Eye on the Arctic is a partnership between public, private, and independent circumpolar media. As rapid climate change focuses international attention on the polar regions, Eye on the Arctic has brought together news organizations from all Northern countries so we can better tell the stories of the peoples and communities on the frontlines of climate adaptation. Initiated and co-ordinated by Radio Canada International, Eye on the Arctic is the first co-production of its kind. Partners include: TV2 (Denmark), Yleisradio (Finland), Sermitsiaq (Greenland), Finnmark Dagblad (Norway), Rikisutvarpio (Iceland), Voice of Russia, Radio Sweden, SR Sameradion (Sweden), Alaska Dispatch and Alaska Public Radio Network. See more at http://eyeonthearctic.rcinet.ca
The six-part web series ‘A New Face for Beijing’ follows the life of 25-year-old Jennifer Hsiung, who moved to Beijing in 2008. She quickly gets snapped up by China’s international public broadcaster CCTV as a sports reporter, and finds herself at the centre of the Olympic frenzy. Right when all eyes are on China, Jennifer prepares to give it all she’s got too. The series shows China from the perspective of those Chinese-Canadians and Chinese-Americans who returned to Beijing to seize this once in a lifetime opportunity.
To stimulate citizen participation, Radio Canada International’s Special Projects Team launched in 2010, The Roots Challenge, a national short films and multimedia competition inviting Canadian filmmakers to submit 3-8 minute films. This competition aimed to show the contribution of all cultures to the Canadian mosaic. ‘Roots’ is a reflection of what makes Canada what it is today. Over 150 films were submitted of which close to 60 were chosen for the competition and submitted to the jury and to the public via the on-line competition. More than 5,000 people from 25 countries voted for the three Popular Vote Choice prizes. The Roots Challenge was awarded the Salut aux Talents trophy in the Public Valour category given out by Radio-Canada.
They are young. They belong to diverse ethnic minorities, living in multicultural spaces. Daily, they speak more than one language. Perhaps they don’t intend to change the world but nevertheless, given their choices and the way they’ve decided to live their lives, they are changing their surroundings thus shaping anew the mentalities of those around them. Their stories reflect diverse journeys taken by these young people. The result is the construction of a new form of citizenship in a multicultural world. Such is the life in the Asia-Pacific countries and in Canada. A nine episode series produced by Radio Canada International, the Thomson Foundation and the AIBD.
Radio Canada International invited filmmakers, 18 years and older, from around the world to enter their short films in the Digital Diversity competition. It opened in the Spring of 2007 and asked Canadians between the ages of 18 and 35 to submit short films or podcasts on the theme of immigration and cultural diversity. Over 200 films were submitted to the English jury which was composed of Mitra Sen, Sunny Yi, Ruba Nadda, and Alden Habacon. Short films and podcast finalists have been viewed and heard more than 60,000 times, and more than 6,000 comments have been posted on our website.
In 2008, Radio Canada International launched Migr@tions, an online short film competition open to young filmmakers, from Canada and around the world. This unique competition, offered in both English and in French received close to two hundred submissions from more than 22 different countries across the world of which 40 films in each language were made available for online screening and rating by the general public, as well as a jury made up of panelists from several countries, including Canada.
A 20-episode Web TV Series on the realities of immigration for Indians, produced & directed by Ashfaq Khan for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Radio Canada International. In this series, winds of change are blowing over the Singh family in Mumbai, the City of Dreams. The time has come to seize the opportunity for a better future. The parents, Anshu and Raj and their daughters, Priyanka and Aishwarya make a decision that will change their lives. We follow the familly from their preparation to leave India to their integration in a totally new environment.
