05. October 2015 · Comments Off on Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco’s documentary ‘Mental Health on Air’ · Categories: Documentaries · Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Depression and mental illness affect youth regardless of where they live. Youth mental health is an issue often left undiscussed — in Canada and in developing countries like Malawi and Tanzania, where malaria and malnutrition are often treated as more pressing public health concerns.

Journalist Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco took a leave of absence from CBC Ottawa to travel to Tanzania and Malawi and see just how an entertaining radio program can tackle the stigma of mental illness and engage youth in a discussion about depression. His documentary, Mental Health on Air: Healthy minds, resilient communities, will be launched at an event in Ottawa, Oct. 25 at the Kailash Mital Theatre, Carleton University.  Check out the Facebook event for more information and to book your free ticket to the screening.

Here’s the trailer.



Secret War, a documentary about veterans who join an equine therapy program will have its broadcast television premiere on CBC Ottawa on Saturday August 1st at 7pm as part of the channel’s Ottawa Docs 2015.  Recent graduates from the Carleton University’s Master of Journalism program, Fangliang Xu, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull and Shannon Lough created the short film last fall as part of the documentary class taught by Michael Ostroff.

Here’s a clip of the film posted on CBC’s Absolutely Ottawa page.

We interviewed the filmmakers earlier this year for the second episode of our #OttawaIndieFilm series.  Here’s our Season 1 recap vid for the series.

Tune in to CBC Ottawa on Saturday August 1 at 7pm for Ottawa Docs.


21. June 2015 · Comments Off on OttawaIndieFilmEvents – Brandon Cronenberg (Canadian Film Institute) · Categories: Feature Films, Ottawa Indie Film Events · Tags: , , , , , , , ,

The Canadian Film Institute presented the film Antiviral by talented emerging Canadian filmmaker Brandon Cronenberg at a screening at the River Theatre at Carleton University on June 20, 2015.  Cronenberg attended the screening and answered questions from the audience.


The video also features Tom McSorley, Executive Director, CFI.
Videographer, Editor: Jith Paul. Special thanks to Jerrett Zaroski, Programmer, CFI.

“Born and raised in Toronto, Brandon Cronenberg studied film at Ryerson University.  In addition to his first feature Antiviral, which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, Cronenberg has written and directed several short films and music videos.” — CFI brochure

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More videos from the series are available at OttawaIndieFilm.com.

OttawaIndieFilm-SecretWar3Today’s episode of #OttawaIndieFilm features Shannon Lough, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull and Fangliang Xu, four students from the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.  They have just completed their first film together, a documentary called “Secret War” about the innovative War Horse project which utilizes horses to help veterans dealing with the traumas of war.  “Secret War” is an Official Selection at this year’s Yorkton Film Festival.

Episodes of the #OttawaIndieFilm series are cross posted on Apartment613 and OttawaIndieFest.