Docs: June 2012 Archives

Capital NDNs

Capital NDNs (Indians) is a one-hour magazine/documentary program that looks at the life of contemporary young urban Aboriginal people in the nation's capital. We follow four distinct individuals and paint a picture of some of the shared experiences in the Ottawa area and similar cities right across the country.  We also examine the common struggles these young people face on a daily basis.

Capital Indians is hosted and produced by Waubgeshig Rice.  Waubgeshig is a writer, and a broadcast video-journalist for CBC News Ottawa.

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Mal'occhio: the Evil Eye

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This playful documentary follows the journey of a young Montrealer of Italian origins as she seeks to uncover the truth about the origin and power of the Evil Eye. The journey takes her from her mother's kitchen in Montreal to New York and to the small village in Italy where her family comes from. Agata De Santis creates a charming and humourous portrait of the enduring strength of this cultural belief. Learn more about Mal'occhio here.

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The Storytelling Class

The Storytelling Class

An after-school storytelling project in a diverse, but divided, city school breaks cultural boundaries and creates community.

"An engaging and powerful resource for teaching about breaking cultural boundaries and creating community." Dr. James A. Banks, Chair in Diversity Studies, Founding Director for the Center for Multicultural Education, University of Washington-Seattle

Located in Winnipeg's downtown core, Gordon Bell High School is probably the most culturally varied school in the city, with 58 different languages spoken by the student body. Many students are children who have arrived as refugees from various war torn areas of the world.

In an effort to build bridges of friendship and belonging across cultures and histories, teacher Marc Kuly initiated an after-school storytelling project whereby the immigrant students would share stories with their Canadian peers.

The catalyst for this cross-cultural interaction was the students' reading of A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, a memoir of Beah's horrific time as a child soldier in Sierra Leone's civil war.

These voluntary after-school meetings take dramatic turns and reach their climax when Ishmael Beah and professional storyteller Laura Simms travel from New York to work with them. With their help the students learn to listen to each other and find the commonality that so long eluded them.