Christopher Changes His Name

Director Cilia Sawadogo
Year 2000
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation
Tired of having such a common name, Christopher decides to start using a unique name from his family’s homeland of Trinidad, a decision that has unexpected consequences.

Director

Cilia Sawadogo

Genre

Animation

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

From Far Away

Directors Shira Avni Serene, El-haj Daoud
Year 2000
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation
A young girl adjusting to life in Canada is scared by her new school’s Halloween event, but soon recovers when she gains acceptance from her peers.

Directors

Shira Avni Serene, El-haj Daoud

Genre

Animation

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences

Original Languages

English, French

Joe

Director Jill Haras
Year 2002
Run Time 8min
Genre Animation
An animated tribute to real-life African Canadian hero Joe Fortes, who overcame discrimination and prejudice to become a beloved member of the Vancouver community.

Director

Jill Haras

Genre

Animation

Interests

Biography, BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, History, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Nancy’s Workshop

Director Aïcha Diop
Year 2019
Run Time 20min
Genre Documentary
Hairdresser Nancy Falaise conducts a workshop for young Black girls showing them how to care for their hair and encouraging them to feel proud of themselves and their racial identity.

Director

Aïcha Diop

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Strong Female Leads

Original Languages

English, French

La Mariposa

Director Andy Alvarez
Year 2019
Run Time 8min
Genre Drama

A 7-year-old refugee takes an emotional journey as she works towards being able to swim in the deep end at her local pool.

Director

Andy Alvarez

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Newcomer Stories, Sports

Original Language

English

ScaredSacred

Director Velcrow Ripper
Year 2004
Run Time 104min
Genre Documentary

A five-year search around the world for ways in which people take the experience of being scared and turn it into something sacred. Sites of catastrophe are scoured for signs of hope.

Director

Velcrow Ripper

Writer

Velcrow Ripper

Producers

Cari Green, Harry Sutherland, Tracey Friesen

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Global Experiences, History, Social Justice & Politics

Original Languages

English, Other Language

The Mountain of SGaana

Director Christopher Auchter (Haida)
Year 2017
Run Time 10min
Genre Sci-Fi/Fantasy
A magical tale of a young man who is stolen away to the spirit world, and the young woman who rescues him.

Director

Christopher Auchter (Haida)

Genre

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Viola Desmond Is On The Money

Directors Pat Jeflyn, Kim Kristy
Year 2019
Run Time 21min
Genre Documentary
Lesley McCurdy discusses her one woman show about unheralded but historically important Black Canadian women, including Viola Desmond, an icon of Canada’s civil rights movement, and the face on the country’s new ten dollar bill.

Directors

Pat Jeflyn, Kim Kristy

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Wakening

Director Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)
Year 2013
Run Time 9min
Genre Sci-Fi/Fantasy
In the near future, the environment has been destroyed and society suffocates under a brutal military occupation. A lone Cree wanderer searches an urban war zone to find the ancient and dangerous Weetigo to help fight against the occupiers.  

Content note: The film is set in a post-conflict war zone, and depicts armed characters.

Director

Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)

Danis Goulet is an award-winning Cree/Métis filmmaker from La Ronge, SK, now based in Toronto. Her films have screened at festivals worldwide including Sundance, Berlinale, TIFF, and MoMA. She is a former programmer and current board member for TIFF, and was the former Director of the imagineNATIVE Film+Media Arts Festival. Her latest projects include the TV series Reservation Dogs, and the upcoming feature film Ivy

Genre

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Prom Night in Mississippi

Director Paul Saltzman
Year 2009
Run Time 90min
Genre Documentary
In 2008, actor Morgan Freeman returned to his hometown of Charleston, Mississippi, and offered to fund the high school's first-ever integrated senior prom. This doc follows the prom preparations as black and white students cope with deeply-rooted racism.

Director

Paul Saltzman

Writer

Paul Saltzman

Cast

Morgan Freeman

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English