Virtual Cinema House Exclusive access to outstanding documentaries

Watch first run and award-winning documentaries not available on any other platform or media in Canada, and support the RCA at the same time!

The RCA@Home Virtual Cinema House allows you to experience outstanding Canadian and international critically-acclaimed film content from home.

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Each week, the Virtual Cinema House offers two new documentary releases. Discover a new adventure and experience, across a variety of topics and stories, from journalism and dance to the world's most gruelling horse race. 

Films are available for 4 weeks and you can watch your selected film for up to 5 days.

Your documentary rental costs just C$9.99 to rent with a portion of proceeds supporting the non-profit Rotary Centre for the Arts. Expand your mind and support local arts and culture at the same time!

Week 11

Playing From August 7

Requiem for the American Dream

Renowned academic and author Noam Chomsky elucidates 10 principles of concentration of wealth and power that have led to unprecedented inequality and the hollowing out of the American middle class.

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Week 10

Playing From July 10

Bread: An Everyday Miracle

Knowing most people have been doing their own sourdough starters during the shutdown, we wished to highlight a new film which we will be releasing EXCLUSIVELY (both virtually and in cinemas where available) come July 10th called BREAD: AN EVERYDAY MIRACLE.

This film will change your view of BREAD!

Bread has become a brand-name product. But do we know what we are actually eating every day? We meet artisan bakers who can vouch for quality and we meet CEOs of food corporations whose industrially produced bread is fast becoming an artificial product. How can the craft of baking survive? And what will the bread of the future be like?

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Week 9

Playing From June 26

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind is an exploration of the career, music, and influence of legendary Canadian musical icon Gordon Lightfoot. With unprecedented access to the artist, the documentary follows Lightfoot’s evolution from Christian choirboy to troubled troubadour to international star and beloved Canadian icon.

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Week 8

Playing From June 19

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

Dr. Anne Innis Dagg retraces her 1956 journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild. Willful and determined, Dagg not only faced inflicting elements in the wild, but also at home where, as a woman, she struggled to be seen and treated as equal in the male dominated field of zoology.

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Kedi

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. This is the story of seven of them. This film is a sophisticated take on your typical cat video that will both dazzle and educate.

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Week 7

Playing From June 12

Sovereign Soil

At the far-flung edge of Canada’s boreal forest, outside the tiny sub-Arctic town of Dawson City, Yukon, a handful of unlikely farmers are growing everything from snow-covered Brussels sprouts to apples. These modern-day agrarians have carved out small patches of fertile soil in an otherwise unforgiving expanse of isolated wilderness to make a living and a life. Sovereign Soil is an ode to the beauty of this ferocious, remote land and the wisdom of those who’ve chosen to call it home.

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PUSH

PUSH is a new documentary from award-winning director Fredrik Gertten, investigating why we can't afford to live in our own cities anymore. PUSH sheds light on a new kind of faceless landlord, our increasingly unliveable cities and an escalating crisis that has an effect on us all. This is not gentrification, it’s a different kind of monster. 

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Week 6

Playing From June 5

Whose Streets?

When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of the St. Louis area and beyond. Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson, Missouri uprising. As the national guard rolls in, a new generation mounts a powerful battle cry not just for their civil rights, but for the right to live.

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Leftover Women

In China, single women are under immense pressure to marry young or face the stigma that comes with being "leftover." Leftover Women follows three hopeful singles seeking to define love on their own terms.

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Week 5

Playing From May 29

Susanne Bartsch: On Top

SUSANNE BARTSCH: ON TOP explores Susanne's life and impact through never-before-seen archival footage, verité cinematography, personal testimonials, and highly stylized imagery. From quiet moments at home to the creation of deliciously debaucherous spectacles, Susanne juggles family life with the overwhelming stress of being a one-woman industry. 

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Linda Rondstadt: The Sound of My Voice

LINDA RONSTADT: The Sound of My Voice is a musical biography of one of the most successful and versatile female singers of the 20th century -- and one of the most successful recording artists of all time. The Sound of My Voice tells Linda's story through her own words and music, and by such professional colleagues as Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Aaron Neville among many others.

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Week 4

Playing From May 22

Chef Flynn

The sophomore debut of director Cameron Yates, Chef Flynn is about a young man’s singular focus and distinctive path through childhood, sharing a rare view of an aspiring chef’s successful rise from the inside.

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Prophecy

This is a rare, intimate exploration of a single oil painting and the first major film to reveal the motive and techniques behind each stroke of paint as the artist creates. The audience is plunged in to the artist's obsessive mind, what starts as a blank canvas, emerges Peter Howson's monumental oil painting; Prophecy.

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Week 3

Playing From May 15

Buddy

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.

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All The Wild Horses

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 the Mongol Derby, the longest and toughest horse race in the world.

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Week 2

Playing From May 8

Ballet Now

Featuring New York City Ballet's Prima Ballerina Tiler Peck - the first ever woman to be asked to curate The Music Center's famed BalletNOW program - and a diverse cast of world-class dancers from around the globe, the film follows Tiler as she tries to execute her groundbreaking vision of mashing together the worlds of tap, hip-hop, ballet and even clown artistry.

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Beyond Moving

Follow the remarkable journey of Siphe November, who left his small township in South Africa to follow his dreams at Canada’s National Ballet School.

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Week 1

Playing From May 1

The Booksellers

THE BOOKSELLERS is a lively, behind-the-scenes look at the New York rare book world and the fascinating people who inhabit it.

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This is Not a Movie

For more than 40 years, journalist Robert Fisk has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world...

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Looking for something to do?

Join an RCA@Home Social Club!

It’s like joining a rad book club, but for arts and culture!

Each Club covers a different area of interest, with a host to moderate and up to 12 participants. A weekly topic, performance, or recommendation will be selected every week and members will watch/listen in their own time before meeting with the rest of the group for a discussion.

Discover more and register for your club today!

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