Posts written by Albert Ohayon
 

Albert Ohayon studied film production and journalism at Concordia University in Montreal. He has worked at the National Film Board of Canada since 1984. He is currently the English film collection curator. He is responsible for programming English titles on the NFB’s online screening room (nfb.ca). He regularly publishes articles on the history of the NFB, its filmmakers and its films on the site.

Discover the Origins of the RCMP

Enjoy the story of the creation of the North-West Mounted Police (eventual RCMP) in Western Canada in 1873 as told by filmmaker extraordinaire Colin Low.

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Watch The Candid Eye, Our Seminal Documentary Series

The seminal NFB Candid Eye television series was one of the first direct cinema series where filmmakers filmed events as they were happening, unscripted.

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Take a Whale-Watching Adventure with Bill Mason

In Search of the Bowhead Whale (directed by Bill Mason) documents a World Wildlife Fund expedition in Icy Cape Alaska looking for the elusive Bowhead whale.

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Corporate Dismissals 101

What would you do if, after working for a company for 15 loyal years, you were told your services were no longer required? This is the premise of the Oscar-nominated feature film After the Axe.

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Gather Round and Watch 5 Films for the Whole Family

Films

Last year we created a special playlist of films for the entire family, just in time for the holidays ad we’ve adding several fun films that are great for kids of all ages (including those of us who are still young at heart). The selection of classic titles once again includes charming animation, short live-action fiction and several Christmas-themed films.

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The Best WWI Films You’ll See This Remembrance Day

Films

Discover four acclaimed WWI films produced by the National Film Board of Canada including Donald Brittain’s haunting doc, Fields of Sacrifice.

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This Was Canada in the 1970s

Films

We’re celebrating the 1970s in all their bell-bottomed glory. Enjoy 5 NFB films on key moments of this far out decade.

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The Haunted Artist of Canada

On September 8, 1969, renowned Canadian artist Frederick Horsman Varley died at the age of 88. Varley was an official war artist during World War One as well as a founding member of the celebrated Group of Seven. Late in his career, the NFB profiled him in a documentary that was part of the Canadian

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Vintage Sports Docs for the Armchair Athlete

Films

Enjoy several amazing vintage NFB sports documentaries from lacrosse to soccer to cycling from the 1950s to the 1980s. There’s a film for everyone.

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Cold Journey: A feature on residential schools

Films

The feature film Cold Journey (1975) started out with the best of intentions but failed to find its audience in commercial cinemas. It scored much better in community screenings throughout the country. This is its complicated story.

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Herbert Norman: Victim of the Cold War

Films

Sixty years ago, Canadian diplomat Herbert Norman leapt to his death from a Cairo rooftop. Hounded continuously by accusations of being a communist spy, he took his life. Sadly, he became one of the many victims of a dark madness that was sweeping the United States and the Western world at that time: the communist witch hunt of the 1950s.

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Pierrot in Montreal: The Sad Clown and His Lady Love

Films

To celebrate World Theatre Day (March 27), enjoy Pierrot in Montreal, a little jewel from 1957 that re-tells the story of Columbine, Pierrot and Harlequin.

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