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WATCH LIST: October 2013

By Observer Staff

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DIRECTED BY EDWARD BURTYNSKY AND JENNIFER BAICHWAL (Sixth Wave Productions)


Renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes) present a visually stunning look at water and how we control, manage and exploit this precious natural resource. Featuring Burtynsky’s trademark style of sweeping aerial photographs, the film is part of a five-year project on water that also includes a book and photo exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Asia and Europe. Oct. 11

Mixed-Up Love: Relationships, Family, and Religious Identity in the 21st Century
BY JON M. SWEENEY AND MICHAL WOLL (Jericho Books)


Catholic author Jon M. Sweeney and reconstructionist rabbi Michal Woll write about the joys and challenges of mixed-faith marriage. The real-life couple explores how different religious backgrounds can affect dating, parenting and family rituals. They hope the book will serve as a resource for anyone navigating a relationship with someone from another faith. Oct. 15

12 Years a Slave
DIRECTED BY STEVE McQUEEN, STARRING CHIWETEL EJIOFOR AND MICHAEL FASSBENDER (Fox Searchlight)


Based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northup, 12 Years a Slave tells the story of a free black man who is abducted from the northern United States and sold into slavery in the Deep South. Chiwetel Ejiofor leads an impressive cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt. The powerful film is already generating Oscar buzz. Oct. 18

No One to Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP
BY JANET MERLO (Breakwater Books)


In this memoir, Janet Merlo tells the story of the sexual harassment and gender discrimination she experienced during her 20 years of service as an RCMP officer in British Columbia. One of the first female officers to go public with such allegations, Merlo is a brave voice for change in Canada’s national police force. Oct. 23


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