Posts Tagged ‘History’ launches The Champions Series


Today we’re launching The Champions, Parts 1, 2 and 3, Donald Brittain’s seminal documentary series on the lives of Pierre Elliott Trudeau and René Lévesque. The online release of these films coincides with the date (April 20, 1968) that Pierre Elliott Trudeau first took office as prime minister of Canada. In crafting these films, producer more »

Battling over the Plains of Abraham


Almost 250 years ago, the fate of America was set during a brief but defining moment in the history of Canada – the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. Right outside the walls of Quebec City, the confrontation between the British and French armies involved less than 10,000 soldiers but was a major force in more »

Georges P. Vanier: Portrait of a Governor General


In light of the current political situation, many Canadians are probably wondering what, exactly, is the role of the Governor General. To answer this question, the NFB offers up a short documentary from 1960 entitled Georges P. Vanier: Soldier, Diplomat, Governor General. This short film, directed by Clément Perron, clearly lays out the roles and more »

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