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.

 


Orphans of Manchuria

51 MINS, 1994

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Shot in China and Japan this film deals with the plight of Japanese children left in China at the end of WWII. Like the Jews of Europe they had to hide their true identity in Mao’s China. Returning to Japan they face a new challenge as they try to adapt to a culture that is now foreign to them. October Films, Channel 4 broadcast.

ACCT Gemini nomination – Donald Brittain Award – Best social/political documentary

Hidden Children

49 MINS, 1994

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Shot in Poland, Israel and Canada the film reveals the deeply held childhood memories of those who were forced to hide their Jewish identity during WWII. October Films, Channel 4 broadcast.

Chicago Film Festival – Golden Plaque Award

Invited to the New York, San Francisco and Toronto Jewish Film Festivals

ACCT Gemini nomination – Donald Brittain Award – Best social/political documentary


The Hand of Stalin Episode 1

58 MINS, 1990

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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.

The Hand of Stalin Episode 2

58 MINS, 1990

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First-person accounts revealing the tragic details of the political persecution suffered under Stalin’s regime in the 1930s.


UTSHIMASSITS: Place of the Boss

1996

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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.

Distress Signals

1991

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Inspired by the ideas of visionary thinker Harold Innis, the film looks at the predominance of American television programming around the world at the expense of regional cultural voices.


Tough Assignment

89 MINS, 1996

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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.