A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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The National Film Board of Canada launches Les maux illisibles

Press release



Montreal, November 10, 2012 – In Quebec, approximately 1.3 million people over the age of 16 are considered illiterate. The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has launched Les maux illisibles, a French interactive essay that addresses this startling reality. Readers are invited to take 10 minutes to browse a work that meditates on the causes and effects of illiteracy in three crucial areas of our future: education, employment and health.

Les maux illisibles reveals the day-to-day lives of three illiterate adults: Mathieu, 18, who left school at 16 unable to read even a newspaper; Sylvie, 52, who's looking for a job that's less physically demanding but is unable to fill out an application form; and Diane, 42, plagued by serious health issues but incapable of understanding her doctor's explanations. Their stories expose the plight of those who struggle to read.

Created by Simon Trépanier (editorial), Dominic Turmel (artistic direction), Joannie Lafrenière (photography), David Mongeau-Petitpas (development) and KenLo Craqnuques (sound design). Produced by Hugues Sweeney (NFB).

An interactive essay produced in association with Le Devoir ( www.ledevoir.com/analphabetisme).

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB's award-winning content can be seen at NFB.ca and on apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV. Canada's public producer and distributor since 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 6 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.

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Media relations

Marie-Claude Lamoureux, NFB publicist
Telephone: 514-283-9607
Cell: 514-297-7192
E-mail: m.c.lamoureux@onf.ca

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
Telephone: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@onf.ca