The web series “Me, the Muslim Next Door” introduces us to Dania, Eduardo, Jamilla, Laila, Mehdi, Rizwan and Suad, seven young Canadian Muslims living in Montreal and Toronto. You are invited to experience their reality through 24 segments of video, audio, and photos that shed light on what it’s like to be young, Canadian and Muslim. Enjoy a total of more than 120 minutes of content that breaks down stereotypes and delves into their personal stories. See it all at http://rcinet.ca/memuslim
International Passport is your open channel, the place to show and shine with your art videos, documentaries, reportage, fiction, essays, movie clips and more! Follow the theme of intersecting cultures and push your film onto the website. Diversity, democracy, identity, origins, culture and the environment are some of the themes you can explore. So be a love, it’s fast, free and easy. Produce yourself here!
What is the MLMB Rock’n Roadshow? In a word, it is a poem. In a sentence, it is a visual love song to the men and women who have carved their initials into the fabric of the Canadian countryside. The Roadshow is about exploration, change and enlightenment; it is about the Canadian way, the open road, the frozen winter, an epic struggle to survive the wrath of Mother Nature’s tempestuous bosom. The idea for the Roadshow came to me after seeing a movie about penguins — those fat loveable little adventurers we have come to love. They have taught us so much about journey, hardship and discovery. In the end, in some way, are we not all penguins? When we remember who discovered this great land of ours, who plumbed her depths and charted her soul, Cabot, Cartier, Champlain, does one not reflect on their determination, fortitude and ability to prevail against all odds? It is time to add the names Blake, Ian and Gooner to that immortal list. Join us on our journey of Truth, also known as the MLMB Rock’ n Roadshow. Ian Jones
A team of journalists working for Radio Canada International in Montreal explores the subject of Roots. Nadia Zouaoui, Ginella Diaz, Awakiwe Dlodlo and Geeta Nadkarni, have produced short documentaries in the company of people who make the news... and some who don’t as well.
Seeing Double is a 10 part web series, each segment of which introduces us to two people of different origins meeting for the first time. The pairs share part of their universe as they get to know each other during filming in Montréal, Halifax and Vancouver. Each of the 10 segments is divided into two short films allowing viewers to discover various aspects of each person’s culture. Produced by Nicolas Garcia and Hector Vilar.
Radio Canada International follows a family of immigrants that decided to leave Morocco for a better future in Canada.
Embracing Canada Brazil follows a Brazilian family that decides to emigrate to Canada. Obstacles to their integration are numerous but their determination is greater. We first meet Patrick and Valeria at Lester B. Pearson Airport in Toronto, just minutes after their arrival in Canada.
Radio Canada International invited Canadian college and university students to produce a short film around the theme of Cultural Crossroads. To bear witness to the social, cultural, demographic and artistic transitions taking place across the country by submitting a fiction, documentary, animation, portrait or essay on the subject.The response across the country was fabulous: more than 200 films were received and most of them made there way to the RCI Vision website.More films in French in the Cultures Croisées category.
L’Université Concordia à Montréal a décidé, il y a cinq ans, de filmer les récits de vie de Montréalais déplacés par la guerre, le génocide et autres violations des droits de la personne. La série"Histoires de vie Montréal" est née de ces entretiens. Radio Canada International a tenu à vous en présenter une quinzaine. This series produced by Concordia University in Montréal is dedicated to the stories of Montrealers displaced by war, genocide, and other human rights violations. More than 500 people were interviewed over the past five years to tell their stories. Radio Canada International wanted to salute the idea and the people behind these short films by proposing a sample of the work accomplished.
Giving a voice to those who are forgotten, and to filmmakers who innovate, and certainly to communities that do not reach the mainstream media: such is part of the mission of RCI Vision. For years, a non-profit organisation named Wapikoni Mobile has been working with First Nations people of Québec, and giving them not only a voice, but a camera and a editing suite for the past seven years. Lauched by canadian filmmaker Manon Barbeau, the Wapikoni Mobile is a new tool for Quebec’s First Nations youth. Here, a selection some 40 films in French, English and in Spanish selected from an archive of more than 500 films that were produced by Wapikoni and generously shared with Radio Canada International. You will find films of great quality. A glance into Canada’s history, and a part of each Canadians identity. For more films go to www.wapikoni.tv