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Sankofa: Histories and Heritages of Black Peoples in the United Church of Canada

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This DVD introduces diverse histories and heritages of Black peoples in the United Church; helps make connections between faith, identity, and culture; facilitates a deeper understanding of the United Church’s commitment to becoming an intercultural, anti-racist church; and inspires faith-filled work toward active change on a personal, congregational, and societal level. Seven segments, with study guide; supplementary resources available online. For ministry personnel, faith communities, study groups, colleges and training centres, and interested individuals. Excellent choice for a...

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Killer’s Paradise

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KILLER’S PARADISE – KILLER’S PARADISE: Where It’s the Fashion to Kill Women, But Finding Their Killers is Not Since 1999, more than two thousand women have been murdered in Guatemala, with the numbers escalating every year. Yet, lawmakers and government officials continue to turn a blind eye. Powerful and uncompromising, Killer’s Paradise uncovers one of the most emotionally-wrenching hidden human rights abuses taking place, while exposing the impunity allowed by an inept judicial system. With its history of almost four decades of civil war, Guatemala is a...

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In the Shadow of Gold Mountain

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IN THE SHADOW OF GOLD MOUNTAIN Karen Cho, a fifth-generation Canadian of mixed heritage, discovered that half her family wasn’t welcome in the country they called home. While Canada encouraged and rewarded immigration from Europe, it imposed laws that singled out the Chinese as unwanted and unwelcome. Cho’s film takes her across Canada to uncover stories from the last living survivors of the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act. This dark chapter in our history, from 1885 until 1947, plunged the Chinese community in Canada into decades of debt and family separation. Through a rich...

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Two Worlds Colliding (documentary)

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‘Two Worlds Colliding’ chronicles the painful story of what came to be known as Saskatoon’s infamous ‘freezing deaths,’ and the schism between a fearful, mistrustful Aboriginal community and a police force that must come to terms with a shocking secret.One frigid night in January 2000, a Native man, Darrell Night, finds himself dumped by two police officers in -20° C temperatures in a barren field on the city outskirts and finds shelter at a nearby power station. When Night comes forward with his story, he sets into motion a chain of events: a major RCMP investigation...

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Niigaanibatowaad: Front Runners

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At a special ceremony at the opening of the 1989 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, seven First Nations men in their fifties entered the stadium in war canoes. One of them held the Games torch. In 1967 when Winnipeg first hosted the Pan Am Games, ten outstanding athletic teenage boys were choosen to run 800 kilometres over an ancient message route with the Games torch. When the runners arrived at the stadium, they were not allowed to enter with the torch. Instead, a non-Aboriginal runner was given the honour. Thirty-two years later, the province of Manitoba issued an official apology. Nine...

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WHEN DID I SEE YOU HUNGRY?

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The San Damiano Foundation produces films that showcase the active and contemplative dimensions of the spirituality of St. Francis and Clare of Assisi, along with the Franciscan concern for social justice, peace and non-violence. When Did I See You Hungry? (VHS)Narrated by Martin Sheen, this documentary film by award winning author and director Gerard Thomas Straub is a photographic meditation on the plight of the poor and our responsibility to help. The film features more than 250 powerful and poignant black and white photographs from Mr. Straub’s book When Did I See You Hungry? 37...

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FRIENDS OF KWAN MING

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Friends of Kwan Ming Kwan Ming makes three friends on his journey from China to the New World. Once the men arrive, they all look for work but find nothing. When opportunities finally arise, Kwan Ming lets his friends have the best jobs: tailor, shoemaker and baker. Kwan takes a lowly position as helper to a mean store owner. His cruel boss makes three impossible demands: that Kwan Ming find him a woolen suit that never tears, boots that never wear out and bread that won’t go stale. Kwan Ming’s generosity of spirit pays off when his friends come to his aid.

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NO DISTANCE BETWEEN US

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This video, produced through the Progressive Muslim Association of Ontario, the Durham School Board, and Durham Police Force explores issues and stereotypes that we are confronted with in our everyday lives. A group consisting of Christians and Muslims, lay and clerics, police and teachers, as well as youth, guide us through sections on aspects of Islam including jihad, the role of women; racism and societal responses. Each section can be used separately for discussion.

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HEALING RIVER

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The Healing River introduces a stream of ordinary people whose passion for being faithful disciples of Jesus calls them to: Confront racism on death rowCare for survivors of sexual abuseLive on the streets with the homelessExchange traditional parenting rolesCare for the earth using solar ovens and bicyclesCreate a mural-maze symbolizing 100,000 war deadThe Healing River and the discussions it creates will help you discover ways you can follow the teachings of Jesus today

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