Listed below are films that have been completed by 4 Square Entertainment. If you would like to purchase any of the films, click on the "Order our Films" button.
|A Cruel Wind Blows and Silent Bombs: All for the Motherland
The disease is not leprosy but the afflicted are the lepers of the nuclear age. In the remote region of Semipalatinsk in north-eastern Kazakhstan live the victims of 456 Soviet nuclear explosions carried out from 1949 through 1989. Our feature documentary will finally tell this unknown story of neglect, horror and survival.
March 2010 A Cruel Wind Blows wins the Fargo Film Festival, Silver Medal Feature Documentary
December, 2009 Silent Bombs All For the Motherland wins the Saskatchewan Showcase, Social/Political Documentary Award
August, 2009 A Cruel Wind Blows broadcast on NHK, Japan.
August, 2009 Silent Bombs broadcast on Al Jazeera English.
“Breathtaking, powerful, beautiful. Silent Bombs grabbed me, compelled me to watch...barely breathing for the entire 44 minutes.”
You can buy these films - feature-length Cruel Wind sells for $35 and Silent Bomb (42 mins) is $25
OUR SIGNATURE SERIES: SCARRED BY HISTORY - Buy for $35.00 an episode plus taxes
Scarred by History, a co-production between 4 Square Productions and Novyy Kanal in Ukraine, is a hard-edged documentary about a Ukrainian family. The story of this family is the story of modern Ukraine. Broadcast in Ukraine and in Canada in early 1999, it was a finalist in the "Best Historical Documentary" category at Toronto's 1999 International Hot Docs Film Festival. Scarred, now titled Unhealed Wounds, has become the pilot episode in a series for History Television.
Episode two, Nanjing Nightmares, is a co-production with Jiangsu TV (China). This film tells the story of the Japanese Rape of Nanjing in 1937-38 and its effects on one Chinese-Canadian family through three generations. Broadcast in China and Canada, Nanjing Nightmares was nominated for awards at the Yorkton Film Festival and SMPIA Showcase.
Episode three is Paradise Lost, a story of the holocaust shot in Canada and Hungary. Based on the book Journey to Vaja by Elaine Kalman Naves, the viewer follows the triumphs and tragedies of one Jewish family in Hungary over a 150 year period.
Episode four, Among the Disappeared, is a Canada-Singapore co-production. We follow young Canadian-Cambodian Kodaim Ear as he searches Cambodia for a photograph of his father, who died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge during Pol Pot's genocidal rule.
Episode five, Out from Underground, tells the thrilling and tragic story of Zygmund Sikora, a former fighter in the Polish Underground during World War Two. We follow Zygmund as he re-lives his adventures including the assassination of a collaborator and his daring escape from post-war communist Poland.
Episode six, End of Empire, is a Canada-Singapore co-production, which re-creates the story of Alexander Cockburn, who as a young man spent the Second World War as a Japanese-held POW under horrific conditions in the notorious Japanese Changi prison in Singapore. Decades later, he journeys back to revisit the place of his imprisonment. He re-lives the fall of Singapore, the beginning of the end of the British Empire.
Episode 7, Wars Against the Roma. Members of one family recount their travels to Canada from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, to avoid discrimination. This is the terrible yet uplifting story of the Roma people (Gypsies) around the world.
UNDER THE SKIN: DRUGS, DREAMS AND DEMONS - Buy for $35.00 plus tax
Under the Skin is a gritty, cinéma vérité treatment of one family of drug abusers and a dealer. The film follows this group for several months revealing the dim reality of the "beautiful little city of Regina." Since its broadcast on SCN and CBC Newsworld in March 2006, it has received accolades from across the country. This film won the Golden Sheaf Award in the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival for Best of Saskatchewan - May 2006.
TWIN STARS - Buy for $35.00 plus tax
Twin Stars, our first co-production, charts the twin journeys of Canadian actor Tom Rooney and Chinese star Song Li as they cross the oceans and explore each other's cultures. Set in Saskatchewan and Jilin, China, Twin Stars is a refreshing variety program with just a dash of fantasy. It has been broadcast throughout China and Canada.
GERHARD THE TUBA - Buy for $35.00 plus tax
Gerhard the Tuba, a whimsical documentary about the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference held in Regina, Saskatchewan tells this story from the perspective of a well-travelled tuba, Gerhard. This was shot in English and Russian and was broadcast by SCN and Omni Television.
[NEW] Guides and Gurus - Please contact for pricing
Guides and Gurus, a 13-part documentary series which explores the ancient wisdom of indigenous healers from around the world, is currently being shown on VISION TV, APTN and SCN. We’ll meet Vanniyala Aththo, the jungle shaman of Sir Lanka, Ruben Orellana Neira, the Peruvian Shaman, Susan Copeman, a Druid of Wales, to name just a few. Though they’ve never been to medical school these healers are a wealth of knowledge about the medicinal herbs and the ceremonial rituals that heal in their societies. Gerry Sperling, 4 Square Entertainment and Norm Wilkinson, VisionQuest Entertainment, Australia, are executive producers, Maggie Siggins is producer, director, Rachel Knudsen, writer and Dean Sauer editor.
