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.

Programs

Fall 2017

This fall, the NFB Film Club offers you a special selection of films to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The fall lineup consists of seven programs, including one for children, that will take audiences on a journey from coast to coast and reveal Canada in all its beauty and diversity. Three of these programs are part of the screening series Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake): NFB Indigenous Cinema on Tour, featuring films from the NFB’s exceptional collection of 250+ Indigenous-made works—the stories of our land, told by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers from every region of the country. Enjoy these cinematic treasures… happy viewing!

To mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation

Bill Mason’s Waterwalker follows the filmmaker and artist on his journey by canoe into the Ontario wilderness. The documentary features breathtaking visuals and exciting white-water footage, with a musical score by one of Canada’s most renowned musicians, Bruce Cockburn. Preceded by the animated short Log Driver’s Waltz by John Weldon, one of the most often-requested films in the NFB collection.

A shorts program featuring five animated, fiction and documentary films will take you on a fascinating journey across Canada: Anita Lebeau’s Big Drive (Prairies), John Howe’s Gone Curling (Saskatchewan), Colin Low’s Corral (Alberta), Donald Wilder’s Nahanni (Northwest Territories) and Bill Mason’s Song of the Paddle (Ontario).

And a rich and varied program featuring four shorts: two animated films, the Oscar®-winning Every Child by Eugene Fedorenko and the Oscar®-nominated Wild Life by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby; and two documentaries about Montreal in the 1960s, William Brind’s Impressions of Expo 67 and Donald Brittain and Don Owen’s Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen.

Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake): NFB Indigenous Cinema on Tour

Featuring expert commentary and stunning imagery, Paul M. Rickard’s Aboriginal Architecture, Living Architecture provides a virtual tour of seven Indigenous communities—Pueblo, Mohawk, Inuit, Crow, Navajo, Coast Salish and Haida—revealing how each is actively reinterpreting and adapting traditional forms for contemporary purposes.

With The Sacred Sundance: The Transfer of a Ceremony, First Nations director Brian J. Francis journeys into the traditions of North American Indigenous spirituality. The Sundance is new to the Mi’kmaq people of Eastern Canada, brought to them from the West by elder William Nevin of the Elsipogtog First Nation. This event marks a unique transmission of traditional culture from one First Nation to another.

The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Marie Clements, is a new release available as of November 2017. It connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. Clements paints an electrifying picture of how a tiny movement, the Native Brotherhood and Native Sisterhood, became a powerful voice for social, political and legal advocacy, eventually effecting profound change at the national level.

Children’s program

Four fun and touching animated shorts for the whole family: My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts and Me and My Moulton by Oscar®-winning animator Torill Kove, Ernest Reid’s The Boy Next Door and Janet Perlman’s Invasion of the Space Lobsters.

For more details on NFB Film Club programming, and to watch clips from the films, click here.

The NFB Film Club is a turnkey initiative created specifically for public libraries. It grants free access to new and thought-provoking documentaries as well as award-winning and entertaining animation for the whole family.

For more information on the NFB Film Club, contact:
Marianne Di Domenico | 514-283-8953 | m.didomenico@nfb.ca

Spring 2017

The NFB Film Club is gearing up for another season of rich and wide-ranging programming, offering a new set of titles to help you celebrate spring. The lineup comprises five must-see programs for general audiences and one for children—a compelling selection of features and shorts exploring timely topics.

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk at last brings Inuit voices into the conversation about Canada’s seal hunt. In this multiple-award-winning doc, her cameras travel through the Canadian Arctic to hear from the people the animal activists rarely bother to meet—the hunters, the craftspeople, the families for whom the seal hunt is a critical part of their livelihood and survival―and follow a group of students to Europe, where they plead the Inuit case before a European Union panel. The film was selected to mark National Canadian Film Day (April 19) and Earth Day (April 22) but can be screened on other dates as well.

Anjali Nayar’s Gun Runners follows two Kenyan cattle rustlers, Julius Arile and Robert Matanda, who trade their rifles for running shoes to compete against the world’s best marathon runners. Filmed over a 10-year period in Kenya and New York City and told entirely by its main characters, Gun Runners takes us from life in the North Kenyan bush to the mean streets of the New York Marathon. A story about the American Dream, African-style, that’s sure to inspire amateur runners and armchair athletes alike.

We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice documents a nine-year legal battle in which Indigenous Canadians took on the Canadian government to secure equal services for their children. This documentary by veteran director Alanis Obomsawin is part of Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake): Indigenous Cinema on Tour, a cross-country screening series that marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation by showcasing groundbreaking NFB films made by Indigenous directors.

Selected for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Kevin McMahon’s An Idea of Canada follows the summer journey taken by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and her husband, John Ralston Saul, to Canada’s three seacoasts. Travelling by boat, small plane, snowmobile, pickup truck and canoe, they encounter every kind of weather as they visit western Nunavut, Newfoundland, Labrador and Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). A meditation on the myth and reality of the rugged landscape that symbolizes Canada for most people.

Tiffany Hsiung’s The Apology follows the personal journeys of three former “comfort women” who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Some 70 years after their imprisonment in so-called “comfort stations,” the three “grandmothers”—Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines—know that time is running out to give a first-hand account of the truth and ensure that this horrific chapter of history is not forgotten.

Children will be delighted by the vibrant and colourful short films in the special program we have put together for them, featuring Ludovic – Going Going, Ludovic – A Muddy Mess, Adventures and Wind.

For more details on NFB Film Club programming, and to watch clips from the films, click HERE.

The NFB Film Club is a turnkey initiative created specifically for public libraries. It grants free access to new and thought-provoking documentaries as well as award-winning and entertaining animation for the whole family.

For more information on the NFB Film Club, contact:

Marianne Di Domenico | 514-283-8953 | m.didomenico@nfb.ca

Previous seasonal programs still available: