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June Chua is a Canadian journalist and an award-winning filmmaker who has worked as a writer, reporter and producer with the CBC in radio, television and online. Her documentary, using 2D animation, "Travels With My Brother" (about how an autistic man sees the world) captured a directing prize in 2012 from the National Screen Institute and was screened at the MET Museum in New York and at festivals around the world. Her commentaries have appeared on CBC.ca, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Canadian Living. Her essay, "I Am Canadian," was also published in the anthology Strangers in the Mirror (Tsar Books 2004), musings about minorities in Canada. An avid traveller, she has visited more than 40 countries. Find out more at junechua.com
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Instagram project chronicles search for missing and murdered Indigenous women

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There's another story to the tragic saga of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) and it's coming to light through an Instagram project created by the National Film Board (NFB).

What Brings Us Here -- a project by writer and filmmaker Katherena Vermette and producer Alicia Smith -- profiles volunteers of the Drag the Red and Bear Clan Patrol of Winnipeg. These grassroots movements patrol neighbourhoods and search the banks and waterways of the Red River in response to the many missing in their communities.

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Rise Up: A new board game in which all play as one

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Most board games pit players against each other but a new kind of board game seeks to subvert that narrative, requiring players to unite and play against the game itself.

"We are providing an alternative to games like Monopoly and Risk," Brian Van Slyke told rabble in a Skype interview from Chicago. Van Slyke is one member of a five-person collective, The Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA), which launched more than five years ago.

Rise Up is their latest invention.

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Mad Room: Black artist lays bare struggle with depression, anxiety

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Tangled Art Gallery in Toronto is opening its first-ever installation, featuring the work of local artist Gloria Swain and focusing on her experience as a Black woman in the mental health system.

The gallery is supported by Tangled Art + Disability which sponsors disability arts across the country. Tangled Art Gallery just opened in the spring this year and bills itself as the first in the country dedicated to showcasing disability arts.

The inaugural season launches September 22 with Artist in Residence Swain.

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Giants of Africa basketball documentary flows with feeling and fast play

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Giants of Africa is a sports documentary all right, but it's a very human one that you won't forget. Why? The faces. The heartbreaking faces of the boys and young men from Nigeria, Ghana, Sudan and Rwanda will be seared into your memory.

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EXTRACTION! Ad Astra's comic book journalism tackles mining justice

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It's an old "analog" idea that's gaining new credibility in the digital age: comic book journalism. Ad Astra Comix is breathing new life into the genre as it prepares for its second publication, EXTRACTION! which examines what the company calls "the criminal activities of mining companies" in North America.

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Poetic documentary 'Koneline' brings B.C. mining into focus

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Canada's Nettie Wild has never shied away from tough topics -- from the Zapatista movement in Mexico (A Place Called Chiapas) to delving into the darkness of addiction in FIX: The Story of an Addicted City, the director has combed the social justice landscape.

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Badke dance brings Palestinian experience to the stage

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Hildegard De Vuyst recalls the first time a hybrid dance performance based on a traditional Palestinian/Arab dance called dabke was performed back in 2009. It occurred after a four-week workshop with 11 Palestinian performers.

"We did it outdoors in the town of Birzeit and near the mosque. It was lovely," the Brussels-based choreographer/dramaturge recalls. "And from that workshop, we have performed and altered it over the years."

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Arabian Nights film trilogy examines economic surrealism

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The stories we tell are often a reflection of how we survive as humans and that idea is no more evident than in Arabian Nights, the sprawling six-hour, three-part epic by Portugal's Miguel Gomes.

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Chinatown streetball game takes centre court in 9-Man documentary

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Chow fun and cha siu bao aren't just names for Chinese dishes (fried noodles and pork bun, FYI), they are also names for moves in a unique streetball game played within Chinese communities in North America.

With strict rules as to player membership and unique manoeuvres, 9-man is a volleyball game like no other.

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Film 'Defenders of the Dawn' highlights environmental rights battles

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It's remarkable to learn all the information that the Canadian documentary Defenders of the Dawn manages to insert into its 45-minute length.

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