14. May 2015 · Comments Off on Leon Lee’s ‘Human Harvest’ · Categories: Documentaries, News · Tags: , , , , ,
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HHHuman Harvest (aka Davids and Goliath), a controversial documentary on organ harvesting in China directed by Vancouver filmmaker Leon Lee just won a prestigious Peabody Award.

“It’s the highest honour in Canadian broadcast TV, something that (Stephen) Colbert recently proclaimed to be ‘like an Oscar wrapped in an Emmy inside a Pulitzer.’ Unlike Oscars and Grammys, the Peabodys revolve around a unanimous vote of 17 judges. Try to get a bunch of creative types to agree on anything, and you’ll soon see why the award is so highly coveted within the broadcast industry.” — VancityBuzz

“Winning the Peabody is a great honour and the highlight of my career so far. My hope is that the attention this film receives can help shine a light on the terrible crime of organ harvesting.” – Leon Lee

More information on the film can be found on its official website.

Here’s the film’s trailer.

10. May 2015 · Comments Off on Strula Gunnarsson’s ‘The Mystery of the Monsoon’ · Categories: Documentaries, Television · Tags: , , , , , ,
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11096488_855734224498835_8517302400769935984_oMonsoon by Canadian filmmaker Strula Gunnarsson is a stunning documentary that showcases the cultural and spiritual significance of the monsoon season in India. The film was the an Official Selection at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and the People’s Choice Award Winner at Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival in 2014.

A shorter (44 minute) version of the film is now available on CBC’s website as part of David Suzuki‘s documentary series The Nature of Things.

“Part road movie, part spectacle, part human drama Monsoon is a documentary exploration of chaos, creation and faith in the land of believers. Filmed across the Indian sub-continent and charting the huge system’s path as it surges toward and gradually engulfs every region of the country, Monsoon introduces us to a remarkable array of individuals whose lives are in different ways entwined with the phenomenon.” – Monsoon press kit

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OttawaIndieFilm-RhianaChinapen2Filmmaker Rhiana Chinapen’s interest in social justice issues drew her to documentaries and her work planning Ottawa’s One World Film Festival which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.  She recently completed her first film, an exploration of Capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian martial art which she practices) with the assistance of SAW Video Media Arts Centre’s Jumpstart Program.

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

28. April 2015 · Comments Off on Monsoon: A film by Sturla Gunnarsson · Categories: Documentaries · Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
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11096488_855734224498835_8517302400769935984_oMonsoon by Canadian filmmaker Strula Gunnarsson is a stunning documentary that showcases the cultural and spiritual significance of the monsoon season in India. The film was the an Official Selection at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and the People’s Choice Award Winner at Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival in 2014.

“Part road movie, part spectacle, part human drama Monsoon is a documentary exploration of chaos, creation and faith in the land of believers. Filmed across the Indian sub-continent and charting the huge system’s path as it surges toward and gradually engulfs every region of the country, Monsoon introduces us to a remarkable array of individuals whose lives are in different ways entwined with the phenomenon.” – Monsoon press kit

Veteran filmmaker Strula Gunnarsson is one of Canada’s most prolific and eclectic filmmakers. He was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, studied English literature and film at the University of British Columbia and is best known for his directorial work on David Suzuki‘s documentary Force of Nature, the 2010 TIFF Documentary Audience Award winner.

Gunnarsson joined guest host Talia Schlanger on CBC’s Q to discuss the film.  Here’s the interview.

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