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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.

   Oct. 18:  Dinosaur Eggs and Babies

 Oct. 25: L'âge de glace de l'Amérique (2014).  A quoi correspondent les âges de glace et quand sera la prochaine échéance ? L'animation infographique permet de retracer l'histoire glaciaire de la Terre. La dernière glaciation s'est terminée il y a un peu moins de 20 000 ans. Nous traversons actuellement une période interglaciaire mais la modification de la forme de l'orbite terrestre plongera la planète Terre dans une nouvelle ère glaciaire, peut-être toutefois moins longue.

 Nov. 1: Ape to Man (2005). It has long been considered the most compelling question in our history: Where do human beings come from? Although life has existed for millions of years, only in the past century-and-a-half have we begun to use science to explore the ancestral roots of our own species. The search for the ultimate answer has taken a number of twists and turns, with careers made and broken along the way. Ape to Man is the story of the quest to find the origins of the human race - a quest that spanned more than 150 years of obsessive searching The search for the origins of humanity is a story of bones and the tales they tell. See trailor here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sMqFivWTmk

 Nov. 8:  Les monstres marins (BBC, 2013).  Dépassant parfois 10 mètres de long et pesant plus de 5 tonnes, ces reptiles marins terrorisaient toutes les mers du globe. Mais ils ne furent pas épargnés par ce que nous appellerions aujourd'hui "la fin du monde".

  Nov. 15: Iceland : Living with Volcanoes (2014). Focussing primarily on Iceland's most recent eruption, this program first asks why people choose to live in volcanic regions? The opportunities for geo-thermal power, tourism and agriculture are considered. It then explores the impacts of the recent eruptions and responses to them, including the role of emergency planning, early warning systems and better volcanic ash forecasting.

 Nov. 22: Samurai Japan (History Channel, 2013).
Japan's great monuments, pagodas and temples are the physical evidence of people steeped in the ways of Buddhism - a stark and fascinating contrast with the famous Samurai warriors and their noble Code of Bushido. Featuring terrific graphic re-creations and animation, this episode of Lost Treasures reveals a traditional society, which, throughout the centuries, has been deeply concerned with balance, order and calm.

 Nov. 29: People, Plants and Pollinators (National Geographic, 2011). Emerging Explorer Dino Martins says that from long-tongued bees to hawk moths, pollinators are the hidden workers that keep the planet running.

 Dec. 6: La tombe de ramsès II et ses enfants perdus. (History Channel, 2015). Avec ses 3000 ans dhistoire, lEgypte antique a laissé plus de traces que nimporte quelle civilisation du passé. Ramsès II est le troisième pharaon de la XIXe dynastie. Né aux alentours de -1304 / mort à Pi-Ramsès vers -12131. Il règne de -1279 à -1213. Il est inhumé.

     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