This Week on NFB.ca: Watch 5 Films in Honour of Remembrance Day
This week on NFB.ca we paid tribute to all the veterans as we marked Remembrance Day with a collection of war-themed films. The Canada at War Series is a classic from Donald Brittain and will only be available for a limited time, so watch it while you can. And we’re pleased to bring you Currie’s Dilemma, just added to our online collection.
However you choose to mark Remembrance Day, just make sure you take the time to be grateful for the sacrifices of those who came before you. As well as those who serve now, so that you can remain safe. If you get the chance, thank a veteran when you pick up your poppy.
The Canada at War Series
New online in honour of Remembrance Day, this 13-part series chronicles Canada’s involvement in WWII from 1936 – 1946. Writer/producer Donald Brittain masterfully recounts the tale from the early signs of trouble in Germany to the end of the war and the founding of the United Nations.
Canada at War, Part 1: Dusk, , provided by the National Film Board of Canada
Filmmaker Paul Cowan takes on Margaret MacMillan’s acclaimed book and brings us back to the end of WWI and the most ambitious peace talks in history. Using reenactments and a strong, vivid narrative, he manages to bring us right back to that moment when anything seemed possible.
Paris 1919, Paul Cowan, provided by the National Film Board of Canada
The Van Doos, 100 Years with the Royal 22e Regiment
Remembrance Day is a time for reflection and paying tribute to the both the living and lost soldiers of war. This film does exactly that. Produced in 2014, it marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal 22e Regiment (known affectionately as the Van Doos). It chronicles some of the personal stories to emerge from the only French-speaking Canadian battalion.
The Van Doos, 100 Years with the Royal 22e Régiment, Claude Guilmain, provided by the National Film Board of Canada
Return to Vimy
Released in honour of Remembrance Day 2017, this short film memorializes the soldiers who fought at Vimy through a series of animated sketches. It’s a loving homage from a young woman to her great-grandfather, as she transforms his words into images to reflect the lives of soldiers.
Return to Vimy, Denis McCready, provided by the National Film Board of Canada
This short film about Sir Arthur Currie uses rare, silent footage culled form the NFB’s archives. Colourized and given sound, the film dramatizes what was perhaps the most difficult decision in Currie’s career: whether or not to commit his men to one of the most dangerous operations of the war.
Currie's Dilemma, Philippe Baylaucq, provided by the National Film Board of Canada