Most widely held works by Eric Michel
Miracle planet ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 316 libraries worldwide
A five-part series recounting the earth's 4 billion-year evolution and the origin and evolution of life.
La batalla de Chile la lucha de un pueblo sin armas = The battle of Chile : the struggle of an unarmed people ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2009 in Spanish and held by 234 libraries worldwide
La batalla de Chile : "On September 11, 1973, President Salvador Allende's democratically-elected Chilean government was overthrown in a bloody coup by General Augusto Pinochet's army. Patricio Guzmán and five colleagues had been filming the political developments in Chile throughout the nine months leading up to that day. The bombing of the Presidential Palace, during which Allende died, would now become the ending for Guzmán's seminal documentary ... [a] chronicle of that country's open and peaceful socialist revolution, and of the violent counter-revolution against it."--Container.
Cinéma vérité defining the moment ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 225 libraries worldwide
"The cinéma vérité (or direct cinema) movement of the '50s and '60s was driven by a group of rebel filmmakers tired of stilted documentaries. They wanted to show life as it really is: raw, gritty, dramatic. Rich in excerpts from vérité classics ... this is the first film to capture all the excitement of a revolution that changed movie-making forever"--Container. Includes commentary by filmmakers, and explores vérité's influence in everything from TV news to music videos to Webcams.
Four women of Egypt ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 166 libraries worldwide
Four Egyptian women have the same goals--human diginity and social justice--but each adopts an approach radically different from the others. Muslim, Christian, Jewish or non-religious, their visions of society range from wanting a secular or socialist state to an Islamic one. These friends, deeply committed, argue openly, without ever breaking the bond that unites them.
The peacekeepers Le prix de la paix ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 92 libraries worldwide
Documents the United Nations peacekeeping efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Contains footage from meetings at UN headquarters, as well as footage gathered while with UN troops in northeast Congo.
For man must work, or, The end of work ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2000 in French and English and held by 44 libraries worldwide
Dicusses how in the global economy, human resources are being replaced by technology, ending the mass labor force era and moving toward creating an elite corps of workers in the knowledge sector.
In the shadow of Hollywood ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 38 libraries worldwide
Examines the transformation of the world of cinema into huge entertainment complexes that overwhelm and overload our senses. Also addresses the dominance and motivations of the American film industry.
For man must work, or, the end of work ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2000 in French and English and held by 37 libraries worldwide
Concentrating on situations in Canada, France and Mexico, this film shows how, as human resources are replaced more and more by technology, living and working conditions are deteriorating for many people. Features personal stories from people in Canada, France and Mexico whose work situations have been changed or replaced by technology; including commentary by various experts including such Vivianne Forrester, author of "The economic horror" and Jeremy Rifkin, American economist and author of "The end of work."
Beef Inc ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and French and held by 35 libraries worldwide
"Examines the practices of North American meat multinationals, which raise livestock on huge feedlots. Genetic engineering, growth hormones, antibiotics, the monopolization of world markets, and other issues are addressed, along with concerns that these beefed-up cattle pose risks both to consumer health and to the world's economy - and do not taste very good either"--Container.
Dead in the water ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 31 libraries worldwide
Examines the growing trend to privatize water resources in response to water shortages throughout the world.
Clone Inc ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Examines the controversies surrounding the modern reproductive technology of cloning.
Liberty street blues ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 26 libraries worldwide
Celebrates the rhythms of a unique cultural and musical tradition. On this tour of New Orleans, the birthplace of modern jazz, meet Michael White, university professor and clarinet player, as he takes his band through it paces and shares with us the soul of jazz.
Anne Hébert 1916-2000 ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in French and held by 25 libraries worldwide
"Le cinéaste Jacques Godbout nous invite à découvrir Anne Hébert dans ce documentaire émouvant, qui évoque les lieux déterminants de son parcours exceptionnel ... Ponctué d'entrevues d'archives et d'extraits de ses oeuvres, cet hommage tendre et respectueux souligne aussi l'influence de son cousin, le poète Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau ..."--Conteneur.
The last trapper ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and French and held by 23 libraries worldwide
A mix of documentary and fiction, "The Last Trapper" is the story of Norman Winther and his wife, who play themselves in the film. They live in complete isolation in the Yukon, hunting grizzlies and wolves. The last representatives of a way of life almost extinct, they are uninterested in modern amenities and determined to remain true to tradition. A poetic ode to ecology and the protection of the environment, the majestic landscapes of "The Last Trapper" were filmed in very harsh conditions, reflecting director Nicolas Vanier's lifetime commitment to the Great North.
The Cosmic link ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and French and held by 22 libraries worldwide
"All life on earth shares some of the same genetic code, forming a kind of evolutionary tree. Could that tree have its deepest roots in the stars? This fascinating program looks at how the research of scientists into the origin of life points towards the cosmos, as in the panspermia theory which posits the "seeding" of earth with organic compounds by comet or asteroid collisions."--Container.
The Rocket ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
Follows the career of Maurice Richard with the Montreal Canadiens. Features footage from many games and revealing interviews with Richard himself.
The Genetic takeover, or, The mutant food ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
Examines the struggle between multinational corporations, governments and consumers on the issue of genetically modified foods. Consumers, scientists and others are concerned that governments have not required independent testing of these new products nor have they required adequate labelling. Includes interviews with Michéle Brill-Edwards, Arpad Pusztai, Jeremy Rifkin and others.
Alias Will James ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in French and English and held by 14 libraries worldwide
Told through the books and letters of Will James, together with the accounts of two modern Canadian cowboys who have followed a similar path, the film traces young Dufault's journey from Quebec to the American West in the early years of the twentieth century, his huge success as an illustrator and novelist, and finally his tragic demise.
When love is gay ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide
Explodes myths about gay love. It explores relationships between men--from long-standing monogamous partnerships to brief encounters. Men of all ages talk openly about their homosexuality, and the difficulty of self-acceptance in a straight, often homophobic society. They speak of sensuality, and their determination to love freely. Their life experiences compile an oral history of an evolving gay culture. Intimate interviews alternate with action scenes: a steamy dance floor in Montreal's gay village, sexual tension inside a sauna, the gay community center, a gay ex-policeman lecturing to future officers. A pivotal love scene confirms that tenderness knows no gender. A documentary with a broad emotional sweep, When Love Is Gay allows viewers to look at their own reactions to the people and situations on screen. This film contains explicit sexual scenes.
Chile, obstinate memory ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and Spanish and held by 13 libraries worldwide
In this documentary, Patricio Guzman, who was Salvador Allende's bodyguard in 1973 when he was overthrown, returns to Chile 23 years later and shows his film The Battle of Chile (which has never been shown in Chile) to his old friends and to a student group to enlighten them concerning the historical facts surrounding the military coup of September, 1973.
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