Tag Archives: Documentary

History Slam Episode 150: Dope is Death

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/History-Slam-150.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In the 1970s, Richard Nixon launched the War on Drugs to combat, what he called, public enemy number one. In New York City, groups like the Black Panther Party and Young Lords recognized the damage addiction was doing to local communities, but also felt that federal efforts to combat drug use… Read more »

History Slam Episode 147: Influence

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/History-Slam-147.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Influence debuts tonight on CBC and GEM at 8 pm (8:30 NT) and 9 ET/PT on documentary Whenever I teach a course about popular culture, the final class always includes a discussion about the importance of being critical consumers of content. We are bombarded with information on a daily basis, whether… Read more »

History Slam Episode 144: Finding Sally

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/History-Slam-144.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Finding Sally premieres tonight on CBC and GEM at 8:00pm (8:30 NT) and documentary Channel at 9 ET/PT In September 1974, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie‘s government was overthrown following years of declining popularity. While he was popular with the country’s elite, the wider population was less inclined towards the nobility. He… Read more »

History Slam Episode 142: Born in Evin

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/History-Slam-142.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Born in Evin is playing Sunday February 2 at 1pm at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto as part of the 17th Annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Following the film there will be a discussion led by Tara Sepehri Far, a researcher in the Middle East and North Africa… Read more »

History Slam Episode 141: Golda

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/History-Slam-141.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Golda will begin its theatrical run at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto on January 3. You can watch the trailer here and find showtimes here. In March, 1969, a then 70-year old Golda Meir came out of retirement to serve as Israeli Prime Minister following the sudden death… Read more »

History Slam Episode 138 – Cheating Hitler: Surviving the Holocaust

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/History-Slam-138.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Cheating Hitler: Surviving the Holocaust will be screened on Wednesday November 6 at the Bell TIFF Lightbox in Toronto, after which there will be a special talkback with the three Holocaust survivors featured in the film along with the director and producer. The world broadcast premiere will be on November 11… Read more »

Once Were Brothers: Reflections on Rock ‘n’ Roll revisionism

By James Cullingham I first saw The Band at Massey Hall in January 1970 when I was a Toronto high school student. It was a highly anticipated comeback show just around the corner from the bars and strip clubs they had played when they were known as The Hawks. The Band’s sound drew on Appalachian music, Country & Western, Delta… Read more »

History Slam Episode 134: Advocate

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/History-Slam-134.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Since I started doing the podcast back in 2012, there have been a lot of topics and discussions that have surprised me. Perhaps nothing was as surprising, though, as when I learned of the new documentary Advocate, which premiered earlier this year. The film tells the story of Lea Tsemel, an… Read more »

History Slam Episode 132: Conversation with a D-Day Veteran

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/History-Slam-132.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a day that is incredibly significant both in the military history of the Second World War and the collective memory of that conflict. The latter has been greatly influenced by the many depictions in film of the landings on the 6th of June 1944… Read more »

History Slam Episode 115: The Oslo Diaries

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/History-Slam-115-Oslo.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham The Oslo Diaries has is Canadian Premiere during Hot Docs in Toronto. The first screening will be Tuesday May 1 at 9pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox 1, with a second on Wednesday May 2 at 12:30pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre. In the early 1990s, increasing violence and bloodshed continued to… Read more »