L'enfance ressemble souvent plus à un cauchemar qu'à un terrain de jeu : 180 millions d'enfants travaillent dans le monde; 2 millions d'enfants ont été massacrés, 6 millions blessés et 1 million sont devenus orphelins à la suite de conflits armés depuis 5 ans. Cent millions d'enfants n'iront jamais à l'école et plus d'un demi-milliard de jeunes vivent avec moins d'un dollar par jour. La pauvreté tue un enfant à toutes les trois secondes...
De l'enfance, les petites filles constituent certainement le maillon le plus exploité, mais on oublie trop souvent que les petits garçons vivent aussi l'abus et l'exploitation. Dans des sociétés où le sexisme, la violence et la discrimination sont tolérés, qu'arrivent-ils à ces garçons, une fois devenus adultes? La cruauté et l'injustice dans lesquelles vivent tant de jeunes garçons aujourd'hui sont-elles les terreaux idéals pour former les bourreaux de demain?
Dans Des billes, des ballons et des garçons... de jeunes garçons maltraités et exploités nous parleront de leur existence et de leurs jeux. Ils livreront à la caméra la vie de misère qui les étouffe, tout en nous confiant leurs expoirs et leurs rêves.
Documentaire coup de poing où la parole est donnée aux enfants, Des billes, des ballons et des garçons est un film bilan sur l'enfance brisée par le travail forcé, l'esclavage, la criminalité, la guerre, l'exploitation sexuelle et la bêtise humaine...
Une fois adulte, que feront ces millions de garçons sacrifiés? se venger? briser les femmes ou les enfants qui les entourent? Si l'univers actuel prépare la prochaine génération, que peut-on espérer d'une société aussi injuste? Plusieurs sont détruits et crient vengeance, d'autres veulent tenter de réparer leur vie et celle de leur famille.
Autour d'enfants du monde unis et liés par des jeux de billes ou des ballons, nous irons à la rencontre de nombreux garçons à qui on a volé l'enfance, mais non les rêves.
This animated short follows an unwanted baby who is passed from house to house until he is taken in and cared for by two homeless men. The film is the Canadian contribution to an hour-long feature film celebrating UNESCO's Year of the Child (1979). It illustrates one of the ten principles of the Declaration of Children's Rights: every child is entitled to a name and a nationality. The film took home an Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film.
Shot in Montreal over a four-month period, from May to September 2020, Jules’ Impossible Summer charts the evolving relationship between the filmmaker and her 19-year-old son through 15 redundant conversations about the importance—or the impossibility, depending on the point of view—of following the health restrictions imposed during the pandemic.
This feature documentary by renowned director and cinematographer Vic Sarin is a personal yet global investigation into the history and current state of colourism: the discrimination within one ethnicity based on differences in skin tone. Sarin travels the globe to discuss this complex cross-cultural social issue with individuals whose lives it affects, including a Filipina entrepreneur whose business has flourished within the billion-dollar skin-whitening industry. Hue leads viewers on a thoughtful and surprising journey to the heart of a painful and pervasive social issue that not only polices appearance, but also class, gender, and geography.
Prompted by the filmmaker, nine teenagers individually act out their secret dreams and, between times, talk about their world as they see it. Babette conceives of herself as an abbess defending her fortress, a convent; Michelle is transported in a dream of love where all time ceases; Philippe is the revolutionary, defeating all the institutions that plague him, and so on, through all their fantasies. All the actual preoccupations of youth are raised: authority, drugs, social conflict, sex. With English subtitles.
Raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank while her mother was in prison, Walaa dreams of becoming a policewoman in the Palestinian Security Forces (PSF). Despite discouragement from her family, even her beloved brother Mohammed, Walaa applies and gets in. But her own rebellious behaviour and complicated relationship with her mother are challenging, as are the circumstances under which she lives.
Following Walaa from 15-21, with an intimate POV, What Walaa Wants is the compelling story of a defiant young girl navigating formidable obstacles, learning which rules to break and follow, and disproving the negative predictions from her surroundings and the world at large.
Filmmaker Paul Émile d'Entremont's documentary presents Reema, a lively and sensitive young girl confronted with difficult questions about her identity. After spending the first 16 years of her life with her Canadian mother, Reema re-connects with her Iraqi father by spending 2 months with him in Jordan. On returning home to Nova Scotia, she realizes she will always have a double identity, and that it is both a burden and a treasure.
In 1992 a young Iranian student hanged himself on the outskirts of a small Ontario town. Having escaped the Ayatollah's regime and found a new home in Canada, he could not escape his past. In this film, Masoud Raouf documents the experiences of Iranian-Canadians - former political prisoners like himself - who were active in the Iranian democratic movement and continue to struggle with the past.
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This feature documentary paints an engaging portrait of Oumar, an auto mechanic from Burkina Faso. Always ready to lend a helping hand, Oumar has become a vital, central part of his community, in Montreal’s Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood. People tend to gather round as he works, and talk often turns to weighty issues: feminism, polygamy, politics, religion. In eight months’ time, he is due to return for a visit with his family after six years away, so he is searching for hundreds of presents to take with him. Back home, when you leave the nest, it’s to look for wealth. Otherwise, failure awaits…
This two-part series explores ancient teachings on death and dying. It was filmed over a four-month period on location in the Himalayas where the original text still yields an essential influence over people's views of life and death. A Way of Life contains footage of the rites and liturgies surrounding and following the death of a Ladakhi elder. The Dalai Lama explains his own feelings about death, while other scenes within a palliative care hospice in San Francisco depicts the use of the texts to counsel dying AIDS patients. This film, by revealing ancient teachings on how to think about death and dying, can be a valuable source of counsel and comfort.
The NFB's 29th Oscar®-nominated film.
In this animated short, director Peter Foldès depicts one man’s descent into greed and gluttony. Rapidly dissolving and ever-evolving images create a contrast between abundance and want. One of the first films to use computer animation, this satire serves as a cautionary tale against self-indulgence in a world still plagued by hunger and poverty.