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  • The War to End All Wars

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    In this documentary series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War, award-winning documentary filmmaker Mark Terry interviews professors in York University's Department of History as they examine various aspects of the war and the role Canada played in it.

  • In Security

    A documentary about how barbed wire, a simple 19th century invention used to claim land for agricultural purposes, has evolved into a silent sentinel that acts as a means of control over people and spaces around the world.

  • Under The Red Star

    The Finnish Labour Temple opened in March 1910, but this workers' hall was a temple of a different sort, one where political rather than religious devotion was practiced. Under the Red Star tells the story of union organizers, strong minded women, athletic children, actors and even poets.
    Under t...

  • Consequences of Confederation

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    Consequences of Confederation is a 5-part video series featuring historians from York University. It explores a selection of outcomes of the 1867 British North America Act, the agreement among British colonies to form a new nation-state in North America.

  • Letters From Karelia

    Taimi Pitkanen last saw her brother Aate in a Leningrad railway station in 1931.

    Taimi was returning to Canada from Moscow; Aate was headed for Soviet Karelia, on the border with Finland, where his skills in electricity and languages - both English and Finnish - were badly needed.

    Aate never ca...

  • Where the Poppies Grow - The Lakehead at War

    Where the Poppies Grow is a short docu-drama about one soldier during the Great War. Alfred Saxberg was a first generation Finnish Canadian who signed up at the beginning of the war and was fortunate to return home in 1919. When the Great War ended In November 1918, the people of the Lakehead c...

  • Rosies of the North

    A film about women who built planes during WWII and Elsie MacGill, the first woman in Canada to graduate with an engineering degree and the first woman in the world to design an airplane.

  • The Bishop Who Ate His Boots

    Renowned Canadian cinematographer, Richard Stringer's documentary about his grandfather, Isaac O. Stringer, an Anglican missionary and Bishop who, along with his wife Sadie, devoted their lives to the Canadian North and its people.

  • Hard Time

    A documentary about one man's journey, from a life of poverty in rural Louisiana, through the state corrections system, to becoming a political activist devoted to the fight for the rights of political prisoners in the United States.

  • Banana Split

    A documentary that explores the history and the ongoing issues that surround the world’s most popular fruit. All you need to know about the "meal in a peel."

  • Who was Sylvia

    Hubert and Jacomyn are modern day pioneers living in a straw bale home, powered by sun and wind, yet they are connected to a bygone era by the discovery of a mysterious neighbour who they would never meet .

    Flash Frame Film and Video Network production for International Doc Challenge 2012

  • We Stand on Guard

    This TV-hour documentary examines the first 100 years of Canadian military service overseas. It includes never-before-seen archival as well as footage of Canada’s peacekeeping role in Kosovo from 1999 to 2000.

    Awards:
    Best Director - Mark Terry - Houston International Film Festival
    Best Documen...

  • Going with the Grain: Rail meets Inland Sea at the Lakehead

    One of the most important industries in Thunder Bay is the storage and shipping of grain. Grain elevators stand as silent sentinels on the shore of Lake Superior. This film offers a short history of the grain trade at the Lakehead.

  • Sniper Patrick Riel

    In this short lecture, Dr. Ron Harpelle of the Lakehead University Department of History discusses the life and military accomplishments of Patrick Riel, a sniper in the First World War.

  • Kiri's Piano

    Inspired by Canadian folk singer James Keelaghan's 1988 song of the same name, the film chronicles one woman's sacrifice in the face of rampant prejudice tearing her Japanese-Canadian family apart.

  • Dorothea Mitchell - A Reel Pioneer

    A documentary film about a little known pioneer of Canadian film and the group of modern day filmmakers who discover and finish her last silent film.

  • Toxic Time Bomb

    “Toxic Time Bomb” is about the impact of industrial pollution on a community and about activists who have spent 30 years fighting to ensure that industry and government take responsibility for the destruction of the environment.

  • Elizabeth Smellie - Canada's Florence Nightingale

    In this short film, Dr. Nathan Hatton of the Lakehead University Department of History describes the remarkable life and accomplishments of Elizabeth Smellie, a field nurse in the First World War who quickly rose through the ranks and became the first female colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces.