On Film

Posts related to the movies available for free streaming on NFB.ca; basically, what you should be watching and why.

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.

MORE...

Watch 5 Films Starring Cute Easter Creatures

Films

Happy Easter! Here are a few fun films starring chicks, ducks, rabbits and other cute Easter creatures.

MORE...

Water is Life | Watch 7 Films About our Most Vital Resource

Films

Be water, my friend.

MORE...

The Fourth Estate | Watch 4 Films on Journalism and the Role of Media

Films

In the age of #FakeNews and #AlternativeFacts, watch 4 films that highlight the importance of the public’s right to information and the need for a “fourth estate” that is strong, free and independent.

MORE...

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.

MORE...

Photo Friday | Cree Hunters of Mistassini

Films

Visit three families of Cree hunters as they set up winter camps deep in the bush with these great photos taken from our 1974 doc, Cree Hunters of Mistassini.

MORE...

Mother Earth | A Soothing Collage Film for Troubled Times

Films

Watch Mother Earth, a 10-minute short by Oscar-winning filmmaker Terre Nash (If You Love this Planet) made from haunting visuals selected from half a century of NFB productions.

MORE...

Arctic Art | Watch 7 NFB Films on Inuit Art and Artists

Films

Discover the life and works of acclaimed Inuit artists like Kenojuak Ashevak and Andrew Qappik with this great selection of short films celebrating art from the Arctic.

MORE...

Holiday Films for the Whole Family

Films

Discover our special holiday channel offering 30 films for the entire family! This selection of classic titles includes fun animation, short live-action fiction and Christmas films.

MORE...

Photo Friday | In Praise of Hands

As the purchasing frenzy begins, ahead of the winter holidays, check out these great photos of craftspeople from around the world and the lovely things they make by hand.

MORE...

Watch 6 Short Films About Pianists and Pianos

Films

Enjoy 6 short NFB films starring the mightiest of instruments – the piano – and some of the sensitive souls who devoted their lives to mastering it for our enjoyment.

MORE...

this river | New Short Doc Gives Voice to Indigenous People Searching for Loved Ones

Films

Watch this river, a brand-new short doc that chronicles the efforts of Drag the Red, a volunteer organization that searches the Red River for clues relating to missing members of the Indigenous community.

MORE...