• 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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  • God Save Justin Trudeau: a look into 21st century Canadian politics

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    With Justin Trudeau elected prime minister following the October 19, 2015 federal election, the Liberal Party has once again formed a majority government in Canada. Prior to joining Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair in the electoral race, Trudeau was already a well-known political figure in the country. One of the most famous, and perhaps controversial, events in recent years took place when the Liberal Party leader came face to face with Senator Patrick Brazeau in a charity boxing match on March 31, 2012.

    God Save Justin Trudeau is a documentary film that takes viewers through Trudeau's months-long training for the bout, which ultimately led to his victory in the ring. At the time, Trudeau was Member of Parliament for Montreal's Papineau riding. As the film's co-director Guylaine Maroist explains, the documentary was meant to be a metaphor for sensationalism on the political scene.

    See a side of the Liberal Pary leader you hadn't seen before in this documentary that is neither a boxing film nor a Liberal propaganda piece. One thing for sure  – no one will be left indifferent by God Save Justin Trudeau.

    On 1 November 2015, as part of the first edition of the Vevey International Funny Film Festival in Switzerland, the documentary was awarded the first VIFFF d'Or for Best Film in the International Competition.

  • Keeping Canada Alive: a closer look into our health care system

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    Narrated by Emmy® Award-winning Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland, Keeping Canada Alive is an epic, groundbreaking six-part factual series that gives viewers a powerful snapshot of Canada's health care system as filmed over a 24-hour period in May 2015. More than 60 cameras descended on health and home care locations in 24 Canadian cities to capture incredibly moving and highly intimate stories as shared by patients and health care providers. 

    The cameras rolled as people sought treatment and medical professionals did everything they could to provide it. In addition, the companion online experience is one of the most ambitious to date and features more than 40 hours of extended breakout footage, original content, as well as an online 24-hour stream of raw footage.

  • Yahya Samatar: from humanitarian worker to refugee

    How far would you go for freedom? DNTO dedicates an episode to one man's harrowing journey from Somalia to the banks of Manitoba's Red River.

    Entering Canada was the scariest moment of Yahya Samatar’s life. But that’s not even the beginning of his incredible odyssey, and it’s far from the end. As the refugee crisis continues to grip the world's attention, DNTO host Sook-Yin Lee zeroes in on one refugee’s epic story. How he survived a death sentence in Somalia, hacked his way through Central American jungles, endured months behind bars and, against all odds, hoisted himself up the muddy banks of the Red River.

    In the season premiere of DNTO, find out how, in just his first few weeks in Canada, this total stranger from the other side of the world has burst into the lives of Canadians and compelled them to act.

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  • Shale gas development in Pennsylvania: lessons for New Brunswick?

    Shale gas development continues to face controversy in New Brunswick.

    On the one side, those against the industry worry about its impact on water and air.

    On the other side, the government is banking on shale gas as New Brunswick's answer to job creation and getting out of debt.

    Pennsylvania has been down this road before. In this CBC News Special, reporter Jennifer Choi takes a look at how shale gas has benefited some areas of the state.

    Watch the three-part series: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3

  • Federal Election 2015: Peter Mansbridge’s interviews with party leaders

    “What is it about you that you feel should make you a prime minister?”

    CBC News's chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge sat down for exclusive one-on-one interviews with each of the main federal party leaders in advance of the election on October 19.

    The aim: to give voters a better sense of the leaders themselves and their politics. 

    "The premise is simple; the execution a challenge," Mansbridge writes.

    "We requested the same thing from each of the parties: a full 30 minutes with their leaders, uninterrupted in a venue of their choice, but away from the campaign trail, away from the rallies and the whistle-stops and the media buses.

    "The interviews would be wide-ranging. No topic was off limits, and, as with every one we do, no questions were provided beforehand."

    One question that was particularly tricky for each of the leaders: "​What is it about you that you feel should make you a prime minister?" The answers are surprising.

    Watch all the interviews on Curio.ca now.

    The videos appear in the order the interviews originally aired on CBC's The National:

    Stephen Harper interview 

    Justin Trudeau interview 

    Thomas Mulcair interview 

    Elizabeth May interview 

  • Fall 2015 Catalogue now available!

    With the new school year freshly underway, Curio.ca is pleased to present you with our latest catalogue! Discover the new functionalities we’ve added to Curio.ca in recent months, along with the latest releases, classroom favourites, must-see/must-haves and our collections.

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  • CBC Vancouver Inspiration Series Highlights Aboriginal Women Leaders

    Dream Makers panelists spoke of their motivations, challenges and how to move forward

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    On June 16, CBC Vancouver presented CBC Vancouver Inspiration Series: Dream Makers, a panel event that highlights successful aboriginal women and celebrates the unique experiences that have led them to become leaders in the community.

    The panel discussion, moderated by CBC's Duncan McCue and hosted by Lisa Charleyboy, featured four female leaders who shared their stories of how they overcame challenges to achieve success.

    The speakers were:

    ·  Melanie Mark, a community advocate

    ·  Dorothy Grant, an acclaimed artist and fashion designer

    ·  Laurie Sterritt, the director of Aboriginal Employment, Education and Procurement at B.C. Hydro

    ·  Dr. Gwen Point, the Chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley

    Here are highlights from the event:

    We're all in the middle of a big city here, running big city lives. How do you stay in touch with culture here in the city?

    Gwen Point: There's no question that it is a part of who you are, and I make it a part of who I am. I tell people I'm First Nations, whether I'm dressed in my traditional regalia or I'm dressed in street clothes. I make it a part of my day. I go from a longhouse to my job, go from my home to a sweat lodge. And I've had the privilege, of course, of teaching about First Nations. When I ask the elders, how do you teach about a longhouse, how do I teach about a cedar tree? They told me, don't talk about it, do it. So education — I bring my students to a longhouse. I make it a part of my everyday.

    How, as indigenous women, do you balance the responsibility to your community versus being an individual and individual success?

    Dorothy Grant: I think it's by example. In 1989, I did my first fashion show in Hotel Vancouver and it received incredible response. About three weeks later, I took that same show to Skidegate and I asked young people and elders to be my models. We did the very same show, but with different models. My community just embraced it and this was very early on. I've kept that connection with my people and that's been very important for me, that they, in the beginning, endorsed what I was doing because nobody at the time was doing anything like this, so it was really stepping out on the ledge. To have their support was a major thing for me. Each sort of success that I've had, I feel like my community's been behind me.

    For more panel discussion highlights, click here.

  • Now on Curio.ca: Conspiracy of Silence

    Conspiracy of Silence (1991)

    A tragic and troubling true story which made headlines across the nation, this two-hour drama recounts the life of Helen Betty Osborne, a young Aboriginal student who was brutally beaten and slain in a The Pas, Manitoba town in 1971.

    Osborne’s murder remained unsolved for nearly 16 years, despite the fact that within days of the tragedy, rumours began circulating of the identity of the four men involved. It gradually came to light that rather than come forward with information, the townspeople closed ranks and refused to help the RCMP in their investigation. When finally brought to trial, a grim account of racism and conspiracy unfolded.

    Based on material from the book Conspiracy of Silence by Toronto Star journalist Lisa Priest.

    WARNING: This program contains disturbing images, language and subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.

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