Public Libraries: NFB Film Club Reveals Fall 2016 Programming


This fall, the NFB Film Club is offering filmgoers another season chock-full of recent releases that capture the remarkable diversity of the Canadian experience. The lineup of 6 programs—5 for general audiences and one for children—consists of both shorts and features, documentaries and animation. This rich selection of inspiring films will move and entertain audiences from every walk of life. Happy viewing!

Michaëlle Jean: A Woman of Purpose

Jean-Daniel Lafond’s Michaëlle Jean: A Woman of Purpose offers a personal and thoughtful portrait of Canada’s dynamic former Governor General (2005 to 2010). Jean devoted her mandate to youth, women, Indigenous people, and culture, promoting social change and international diplomacy.

Michaëlle Jean: A Woman of Purpose (Trailer), Jean-Daniel Lafond, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Pipelines, Power and Democracy

When it comes to fossil fuels, political power doesn’t always lie where we think it does. In Pipelines, Power and Democracy, director Olivier D. Asselin documents the growth of an anti-pipeline movement in Quebec that rekindled a sense of collective purpose and solidarity. Preceded by the animated short Sweet Talk by Esteban Azuela.

Pipelines, Power and Democracy (Trailer), Olivier D. Asselin, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Grassroots in Dry Lands

Set in Palestine, Israel and Jordan, Helene Klodawsky’s Grassroots in Dry Lands reveals a unique human-rights-based approach to democratic change. Rather than focus on top-down peace initiatives, the film shows how the on-the-ground efforts of skilled social and community workers are producing hope for lasting change.

Grassroots in a Dry Lands (Trailer), Helene Klodawsky, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

When the Mill Closes

For decades, the pulp and paper industry was the jewel in the crown of Canada’s economy. Through lucid testimonials by former workers, Simon Rodrigue’s When the Mill Closes delves into the industry’s glorious past, gauging the true impact of mill closings on local populations and on the way the forest is managed.

When the Mill Closes (Trailer), Simon Rodrigue, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Things Arab Men Say

Nisreen Baker’s Things Arab Men Say introduces us to seven men who spend the afternoon chatting in a barber shop as they get haircuts and a shave. We begin to understand the challenges they face and the delicate balance between integrating into Canadian life and preserving their identity and culture. Available as of November 2016.

Children’s program

A special children’s program features five animated shorts that explore the experiences and emotions of the young: With Grandma by Françoise Hartmann, Oma’s Quilt by Izabela Bzymek, Ludovic: Visiting Grandpa by Co Hoedeman, Cuckoo, Mr. Edgar by Pierre M. Trudeau and Tzaritza by Theodore Ushev.

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 |