Documentary

Explore the world of documentary—including biography, history, social and political issues, global cultures, and aboriginal topics.

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NFB Films Now Available on TELUS Optik TV

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TELUS Optik TV subscribers in British Columbia, Albert and Quebec can now watch free NFB films as part of their subscription package.

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Creative Doc Lab: Non-fiction Spreads its Wings

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It was the NFB’s founding film commissioner, that great Scottish visionary John Grierson, who actually coined the term “documentary” — and from its inception Canada’s public producer has played a leading role in developing the genre. With the feature-length doc currently enjoying an international renaissance, the NFB has partnered with the Canadian Film Centre to

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Canadian History in 10 NFB Films

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At 148 years, Canada has an incredibly rich and fascinating history, and unsurprisingly, you can learn about the highlights of Canadian history in the NFB archives. In honour of Canada Day, take a little journey back in time and learn about the history of Canada, as seen through 10 NFB films.

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Music of the NFB | Discover A Vintage Vinyl

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In 1977, the NFB released an unusual item given its mandate and the nature of its activities: a vinyl record. Simply titled Musiques de l’O.N.F./Music of the N.F.B.: Volume 1, this double LP was produced in order to showcase the musical qualities of certain NFB productions.

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6 Short Films to Watch on National Aboriginal Day

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Enjoy 6 short films from our collection which celebrate different cultures and traditions in honour of National Aboriginal Day on Sunday, June 21, 2015.

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We Regret to Inform You: Deconstructing Disability

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The notion that “disabled” and “productive” are mutually exclusive identities is skewered in We Regret to Inform You, a lively short doc from Northwest Studio that exposes the institutional obstacles facing Canadians living with disability. Heidi Janz was born with cerebral palsy: her mobility and speech are severely impaired. So when she recently lost her

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NFB Remixed | Watch 5 Music Videos Inspired by the NFB

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The NFB may be primarily known for documentaries and animation, but if you were to take a quick search through our archives, you’d find yourself knee-deep in music.

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Saskatchewan as seen through the NFB lens

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Discover films produced by the National Film Board of Canada on Saskatchewan and its people including Joe Fafard, Andrew Suknaski and Tommy Douglas.

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May The Force Be With—D’Oh! The NFB in Pop Culture

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What do The Simpsons, Star Wars and drugged-out spiders all have in common? Check out all the NFB’s pop culture shout-outs in one convenient location.

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Tess Takes Off: As the Crow Flies

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At the age of 17, Tess Girard learned to fly. It was the summer of 2000 and she was among a group of young people who received intensive pilot training with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. “It was one of the most demanding things I’ve ever done — and it was magic,” she remembers. “Later

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NFB to TV: 4 films that have become television shows

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Watch 4 NFB films that have gone on to become television series… includes bonus material!

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7 Short Films Celebrating the 2015 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Winners

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Watch 7 films celebrating the recipients of the 2015 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards.

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