• Interrupt This Program

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    Interrupt This Program uncovers the underground arts scenes in cities that have experienced major traumas: natural disasters, long-term war, political unrest or economic meltdown. This series documents the creative underbellies of five unique cities, each facing its own set of challenges: Beirut, Kiev, Athens, Port-au-Prince and Medellin. In each episode, we meet three or four young, determined local artists (plus one Canadian ex-pat to offer an outsider's perspective) who are committed to making art that elicits change, displays courage or protests their city's political and societal status quo.

    In Beirut: a writer, a graffiti artist, a hip-hop artist and a Baladi (belly) dancer embody art as protest in a post-civil war city divided by religion.

    In Kiev: a poet, a rocker and a performance artist continue to push creative boundaries in a city that is struggling in the wake of the Euromaidan Revolution.

    In Athens: a photographer, an electronic pop band, a mural artist and a writer demonstrate how art is a means of survival in the midst of a city under economic crisis.

    In Port-au-Prince: a radio host, a photographer, a Rabòday singer and a creole rapper showcase the emerging and subversive sounds and images of Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.

    In Medellin, once considered the most dangerous place in the world, a rapper, a musician, a filmmaker and an urban planner take us on a tour of their city, currently experiencing a cultural renaissance.

  • Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows

    Omar Khadr: Child Soldier or Murderer? 

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    The 28-year-old Canadian has been at the centre of controversy since he was 15. In October 2010, Khadr pleaded guilty to five war crimes, including “murder in violation of war", in return for a plea deal that gave him an eight-year sentence and a chance to return to Canada. He later recanted his confession and his Guantanamo conviction is being appealed in the U.S.

    Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows features unprecedented access and exclusive interviews with Omar Khadr during his first few days of freedom in Edmonton, where he was finally released on bail on May 7, 2015, after nearly 13 years in detention.

    This documentary delivers an intimate portrait of how a teenager from a Toronto suburb ended up being at the centre of one of the first U.S. war crimes trials since the prosecution of Nazi commanders in the 1940s. He is the only juvenile who has ever been tried for war crimes. Out of the Shadows gives Omar Khadr the opportunity to speak for himself on camera for the first time.

    Based in part on Michelle Shephard’s authoritative book Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, the documentary takes us from his childhood spent traveling between a Canadian suburb and Peshawar at the height of the jihad against the Soviets, into Afghanistan and the homes of al-Qaeda’s elite, into the notorious U.S. prisons at Bagram and Guantanamo and back again to Canada.

    Directed by Patrick Reed and co-directed by Toronto Star journalist Michelle Shephard, Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows is a White Pine Pictures production in association with the CBC.

    For more information, visit the Firsthand website.

  • Walter & Tandoori's Xmas

    A film by Sylvain Viau starring Russell Peters, Rick Jones, Sonya Ball and Philip Le Maistre

    A small town. A business magnate. A talking chicken. A gaggle of turkeys on the run from being eaten for Christmas dinner. And an unlikely hero caught in the middle of it all!

    Selected at the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (2012)

    Nominated at the World Premieres Film Festival Philippines (2014)

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