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Ciné Fête

Works: 882 works in 1,019 publications in 8 languages and 7,464 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  History  Biography  Internet videos  Biographical films  Drama  Fantasy films  Interviews 
Roles: Distributor, Publisher
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Most widely held works by Ciné Fête
Mama Coca : the sacred leaf( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film is about the journey to Peru, that Charles Coocoo, an Atikamekw spiritual leader of Wemotaci in Quebec makes in order to sensitize Peruvian coca leaf farmers about the negative impacts of cocaine coming into his community. Guided by a Wanka, a spiritual leader, Pedro Marticorena, and Nelson Palomino, a cocalero leader, Charles Coocoo discovers the ancient and sacred relation between the Indians of the Andes and coca leaves. He sees the difference between coca leaves and cocaine and views at first hand its cultural and therapeutic effects
Disfarmer( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the small mountain town of Heber Springs, Arkansas, a portrait photographer known as Mike Disfarmer captured the lives and emotions of the people of rural America during the two World Wars and the Great Depression. Critics have hailed Disfarmer's remarkable black and white portraits as a work of artistic genius and a classical episode in the history of American photography. This feature documentary discovers an American master, his influence on the modern Manhattan art world, and the legacy he left behind in his hometown of Heber Springs
Hummerland( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Hummer, a direct descendent of the HUMVEE, the vehicle of the American army, is quickly becoming the 4x4 of choice in European cities. Half truck, half car, the gas-guzzler is a big hit among automobile enthusiasts, especially women. In this humorous documentary, the director went looking for the appeal of this modern-day tank. She returns with a tragic-comic send-up of our consumerist society
Tea appreciation( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in Multiple languages and English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary looks at how tea is consumed in China
The skinheads of Asia( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in Indonesian and English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The skinheads of Asia gives the viewer an astonishing insight into a group of Asians who have deliberately chosen a lifestyle that marginalizes them from mainstream society. Hadi became a skinhead when he was in his twenties. Today, he is the leader of the skinhead generation in Indonesia. Not ashamed or apologetic for his chosen lifestyle, Hadi brings us into his world of tattoos, body piercings and fixed ideologies. Why are young Indonesian men and women joining him? What is their quest in life? The story also takes us to Hanover, Germany, to examine the skinhead movement there. How are the German skinheads different from their Asian counterparts?"--Container
Scissorhands( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in Chinese and English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chinese paper cutting is a form of Chinese folk art which uses paper as material and a pair of scissors as the tool. Incredibly beautiful and intricate patterns are often created in a matter of minutes. This is a story of Gong Lin, a folk artist who has become one of China's famous modern artists. Through his art, we get a unique view of modern and contemporary Chinese society
The soya story( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in Tagalog and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The common soya bean has been around for more than five thousand years. Originally cultivated in China, the soya bean now feeds millions of people around the world. But it is in the streets of Asia, that the soya bean has under gone its most diversified transformation. Its multitude of forms has been developed to suit the tastes of the locals. It is also an excellent source of nutrition, as well as livelihood? What is the secret that has enabled it to be a much-loved staple in the Asian diet? In THE SOYA STORY Asia, we unravel its astonishing versatility. In Indonesia, we see how soya beans are fermented to become tempe - a chunky, mouldy ingredient in many interesting dishes, snacks and even cakes. In Taiwan, we learn how soya beans are first made into tofu, then marinated in a brine to become "stinky tofu"--A delicacy not only known for its taste but for its smell. And in the Philippines, we watch how soya beans are processed and solidified into taho - a sweet, silken bean curd that has become a favourite breakfast treat. This simple bean has been able to feed many - and it has also lifted others out of hunger. Through the eyes of three taho vendors in Manila, we hear how the humble bean has sustained their lives and through their stories we learn of its astonishing importance to the Asian culture
Children's songs from around the world( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traditional music, from almost all regions of the world, is often - if not exclusively - made by adults. What do we know about the music of children and teenagers of Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania and Eastern Europe? There are few documents answering these questions and field recordings are scarce
Three families in South Africa( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen years after the end of Apartheid, how is the most powerful country on the African continent faring? Through the lives of three families, the evolution, immobilism, tensions and hopes of the society are revealed. In the outskirts of Johannesburg, the Mtakati family embodies the meteoric rise of the Black middle class that benefited from the affirmative action measures set up by the new government since 1994. In the suburbs of Cape Town, the Maxhegwana family is experiencing the difficulties that affect the majority of citizens: precarious housing, violence, AIDS, unemployment, etc. Despite the wave of enthusiasm following the liberation of Nelson Mandela and the introduction of democracy, poverty is still a reality for many people. Through their stories, a nuanced picture of the South-African "laboratory" is drawn
Qallunaaliaqpallianiq heading south( Visual )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed primarily in Nunavut and in three large Canadian cities - Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, Qallunaaliaqpallianiq-Heading South explores the stories of Inuit "migrants" to the South: their dreams, their accomplishments, their preoccupations, the paths they follow and their interactions with the outside world? This documentary offers a different point of view from the stereotypical representations of the Inuit - addiction, alcoholism, vagrancy - that we're presented with on a daily basis. These are the representations that the Inuit are trying to overcome, while steadfastly refusing to be depicted as victims. An example seen in the film takes place in the Montreal suburb of Villeray, where part of the population, including the Mayor, showed their opposition to a building being converted into a Health Centre for Inuit from the North seeking health care. Sensing that they were not welcome, and being a prideful people, they withdrew from the project. As Mary Simon, the National Leader of the Inuit of Canada says: "There's a new wind blowing over the Inuit". A new generation, proud and determined, is seeing the light, resolutely turning to the future and all the challenges that that implies
Tears for sale( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tears of mourning ... it's an act of filial piety, a tribute to the dead of how much he or she is being missed with their passing. The more tears that are shed at the funeral, the better. So enter a unique group of people, the professional mourners whose tears are for sale. Shot in China, Taiwan and India, this documentary enters the lives of these professional mourners as they try to keep the tradition alive and their arduous journey walking down the valley of death
Ghana, coffins to order( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in Ga and English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ga of coastal Ghana have been building coffins in the shape of fish, boats, shoes, fruit or cars for nearly half a century. They believe that when their loved ones die, they move on into another life -- and the Ga make sure they do so in style. They honor their dead with brightly colored coffins that celebrate the way they lived. The shape of the coffin gives the onlooker the feeling of having known the one who has just left this world or to recognize someone who had the same passion as him, the same dream ... or to allow a professional corporation to pay tribute to a brother who has just passed away. The popularity of the coffins of Ga, which normally all end up underground, have now found a place in museums outside the continent
Reverse exploration( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthropology is the study of humanity. Usually we're doing the observing, but what happens when two tribesmen from Papua, New Guinea head off on an expedition into the heart of an entirely new kind of civilization? Palobi and Mudeya come from a tribe in Papua, New Guinea. One is a War Chief, funny and curious; the other is the Peace Chief, wise and observant. Invited by their friend and photographer Marc Dozier, they launch on an expedition into the heart of a very strange civilization: France. From the depths of the Parisian metro to the snow-covered peaks of the Alps, these travellers from the other side of the world are confronted with a completely new reality: power, work, women and gastronomy. The French are obviously completely uncivilized! Fascinated by their new discoveries, the two Papuans are relentless in their desire to explore everything, taste everything, and try everything. An absurd and eye-opening experience that makes us rethink the way our society lives
Secrets of the palace( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in Javanese and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is one of the few remaining royal palaces in Asia that still functions as a centre of governance - the Kraton of Yogjakarta. Everything about the palace has a hidden meaning, from its floor tiles to the carvings on its stones. With a methodical dedication to detail, its elaborate ceremonies with the presence of virgins and widows make the Kraton Palace one of the most fascinating places to visit; yet, it remains one that many are not familiar with. This documentary unveils the secrets of the Kraton Palace for the very first time
A weaver's tale( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Yakans are the traditional settlers of Basilan Island in the Southern Philippines. They are famous for their art of weaving and best known for their beautifully woven traditional costumes of cotton and pineapple cloth. Their skills have been handed down from generation to generation, and the intricate designs of their fabric are said to be based on their dreams. Today the Yakan women continue to weave a rich and colourful tapestry of life stories, preserving their vanishing art in spite of the challenge from both the environment and increased modernism
The Wakhis - Pakistan( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the North-East of Pakistan, the Karakoram mountain range is home to the Wakhis. It is the last place in the world where the primary form of polo is still practiced, a game without any precise rules or protection for men or horses. Originally, the Wakhis were cattlemen who, over time became farmers. Horses always allowed them to keep a strong link with their nomad origins. Heider, a Wakhi farmer from Zoodkhon, decided to initiate his two sons, Nawaz and Hassan, to the ancestral practice of polo. This sport imposes an exceptional relationship between men and horses. "Stick polo" enthusiasts, both of his children already possess their own sticks and hope to become champions one day. After training on the village's only polo field, it is time for Nawaz and Hassan to saddle up and get to the high mountain pasture to play their first game
The American savannah( Visual )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lawns are us ... We came down from the trees and set foot on grassy savannahs. And we're still on them! Lawns are life, they're parks, gardens, cemeteries, golf courses, sports' fields. They're places to lie on, to play on, to sleep on, to picnic on. They're the smell of mown grass at twilight. But they do have a dark side! Every year, lawns drink twice as much water as the average family. Every year, American lawns absorb seventy million pounds of pesticides, endangering the lives of the kids playing on them and the adults living around them. Lawns are us because lawns are passion and folly, freedom and constraint, beauty and poison, life and death. Lawns are contradictions. Like us. With sympathy and skepticism, wit and a probing eye, AMERICAN SAVANNAH examines that fascinating human foible, the lawn, casting a satirical glance on the obsession it has become
Listen to the mountain sages( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is happening with the traditions of our elders? How can important memories be conveyed to the next generation? In Japan, a country of forests and mountains, traditional work methods that have been at the heart of mountain life for generations, like tree cutting, slash and burn agriculture and roof thatching are quietly disappearing in the course of modernization. Recently, several Japanese high school students went up to the mountains to see the people who live there and possess these skills. Their task was to enquire about their craft and about life itself, writing down what they heard, word for word, unchanged, just as it was spoken. This documentary takes a close look at the lives of four such masters and the four high school students, who by listening and recording, captured the traditional ways of life of these mountain sages in order that their memories continue to live on in the next generation
Lifelike( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lifelike explores the fascinating and increasingly-mainstream world of stuffing and mounting dead animals. The film follows several parallel stories: Dave and Calvin, rookies competing at the Canadian Taxidermy Championships for the first time; Jeff, a world-ranked taxidermist facing unexpected competition at the same championships; Ray, an old veteran who compares the art of taxidermy to that of Michelangelo; and Janie, a devoted animal-lover who decides to have her deceased Jack Russell Terrier freeze-dried. All this, plus a detour through the basement of Benoît Brossard, a major hunting-trophy collector who unconsciously raises some ethical dilemmas as he ponders the future of his collection. From our clichéd notions about the world of hunting to wacky impressions of pet taxidermy, this documentary will take you to meet engaging characters deep in the heart of this curious activity. Funny, touching, and sometimes just plain absurd, Lifelike will make you think twice about human nature and our relationship with animals
The mummy thief from Toraja( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in Austronesian and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The frequency of mummy theft in Toraja has not ebbed at all. Ironically, Rambu Solo - an expensive funeral rite, held for ancestors regardless of the expense, has become an absurdity. So much so, that the ritual has driven poverty stricken people to desecrate their ancestors' burial grounds. This documentary features a villager who turns into a mummy thief, when he is trapped in the vicious cycle of debts after his family throws an expensive funeral for an ancestor
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