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THE GARDENER

The New York Times considers Frank Cabot's Les Quatre Vents "one of the most ambitious private gardens in North America, if not the world." Sprawled across 20 acres of land at the top of Mount Murray in Quebec, the garden aligns the transformative power of nature and the ingenuity of human design to reach unbelievable heights. Lovers of gardening and topiary will be awe-inspired by Cabot's vision, captured on film for the very first time.

FORGOTTEN

Between 1869 and 1939, over 100,000 'British Home Children' were sent to Canada from the UK and Ireland as part of a child migration scheme and put to work as indentured farm labourers and domestics. When a fire at 295 George St., Toronto, in 2011 took what used to be a 'Distribution Home' that assigned the children to new families and jobs, filmmaker M. Eleanor McGrath set off on a journey to uncover the real story that had largely gone unrecognized.

STRANGERS ON THE EARTH

Like many before him, Dane Johansen sets out to walk the Camino de Santiago, Europe’s most famous pilgrimage. However, this American musician sets himself apart on the 600-mile trek by doing so with a cello on his back. A poignant exploration of the epic human journey, Dane performs for his fellow pilgrims along the way. Set against the awe-inspiring landscapes of Northern Spain, and scored by Johansen’s soloist interpretations of J.S. Bach, Strangers on the Earth is a sensory experience that takes you to a far-off place and compels you to look within.

BLACK CODE

The internet has transformed how political activists can resist, mobilize and create change in our increasingly polarized and paranoid world. Black Code takes you around the globe—to Brazil, Pakistan, Sweden, Syria, Tibet and an innovative research centre at the University of Toronto—where people are developing new ways to fight oppression with technology. But with increased surveillance capabilities, governments are in turn harnessing this power to monitor citizens and keep them in line.

I CALLED HIM MORGAN

Recruited by Dizzy Gillespie at the age of 18, jazz musician Lee Morgan had all the promise of a legend—until he was shot dead by his wife Helen. A hybrid between a music doc and a true crime story, I Called Him Morgan immerses you in the jazz scene of the 1960s and the story of Morgan’s rise through the ranks, before delving into his mysterious relationship and its fatal climax. Stunning archival images and Bradford Young’s (known for his work with Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay) 16mm cinematography evoke both the cool and the cold of this true-life tale of jazz and murder.

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