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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.



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Sugar_Coated-Filmmaker“Almost everything we eat these days is spiked with sugar, in one form or another. It‚Äôs disguised with many, many different names. We are talking about an international multi-billion dollar industry that has refined a lot more than sugar. It‚Äôs refined it‚Äôs messaging and its ‚Äėpitch‚Äô to the public, one spoonful at a time,” the Emmy-nominated and Gemini Award-winning filmmaker Mich√®le Hozer (Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould, Shake Hands with The Devil: The Journey of Rom√©o Dallaire), tells Ottawa Indie Fest during a recent interview about her feature documentary Sugar Coated.

Sugar Coated¬†takes a hard look at the sugar industry and the tactics that has health experts¬†calling sugar the new tobacco.¬†As obesity rates skyrocket and doctors treat the first generation of children suffering from fatty liver disease, this compelling investigative doc, which screens at Ottawa’s independent Mayfair Theatre on May 21st at 6:30pm, exposes the sugar industry’s systematic hijacking of scientific study to bury evidence that sugar is, in fact, toxic.

For over 40 years, Big Sugar has deflected threats to its multi-billion dollar empire through creative PR and tactics strikingly similar to the way the tobacco industry disguised its products are addictive and cause fatal illnesses. The film features rare archival footage, secret documents and interviews with health crusaders Gary Taubes, Dr. Robert Lustig, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, Dr. Cristin Kearns and Stanton Glantz, working together to reverse the trend threatening the health and economy of the nation.

The harmful effects of sugar have been know for some time. What attracted you to make a film about sugar at this time?

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