Black Robe (1991) Canadian-Australian film about Jesuit in 17th century Quebec among the Indians

Hudson's Bay (1941)  --  Canada's early history

Nouvelle France (Battle of the Brave) (2004)  --  love story set in period 1758-1761,  from the collapse of New France to the British take-over in Canada

Secret Nation (1992)  --  search for a possible conspiracy surrounding the referendum by which Newfoundland joined Canada

X Paper Wheat – a play by the 25th Street House Theatre about the hard lives of early Saskatchewan settlers


The World Turned Upside Down (1985) –   struggle of a family who supported Britain in the American Revolution; emigration to Canada may be the only answer


Random Passage (2002)  --  refugees from destitution from Ireland and England head for St. Johns, Canada, but land up in a little place called Random, Canada

X  Tecumseh (1972)  --  East German film of famed warrior Tecumseh (1768-1813)


Race to Freedom: Underground Railroad (1994) TV  --  American slaves escape to Canada and freedom via the Underground Railroad


Iron Road (2008)   --  a poor Chinese woman disguises herself as a boy and works for the railroad crew in the Rocky Mountains to find out what happened to her long-lost father

 Canadian Pacific (1949)  --  1881-1885, building of the Canadian Pacific Railway heading through a pass through the Canadian Rockies

Canadians (1961)  --  Americans as the bad guys in more peaceful Canada


Prime Minister Sir John A. MacDonald (1867-1873)

Alexander Mackenzie (1873-1878)

Pony Soldier (1952)  --  1876, a mounted policeman in western Canada is sent to get two white hostages from the Cree Indians

Saskatchewan (1954)  --  spring 1877, Canadian Mounted Police deal with the Sioux and the Cree after the Custer massacre

Sir John A. MacDonald (1878-1891) (second term)

X  Big Bear  --  mini-series about Plains Cree Chief Big Bear in Canada of the 1880s and 1890s; whites want to put the chief's people on a reservation, but he won't sign the treaty which leads to his people starving ($131 DVD)

Riel (1979) --  19th Century Canadian founder of the province of Manitoba and rebel leader Louis Riel

North West Mounted Police (1940)  --  Texas Ranger gets caught up in the Riel rebellion (or Northwest Rebellion)


World War I

Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden (1911-1920)

Sam Hughes's War (1984)  --  Canada in World War I

Two Solitudes (1978)  --  1917 Conscription Crisis in Canada

Passchendaele (2008)  --  Battle of Passchendaele (June-November  1917) in which 10th Battalion of 1st Canadian Division set record for highest number of individual bravery awards for a single battle

X  The Kid Who Couldn't Miss (1982) – docudrama that questions fighter pilot Billy Bishop's accomplishments during WWI


World War II

Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King (third term, 1935-1948)

Above and Beyond (2006)  --  TV-miniseries about flying Hudson Bombers to Britain from Newfoundland, Canada to fight the Germans

For the Moment (1993)  --  love story set against the nearly 100 air bases created across Canada (as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Program to get more pilots)

Partis pour la gloire (1975) – 1942, Liberal Party of Canada votes in a Conscription Law, which causes great unrest in Quebec and avoidance of conscription    (currently unavailable)

49th Parallel (1941)  --  a Nazi U-boat crew shipwrecked in Canada try to flee to the neutral United States

The War Between Us (1995)  -- Japanese-Canadian internment in Canada


X  Behind the Iron Curtain (The Iron Curtain)  --  a Russian code specialist is brought to Canada to help with a spying project decides to defect


Ethnic/Racial Problems:

X Atanarjuat (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) (2001) --  first feature film written, directed and acted entirely in Inuktitut; it tells an Inuit legend (no history; cultural study)

Isaac Littlefeathers (1984) --  racism in 1960s Alberta, Canada

X  For Angela (1993) – a short docudrama about the experiences of native Canadians Rhonda Gordon and her daughter, Angela, victims of racist harassment on a Winnipeg city bus

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974) --  anti-Semitism in Canada

15 février 1839 (2001) --  the British execute five more Quebec Patriots, among them Chevalier De Lorimier

Quand je serai parti... vous vivrez encore (The Long Winter) (1999)  --  partly fictionalized film about the Lower Canada Rebellion of 1837 and 1838 seeking to make Quebec independent

Mon oncle Antoine (1971)   --   coming of age in Québec prior to the Asbestos Strike of the late 1940s, that led to the Quiet Revolution

X Le chat dans le sac (English: The Cat in the Bag) (1964) – a Canadian journalist attempts to come to terms with his place in Quebec society and Quebec’s place in Canada

X  La vie heureuse de Léopold Z (English: The Merry World of Léopold Z) (1965) – comedy/drama shows how the Québécois people were being exploited by a capitalist, English-speaking power structure

Les Ordres (Orderers)  (1974) --  story of five people out of the 500 rounded up in the government crackdown to get at FLQ terrorists in October 1970

Octobre (1994)  --  the October Crisis from the point of view of the FLQ terrorist Chénier Cell who in 1970 kidnapped and murdered Quebec minister and Deputy Premier Pierre Laporte

X  October 1970 (2006) – an 8-part miniseries about some of the incidents of the October Crisis

X  Nô (1998)  --  set in 1970 at the height of the FLQ bombings in Montreal, known as the October Crisis

Quebec (1951)  – popular uprising to make Lower Canada (Quebec) independent

Black October (2000)  --  1970, Quebec separatist Le Front de Liberation du Quebec (FLQ), kidnap the British Trade Consul, and the Quebec Minister of Labor ($40)

Trudeau (2002)  --  biography of the Prime Minister of Canada

X Trudeau II: Maverick in the Making – the early years of Trudeau’s life





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