Most of us think of sand as a necessary ingredient for any beach vacation. Yet those seemingly insignificant grains of silica surround our daily lives. Every house, skyscraper and glass building, every bridge, airport and sidewalk in our modern society depends on sand. We use it to manufacture optical fiber, cell phone components and computer chips. We find it in our toothpaste, powdered foods and even our wine (both the glass and the wine, as a fining agent)! Is sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment? Based on encounters with sand smugglers, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation by award-winning director Denis Delestrac takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “sand wars” have begun.
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Our First Voices
With the help of her grandmother, a young mother composes a lullaby to her baby in Halq'eméylem, and at the Chief Atahm School in Adams Lake, children learn math in the Secwepemctsin...
Anti - Social Limited
Follows charismatic and streetwise Chris Hoard, a former drug dealer who wants to turn his life around by starting a construction company.
Just Eat It
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Dogs With Jobs
Travelling around the globe, Dogs with Jobs introduces viewers to some of the world's most amazing dogs and combines on-the-job footage and touching stories of the loyal owners and...
Follows a Canadian filmmaker throughout Asia as she examines her 73-year-old father's romantic relationship with a 23-year-old woman from the Philippines.
Gaining Altitude: The Mosquito Reborn
The fast and maneuverable de Havilland Mosquito was a crucial element in the victory of the Allied Forces in World War II. But because of its wooden...
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From C to C: Chinese Canadian Stories of Migration
Vancouver filmmaker Jordan Paterson spent two years crafting this moving documentary about the historical injustices faced by...