“Gitigaa” is the Anishinaabe word for “spots”. When you add the letter “n” to the end, it becomes connected to the land. “Garden” is gitigaan, or spots on the land, each spot being recognized as its own ecosystem. The Gitigaan Project began as a space for growing food, but has evolved into a multi-dimensional site where Anishinaabe history is explored, an understanding of traditional food is revealed, and the importance of integrating Indigenous knowledge and language in the everyday is examined.
An unlikely host to a surprisingly diverse array of communities, the Pig’s Ear Tavern was a staple in the small city of Peterborough for generations, and didn’t change much over that time. The community is dealt a blow when the owners announce the sale of the bar to a developer who plans to demolish it. One of the few remaining examples of old-style tavern culture will disappear, and many are left feeling they will have nowhere to go. Over the two months leading up to the closure of the bar, we follow the staff, patrons, friends and family who call the Pig their second home, some of whom travel thousands of miles for one last beer at the Pig’s Ear.
Inspired by a flashback about his birthmark, filmmaker Lester Alfonso is convinced that making a film will help confront a distant trauma rooted in cultural superstition. A follow-up to his award-winning film Twelve (2009), BIRTHMARK is a wry, sensitive, and candidly confessional exercise in creative anthropology. Soliciting fellow mark-bearers to add their testimonies to his own, Lester documents his journey to find peace and forgiveness, and to quiet the voice in his head.
“It’s not only about the marks we are born with but the marks we imagine for ourselves.”
When there is nowhere else to go in the middle of winter, when all of the shelters are full, the Warming Room serves as last resort for people living on the streets of Peterborough, Ontario. For a community which, since the 2008 recession, has had one of the highest unemployment rates in Canada, homelessness has become a daily, graphic reminder of the cycle of poverty, mental illness, and addiction affecting so many. Follow the stories of five people connected to the shelter – four current and former guests, and one staff member - as they search for housing, security, and new hope in this raw and unflinching documentary.
At the heart of a small rural town in Ontario lies a vibrant general store that serves as a testament to the rich history of the area. Run by a kind-hearted family who have devoted themselves to their community, it has been the lifeblood of the town for many thriving generations. As Mike Towns digs through the attic of the building, he reflects on his life at the store along with his father and grandfather before him. A family business for over a century, the store has begun to lose its relevance in a turbulent consumer landscape that seems to be leaving rural towns in the dust. A local farmer who has spent his whole life trading with the store is trying to understand where the world is going. Current owners Chris and Michelle are struggling to make ends met. Feeling the weight of the community on their shoulders, the Towns family are tasked with the decision to continue the struggle, or close the doors for good.
On the eve of her 35th birthday, Megan moved back into her childhood home. For the first time in her life, she was alone; both of her parents are dead. In cleaning out her parents' belongings, she found her father's journal, long believed lost in a fire. It chronicled his 1973 solo bike journey through Ireland when he was just 26 years old. Struggling with her own grief and broken heart, she decides to take her father's journal and his original 1973 red Peugeot and return to the land of her ancestors. Will retracing her father's journey help her to find her own way forward?
Ryan and Sam Weber are extremely talented, hard-working, storied musicians, who struggle to define success - a confusing and elusive concept for any artist. Their journey to this point has provided them with countless opportunities to learn more about themselves and what really matters in life. Their career has been both rewarding, and punishing. With archival footage dating back to their beginnings, and interviews with the brothers, their band, and a selection of their myriad of musical peers, we see why they remain optimistic. The Weber Brothers don't get tied up in the tediousness of striving for fame, fortune, or mainstream success. For the Weber Brothers, it is simply about making music.
This is the story of a team of travelling hockey-playing-priests!