The Most Requested Library Videos of 2016

China Blue

This documentary visits a Chinese blue-jean factory, where workers are trying to survive a harsh working environment. But when the factory owner agrees to a deal with his Western client that forces his teenage workers to work around the clock, a confrontation becomes inevitable.

Keepers of the Fire

An aboriginal proverb says that no people is broken until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Presents the stories of aboriginal women who have participated in important aboriginal struggles in Canada.

Mickey Mouse Monopoly

This film takes a close and critical look at the world of Disney's animated films, and the stories they tell about race, gender and class, reaching disturbing conclusions about the values being propagated under the venner of childhood innocence and fun.

No Logo; Brands , globalization, resistance

She’s a Boy I knew

Vancouver filmmaker Gwen Haworth documents her male-to-female gender transition partially through the voices of her family, best friend, and wife.

Sterilization of Leilani Muir

This video entwines Muir's personal search for justice with the background story of eugenics, a respected "science" during the early decades of the 20th century.

Killing us Softly 4: advertising’s image of women

"In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing us softly series, the first in more than a decade, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes--images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic, and unhealthy, perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality.

Big Bucks, Big Pharma

Big Bucks, Big Pharma pulls back the curtain on the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry to expose the insidious ways that illness is used, manipulated, and in some instances created, for capital gain.

Kuper Island: return to the healing circle

Former students forced to attend the Kuper Island Indian Residential School, British Columbia, tell of the conditions and abuse they experienced as children, describe the long-term effect on their lives and share the joys and sorrows of their quest for spiritual healing.

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

This changes everything

Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Forbidden Love

Girl Rising

More than a film, Girl rising is the heart of a movement that is spreading around the world and promoting a powerful truth: educating girls in the developing world can transform families, communities, and entire countries -- and break the cycle of poverty in just one generation.

Riot at Christie Pits

Between: living in the hyphen

In Canada, diversity often means "one ethnicity + hyphen + Canadian," but what if you don't fit into an easy category? What if your background is a hybrid of ancestries and you live somewhere between, where cultural identities overlap? Between interweaves the experiences of a group of Canadians with one parent from a European background and one from a visible minority.