[NEW] Medicine Woman - Please contact for pricing
Medicine Woman is a 13-part series in which we follow the quest of Danièle Behn, a young, indigenous medical doctor as she travels to six continents. Her goal is to find the secret and effective medical remedies used by aboriginal people in North and South America, Africa, Australia, Europe and India. From the common cold to can to sexual impotence - she will search out unusual cures for all that ails us. This is a co-production between Visionquest Entertainment International of Australia and 4 Square Productions.
SISTER KAY - Buy for $35.00 plus tax
Sister Kay chronicles the extraordinary life of Sister Kay MacDonald, who rose to be the most senior female in the Roman Catholic Church. She played a fundamental role in changing the Church's relationship, doctrine and attitude towards Jews. This co-production with the National Film Board of Canada has been broadcast on CTV, TFO and SCN and in Israel.
SEARCHING FOR CONFUCIUS - Buy for $35.00 plus tax
Searching for Confucius is an original examination of the life and legacy of the great Chinese philosopher as seen through the eyes of Canadian-Chinese author Wayson Choy. Licensed in Canada by Vision TV, SCN, and Omni TV, this film is produced in English and Chinese. "Confucius" is the pilot episode of our Big Thinkers series, which will feature the men and women who changed the way we view the world such as Copernicus, Sappho and Rabindranath Tagore.
STAGE, SCREEN AND RESERVE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GORDON TOOTOOSIS - Buy for $35.00 plus tax
Stage, Screen and Reserve tells the story of Gordon Tootoosis, one of Canada's most prominent actors and an ardent advocate of aboriginal rights. We see him as he is abused in a residential school, as he becomes a First Nations activist, as he achieves international renown as an actor in such films as Legends of the Fall and in such television series as North of 60. The program has been broadcast on CBC, APTN and SCN. Tootoosis won the best film award at the Fargo Film Festival in 2004.
A CHURCH IN TWO WORLDS - Buy for $35.00 plus tax
A Church in Two Worlds explores the remarkable story of the survival of the Ukrainian Catholic Church from the 16th century to the present, in Eastern Europe and in Canada. This program has been broadcast on Vision TV and on SCN.
NETTIE WIEBE: A PASSIONATE VOICE FOR THE FARMER - Buy for $35.00 plus tax
Nettie Wiebe: A Passionate Voice for the Farmer is a true life story of this committed activist from Saskatchewan. Inspired by her Mennonite upbringing, Wiebe has struggled tirelessly for the rights of farmers all over the world. An activist, a politician and a professor, her story ranges from her home province of Saskatchewan to Mexico and Nicaragua.
THE PROFESSOR AND THE CHEF - Buy for $35.00 plus tax
This comedic pilot is an exploration of diverse cultures, a demonstration of unique cuisine, and the struggle of a father and son. Come with us as cordon bleu chef Adam Sperling and his father, Professor Gerry ride through the far west of Saskatchewan exploring, cooking and fighting. This pilot, already broadcast on SCN, will soon become a series in which Adam and Gerry travel to China to demonstrate six major cooking styles. While Adam gathers ingredients for his dishes, Gerry pontificates on Maoism. This series will be shot both in English and Chinese. It is hilarious and edifying at the same time.
WATER, WATER - Buy for $35.00 an episode plus tax
Water, Water is a three-part series that exposes today's growing water crisis around the world. We travel from the deserts of Africa to the far west of China, to the south west of the United States and to the rain forests of British Columbia with award-winning author Marq de Villiers. What is water? Why is it so important to us? And what can we do to ensure that our water supply is clean and plentiful? Four Square Productions and Marq de Villiers bring you the answers in this stunning film. The series was broadcast on Discovery Channel Canada and will be broadcast on SCN in Saskatchewan. It is being marketed around the world. It won the best Scientific/Technical/Environmental/Adventure film award at Showcase Saskatchewan 2005. At the same festival it won the best editing award.
RENEWAL - Buy for $35.00 plus tax
Horacio Mandevo is on a mission to save his native country of Mozambique. Not from war, or economic troubles, or environmental disaster - but disease. Renewal charts the course of Horacio's life and follows his Canadian-Mozambican odyssey. What the program highlights is the toils and triumphs of a Canadian International Development Agency project, Health Renewal, which is working valiantly, with both Canadians and Mozambicans to improve the desperate situation of health care in Mozambique. We follow Mozambicans and their Canadian friends as they train health care workers. This has been broadcast on SRC (CBC French), SCN and CLT in Canada.