This documentary pokes fun at the ways in which Inuit people have been treated as “exotic” documentary subjects by turning the lens onto the strange behaviours of Qallunaat (the Inuit word for white people). The term refers less to skin colour than to a certain state of mind: Qallunaat greet each other with inane salutations, repress natural bodily functions, complain about being cold, and want to dominate the world. Their odd dating habits, unsuccessful attempts at Arctic exploration, overbearing bureaucrats and police, and obsession with owning property are curious indeed.
A collaboration between filmmaker Mark Sandiford and Inuit writer and satirist Zebedee Nungak, Qallunaat! brings the documentary form to an unexpected place in which oppression, history, and comedy collide.
Qallunaat! Why White People Are Funny
posted by Rumple
on Jan 30, 2014 -
Review Raja Review Raja doesn’t share his real name with anyone, but he is happy to share the unlikely story of how a white guy who was born in Tweed and grew up in Belleville became Review Raja, a connoisseur of Tamil films, or Kollywood, and a celebrity in the Tamil community in Canada and abroad.
posted by modernnomad
on Jan 5, 2013 -
— No matter where we live, the Great Lakes affect us all. And as species of fish disappear and rates of birth defects and cancer rise, it seems one thing is clear: the Great Lakes are changing and something's not quite right with the water. An interactive documentary film from the National Film Board of Canada
. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Feb 26, 2011 -
Canadian horror flick Pontypool
) is a modern zombie tale quite unlike any other. Loosely based on a dense, complicated novel
by Tony Burgess and inspired by
Orson Welles' War of the Worlds
, it tells the story of Grant Mazzy, a grumbling yet likable radio host (played by veteran character actor Stephen McHattie) whose penchant for philosophical ramblings
gets him booted from Toronto to the sleepy winter pastures of Pontypool, Ontario. One bleak morning, as the outspoken Mazzy chafes against no-nonsense producer Sydney Briar, disturbing news begins rolling in
of a series of bizarre
and violent incidents sweeping the town. Trapped in their church basement broadcasting booth, Mazzy, Briar, and intern Laurel-Ann Drummond
struggle to understand the odd nature of the crisis and warn the wider world before it's too late. But this is no ordinary virus, and they find their efforts may be causing far more harm than good. You can watch the film on YouTube horror channel Dead By Dawn (1 2 3 4 5 6 7
), but if you're pressed for time you can also experience it in its more logical form: as a one-hour BBC radio drama
voiced by the original cast. And after the credits, make sure not to miss the film's playful non-sequitur coda
posted by Rhaomi
on Feb 25, 2011 -
In 2001, Marc Bertrand
was tasked by the National Film Board of Canada with creating 26 one-minute films about science. The only constraints were that he had to use both archival footage and animation. The result was Science Please!
And because the NFB is awesome, you can watch all 26 of them online: Part 1
| Part 2
| Or, in French [more inside]
posted by 256
on Apr 26, 2010 -
Mentioned here earlier in its beta form
, Canada's National Film Board has released the bulk of its films online, for free, in the NFB Screening Room.
With hundreds of films from the 1920s
onwards, including groundbreaking work by animator Norman McLaren
, documentaries, dramas, bizarre anti-smoking (or pro-smoking?) screeds
and much, much more, it's a breathtaking trove of amazing film to be discovered from north of the 49th. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd
on Jan 22, 2009 -
Canadian hate crime laws
are trying to be applied to filmmakers. Sure they made fake
snuff films and there are no victims. So far they have them on an obscenity charge and I thought we had free speech problems.
posted by skallas
on Oct 16, 2000 -