Documentary

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

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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The Wellness Craze: Everything Old Is New Again

“Self-care” and “wellness” are two of the biggest buzzwords of the past decade, but the concept has been around for a while. Here are 5 films that tell the story.

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Unsung Canadian Heroes: Police Officers

Films

Unsung heroes are all around us; sometimes we see them, sometimes we don’t. This series focuses on those heroes, and how they contribute to our society.

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No Time Machine Required

No time machine required! Watch four prehistoric adventures about dinosaurs, caves and mammoths, fossilized on film for your viewing pleasure!

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The Masters Series: Alanis Obomsawin

Alanis Obomsawin has made 50 films in a 50-year career with the National Film Board of Canada. It makes it hard to narrow it down to just 5.

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🤘 Rock On with 4 Docs about Rock Music 🤘

Grab a guitar, throw up some horns, and crack it up to 11 as we give you a VIP backstage tour of four documentaries all about Rock Music.

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Satisfy Your Grace and Frankie Withdrawal Here

Finished binge-watching Grace and Frankie? We’ve got you covered. Here are 5 great films about elderly women who shoot from the hip.

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Courtney Montour Investigates her Fearless Legacy

Production

Documentarian Courtney Montour seeks material on Mary Two-Axe Earley and her historic fight on behalf of Indigenous women.

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DIY Movies for Master Artisans

Enjoy a lovingly constructed this list of documentaries featuring expert craftspeople and artisans alike who are masters of what they create.

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Time Flies When You’re Watching Films

The concept of time is a constant presence in our lives. Presented in no particular chronological order, enjoy 3 films you can waste some time with.

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Tour Parliament Hill From Your Living Room

Education

With the centre block closing for 10 years for renovations, we’ve found 3 films that offer a tour of Parliament, along with the rest of Ottawa.

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NFB Pause: Marc St-Pierre Time Travels Everyday

Discover some hidden gems with our French collection curator, Marc St-Pierre, as he discusses the wonders of our archive in the latest episode of NFB Pause!

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