We envision this website as a virtual space for those instructors who are interested in showing provocative and eye opening documentaries about social, economic, political, environmental, ideological, and technological issues and events around the world. We invite Kwantlen instructors to share their video resources that they draw upon as part of their curriculum with the rest of the KPU community. Please email your sources and we will catalogue and make the information available to others. All the media resources on this webpage are available at Kawntlen's libraries.
Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia
"In their predominantly white high school in Halifax, a group of black students face daily reminders of racism, ranging from abuse (racist graffiti on washroom walls), to exclusion (the omission of black history from textbooks). They work to establish a Cultural Awareness Youth Group, a vehicle for building pride and self-esteem through educational and cultural programs. With help from mentors, they discover the richness of their heritage and learn some of the ways they can begin to effect change."
The Tree That Remembers
"In 1992 a young Iranian student hanged himself on the outskirts of a small Ontario town. Having escaped the Ayatollah's regime and found a new home in Canada, he could not escape his past. In this film, Masoud Raouf documents the experiences of Iranian-Canadians - former political prisoners like himself - who were active in the Iranian democratic movement and continue to struggle with the past."
Between: Living in the Hyphen
National Film Board of Canada, 2005.
"In Canada, diversity often means "one ethnicity + hyphen + Canadian," but what if you don't fit into an easy category? What if your background is a hybrid of ancestries and you live somewhere between, where cultural identities overlap? Between interweaves the experiences of a group of Canadians with one parent from a European background and one from a visible minority. They're all struggling to find a satisfying frame of reference. Cultural identity, it seems, is more complex than what our multicultural utopia implies."--Container.
My Son Shall Be Armenian
National Film Board of Canada, 2004.
"A group of six Armenian-Canadians travel to Armenia to interview survivors of the 1915 genocide and their descendants, exploring issues of ethnic identity, genocide, and reconciliation along the way."
Shaking the tree: social responsibility in education
Tabata Production Associates, 1995.
Call Number: LB 41 S43 1995
"Noam Chomsky examines how various social issues are/are not addressed in public education. Topics: racism, First Nations, poverty, gender & sexism, gender & homophobia, violence prevention, environment."
"This documentary tells the personal story of filmmaker Jari Osborne's father, a Chinese-Canadian veteran. She describes her father's involvement in World War II and uncovers a legacy of discrimination and racism against British Columbia's Chinese-Canadian community. Sworn to secrecy for decades, Osborne's father and his war buddies now vividly recall their top-secret missions behind enemy lines in Southeast Asia. Theirs is a tale of young men proudly fighting for a country that had mistreated them. This film does more than reveal an important period in Canadian history. It pays moving tribute to a father's quiet heroism."
UNREPENTANT: Kevin Annett and Canada's Genocide
"A documentary that dwells on the theme of Canada's genocide. Discusses the supposed "deliberate and systematic extermination" of non-Christian indigenous peoples within the Indian residential school system by the Catholic, United, Presbyterian and Anglican churches, in collusion with the federal government."
Hidden from history : the Canadian Holocaust : the untold story of the genocide of Aboriginal peoples by church and state in Canada
Truth Commission into Genocide in Canada (Canada)
"... The Truth Commission into Genocide in Canada, a public investigative body continuing the work of previous tribunals into native residential schools: the Justice in the Valley Coalition's Inquiry into Crimes Against Aboriginal People, convened in Port Alberni, British Columbia on December 9, 1994, and The International Human Rights Association of American Minorities Tribunal into Canadian Residential Schools, held in Vancouver from June 12-14, 1998."
The Rise and Fall of English Montreal
Weintraub, William. National Film Board of Canada.
Call Number: FC 2947.9 E5 R47 1993
"This video explores the reasons why thousands of English-speaking people have left Montreal in the last 20 years and why these waves of migrations continue to happen. Interviews with Anglos who are moving away and historical information on the Anglo community's great contribution to the life of Montreal are presented."
R.A.C.E: useful video links on topics such as race, racism, white privilege, and racialization:
Documentaries -- Globalism, Gender, Classism, Sexuality, Otherness, and Knowledge Production
"The corporation reveals behind-the-scenes tensions and influences in several corporate and anti-corporate dramas, through jaw-dropping case studies. Like people, corporations have complex "personalities" and like a good psychoanalyst, the filmmakers gently guide the stories and characters to reveal their true selves. The prognosis is grim-- for human beings, the environment, democracy, and the very survival of our planet. Providing a much-needed analysis of global commerce, The corporation asks: Is there a cure for the pathological pursuit of profit at any cost, or can we only hope to apply restraints?"--Container.
Edward Said on Orientalism
Class dismissed: how TV frames the working class
"Featuring interviews with media analysts and cultural historians, this documentary examines the patterns inherent in TV's disturbing depictions of working class people as either clowns or social deviants, stereotypical portrayals that reinforce the myth of meritocracy to the advantage of other classes."
Wrestling with manhood: boys, bullying and battering
"Drawing the connection between professional wrestling and the construction of contemporary masculinity, they [Sut Jhally and Jackson Katz] show how so-called 'entertainment' is related to homophobia, sexual assault and relationship violence."--Container.
Gender and Media
The Colour of Beauty
Emily Carr College of Art and Design. National Film Board of Canada. 1987.
Call Number: ND 1280 C65 NO.09
This video "Demonstrates the excitement of colour light - how it changes the world around us, effects our moods and invests beauty in everything from shells to laser beams."
Shin, Ann. National Film Board of Canada.
This video "examines the search for beauty and racial identity through the eyes of Maria Estante and Sharon Kim, young women contemplating cosmetic surgery. Both of Asian descent, the two believe their looks - specifically their eyes - get in the way of how people see them."
Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising's Image of Women
Media Education Foundation, 2010
Call Number:HF 5822 K55 2010
"In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series, the first in more than a decade, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gend ... (to read more see "A Look Inside")"