Welcome to the Virtual Cinema House, a program of RCA @ Home!
Join us as we bring you exclusive access to first run and award-winning documentaries, not available on any other platform or media in Canada!
The Virtual Cinema House offers two new documentary releases each week. For less than $10 per film, you can watch your selected films for up to 5 days. The best part? A portion of the proceeds from your film rental goes to the RCA, a non-profit supporter of arts and culture.
The following films are available beginning May 15, 2020
"Without Mister Trevor we’d probably no longer be together." Patricia is talking about the dog who wakes up her husband at night when his nightmares bring him back to the war in Afghanistan. Thanks to Mister, veteran Trevor’s marriage with Patricia was saved and he is able to be a father to his children again.
In Buddy, Heddy Honigmann tells the story of six extraordinary dogs that are indispensable for their owners. They are specially trained to assist them in lives that aren’t always easy, but thanks to the incredible skills of their dogs, they are as independent as possible. For example, assistance dog Kaiko helps Erna with undressing and turns her over at night in her bed because she does not have the strength to do so alone. Utah is an unconditional friend for the autistic boy Zeb. She never rejects him, like the children in the neighborhood have done. Hans completely trusts in his great love, guide dog Missy. And the rebellious Annebel does not go anywhere without Kay, her comrade and 'nurse' who watches over her when pain gets overwhelming. Makker is already retired. For years, he brought the blind, stubborn Edith everywhere she needed to be. Now they are both old, but still inseparable.
Buddy is an ode to the fighting spirit of the main characters and a loving portrait of the deep bond between man and dog. Buddy is an ode to the fighting spirit of the main characters and a loving portrait of the deep bond between man and dog.
Director: Heddy Honigmann
Runtime: 86 minutes
All The Wild Horses
The Mongol Derby is the longest and toughest horse race in the world. A recreation of Chinggis Khaan’s Morin Urtuu postal system, the 1000 kilometer (700 miles) race is strung along a network of 27 horse stations on the Mongolian steppe, and has in its short life become an epic equine adventure of no equal.
ALL THE WILD HORSES follows endurance horse riders from the United States, Canada, South Africa, Ireland, United Kingdom and the Netherlands as they try and compete in this race. The riders are out on the steppe on their own and navigate with GPS from horse station to horse station, spaced around forty kilometers apart. They battle extreme heat, extreme weather, swollen rivers and wild dogs, often on their own. They change their horses at every station, staying the nights out in the wild or with nomad families along the way. One wrong horse and they could be bucked off and lose their horse with help being hours away. Serious injuries, broken bones and heat exhaustion are a common and debilitating factor in the race.
After a dramatic start with first casualties already medivaced off the field, 22-year-old American rider Devan Horn battles heat, exhaustion and wild dogs as she takes the lead early on. South African horse whisperer Monde Kanyana is challenged with ever more difficult horses; and Irish jockeys Donie Fahy and Richie Killoran try to overcome setback after dramatic setback as they chase down the front runners. The film throws up twists, turns and a lot of drama as it builds to an unexpected, nail-biting finish.
ALL THE WILD HORSES has already won 8 international film festival awards as well as a few more nominations. The director, Ivo Marloh, rode the complete race twice in order to film the action first hand and document exactly what compels riders from all around the world to risk broken bones, life-threatening injuries, their life savings and often a good dose of mental sanity to experience one of the last true wildernesses on Earth, on the back of wild horses.
Director: Ivo Marloh
Runtime: 90 minutes
Country: Mongolia, South Africa, UK, USA, Ireland