striving for humankind's next leap forward. On Dec. 20 we will screen the last episode in this series: ENVIRONMENT - Science turns superhero as it battles to save the planet and preserve the human race. In California, physicist Jim Al-Khalili sees how the power of the world's largest laser could create a fuel to answer all our needs, while Sir David Attenborough helps collect the DNA of an elephant for the Frozen Ark - a project to save all the world's species from extinction. Meanwhile, Mark Evans discovers a scientist in Holland who is growing pork in a petri dish; a way to feed the world and free up land from grazing animals. Watch Trailor here


  Jan. 10: Ethics of Fracking (2014)

A look at the ethics of the natural gas extraction process known as “fracking”. The film covers political, spiritual, scientific, medical, and educational points of views of hydraulic fracturing. It also takes a look at the deceiving advertising the gas industry heavily relies on.


 Jan. 17: Fed Up! (2014)

An entertaining and compelling overview of our current food production system from the Green Revolution to the Biotech Revolution and what we can do about it.



 Jan. 24: Gasland (2010)

"The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe?

Jan. 31: Antarctic Edge (2015)

A thrilling journey to the world's most perilous environment, Antarctic Edge: 70° South joins a team of world-class scientists as they explore the fastest warming place on earth: the West Antarctic Peninsula.

February 7: Trashed with Jeremy Irons (2012)

Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution.

February 14:  Arise (2012)

Arise presents the stories of a diverse group of 13 women in five countries who have initiated solution-oriented environmental projects in their communities, towns and villages.

February 21: With my Own Two Wheels (2013)

Can a simple, 19th century technology change the world? With My Own Two Wheels links together the stories of five individuals around the globe in a film about the power of the bicycle to improve lives.

February 28: Schools that Change Communities (2012)

Schools that Change Communities profiles a diverse group of public schools that are successfully creating higher achieving students in a different way -- by turning the communities where they live into their classrooms.


March 6: Sacred Science (2011)

The Sacred Science is a groundbreaking documentary that captures an unprecedented glimpse into the ancient healing practices of the Amazon rainforest’s medicine men, or shamans, whose unique knowledge of indigenous plants and rituals is threatened by deforestation, modernization and ecotourism

March 13: Consuming Kids (2008)

With virtually no government or public outcry, the multi-billion dollar youth marketing industry has been able to use the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world.

March 20: King Corn (2007)

Subsidized corn and its surprising relationship with the fast food industry is explored in this documentary. The story is of two friends who grow an acre of corn in Iowa and attempt to follow its path through the food chain.

March 27: The Silent World with Jacques Cousteau (1956)                    Le Monde du silence

This pioneering French nature documentary follows renowned explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau as he investigates aquatic habitats in various locations around the world. Featuring many varieties of marine life, the film doesn't shy away from the brutality present in the natural world, but it also paints a fascinating picture of underwater exploration, as Cousteau and his associates strive to reach previously unseen ocean depths.

April 3: Home (2009)

The film HOME by Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a beautifully shot panorama of the Earth and the damage done to it by modern humanity.
All of Earth's problems are shown to be interlinked through footage from 60 countries.

April 10: Super size me (2004)

Director Morgan Spurlock's social experiment in fast-food gastronomy sees him attempting to subsist uniquely on food from the McDonald's menu for an entire month. In the process his weight balloons, his energy level plummets and he experiences all sorts of unexpected -- and terrifying -- side effects.

April 17: Erreur Boreale

April 24:  Darwin's nightmare (2004)            Le cauchemar de Darwin

Hubert Sauper's Oscar-nominated documentary about the Nile perch, a species introduced into Lake Victoria as an experiment in the sixties. Since then, the fish has not only wiped out the lake's other marine life, but also has a tendency to consume its own young.