Posts Tagged ‘Alanis Obomsawin’

Alanis Obomsawin’s Hopeful New Opus

Production

Words have always been precious to Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin who routinely begins production on a film by simply listening, recording quiet conversations with her main subjects. Much of this original audio later occupies a central place on her final soundtrack.

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Jay Cardinal Villeneuve Tackles Unholy History

Production

Jay Cardinal Villeneuve got the idea while working with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Cree/Métis filmmaker had been hired by the Commission to record testimony from adult survivors of Canada’s residential schools system and among those who came forward to tell their stories was Lena Wandering Spirit.

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Cold Journey: A feature on residential schools

Films

The feature film Cold Journey (1975) started out with the best of intentions but failed to find its audience in commercial cinemas. It scored much better in community screenings throughout the country. This is its complicated story.

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New Voices, Necessary Stories: NFB at Hot Docs 2017

Production

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 Film Club Programming – Spring 2017

News

The NFB Film Club is gearing up for another season of rich and wide-ranging programming, offering a new set of titles to help you celebrate spring. Come see!

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Fixing the Gaze: New Indigenous Work at the NFB

Production

Take a first look at the many Indigenous-directed projects currently in development, production or release in the NFB’s English Program.

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Rent 10 Incredible Films for $1.99

News

To celebrate Canadian film excellence, we and Canada Screens have a selection of films from previous TIFF editions at a discounted rental rate of $1.99!

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Watch 5 Newly Released Docs on NFB.ca

News

Good news! You can now watch over 60 new films on NFB.ca for free!

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

Production

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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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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Download 5 Films on Canada’s Indigenous Peoples for $0.99 Each!

Films

Looking to learn more about the incredible traditions, stories, and history of Canada’s Indigenous peoples? Enjoy our selection of 5 films that you can download for just $0.99 each!

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Indigenous Youth – Changing the Way We Think!

Education

Alanis Obomsawin’s documentaries Trick or Treaty? and Hi-Ho Mistahey! explore the effects of the James Bay Treaty, the validity of oral versus written history, and the availability of quality education for First Nations people. The films look at how the Treaty was negotiated and how Indigenous youth are challenging the government to fulfill its obligations. Here’s an overview of these documentaries with reference to four key concepts.

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