Curio's documentaries explore and expand on the major issues of our time.

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Episodes

Documentary Quebec My Country, Mon Pays

Quebec My Country Mon Pays charts the aftermath of Quebec’s Quiet Revolution in the 1960s. This social justice movement unleashed dramatic cultural and political changes that led to the separatist movement, the FLQ terrorist crisis and, ultimately, the exodus of more than 600,000 English-speaking Quebecers. Montreal-born filmmaker John Walker reveals his own complicated relationship with the province in a film ...
  • 2016
  • 01:23:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/21/2020

Documentary Toxic Beauty

In 1982, world-renowned epidemiologist Dr. Daniel Cramer linked Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder to ovarian cancer. Since the 1960s, J&J allegedly knew the risks and did nothing. In 2004, Dr. Philippa Darbre, a UK scientist, found parabens, a chemical preservative in many cosmetics, in breast tissue. In 2018, the National Institute of Health’s sister study linked breast cancer to personal ...
  • 2019
  • 01:18:13
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/20/2020

Documentary The Family Farm

In a journey across the majestic Canadian countryside, The Family Farm explores the diverse agricultural pursuits of earnest farm families and serves as a window into small scale farming. A season spent with these farmers and others reveals the key role they play in sustaining traditional farm knowledge, promoting environmental stewardship and maintaining food security. The Family Farm focuses on ...
  • 2014
  • 01:10:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/11/2020

Documentary Under Thin Ice (long version)

In Under Thin Ice, two divers, Jill Heinerth and Mario Cyr, tell us about their risky expedition to the Canadian Arctic. They had first intended to document arctic ecosystems and marine wildlife, but were faced with an unexpected reality. The Arctic is warming very fast and the animals are not where they used to be. Through their testimonies, Jill and Mario ...
  • 2019
  • 00:51:51
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 11/27/2019

Teacher Guide(s)

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Documentary The Instrument Bank

The Instrument Bank follows the country’s most gifted violinists and cellists over the course of the 2009 Canada Council for the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank Competition. The musicians compete to get their hands on the world’s greatest stringed instruments, valued at more than $27 million. The relationship between musician and instrument and the intense work ethic required to make one a ...
  • 2011
  • 00:47:51
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/04/2019

Documentary Expo 67: Mission Impossible

The documentary thriller Expo 67: Mission Impossible invites us to relive the incredible adventure of the men behind Man and His World. Over time, many people have begun to speak out and the full story can now emerge, just like Notre-Dame Island from the waters of the Saint Lawrence. Thanks to unprecedented access to over 80,000 archival documents, along with uncensored accounts ...
  • 2017
  • 01:08:38
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/22/2018

Documentary Welcome to F.L. (with English subtitles)

Welcome to F.L. offers a candid portrait of the smart, passionate and reflective students at a typical Quebec high school, as they reach the end of their teenage years and contemplate the lives that lie ahead for them.
  • 2015
  • 01:14:11
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/07/2017

Documentary Time Bombs

In the spring of 1957, 40 young Canadian soldiers were sent to Nevada on a top secret mission. These young men did not know they would be used as guinea pigs in the most important nuclear test program of the Cold War. The American military wanted to know how the average soldier would hold up on a nuclear battlefield. With ...
  • 2007
  • 00:45:35
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/26/2016

Documentary Québékoisie (with English subtitles) Classroom Favourites

They had to go to the other side of the planet, specifically Tibet, to realize it. Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins are a pair of active thirtysomethings with friends all over the world, but they didn’t know what to call the people who have always lived in their home, Quebec. Why are so many Quebecers so ignorant of the First ...
  • 2013
  • 01:21:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/15/2014

Documentary Pinel: A glimpse into the suffering of mental illness

Pinel tells the story of three men afflicted with mental illness who committed a violent crime while experiencing psychosis. They were found not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder and hospitalized at Pinel, a maximum-security institution specializing in the treatment of violent behavior linked to mental illness. The documentary highlights the three mental patients’ struggle to overcome their illness and ...
  • 2012
  • 00:52:00
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 10/31/2013