Business Docs Are Definitely Hot!

April 17, 2015 | Kathryn

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Greetings fellow film lovers!  For the past several years I have purchased tickets to the Toronto Hot Docs Festival to catch some great documentary films. This year, however, I might have to miss the annual event which runs from April 23 to May 3. Fortunately, we have some fascinating films in the business department at the North York Central Library and I've decided to sign a few of them out and hold my own little film festival at home.

Burning In The Sun Broke Elizabeth Arden
Documentaries about commerce are fascinating and relevant because business is all around us and an intrinsic part of our lives. Just think of the many ways commerce shapes our lives.

One DVD I plan to watch is called Burning In The Sun. It's about a 26-year-old man named Daniel Dembele who is at a crossroads in his life. He decides to return to his homeland of Mali to start a local business building recycled solar panels. Daniel's goal is to electrify the households of local rural communities, 99 percent of which have no power. This story is about Daniel's journey to develop his idea into a viable company and improve the lives of his countrymen.

To add some variety to my film night I also plan to watch a documentary called Broke. This film, from Gemini-award winning filmmaker Rose Dransfield, is set in a pawnshop. It's owner, David Woolfson, a grumpy Jewish marchant from South Africa, is a banker of last resort for the down-and-out residents of Edmonton's grim inner city. He's been running the store for 16 years on his own.  Then one day an ex-convict shows up to volunteer his time at the shop and an unlikely friendship ensues.

To complete my film night, I will watch a film about Elizabeth Arden, a pioneer of the cosmetics industry who built a business worth billions that is still flourishing to this day.

To learn more about the world of business and be entertained at the same time, I also recommend the following documentaries available in DVD format from the North York Central Library:

Life And Death In Assisted Living Sourlands Last Shop Standing  Winnebago Man

  Craft In America Generation Like His way a portrait of Hollywood legend Jerry Weintraub Us And The Game Industry