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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.

FALL 2016

October 2: Oceans (France, 2011): Shot over four years, reveals inspiring and challenging footage of extinct or endangered marine species around the world.

October 9: Museum CLOSED

October 16: Egypt : quest for eternity [National Geographic Society]. Mysteries of Egypt transports audiences to a distant time and place where the Nile River Valley cuts an emerald swath through the desert sands. With its dedicated team of scientists, Mysteries of Egypt explores the magnificent architectural feats, awe-inspiring legends, and amazing history of the ancient Egyptian civilization. Float down the lush Nile and soar over the Valley of the Kings to explore the latest discoveries and uncover many of the mysteries that surround these ancient peoples.

October 23: Deux frères. Un film dramatique franco-britannique de Jean-Jacques Annaud, sorti en 2004, avec Guy Pearce et Freddie Highmore dans les rôles principaux.







October 30: People of a Feather (Joe Heath, 2011) sheds light on the survival of a specific Inuit population, the Sanikiluaq community living around the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay, who have depended on the eider duck for warmth and food for centuries.

November 6: Kingdom of the Seahorse (NOVA, 2003): Seahorses' extraordinary looks and surprising behavior have earned them a mythic stature, one that now puts them in peril. Dive with Amanda Vincent, the world's leading seahorse biologist, in Australia and the Phillipines as she explores the secret lives of these extraordinary fish, and launches innovative efforts to help them thrive once again.

November 13: The Human Body (National Geographic, 2013). This film shows what a normal human body experiences in a single day of life. It shows the complexity of some actions and the simplicity of others, and how our bodies perfectly perform each. “The Human Body” is one of the best National Geographic documentaries of all time.

November 20: Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure (NOVA, 2001). This film tells the extraordinary true story of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated 1914-1916 British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. While never accomplishing its goal of the first crossing of the Antarctic continent, this expedition has become a larger-than-life testament to heroism and human endurance, with all 28 men surviving two years in the barren, frigid Antarctic when their ship was caught in pack ice and eventually crushed. The film is a co-production of White Mountain Films and NOVA/WGBH Boston.

November 27: The Wildest Dream (National Geographic, 2010) This recently released documentary tells the stories of the first men to ever attempt to climb Mt. Everest, and the climber who found their remains 75 years later. The film shows the obsession and ambition of those obsessed with surmounting the famous and deadly mountain.

December 4: Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets (National Geographic).  This documentary takes watchers deep into one of the world’s greatest natural creations. Viewers are able to travel to the depths of the Canyon and learn the secrets of its formation. 

December 11: The Gleaners and I (Agnes Varda, 2001). In this documentary director Agnès Varda deals with the issue of wealth and poverty in modern day France by exploring the world of gleaners and pickers. Gleaners are individuals who search farmers' fields for produce the mechanical harvesting equipment may have left behind. In potato fields, the poor collect what potatoes can be found but also from crops that are rejected because of minor damage or size. In urban areas gleaners will pick through garbage cans to collect whatever food items have been thrown by supermarkets. The focus is that in a land of plenty, there is a great of waste while many are left wanting.

December 18: The 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.