9 Months, 6 Blocks is a poignant and lyrical chronicle of urban life. Told as an inner city trilogy, the film follows the lives of three disparate people, their stories poetically interconnected by the streets they live within and the place they call home. From spring to winter, a troubled youth comes to terms with his past by facing his future, a single Tibetan mother overcomes personal tragedy while building a life in a new country, and a senior resident takes comfort in routine while embracing a community in constant transition.
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. They're all struggling to find a satisfying frame of reference. Cultural identity, it seems, is more complex than what our multicultural utopia implies.
The small, quiet city of Weyburn, Saskatchewan is caught in the middle of a global battle between one of the largest unions and the world's largest corporation--Wal-Mart. Looks at what the local Wal-Mart really means in a small town, and how being chosen as the battleground between two colossal institutions has affected the community and the workers.
What price do teenagers pay to be cool, hip and popular in a sexually charged social world? Whether it's posting sexy photos and raunchy video on the net, ass-grabbing in the school hallway or spreading explicit gossip that shatters high school lives, harassment is commonplace, even acceptable. Through computer screens, inside all-ages clubs, with candid personal diaries and the teens' own short dramas about sexual pressures, It's a Teen's World is an unflinching exposé of three culturally diverse groups of Toronto teens who share what it's like to navigate a tangled web of sex, lies and power trips.
In 2000, developers purchased the crumbling, century-old Gladstone hotel to turn it from a skid row flophouse to an arts hotspot. Shot over five years with a cinema direct style, the directors have crafted a riveting and extraordinary human portrait of the effects of urban renewal upon the poor and the unintentional roles artists play in the process of gentrification.