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Children of Canada Series

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This collection of nine titles introducing children of varied backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles who live in divergent regions across Canada encourages both an appreciation of the similarities and a respect for the differences of the Canadian identity. Julie O'Brien: 11-year-old Julie O'Brien is researching the history of life in Tors Cove, Newfoundland (18 min. 52 sec.); Benoît: Benoît of Joliette, Québec, lifts weights and plays the violin (20 min. 23 sec.); the outspoken protagonist of My Name Is Susan Yee proves to be a unique guide to downtown Montreal (12 min. 18 sec.); Kevin Alec: On the Fountain Reserve near Lillooet, B.C., 11-year-old Kevin Alec benefits from a closeness that binds generations of his family together (16 min. 28 sec.); Gurdeep Singh Bains: Born in Chilliwack, B.C., Gurdeep lives on a busy dairy farm, goes to the Sikh temple on Sundays, wears a deep blue turban, and loves to play hockey (11 min. 55 sec.); I'll Find a Way: Featuring a 9-year-old with spina bifida and a gutsy approach to life, this documentary won ten international awards, including an Oscar (25 min. 47 sec.); My Friends Call Me Tony: Since Antonio Rossi is virtually blind, mobility is a special challenge. Nevertheless, he cooks lunch for his friends, toboggans, plays hockey, and hunts for stars (12 min. 7 sec.); Beautiful Lennard Island: Steven Thomas Holland, the son of a lighthouse-keeper dispels any notions that living in isolation is boring (23 min. 45 sec.); It's Just Better: At the Cape Breton farmhouse where Shawn Peter Dwyer lives with his mother and nine siblings, a team effort keeps the family going. The children's pockets are usually empty, but their lives are exceptionally well filled (15 min. 23 sec.).

1994, 156 min 58 s

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