BCIT Television – Documentaries

On February 5, 2014, in Television & Video Production, by Television Faculty

BCIT Television & Video Production fourth-term students and faculty invite you to come to the screening of a special BCIT Magazine, one that showcases short documentaries that were produced over the past 3 weeks highlighting the issues and lives of those who live and work in the lower mainland.

View Program on YouTube, or watch individual segments by clicking the images below.

“439 Powell Street,” intends to find out what happened behind the walls of the Ming Sun Building located on 439 Powell Street in July of 2013. Controversies between the City of Vancouver and the Ming Sun Benevolent Society have escalated, and the future of the building is uncertain. What happened at 439 Powell Street, and what can be done to save the building?

“Stealth Nation” documents the return of professional lacrosse to British Columbia. Narrated by hall of famer Andy Walsh, the documentary analyzes the history of the sport in Vancouver and whether the franchise will be a success the second time around. Will the community of Langley support their new franchise? Can another professional sports team be successful in an already crowded sports market?

This piece aims to explore the growing social dependency on technology, particularly with mobile devices like cell phones. They raise the question – how difficult is it for an average ‘connected’ student to spend a day without their phone, the film makers get some insight from a relationship coach to explain why people just can’t stay unplugged.

Plastic poses a serious threat to the health of our planet, including human health. It is a material that we use often for very short periods of time- sometimes mere seconds- yet it lasts forever in our environment.  Recycling you say?  A well-promoted myth when it comes to plastic.  More about that in the film..

BCIT Television Alumni Ilkka Uitto, and his sister Taina are crowd-funding a documentary project on a consumer society where plastic is commonplace and disposable.  Head on over to their indiegogo page and check out the project they’re working to produce!

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Congratulations to BCIT Television & Video Production alumni Mariam Demian and Andrea Gilbert, who had their documentary, “Children of Who? – the future of Cambodia’s orphans” screened at the 10th Annual Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto!

In 2011, Cambodia is still building its foundations after 30 years of civil war and government corruption. In the middle is a population that is struggling with acute poverty and low education levels who sadly abandon their babies out of necessity leaving them without care, without protection and in turn perpetuating the vicious cycle of poverty and low education. Simultaneously adoption has been ceased until Cambodia complies with international laws. Children of who? asks what will happen to the staggering number of orphans which seems to be increasing at a frightening rate.

Produced and Directed by Mariam Demian and Andrea Gilbert
Editor Andrea Gilbert

Special thanks to another BCIT TV Alumni, Cailin Perry for helping out on the promotional side of things and getting the word out!

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Egyptian Orphanage Documentary – Fundraiser

On January 21, 2011, in Television & Video Production, by Television Faculty

Second-year Television & Video Production students Mariam Demian and Andrea Gilbert are producing a documentary in Cairo, Egypt on orphans and the Egyptian adoption system this February/March.

Thousands of children live in orphanages without ever leaving and even sometimes stay and work there because they have not received a good enough education to move ahead in life and adoption is not legal- therefore, there’s never even a chance of them having a real family. Your help will allow the organization to provide a clean, safe and nurturing environment for the kids, because for now, there is no other option.

Your support for this project would be so very appreciated! Partial proceeds will be donated to the Littlest Lamb Orphanage as they’ve so far been supportive in giving us interviews when we get there. Additional proceeds will go towards our project shedding light on this very important issue.

It’s a big project and it’s ambitious, but we’re working hard to make the most of this documentary because it’s a topic that needs attention!

Tickets are $10. Tickets will be available through Mariam and Andrea, as well as at the door between 7:30pm and 11pm.


Lamplighter Pub
210 Abbott St (Gastown)
Vancouver, BC
February 1, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: $10
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65_redroses – Additional Screening Added!

On October 15, 2009, in Television & Video Production, by Television Faculty

Additional screening added!

Monday October 19 – 8:30pm

Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St. Vancouver


Normally a colourful, positive, vivacious young woman, Eva is only a ghost of herself when directors Nimisha Mukerji and Philip Lyall begin documenting her life for this heartrending film. She is suffering through the advanced stages of Cystic Fibrosis. She feels as if she is drowning on the inside – lungs so full of mucous each breath is nearly impossible. Eva’s lungs are functioning at minimal capacity as her family and friends helplessly watch her deteriorate. Physically beaten down by her disease, Eva needs a new set of lungs to save her life. She waits – months – for news of a donor.

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If you get a chance to go to the Vancouver International Film Festival, be sure to get a ticket for 65_RedRoses, winner of the Top Ten Audience Favourite Award at Hot Docs 2009.

BCIT Television alumni Justin Cousineau worked to edit this very special documentary which chronicles the remarkable story of a young woman who requires a double lung transplant in order to live through Cystic Fibrosis.

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