The Word on the Street – Six NFB Films Featured in the Press and Online


The new year is off to a great start, with several NFB productions being talked about in the press and online.

Guy Dixon of The Globe and Mail wrote a full-length article on Paul Cowan’s Paris 1919. The film, based on Margaret MacMillan’s book, covers the Paris Peace Conference, which took place at the end of the First World War. The film took a considerable amount of time to get made and Dixon’s article traces the journey from conception to the screen. To read the full article, click here.

Watch more clips from Paris 1919.

Up the Yangtze, Yung Chang’s documentary about the consequences of the Three Gorges Dam project in China was reviewed by Kevin Kelly on his blog, True Films. True Films showcases the finest documentaries, educational films and how-to’s readily available for purchase or rental on VHS and DVD. Kelly calls Up the Yangtze “the best picture of big change in China that I’ve seen.” To read the full review, check out Kevin Kelly’s blog.

Sonia Zjawinski from Wired online wrote a piece on Late Fragment, an interactive feature film where viewers unravel interlocked stories with a simple click. Read the complete article here, and then check out the interactive trailer on the film’s Web site.

And finally, two NFB films made the Toronto International Film Festival’s Top Ten Films of 2008 – Deepa Mehta’s feature film Heaven on Earth and Luc Bourdon’s love letter to Montreal The Memories of Angels. Drux Flux, Theodore Ushev’s animated short, made the TIFF group’s Top Ten Shorts of 2008. The AGO theatre in Toronto will be screening all of the Top Ten Films plus two programs of shorts from January 30 to February 7. For more information, visit the Top Ten Web site.