An Inuit hunter travels by snowmobile across the frozen sea. Photo taken from Stories from Our Land – Nippaq, a documentary short directed by Qajaaq Ellsworth in 2011.


NFB Film Club

Spring/Summer 2020

Enjoy a cinematic spring and summer with the NFB Film Club’s rich and diverse selection of films. It features 16 programs of shorts and features for general audiences, including recently released documentaries (highlighting International Women’s Day and Earth Day in particular), animated gems, and films celebrating Black history, Indigenous History Month and LGBTQ2+ Pride. There are also three programs of shorts especially for kids, including one to accompany the TD Summer Reading Club. And for the first time, the NFB Film Club includes programs for the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, taking place March 1 to 31, 2020. Whichever ones you choose, these carefully curated programs will make you think, take you on a journey, and offer you a host of new perspectives. Enjoy!

New Documentaries

Six just-released feature documentaries address a wide variety of important social and cultural issues: Paul Émile d’Entremont’s Standing on the Line tackles the taboo of homosexuality in sports; Daughter of the Crater, by Nadine Beaudet and Danic Champoux, is a tender exploration of Yolande Simard Perrault’s quest for identity and her influence on Pierre Perrault’s acclaimed body of work; Nicolas Wadimoff’s The Apollo of Gaza is an archeological thriller that offers a moving look at a region whose cultural wealth has been overshadowed by bitter fighting; in honour of International Women’s Day, Baljit Sangra’s Because We Are Girls tactfully considers the consequences of sexual abuse on a family; Conviction, by Nance Ackerman, Ariella Pahlke, and Teresa MacInnes, in partnership with imprisoned women and prisoners’ rights activists, seeks alternatives to incarceration; and in honour of Earth Day, Rogério Soares’ River Silence explores the human and environmental costs of large-scale development in Brazil’s Amazon basin.

Animated Discoveries

The nine short films in this engaging program feature a wide range of moods, topics, and techniques. On the menu: The Procession, by Pascal Blanchet and Rodolphe Saint-Gelais; Regina Pessoa’s Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days; Moïa Jobin-Paré’s No Objects; Dominic Etienne Simard’s Charles; three films from the NFB’s Hothouse program for emerging animators—Kassia Ward’s Collector, Meky Ottawa’s The Fake Calendar, and Christopher Gilbert Grant’s XO Rad Magical—whose 12th edition aimed to address under-representation of Indigenous animation artists; David Barlow-Krelina’s Caterpillarplasty; and The Cannonball Woman by Albertine Zullo and David Toutevoix.

Black History

This program features two new documentary shorts, Ice Breakers by Sandi Rankaduwa and Black + Belonging by Francesca Ekwuyasi; along with two animated shorts by Martine Chartrand: Black Soul, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020, and MacPherson, produced in 2012. These films thoughtfully present different perspectives on the experiences and history of Black people in Canada.

National Indigenous History Month (June)

Three programs immerse viewers in the realities experienced by Canada’s Indigenous peoples: the five-episode documentary series Freedom Road, which relates the compelling history of the Anishinaabe Shoal Lake 40 First Nation and its fight for a new road; Women of Vision has six short films, including five by Indigenous filmmakers and a portrait of the great Alanis Obomsawin; and Voices from Within also features six shorts, including five from the Urban. Indigenous. Proud series, made through a partnership between the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres and the NFB.

Celebrating Pride

Six programs here offer various perspectives on the experiences of Canada’s LGBTQ2+ communities: Paul Émile d’Entremont’s Last Chance is about refugees seeking asylum in Canada to escape homophobic violence in their own countries; Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives by Lynne Fernie and Aerlyn Weissman relates the rich history of lesbian experience in Canada in the mid-20th century; Christina Willings’ Beauty is about the lives of five children who are reinventing the concept of gender, followed by Cure for Love, by Francine Pelletier and Willings, which examines a controversial evangelical movement to “convert” gay people; Laura Marie Wayne’s Love, Scott follows the journey of a young gay musician who is the victim of a violent attack; Solo by Atif Siddiqi explores the filmmaker’s struggles against social stigma and his conservative Pakistani family’s disapproval of his sexuality and gender identity; and Paul Émile d’Entremont’s Standing on the Line (see description in the New Documentaries section).

Youth programs

The first program assembles some of the NFB’s most popular animated shorts, such as Cordell Barker’s The Cat Came Back and Co Hoedeman’s Tchou-tchou. The second presents three entertaining yet thought-provoking shorts: Mela’s Lunch by Sugith Varughese, Live TV by Annie O’Donoghue, and The Boy Next Door by Ernest Reid. For the third and last program, the NFB Film Club joins forces again with the TD Summer Reading Club to offer a compilation of five films on the club’s theme this year, “Game On.”

Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF)

Included for the first time in the NFB Film Club’s programming, the five programs created for the grand tour of screenings of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie will be available from March 1 to 31, 2020. Click here for details about this special selection.

For NFB Film Club programming details, please consult the PDF document .

A collaborative initiative, the Film Club works with libraries to make the NFB’s rich film collection accessible free of charge to communities across the country. In its programming, you’ll find films for both adults and children: new releases exploring hot topics, timely and thought-provoking documentaries, award-winning animation, and a few timeless classics as well.

For more information on the NFB Film Club, contact:

Florence François, Programming Agent

514-914-9253 |