• Fidel Castro, 1926-2016

    Fidel Castro passed away on November 25, 2016, aged 90. Cuba’s revolutionary leader was one of the most visible and polarizing figures of the latter half of the 20th century – a symbol of Third World revolution for some, an oppressive dictator for others. But behind the image and fiery speeches, who really was this man who survived over 600 assassination attempts?

    Curio.ca features two documentaries on Castro.

    Fidel Castro: A Life of Revolution presents a deeply personal account of Castro, taken largely from private letters, correspondence, speeches and interviews. Exclusive footage of Castro’s childhood home and his rebel headquarters in the Sierra Maestra Mountains is complimented by classic archive footage, including CBC interviews with Castro when he was the most wanted man in Cuba.

    In Castro in the Eyes of His Loved Ones, people close to him reveal how he experienced key moments in his career, from the early days of the revolution, through the Cuban Missile Crisis, to the moment he signed his provisional resignation. They also give a glimpse of what Castro was like in private – his convictions, his doubts, his family life and his extraordinary charm.

    Watch Fidel Castro: A Life of Revolution | Watch Castro in the Eyes of His Loved Ones

  • Every Living Thing: Experiencing a Bioblitz

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    In this the United Nations Decade of Biodiversity (2011-2020), Every Living Thing follows a 20-year biodiversity research project to identify and catalogue as many species as possible in the province of New Brunswick, before human encroachment and climate change intensifies.

    Producer Lloyd Salomone and director Kent Martin, with Fredericton-based Flower Power Production Inc., got the idea for the film in 2011, when the two were working on another film about the Acadian forest.

    Salomone says they crossed paths with some researchers from the New Brunswick Museum — in particular Don McAlpine, the museum's research chair of zoology.

    "Don and his colleague Stephen Clayden spoke about their 20-year biodiversity project to go to 10 very large protected natural areas around the province of New Brunswick," he said. "To go there one summer and then the next summer, at different times, because different species come out at different times in the year."

    Salomone and Martin decided to follow the researchers in 2013 and 2014 on bioblitzes, as dozens of experts from North America and around the world gathered to document species of fish, insects, plants, fungi, reptiles, mammals and amphibians at a site in the middle of the province.

    "It was just a matter of following them around and seeing the work they do, and love doing," Salomone said. "It became clear they have a very strong relationship with the natural world and they understand it in relation to climate change."

  • The Secret Path – now available on Curio.ca

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    "Chanie haunts me. His story is Canada’s story." These are the words of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, describing what inspired him to create The Secret Path. This powerful animated film tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old boy who died of exposure in 1966 while running away from a residential school. The story is told through illustrations by Jeff Lemire and Gord Downie's music.

    The Secret Path animated film is now available on Curio.ca, including the mini-documentary that features Gord Downie's trip to visit the Wenjack family in Ogoki Post, Ontario.