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DAF selection from National Film Board Canada (NFB)

Canada Vignettes: News Canada

We offer a selection of the most interesting Canadian documentaries from the database of the National Film Board. Until the end of the week, you have the opportunity to watch poetic, experimental and animated documentary films made in Canada...


Watch the films from May 13 to 19 FOR FREE.


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Le règne du jour

Le règne du jour

Le règne du jour (Orig.) / 1967 / Canada / 118 min

The documentary follows the Tremblay couple from Isle-aux-Coudres on their journey through France in search of Alexis’s ancestors.

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These Are My People

These Are My People...

These Are My People... (Orig.) / 1969 / Canada / 13 min

This documentary short is the first film made by an all-Aboriginal film crew, training under the NFB's Challenge for Change Program.

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Canada Vignettes: News Canada

Canada Vignettes: News Canada

Canada Vignettes: News Canada (Orig.) / 1978 / Canada / 3 min

In this short film from the Canada Vignettes series, historical events are depicted through simulated 1878 news broadcasts.

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Peggy Baker: Four Phrases

Peggy Baker: Four Phrases

Peggy Baker: Four Phrases (Orig.) / 2009 / Canada / 5 min

Built around an intimate interview with the acclaimed Canadian dancer and choreographer, Peggy Baker Four Phrases is an artful animation and documentary hybrid that travels through a variety of techniques to celebrate Baker's work and legacy.

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Whistling Smith

Whistling Smith

Whistling Smith (Orig.) / 1975 / Canada / 27 min

This film is a revealing portrait of a tough cop with a big heart.

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Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square

Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square

Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square (Orig.) / 1998 / Canada / 29 min

Shui-Bo Wang's feature documentary is a visual autobiography of an artist who grew up in China during the historic upheavals of the ‘60s, '70s and '80s.

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September Five at Saint-Henri

September Five at Saint-Henri (Orig.) / 1962 / Canada / 27 min

This short film is a series of vignettes of life in Saint-Henri, a Montreal working-class district, on the first day of school.

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At the Winter Sea Ice Camp: Part 4

At the Winter Sea Ice Camp: Part 4

At the Winter Sea Ice Camp: Part 4 (Orig.) / 1967 / Canada / 35 min

This short documentary on the Netsilik Inuit shows the life of the community inside the igloo.

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Tower Bawher

Tower Bawher

Tower Bawher (Orig.) / 2006 / Canada / 4 min

This animated short by Theodore Ushev is like a whirlwind tour of Russian constructivist art and is filled with visual references to artists of the era, including Vertov, Stenberg, Rodchenko, Lissitsky and Popova.

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Churchill's Island

Churchill's Island

Churchill's Island (Orig.) / 1941 / Canada / 22 min

It presents the strategy of the Battle of Britain, showing with penetrating clarity the relationship of the various forces that went to make up the island's defences.

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The Things I Cannot Change

The Things I Cannot Change (Orig.) / 1967 / Canada / 55 min

Look at the Bailey family, as seen from the inside.

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Away

Away (Orig.) / 2007 / Canada / 3 min

The filmmaker of this short documentary used his cellphone camera to shoot these scenes in Costa Rica. He reflects on the dichotomy of nature versus technology. Part of the MobiDOCS: Confessions in a Digital Age series.

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

A Trip Down Memory Lane

A Trip Down Memory Lane (Orig.) / 1965 / Canada / 12 min

From Arthur Lipsett (Very Nice, Very Nice and 21-87), another incisive short film that looks at human might, majesty and mayhem.

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Free Fall

Free Fall (Orig.) / 1964 / Canada / 9 min

An experimental film from Arthur Lipsett, Free Fall is an assortment of film trimmings assembled to make a wry comment on humankind in today’s world. It evokes a surrealist dream of our fall from grace into banality.

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21-87

21-87

21-87 (Orig.) / 1964 / Canada / 9 min

This short film from Arthur Lipsett is an abstract succession of unrelated views of the passing crowd. A commentary on a machine-dominated society, it is often cited as an influence on George Lucas's Star Wars and his conceptualization of "The Force."

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Les voitures d'eau

Les voitures d'eau

Les voitures d'eau (Orig.) / 1968 / Canada / 110 min

The third feature film by Pierre Perrault that takes place on Isle-aux-Coudres entitled Les Voitures d’eau focuses on people who, in the times of steel ships, international competition and monopoles, sail on wooden schooners.

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REW-FFWD

REW-FFWD

REW-FFWD (Orig.) / 1994 / Canada / 31 min

In this film by Denis Villeneuve, a young photographer is on assignment in Jamaica. It's a cultural shock! First anguished, he later becomes quite fascinated by the people he meets, their neighbourhood and their music.

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News

Visegrad? Where the hell is that?

Visegrad? Where the hell is that?

With this daring motto, playfully ironic visual design and primarily interesting film selection, Visegrad Film Festival presented its programme in Cork, Ireland. How was it, where does it go and why is it actually held in Ireland?

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A Showcase of Asian Documentary Film Jewels? TIDF!

A Showcase of Asian Documentary Film Jewels? TIDF!

The interest in all things Asian is growing faster than capital markets in the global world. That goes for documentary films as well. The contemporary production of Asian documentary filmmakers is regularly presented by Taiwan International Documentary Festival.

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- 12.9.2016 -

Gulîstan, Land of Roses Wins Prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno IFF

Gulîstan, Land of Roses Wins Prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno IFF

On Sunday, August 7, young director Zaynê Akyol became the 9th winner of the unique Doc Alliance Selection Award that is awarded since 2008 by the international Doc Alliance platform. The Kurdish director based in Canada received the award during an award ceremony at Locarno IFF. Along with the award, the filmmaker also received financial support of 5.000 euro for her future film.

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- 8.8.2016 -

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