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Posts tagged with ‘documentary’ (61)

And then they swam: Two men, one rare disease and the first unsupported rowboat crossing of the Indian Ocean

Posted by Tyrone Burke in Travel on Thursday, March 5, 2015

James Adair (Photo: courtesy Ben Finney)

Just weeks earlier, James Adair had been a normal teenager now he was lying flat in a hospital bed, completely paralyzed. Adair could not see, breathe or move, but he was fully conscious, aware and presumably terrified. Like most sufferers of Guillain-Barré Syndrome, Adair lived to tell the tale, albeit with lasting paralysis in his feet.  Unlike the others, Adair became one of the first people to row unsupported across the Indian Ocean.

Australia to Mauritius. 5,600 km. Two men, one rowboat, ...

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A Q&A with Dianne Whelan on spending 40 days at Mount Everest's base camp

Posted by Thomas Hall in The RCGS on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Click on the above image for a slideshow of photography at base camp. (Photo: Carolina Ahumada Cala)

Before she went to Mount Everest's base camp, documentary filmmaker Dianne Whelan thought it was a hallowed ground, a place of honour and bravery that she learned about as a child. But after only a few hours there in 2007, amidst what she describes as “the ego, the selfishness, the garbage and the desecration of nature,” the “noble myth” she believed in died.

Three years later, Whelan returned to Mount Everest's base camp with her camera to expose the ugliness she uncovered on her first visit. Instead, she discovered she was no different than the climbers she had gone to criticize.

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Web series profiles raise awareness of Arctic research

Posted by Siobhan McClelland in Nature on Friday, March 28, 2014

The Environment Canada Weather Station near Resolute Bay, Nunavut, with an Inukshuk in the foreground. (Photo: Katriina O'Kane/Canadian Polar Commission)

The Arctic may seem far away to most Canadians, but a new interactive web documentary brings the importance of Arctic research closer to home.

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Review: Canadian filmmaker Edward Burtynsky's Watermark

Posted by Siobhan McClelland in Product reviews on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Canadians often take for granted the easy access we have to water, readily available with just the turn of a tap. But there are many uses — and abuses — of water across the world, which are brought to light in the documentary Watermark.

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"Vanishing Point" documentary introduces audience to diverse northern cultures

Posted by Lillianne Cadieux-Shaw in Community on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Stephen A. Smith and Julia Szucs tell the story of two Inuit communities in Nunavut and Greenland in the documentary Vanishing Point.

The film crew had been waiting weeks for the birds. A storm was breaking over their heads as they crouched high in the rocky tundra. The family they were filming expressed their impatience. Their kids had to be back for school. The birds were out at sea, gone for the winter. But the film crew of Vanishing Point, a 2012 Canadian documentary, waited, long after they should have left.

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