CP ON DEMAND: Top 10 For 2020

Cinema Politica continues to bring you inspiring independent documentaries available through CP On Demand, and we’ve compiled a brief list of our top screened films this year from our streaming platforms!

Unsettling 150

Unsettling 150: Actes de résistance program

Two Canadian-based film organizations—VTape and Cinema Politica—are joining together to offer a program of films and video that challenge, disrupt and unsettle dominant narratives that have storied Canada on the occasion of the state’s sesquicentennial celebrations. The films are available for free streaming across the country for the duration of the “Canada Day” weekend (June 30-July 2).


Still from COVER/AGE

COVER/AGE examines the lack of healthcare access for undocumented immigrants in California, and how two undocumented individuals are advocating to fight this exclusion. One protagonist is Emma, an elderly Pilipina caregiver, who has spent over a decade providing care for others. Over the course of the film, we see Emma get ready early in the […]

They Were Promised the Sea

A lyrical, musical, polemical road movie, THEY WERE PROMISED THE SEA is an intimate journey shot in Morocco, Israel and Palestine, and New York. The film exposes the political maneuvering that separated communities that had lived together for thousands of years, and also gives voice to those who resisted and continue to resist the separation […]

Freelancer on the Front Lines

Still from Freelancers On The Front Lines

What makes Jesse Rosenfeld tick? A freelance reporter based in the Middle East, Jesse has made the region the focus of his work. FREELANCER ON THE FRONT LINES accompanies him in his daily life as he criss-crosses Egypt, Israel and Palestine, Turkey and Iraq. Examining thorny geopolitical realities shaped by the events transforming the Middle […]

Our Bodies Are Your Battlefields

In an Argentina divided between a deep conservatism and an unprecedented momentum in feminism, the film delves into the political journey and intimate lives of Claudia and Violeta. The fight they lead with their comrades against patriarchal violence is visceral and embodied. Convinced of their role at the center of an ongoing revolution that intersects […]

Thunder Blanket (Episode 1)

Still from Thunder Blanket

THUNDER BLANKET is a 5-part series that explores a young Mohawk woman’s battle against breast cancer and the complexity of being a traditionalist searching for a cure in a modern world. Roxann Karonhiarokwas Whitebean, a young mother and independent filmmaker, finds her career grinding to a halt when she is diagnosed with breast cancer a […]

Analogue Revolution: How Feminist Media Changed The World

When Zainub Verjee, a Vancouver-based film programmer started the InVisible Colours women of colour film festival in 1988, she fully expected it to continue for years. So did Linda Abrahams (Matriart Journal) and Zanana Akande (Tiger Lily Women of Colour Magazine). Cutbacks, racism, and technological change decimated a sophisticated, world-changing feminist media movement. This feature-length […]


Still from Dawnland

“My foster mother told me … she would save me from being Penobscot.” For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or […]

The Crossing

THE CROSSING tells the difficult story of individuals forced into displacement and takes us along on one of the most dangerous journeys of our time with a group of Syrians fleeing war and persecution, crossing a sea, two continents and five countries, searching for a home to rekindle the greatest thing they have lost – Hope.  […]

The Apology

Still from The Apology

THE APOLOGY follows the personal journeys of three former “comfort women” who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Some 70 years after their imprisonment in so-called “comfort stations”, the three “grandmothers”—Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela […]

News from Dokufest Kosovo

This summer, Cinema Politica’s co-founders are in Kosovo for the 20th jubilee edition of the Dokufest, the International Documentary and Short Film Festival held each year in Prizren.