Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World Of Ben Ferencz

Director Barry Avrich
Year 2018
Run Time 83min
Genre Documentary

The fascinating story of Ben Ferencz, a 98-year-old lawyer and last surviving prosecutor of Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg trials after World War Two.  

Ferencz grew up in New York, where he became a lawyer before enlisting in the Army. After seeing Nazi concentration camps first hand after liberation, then 27-year-old Ferencz became the lead prosecutor in what has been called the biggest murder trial in history. He went on to advocate for restitution for Jewish victims of the Holocaust and for the establishment of the International Criminal Court. His inspiring fight for justice continues today.

Directed with sensitivity and empathy, Prosecuting Evil sheds light on atrocities that should never be forgotten, and asks tough questions about the world we live in today.

Director

Barry Avrich

Prolific producer, director, and writer Avrich has made many acclaimed documentaries including The Last Mogul, Show Stopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky and David Foster: Off the Record, and the recent Oscar Peterson: Black + White. Avrich has also authored three books, and produced and directed several film adaptations of theatrical productions. He is currently working on 2022 doc The Talented Mr. Rosenberg.

Writer

Barry Avrich

Cast

Benjamin Ferencz, Alan Dershowitz

Producers

Patrice Theroux, Caitlin Cheddie

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, History, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Fabuleuses

Director Mélanie Charbonneau
Year 2019
Run Time 112min
Genre Comedy, Drama

Laurie (O’Farrell) desperately wants to become a social media influencer, much to the chagrin of her roommate Elizabeth (Zazham). When she befriends her idol, Clara (Gosselin), a prolific content creator who seems to have a perfect life, Laurie starts to gain a following herself, and finally gets a taste of the life she wants. But as their friendship continues, and the façade that Clara constructed starts to fall away, Laurie comes to see the dark side of internet celebrity, and that she may already be in too deep.

An insightful look at contemporary young female relationships, Mélanie Charbonneau’s debut feature Fabuleuses was nominated for 5 Prix Iris, including best film and best actress. 

Director

Mélanie Charbonneau

Quebec-based director Charbonneau started her career with directing commercials. Her first short film, Seule played several international festivals including Cannes. Her short film Lunar-Orbit Rendezvous collected over 30 prizes at festivals internationally. Fabuleuses was her first feature. Most recently she directed episodes of Je ne suis pas un robot.

Writers

Mélanie Charbonneau, Geneviève Pettersen

Cast

Noémie O'Farrell, Alexandre Nachi, Juliette Gosselin, Genevieve Boivin Roussy, Mounia Zahzam

Producer

Nicole Robert

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

French

Assini

Director Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)
Year 2015
Run Time 13min
Genre Drama
Seven-year-old Assini and her friends often play Cowboys and Indians. But when Assini discovers that she herself is an "Indian," the game takes a new turn.

Director

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)

Writer

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)

Producers

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis), Melanie Bray

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Grandfather on the Prairies

Director Andrew Genaille (Sto:lo/Ojibway)
Year 2018
Run Time 3min
Genre Animation, Experimental, Family

Jason meets his great-great-greatgrandfather and soon finds himself in a hilarious debate about what it means to be a hunter.

Director

Andrew Genaille (Sto:lo/Ojibway)

Writer

Andrew Genaille (Sto:lo/Ojibway)

Cast

Andrew Genaille (Sto:lo/Ojibway)

Producers

Andrew Genaille (Sto:lo/Ojibway), Lisa Marie Genaille (Cree), Robert Genaille (Cree)

Genres

Animation, Experimental, Family

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, History, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

I am Skylar

Director Rachel Bower
Year 2019
Run Time 15min
Genre Documentary

An inspiring and honest look at the challenges facing a transgender teenager and how the love of her family and community allowed her to embrace her true self.

Director

Rachel Bower

Writer

Rachel Bower

Producer

Rohan Fernando

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+

Original Language

English

Little Thunder

Directors Alan Syliboy (Mi’qmaw), Nance Ackerman
Year 2009
Run Time 3min
Genre Comedy
Inspired by the Mi'kmaq legend "The Stone Canoe," this coming-of-age story follows a boy who reluctantly sets out on a canoe trip by himself, as a rite of passage into adulthood.

Directors

Alan Syliboy (Mi’qmaw), Nance Ackerman

Writers

Alan Syliboy (Mi’qmaw), Nance Ackerman

Producer

Annette Clarke

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Mahalia Melts in the Rain

Directors Emilie Mannering, Carmine Pierre-Dufour
Year 2018
Run Time 11min
Genre Drama

A young Black girl feels alienated at her ballet school’s photo shoot when her hair stops her from joining the other girls to play in the rain.

Directors

Emilie Mannering, Carmine Pierre-Dufour

Writer

Carmine Pierre-Dufour

Cast

Kaiyonni Banton-Renner

Producers

Fanny Drew, Sarah Mannering

Genre

Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories

Original Language

English

Meltdown

Director Carrie Mombourquette
Year 2012
Run Time 1min
Genre Animation, Family
In this short animation, a polar bear must try his luck finding a job in the big city when the last of his Arctic ice environment disappears. It’s hard fitting into the human world, however, so this bear finds a more creative solution to his predicament. 
 

Director

Carrie Mombourquette

Writer

Carrie Mombourquette

Producer

Michael Fukushima

Genres

Animation, Family

Interest

Environment

Original Languages

English, French

Empire of Dirt

Director Peter Stebbings
Year 2013
Run Time 99min
Genre Drama
When single mom Lena (Gee) realizes that her daughter may be in danger of succumbing to the same addiction issues she herself faced, she decides to leave the city with her and return home to her estranged mother (Podemski) in the rural community of her youth. The homecoming forces Lena to deal with her past and raises issues that test all three generations of this family of spirited women.

Powerful and inspiring, Empire of Dirt was nominated for five Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Picture.

Empire of Dirt tells a traditional mothers-and-daughters story in a new way by making their Cree heritage and the role it has in their lives and relationships the true heart of the drama.” — Linda Barnard, Toronto Star


*Please note that this film has an Indigenous producer and screenwriter, but not an Indigenous director. imagineNATIVE defines an Indigenous-made film as one directed or co-directed by an Indigenous person.

Director

Peter Stebbings

Stebbings’ directorial debut was Defendor, and his second film, Empire of Dirt, was nominated for five CSAs. As an actor, his numerous credits include Citizen Duane, The Borgias, Bates Motel, Counting for Thunder and his newest film Percy Vs Goliath. He recently directed The Disappearance, which garnered four CSAs, and episodes of Frankie Drake Mysteries, The Sounds, and Killjoys. He is currently writing and directing the feature Running with Monsters.

Writer

Shannon Masters (Cree)

Cast

Cara Gee (Ojibwa), Shay Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho/Oglala Lakota/Mnicoujou Lakota), Jennifer Podemski (Anishinaabe, Leni Lenape, Métis), Luke Kirby

Producers

Jennifer Podemski (Anishinaabe, Leni Lenape, Métis), Bob Crowe, Bob Crowe, Heather K Dahlstrom, Geoff Ewart

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

The Orphan and the Polar Bear

Directors Neil Christopher (Inuk), Louise Flaherty (Inuk)
Year 2014
Run Time 9min
Genre Animation, Drama

In this adaptation of an Inuit legend, an orphan is adopted by a polar bear elder who teaches him the skills he needs to survive.

Directors

Neil Christopher (Inuk), Louise Flaherty (Inuk)

Writer

Neil Christopher (Inuk)

Cast

Johnny Issaluk

Producers

Louise Flaherty (Inuk), Neil Christopher (Inuk)

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interest

Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English