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This year’s festival program was developed with a team of 17 pre-screeners who collectively produced more than 120 reviews of the long list of documentaries. Our current program was selected from their recommendations. They watched productions that they would never otherwise have seen and are now excited to recommend to our community. We hope that our eclectic and engaging selections stimulate your brain, heckle your hackles and move your heart. Bill Barrett, for the Selection Committee

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Bookshelf Cinema 41 Quebec St

Tickets also available at the door.

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Alma Gallery 133 Wyndham St N 37 Quebec St (at the Bookshelf)

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Thursday, November 5

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Shannon Walsh ❙ 75 minutes ❙ H2Oil follows a voyage of discovery, heartbreak and activism in the stories of those attempting to defend water in Alberta against tar sands expansion. It takes four barrels of glacier-fed water to extract one barrel of crude oil. The tar sands are one of the most significant and destructive projects of our time.

Friday, November 6

Main Branch, 100 Norfolk St

Norfolk Street United Church

Thurs. Nov. 5 to Sun. Nov. 8, 12 – 6 pm

Students/Seniors Festival Pass: $40 Galas: Norfolk Street United Church and Bookshelf Cinema: $10 Other screenings: $5 suggested donation Guelph Public Library: Free

University of Guelph

Children 12 and under: Free for all events

Recommended for ages 7–12 Dean Palmer Photography Sunday, November 8, 2 pm


The Sweater

Log Driver’s Waltz The Sweater

John Weldon ❙ 1979 ❙ 3 minutes Driving logs down the river has made this young man the best dancing partner to be found. Sheldon Cohen ❙ 1980 ❙ 10 minutes An NFB classic based on the book The Hockey Sweater that appeals to hockey lovers of all ages.

The Cat Came Back

Cordell Barker ❙ 1988 ❙ 7 min Old Mr. Johnson makes increasingly manic attempts to rid himself of a little yellow cat that won’t stay away.

Les Drew and Kaj Pindal ❙ 1966 ❙ 9 minutes Martians observe the Earth and conclude that the car is the main life form – and we are parasites.

Cactus Swing

Susan Crandall, Beth Portman ❙ 1995 ❙ 6 minutes Pete the Mountie is awakened in the badlands by a varmint band and witnesses a cactus line dance.

Cosmic Zoom

Eva Szasz ❙ 1968 ❙ 8 minutes Journey from the farthest point of the universe to the tiniest particle of existence, an atom of a human cell.


Catherine Arcand ❙ 2007 9 minutes Who hasn’t felt apprehensive at the thought of starting high school? Step into a dream world inspired by the work of Escher and Magritte.


Saturday, 2 pm ❙ Ed Video

What Would Jesus Buy? Saturday, 1 pm ❙ eBar

Rip: A Remix Manifesto

Brett Gaylor ❙ 80 minutes ❙ Web activist Brett Gaylor’s documentary about copyright and remix culture features musician Greg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, whose live mash-ups of popular music create a wild and edgy dialogue between artists from all genres and eras. A probing investigation into how culture builds upon culture in the information age. Followed by Copy Right? panel discussion


Roslyn Schwartz ❙ 1994 ❙ 5 minutes An animated short that takes a pointed look at endangered species and human indifference.

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Journey of the Blob

Bill Maylone ❙ 1989 ❙ 10 minutes A boy makes a decision about how to dispose of a green glob he has concocted.




La Salla

Richard Condie ❙ 1996 ❙ 8 minutes The classic tale of temptation is revealed in the form of a comic opera.

What on Earth!

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Rob VanAlkemade ❙ 91 minutes ❙ 2008 ❙ PG – brief mild language Reverend Billy and his Church of Life After Shopping are on a mission to save us all from our shopping sins by satirizing North American consumer culture. Producer Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) helps aim the congregation’s crosshairs at North America’s Christmas season buying frenzy. Staging retail interventions and causing corporate havoc, Reverend Billy and his choir prophesize the coming of the Shopocalypse: The end of mankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt.

Saturday, 4 pm ❙ Alma Gallery

The Strangest Dream

Ed Bednarski ❙ 90 minutes Nuclear physicist Joseph Rotblat was contracted by the U.S. government to help build the first atomic bomb – but was the only member of the Manhattan Project who refused to participate on moral grounds. Rotblat’s story encompasses the history of nuclear weapons, the founding of the Pugwash Conferences to halt nuclear proliferation and a Nobel Peace prize. Featuring interviews with his contemporaries, The Strangest Dream balances fears about the future of nuclear weapons with the hope of morally engaged scientists and citizens working to dismantle them.

Saturday, 9 pm Gala ❙ Norfolk St. United Church

Finding Farley

Leanne Allison ❙ 62 minutes ❙ 2009 Finding Farley is a young family’s cross-Canada adventure to visit Canadian literary legend, Farley Mowat, in a most unusual way. Rather than fly or drive the thousands of kilometers to see this aging Canadian icon, Leanne Allison, Karsten Heuer and their toddlerZev paddled, walked and sailed across the prairies, barrenlands and Maritimes, stringing together the settings of many of Mowat’s stories along the way.

