Documentary

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

Hot Docs 2017: Catch Our 4 Film Premieres

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In Toronto? Don’t miss our 4 film premieres at the 24th edition of Hot Docs!

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New Voices, Necessary Stories: NFB at Hot Docs 2017

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Documentary is Canada’s national art form because the history of our cinema — and, in important ways, the history of our country — has been written in documentary. If you want to understand the Canadian psyche, you have to watch Canadian documentaries. So states Marc Glassman, editor of POV Magazine, writing in a special spring

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NFB & UK’s National Theatre Collaborate on VR Doc

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Among the productions premiering in the 2017 edition of Storyscapes – the Tribeca Festival’s showcase of new immersive media – is Draw Me Close, a striking hybrid of creative non-fiction VR and live performance from Jordan Tannahill, one of the most inventive voices in contemporary Canadian theatre.

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Pierrot in Montreal: The Sad Clown and His Lady Love

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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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7 Films to Empower Women and Girls

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Film is a powerful communication tool, and when the right film meets the right audience, amazing things can happen. This post contains 7 films that hold empowering messages for women and girls.

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Watch Now | The 5 Short Project Is Back!

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We’re thrilled to announce you can now watch the second edition of films from our 5 Short Project Anthology online, for free!

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Sixties Scoop: The Restorative Power of Documentary

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A collaboration between Saskatoon journalist Betty Ann Adam and director Tasha Hubbard, both Scoop survivors, Birth of a Family chronicles an extraordinary gathering in Banff, where Betty Ann and her three siblings come together for the first time as a family unit.

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Spring Break | Discover 40 Fun and Entertaining Films for Kids

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Discover a selection of 40 fun and entertaining films for children… that might even teach them a thing or two!

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Photo Friday | Bill Mason’s Face of the Earth

If anyone could brings rocks to life, it was Bill Mason.

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Frontier Living | Watch 5 Short Films About the Canadian Outback

Join us for a grand tour of the Canadian outback with these 5 free short docs on frontier living.

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We’ve Got Your Oscar 2017 Craving Covered

If you’re an Oscar junkie, you’re probably looking for more films to sate your Oscar craving. To help, we’ve taken some of the best films from 2016 and matched them up with NFB films that are similar in theme and subject matter.

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Hispaniola Mon Amour

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With Hispaniola, a feature doc currently in production, filmmaker Michèle Stephenson returns to the land of her birth to document the fallout of a 2013 ruling by the Dominican courts that retroactively strips citizenship rights from any Haitian-Dominican born after 1929.

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