If the refugee is today's tragic icon of a war-ravaged world, then Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, a reggae-inflected band born in the camps of West Africa, represents a real-life story of survival and hope. The six-member Refugee All Stars came together in Guinea after civil war forced them from their native Sierra Leone. Traumatized by physical injuries and the brutal loss of family and community, they fight back with the only means they have — music. The result is a tableau of tragedy transformed by the band's inspiring determination to sing and be heard.
Mea Maxima Culpa investigates the secret crimes of Father Lawrence Murphy, a charismatic Milwaukee priest who abused more than 200 deaf children in a school under his control. The film documents the first known public protest against clerical sex abuse in the U.S., which led to a case that spanned three decades and ultimately resulted in a lawsuit against the pontiff himself. The investigation helped uncover documents from the secret Vatican archives that show the Pope, who must operate within the rules of the Roman Curia, as both responsible and helpless in the face of evil.
CALL ME LUCKY tells the story of Barry Crimmins, a politically outspoken and whip-smart comic whose efforts in the 70s and 80s fostered the talents of the next generation of standup comedians. But beneath Crimmins’ gruff, hard-drinking, curmudgeonly persona lay an undercurrent of rage stemming from his long-suppressed and horrific abuse as a child – a rage that eventually found its way out of the comedy clubs and television shows and into the political arena. Featuring intimate interviews with both comedians and activists alike, director Bobcat Goldthwait’s (World’s Greatest Dad, God Bless America) CALL ME LUCKY is an inspiring, triumphant and wickedly funny portrait of one of comedy’s most enigmatic and important figures.
Embark on a life-affirming journey through the world of Animal Sanctuaries. Delve into the lives of those who care for beautiful - and at times dangerous - creatures, and take an in-depth look at the struggles and triumphs they face.
This award-winning documentary chronicles the shocking, but inspiring odyssey of Emmanuel Jal. A former child soldier of Sudan's brutal civil war, he is now an international hip-hop star sharing a message of peace for his war-torn land. From rare archive of Jal as a seven year old soldier to MTV videos of Jal performing pain-tinged rhymes, an indomitable spirit shines through. One of the 21st century's most inspiring journeys.
The Culture High tears into the very fibre of the modern day marijuana debate to reveal the truth behind the arguments and motives governing both those who support and oppose the existing pot laws. 2013 TCH Productions Inc. 2014 Phase 4 Films Inc. All Rights Reserved. Phase 4 Films Inc. Phase 4 Films, the Phase 4 Films logo and all related titles, logos and indicia are trademarks of Phase 4 Films Inc. All Rights Reserved. Distributed exclusively in Canada by Phase 4 Films Inc. / 20 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite 603, P.O. Box 2041, Toronto, ON M4R 1K8 / 1.866.495.3650 / www.phase4films.com
"Mama/M.A.M.A." is a groundbreaking film that examines Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, a bizarre form of supposed child abuse in which a mother pretends her child is ill - or actually makes her child sick - in order to get the sympathy and praise of the medical community. The film scrutinizes the scientific research surrounding the allegation and, in so doing, questions the very diagnosis itself. The film's investigation found that the illnesses supposedly caused by over a hundred "Munchausen Mothers" were in fact the side effects of potentially toxic drugs that were never approved for pediatric use. Also, by conducting an experiment with an astonishing result, we demonstrate that the use of laboratory tests as the sole evidence with which to convict a mother needs to be reevaluated. Finally, the film traces the origins of the diagnosis and shows how no one has questioned the dubious science that has led to twenty-five years of tearing mothers and their babies apart.
Major Marc Dauphin was a super-confident, can-do medic fixing shattered bodies and trying to save lives as he ploughed through relentless shifts at the military hospitals in the world in Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan. But how exactly are you supposed to return to normality from such an extreme existence?
Directed by Sir Richard Attenborough and starring Robert Downy, Jr. and an extraordinary cast, CHAPLIN is a loving, grand scale portrait of the Little Tramp's amazing life and times. His poverty-stricken childhood in England comes to life, along with his friendships with Mack Sennett (Dan Aykroyd) and Douglas Fairbanks (Kevin Kline), his many wives and scandalous affairs, and his relentless pursuit by J. Edgar Hoover. CHAPLIN is the larger-than life story of the actor behind the icon and a stunning depiction of a bygone era when Hollywood was at its most glamorous.
Directed by Sir Richard Attenborough and starring Robert Downey, Jr. and an extraordinary cast, CHAPLIN is a loving, grand scale portrait of the Little Tramp's amazing life and times. His poverty-stricken childhood in England comes to life, along with his friendships with Mack Sennett (Dan Aykroyd) and Douglas Fairbanks (Kevin Kline), his many wives and scandalous affairs, and his relentless pursuit by J. Edgar Hoover. CHAPLIN is the larger-than-life story of the actor behind the icon and a stunning depiction of a bygone era when Hollywood was at its most glamorous.
Machine Gun Preacher tells the inspirational true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds his unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children in war-torn Sudan.