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 2018

This fall, the NFB Film Club offers viewers four programs, featuring new documentary and animation releases for the general public and one shorts program for children. One of these programs is part of Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake): NFB Indigenous Cinema on Tour, consisting of 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.

We hope you enjoy these cinematic treasures. Happy viewing!

Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake): NFB Indigenous Cinema on Tour

A program of seven fascinating short docs and animated films by Indigenous filmmakers: Asinnajaq’s Three Thousand, Nyla Innuksuk’s Breaths, Christophe Auchter’s The Mountain of SGaana, Louise BigEagle’s To Wake Up the Nakota Language, Jay Cardinal Villeneuve’s Holy Angels, Caroline Monnet’s 360 Degrees and Katherena Vermette and Erika MacPherson’s this river.

Other documentary programs

Mathieu Roy’s The Dispossessed is an impressionistic journey that sheds light on the daily strife of the world’s hungry farming class. The film examines the mechanisms by which farmers are falling into a tragic cycle of despair, debt and dispossession.

Charles Officer’s Unarmed Verses presents a thoughtful and vivid portrait of a community facing imposed relocation. At the centre of the story is an astute and luminous 12-year-old Black girl, who provides a voice for those rarely heard.

When death haunts a high school in the Moncton area in the late 1990s, everyone is forever transformed. In 1999, a gentle, moving film, director Samara Grace Chadwick re-immerses herself in the memories still lurking there. Available as of November 2018.

Children’s program

The whole family will have fun discovering these seven shorts—six animations and one documentary—that explore various themes, and employ a range of techniques. A fun and charming program: Lina Gagnon’s A Family for Maria, Bernard Longpré’s Dimensions, Don White’s How Do They Put the Centres in Chocolates?, Brian Duchscherer’s Glasses, Co Hoedeman’s Matrioska, Janet Perlman’s The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin and Patrick Péris’ Nadine, a new release.

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

Florence François | 514-283-8953 | f.francois@nfb.ca

Spring 2018

Come April, the NFB Film Club is sending a breath of fresh air your way with its spring 2018 lineup of films. We’ve put together six programs featuring many captivating new releases on timely topics: five programs for the general public (documentaries) and one for kids (animation and one fiction film). One of these programs is part of the screening series Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake): NFB Indigenous Cinema on Tour, which offers films from the NFB’s exceptional collection of 250+ Indigenous-made works. Happy viewing!

Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake): NFB Indigenous Cinema on Tour

Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film, reveals how the Cree community in Norway House, Manitoba, has been enriched through the power of education. This documentary conveys a message of hope, showing that in an appropriate school environment, one that incorporates their people’s history, language and culture, Indigenous youth can realize their dreams.

Other programs for general audiences

Attiya Khan and Lawrence Jackman’s A Better Man records a series of intimate conversations between a former couple, Steve and Attiya (the co-director), who lived through two years of domestic abuse. This gripping doc infuses new energy and possibility into the movement to end violence against women.

Niobe Thompson’s Memento mori is an evocative cinematic journey alongside the living and the dying. With remarkable access to Canada’s busiest organ-transplant hospital, the doc brings to the screen a human drama never-before captured on film. We witness one of the most profound experiences in any human life: the loss of a child, and the agonizing decision this tragedy demands.

Zaynê Akyol’s Gulîstan, Land of Roses follows the female fighters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) as they battle for a more just democracy in the Middle East. These women are the revolutionary future of a people, and the hidden face of a highly mediatized war: the female, feminist face in the war against ISIS, the armed militants of the so-called Islamic State group.

Santiago Bertolino’s Freelancer on the Front Lines follows the journey of freelance reporter Jesse Rosenfeld through the Middle East, showing us the region’s thorny geopolitical realities and exploring how a reporter’s job has changed in the age of the Internet. From Egypt to Turkey and Iraq by way of Israel and Palestine, the documentary captures the ups and downs of an independent and unconventional kind of journalism.

Children’s program

These seven specially selected shorts (six animations and one fiction) will entertain the whole family with their fun, colourful adventures and touching stories: Eva Cvijanović’s Hedgehog’s Home and Chris Auchter’s The Mountain of SGaana (both new releases); Co Hoedeman’s Ludovic: A Crocodile in My Garden; Les Drew’s The Dingles; Sheldon Cohen’s I Want a Dog; Munro Ferguson’s How Dinosaurs Learned to Fly; and Thomas Vamos’s The Juggler.

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

Previous seasonal programs still available: