This instalment of Curator’s Perspective reviews NFB films that have used the subject of soccer as a means to address a variety of Canadian social issues.
There were a few rules we were taught at journalism school that were sacrosanct: Stay objective, don’t get too close to those you’re covering and do not become part of the story. Well, our documentary, The Perfect Story, ignores all that.
Today I’ll be looking back at the works of Claude Cloutier, a virtuoso illustrator who uses a traditional animation technique—drawings on paper in India ink—but whose imagined worlds are anything but conventional.
A short documentary essay on solitude, filmed in Spanish and narrated by filmmaker Rosana Matecki, Saturday Night (2021) offers a poetic and bittersweet snapshot of aging in an urban setting, viewed through the lens of dance.
Making Unspoken Tears immersed me in the violence of war and the trauma it inflicts on people. I wanted to use the integration of young refugees into Quebec’s school system as a way into this subject.