John Walker Productions is pleased to make these films available for free for a limited time in celebration of John Walker’s retrospective at the 2018 Hot Docs Festival.
The Hand of Stalin Episode 1
58 MINS, 1990
Leningradskaya – A village in Southern Russia and Leningrad – the opening two films of a trilogy use first person accounts by both victims and perpetrators to reveal the devastation of the famine in a village in Southern Russia, and the political persecution by secret police of those deemed “enemies of the people” in Leningrad under Stalin’s regime.
UTSHIMASSITS: Place of the Boss
In the 60’s, the Mushuau Innu were forced by the Canadian government to abandon their 6,000 year nomadic culture and settle in Davis Inlet. Their relocation resulted in cultural collapse and widespread despair that they now work to overcome.
Inspired by the ideas of visionary thinker Harold Innis about the impact of technology by, the film looks at the predominance of American television programing around the world at the expense of regional cultural voices.
89 MINS, 1996
A verité portrait of a year in the life of an urban high school and the teachers who transform lives. Teachers not as institutional child caretakers, but teachers in a larger, more profound sense, mentors of the soul who opened up new worlds for their students.