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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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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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The Hemsbach Protocol turns artistic lens on refugee crisis

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The surge of refugees heading to Germany is relentless. Now from my perch in Berlin, I'm awestruck by the Germany I'm experiencing -- watching waves of volunteers pitch in to help.

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Calgary artist explores public space, cultural interactions

Photo: Hye-Seung Jung in Berlin. Credit: Tsukasa Yajima

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It seems fitting, for this story, that two Calgarians, both former immigrants to Canada, should accidentally meet in Berlin, the ultimate city of intersections: bringing together cultures, ideas and urban muckraking.

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Fundraising for Nepal: Documentary chronicles triumphs of women's soccer team

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Waking up on April 25, Toronto resident Surendra Lawoti was startled to see news of the massive earthquake that shook his homeland of Nepal.

"The first thing on my mind was my family," said Lawoti. "At the time no one was sure about the death toll."

The photographer's parents, his sister and her family, and his brother and his family live in the central region which was rocked by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that day. The extent of the damage has been enormous and the death toll is likely to reach beyond the 8,400 that is currently being reported.

In fact, his sister's plane had just landed on the tarmac of Kathmandu's airport when the quake hit. She thought at first that "the pilots hadn't landed the plane properly," according to Lawoti.

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