Posts Tagged ‘NFB documentary’

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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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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Birth of a Family Confronts Legacy of the Sixties Scoop

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It’s September 16, 2015, a busy Wednesday afternoon at the Calgary International Airport. A small NFB crew is about to document an extraordinary encounter — a crucial early scene in Birth of a Family, a doc currently in production at the North West Studio. As incoming passengers stream into the arrival hall, director Tasha Hubbard

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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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Isabella Weetaluktuk Shines Light on NFB ARCHIVES

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It’s little more than a fragment, a few seconds of footage shot in the Canadian Arctic over 50 years ago, but it’s pure visual gold. Four Inuit kids, oblivious to the camera, are absorbed in play. Their game involves a homemade spinning top, ingeniously crafted from ice and sinew. A husky puppy observes with interest.

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Resistance Song: When Docs Make Music

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“The really crucial distortions in history come not from lies, but from omissions.” So said the historian Howard Zinn noting how official North American history silences the voices of the continent’s First Peoples. Métis/Dene playwright and director Marie Clements has been challenging that official history and its many omissions for decades, and with The Road

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Gil’s Gift  

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Gil Cardinal — fearless filmmaker and big-hearted mentor to generations of Indigenous artists — has left us. He died in his hometown of Edmonton on November 21, and while scores of friends and admirers across Canada and around the world are mourning their loss, they are also celebrating his singular and enduring achievement. “Gil’s legacy

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Feature Docs Take Flight at NFB

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Updated September 17, 2015 The Toronto International Film Festival, which kicked off on September 10, is celebrating its 40th birthday with a program that boasts one of the biggest documentary sections in the event’s history. Among the non-fiction titles getting world premieres is a much anticipated feature doc from Pacific & Yukon Studio, Ninth Floor,

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Astra Taylor Pops Question: What Is Democracy?

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Nobody can accuse filmmaker and author Astra Taylor of shying away from an intellectual and creative challenge. Her latest documentary project takes on the set of ideas and practices that we’ve come to know as democracy – aiming to reframe the concept within the economic and political realities of the 21st century. What is Democracy?

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Nowhere Land: When short films tell big stories

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March 4, Iqaluit. The doors have just opened at the Astro movie theatre, where Bonnie Ammaaq is about to attend the local premiere of her new short documentary Nowhere Land. Joining her for the occasion are Alicia Smith, the film’s producer, and Michelle van Beusekom, the director of the NFB’s English Program. Competition for audience

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Creative Doc Lab: Non-fiction Spreads its Wings

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It was the NFB’s founding film commissioner, that great Scottish visionary John Grierson, who actually coined the term “documentary” — and from its inception Canada’s public producer has played a leading role in developing the genre. With the feature-length doc currently enjoying an international renaissance, the NFB has partnered with the Canadian Film Centre to

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We Regret to Inform You: Deconstructing Disability

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The notion that “disabled” and “productive” are mutually exclusive identities is skewered in We Regret to Inform You, a lively short doc from Northwest Studio that exposes the institutional obstacles facing Canadians living with disability. Heidi Janz was born with cerebral palsy: her mobility and speech are severely impaired. So when she recently lost her

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