Documentary

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

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Photo Friday | Inside Alberta’s Reclusive Hutterite Colonies

Films

Legendary NFB filmmaker (1926-2016) Colin Low had a gift for capturing life. From Fogo Island to the ancestral lands of the Blood Indians, Low entered isolated communities and captured lives rarely – if ever – seen on film. A great example of his knack for gaining both trust of and access to his subjects is his short film The Hutterites

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Photo Friday | Wolves-O-Rama

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Fairy tales wolves get a bad rap. They’re always up to no good, terrorizing helpless pigs or chowing down grandmothers. But how savage are wolves in reality? According to filmmaker Bill Mason, who spent a fair part of his career learning about, caring for and filming wolves, not very. On the contrary, wolves are disciplined hunters, respected leaders

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Photo Friday | Young, Wild and Free: Hanging Out With Fogo’s Children

Fogo is an island that lies off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, in the Atlantic Ocean. Though only about 25 km long and 14 km wide, the island has always fascinated anyone brave and determined enough to set foot there… or blessed enough to have entered the world there. The NFB’s own Colin Low (1926-2016) was one

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Cure for Love: When Sex and Scriptures Clash

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Leading up to May 17th, which marks International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we are highlighting works that give voice to the LGBTQ experience on NFB.ca. Learn more about one of our selected films, the unsettling Cure for Love, in this popular post from 2012. * While many films end with weddings, our feature documentary Cure for Love

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8 Mars 2010, Rue Pacot, Port-au-Prince, Ha•ti



Leurs Excellences la trs honorable Micha‘lle Jean,Gouverneure gŽnŽrale du Canada et Son Excellence Mr Jean-Daniel Lafond ont participŽ une courte cŽrŽmonie aux locaux de la Coordination nationale de plaidoyer pour les droits des femmes (CONAP) en compagnie de Mr Gilles Rivard, Ambassadeur Canadien en Ha•ti ainsi que la ministre Marjorie Michel, MCFDF. Ë Port-au-Prince, Ha•ti, le 8 Mars 2010.



Ë la demande du premier ministre du Canada, Stephen Harper, Leurs Excellences, se sont rendu en RŽpublique dÕHa•ti et en RŽpublique dominicaine, du 8 au 10 mars 2010. 



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Michaëlle Jean: A Woman of Purpose | Interview with Jean-Daniel Lafond

We all know the Governor General of Canada’s role is to represent the Queen, but how well do we know the position really? What are the constitutional and ceremonial duties involved? Can the appointment have real impact for Canadians? The NFB has just launched an intimate and sensitive doc that answers these questions and many more. Titled

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Moms on Film: Celebrate Mother’s Day the NFB Way

Films

Happy Mother’s Day! This weekend, celebrate moms everywhere with this great photo selection of iconic mothers found in NFB films. (Films available for free viewing on NFB.ca are linked in green below each image.) * Angotee: Story of an Eskimo Boy, 1953. The Things I Cannot Change, 1967. Home Feeling: Struggle for a Community, 1983. River Journey, 1984. Famille

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Lights, Camera, Parity: NFB Women Shine at Hot Docs

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It’s a banner year for NFB women directors. Only weeks after the NFB made its historic commitment to gender parity in production, Canada’s public producer is heading to Hot Docs with no fewer than eight films by women directors — a diverse crop of new and classic titles that includes four feature docs making their

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National Canadian Film Day: Our Staff Picks

Films

Check out our staff picks for National Canadian Film Day

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Photo Friday | Meet the Indigenous Peoples of B.C.’s Skeena River in 10 Gorgeous Pics

Films

After the Fraser, the Skeena is British Columbia’s second longest river. For the area’s first inhabitants, the Tsimshian and Gitxsan, whose names respectively mean “inside the Skeena River” and “people of the Skeena River,” the river is everything. Take a trip up river and back in time with these sweet images taken from the archives of Peoples of the

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Hobos, Hermits and Drifters | Watch 3 Short Films Starring Wise Loners of the Canadian Bush

Films

Although almost everyone has dreamed of leaving it all behind and vanishing into the bush, it takes a special kind of character with a special set of skills to do it and survive. Especially when the bush in question is the unforgiving Canadian kind, a sparsely populated land where winter happens frequently, and vigorously. Whatever lures

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Paper Boy | I Should Have Taken a Paper Route

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I was a proper boy. I was polite. I was calm. I was a model pint-sized citizen. I did not realize one could be a scoundrel until late in my teens. I always assumed there was only one way of being a kid: the being nice and having clean old fun with the neighbours outside

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8 Female Directors Who Are Crushing It At the NFB

With the current conversations surrounding the abysmal under-representation of female directors in Hollywood we’ve decided to highlight the fantastic history and confidence the NFB has, and continues to have, with female directors.

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