Sunday, November 8

Sunday, 1 pm ❙ Alma Gallery

Sunday, 4 pm ❙ eBar

The Reckoning


Pamela Yates ❙ 95 minutes ❙ 2009 Mature content, violent themes In 1998 world leaders created the International Criminal Court, on the principle that there can be no continued peace without justice. Investigating this mandate, The Reckoning tells the story of dynamic, frustrated ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo as he and his team tackle international justice — without a police force. Followed by a panel discussion with Jayne Stoyle, Executive Director of Canadian International Justice (

Rosie Dransfield ❙ 77 minutes ❙ 2009 David Woolfsen runs A1 Trading, a pawnshop in Edmonton’s inner city, taking part in the economy of the last resort. An excellent cinéma-vérité documentary that captures the relationships that this world of bargaining, insults and desperation can create.

My Toxic Baby

Min Sook Lee ❙ 46 minutes ❙ 2009 As a new mother, Director Min Sook Lee scouts out the nursery only to find lotions, wipes, toys and plastic bottles brimming with compounds and chemicals she can barely pronounce. My Toxic Baby is her search for safe, sane and affordable ways to raise a child in a world embedded with toxic threats. Watch for appearances by Guelph residents Arlene, Pete and Meadow! Director Min Sook Lee in attendance. Followed by Raising a Green Baby panel discussion

Saturday, 4 pm ❙ eBar


Gesar Mukpa ❙ 75 minutes ❙ 2009 Gesar Mukpa was three when he became one of the first people born in the West to be recognized as a tulku, a reincarnated Buddhist master. With help from Tibetan teachers like his own father, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, he has spent his entire life trying to figure out what that really means. In Tulku, he sets out to meet with four other Western tulkus to find out how they reconcile modern and ancient, East and West — ultimately pondering whether it might be time to abandon the ancient practice of recognizing tulkus.

Saturday, 7 pm Gala ❙ Norfolk St. United Church

Tiger Spirit

Min Sook Lee ❙ 74 minutes ❙ 2008 ❙ Divided by war in the 1950s, the two Koreas are still separated by ideologies, politics and struggle. Also divided are the families caught on either side of the divergent nations. To document stories from young defectors, divided families, tour guides and a tigerhunting videographer, Director Min Sook Lee returns to her birthplace and investigates the question: How will the two Koreas be put back together? Director Min Sook Lee in attendance.

Anders Ostergaard ❙ 84 minutes ❙ 2008 ❙ STC – mature content Armed with small, concealed handycams, and risking jail and torture, courageous young citizen journalists of Burma work undercover to document the historical and dramatic days of September 2007, when the Buddhist monks marched peacefully in the streets of Rangoon. The film offers a unique insight into high-risk journalism and dissidence in a police state.

Sunday, 2 pm ❙ Ed Video

Sunday, 1 pm ❙ eBar

Professor Norman Cornett

Alanis Obomsawin ❙ 80 minutes A fascinating exploration of the uncommon pedagogy of professor Dr. Norman Cornett, who drastically reinvented his teaching methodology to banish fear and awaken joy. At least in part over his disdain for conventional course structure, Dr. Norman Cornett was dismissed by McGill University in 2007.

Sunday, 7 pm Gala ❙ Bookshelf Cinema

Nollywood Babylon

Ben Addelman & Samir Mallal ❙ 75 minutes ❙ 2008 In the low-budget, wacky world of Nigeria’s explosive movie industry, Jesus and voodoo vie for equal screen time. Welcome to Nollywood, the world’s fastest-growing national cinema. Full of juicy movie clips and buoyed by a score that fuses Afropop with traditional sounds, Nollywood Babylon celebrates the chaos of Lagos’ Idumota market, where films are sold and unlikely stars are born.

Carts of Darkness

Murray Siple ❙ 59 minutes ❙ 2008 ❙ Mature content, coarse language The homeless, bottle-collecting men of Murray Siple’s documentary bomb down the steep mountain streets of North Van at 50 km/h on grocery carts, screaming with glee and the competitive spirit. Siple captures the ups and downs of cart racing, bearing witness to lives made in the urban bush — men who subsist on the spoils of can and bottle collecting. Gorgeous and compassionate, this film is rife with questions about contemporary city living.

Selection Committee Chair: Bill Barrett Sponsorship & Finance Coordinator: Vaughn Barclay Venue & Communications Coordinator: Carolyn Meili,

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Saturday, 1 pm ❙ Alma Gallery

Emma Franz ❙ 90 minutes ❙ A respected jazz drummer journeys to meet an elusive South Korean shaman and grandmaster musician. By posing questions about why music matters, Franz’s film becomes a philosophical investigation as much as it is a showcase of fascinating musicians rarely heard outside of Korea.


Bretislav Pojar ❙ 1972 ❙ 8 minutes An animated short exploring the human phenomenon of resorting to violence over reason.

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Sunday, 4 pm ❙ Alma Gallery

Friday, 7:30 pm Gala ❙ Norfolk St United Church


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Nightmare at School

The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin

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Janet Perlman ❙ 1981 ❙ 10 minutes A zany version of the classic fairy tale, with the leading role played by a mistreated, romantic penguin.

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Marcos Magalhães ❙ 1987 ❙ 13 minutes Brazilian artist Marcos Magalhães brings an animated figure to life on the drawing board.

The Dingles

Les Drew ❙ 1988 ❙ 7 minutes An unexpected, violent wind disrupts the idyllic life of Doris Dingle and her family of three cats.

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NFB for Older Kids

Log Driver’s Waltz

Festival Pass: $50

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Recommended for ages 3–7 Guelph Public Library, Main Branch Saturday, November 7, 10:30 am

Saturday, November 7

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