All week, films devoted to topics such as Armenian identity, Iranian political refugees, or racism in the fashion industry will be featured. This programming will be bookended by 2 NFB exclusives available for the first time online for free, The Invisible Nation and Last Chance.
Every year, Human Rights Day is celebrated across the world. The date marks the United Nation’s adoption, in 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, both the first global statement for human rights and one of the UN’s very first achievements (it was founded in 1945).
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is comprised of 30 articles. The first 2 encapsulate its spirit and tone:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Since its founding, in 1939, the Film Board has been instrumental in documenting inequalities borne, regrettably, of these very distinctions of “race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin,” etc. The result is a film collection that reflects the full spectrum of human life, both here in Canada and abroad.
Free Streaming of The Invisible Nation and Last Chance
On November 30, we will be releasing Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie’s The Invisible Nation, a doc about the Algonquins of Quebec’s difficult reality. The film, which brings the history of this people to the screen for the first time, won the 2008 Jutra for Best Documentary.
From December 7 to December 9, you can watch Paul Émile d’Entremont’s documentary Last Chance for free. A 2012 release, Last Chance tells the story of 5 asylum seekers who flee their native countries to escape homophobic violence.
Bringing to light this reality, the film gives voice to sexual minorities who refuse to deny their core identity. As of December 10, the film will be available for digital download.