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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.


2016


  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:  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.

 

 

 

 

  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: EASTER Museum closed. 

April 3: Home (2009)

This film 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: Mémoire de la terre (NFB, 2002)

Le grand corbeau a libéré la lune. De la lune est venu le soleil. Et du soleil a jailli la vie. Notre terre, c'est la vie. Cette légende ancestrale du peuple haïda a conduit Frédéric Back aux Îles de la Reine-Charlotte en Colombie-Britannique. Avec James Hart, chef haïda du Clan de l'Aigle et sculpteur mondialement reconnu, le cinéaste d'animation part à la découverte des mémoires de la terre, en explorant Haida Gwaii. Depuis plus de 10 000 ans, les Haïdas ont su capter l'essence de la nature dans leur culture, leur art et leur mythologie. Comme le grand corbeau qui a libéré la lumière, les Haïdas veulent libérer l'esprit du passé afin qu'il nous enseigne la nécessité de protéger la terre ancestrale et la mer qui l'entoure. Sur une musique bouleversante, en harmonie avec la nature, Mémoires de la terre est un spectacle émouvant, cristallisé par des animations et des images saisissantes. Inspiré par la beauté des paysages, le cinéaste Jean Lemire nous offre une véritable ode à la création. James Hart sculpte le grand corbeau, Frédéric Back lui donne des ailes pour qu'il porte son message : Haida Gwaii, notre terre, la nôtre, la seule, l'unique. Il n'y en aura jamais d'autre.

  April 24:  Darwin's nightmare (2004) in french: 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 60s. 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.

 

  May 1: Log Driver's Waltz (NFB, 1979)
This lighthearted, 3 minute animated short is based on the song "The Log Driver's Waltz" by Wade Hemsworth. Followed by L'Erreur boréale, un film documentaire québécois réalisé par Richard Desjardins et Robert Monderie, sorti en 1999. Les réalisateurs ont construit ce film comme un pamphlet pour dénoncer les atteintes à l'environnement que représente la destruction du patrimoine forestier du Québec, stigmatisant notamment les coupes à blanc pratiquées sur de vastes étendues de la forêt boréale.

 

  May 8:   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.

 

 May 15: The Ice Man

May 22: No film. Museum closed.

May 29: No film. Museums Day @ Museum.

June 5: Man in Motion