The Most-Watched NFB CAMPUS Films of 2021
It’s December, so you know what that means: the first half of the 2021-22 school year is officially coming to a close! We’re hoping that whether your classroom is in-person or online, you’re finding the resources you need to make teaching as easy and accessible to your students as possible. If you need a few suggestions for content for your lesson plans, check out this list!
The education team took a look back and selected the 10 Most-Watched CAMPUS Films of 2021 and bundled them with any resource guides, mini-lessons, and blog posts. Enjoy!
We Were Children
We Were Children, Tim Wolochatiuk, provided by the National Film Board of Canada
In this feature film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools, where they suffered years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the effects of which persist in their adult lives. We Were Children gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit.
Angry Inuk, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, provided by the National Film Board of Canada
In her award-winning documentary, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, this group is bringing its own voice into the conversation and presenting themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.
The Sterilization of Leilani Muir
The Sterilization of Leilani Muir, Glynis Whiting, provided by the National Film Board of Canada
A single IQ test and misguided ‘science’ irreparably changed the life of a 14-year-old Canadian girl. This documentary follows Leilani Muir’s search for justice and explores how eugenics (improving hereditary qualities of a race through the control of reproduction) became acceptable in the early 1900s.
The Elder Project
The Elder Project, Eva Colmers, provided by the National Film Board of Canada
The Elder Project follows seven diverse seniors over two years and records their experiences through a series of short and candid episodic stories. As they face the possibility of increasing frailty and transitioning into more dependent-living scenarios, the elders talk of their concerns and eloquently express their desire to grow older with dignity and some control over their future.
Reel Injun, Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge & Jeremiah Hayes, provided by the National Film Board of Canada
In this feature-length documentary, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the portrayal of North American Indigenous people throughout a century of cinema. Featuring hundreds of clips from old classics as well as recent releases, the film traces the evolution of the “Hollywood Indian.”
Manufactured Landscapes, Jennifer Baichwal, provided by the National Film Board of Canada
For almost three decades, internationally renowned Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky has been creating large scale photographs of landscapes transformed by industry: quarries, scrap heaps, factories, recycling yards, dams. Manufactured Landscapes follows Burtynsky to China as he travels the country capturing the evidence and effects of China’s massive industrial revolution.
Struggle for Control: Child and Youth Behaviour Disorders
Struggle for Control: Child and Youth Behaviour Disorders, Melanie Wood, provided by the National Film Board of Canada
Following the stories of four BC youth, this documentary sheds light on the causes, symptoms, community resources, and treatments of three of the most commonly-diagnosed behaviour disorders: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorder.
Bitter Medicine, Part One: The Birth of Medicare
Bitter Medicine, Part One: The Birth of Medicare, Tom Shandel, provided by the National Film Board of Canada
Part one of a 2-part documentary examining Canada’s national health insurance system, from its conception on the Canadian Prairies in the early part of the 20th century to its present state of crisis. This first part traces the events leading to July 2, 1962, the day on which Medicare was launched in Saskatchewan.
Pink Ribbons Inc.
Pink Ribbons Inc., Léa Pool, provided by the National Film Board of Canada
Pink Ribbons, Inc. shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a “dream cause,” has been hijacked by a shiny, pink story of success.
Wards of the Crown
Wards of the Crown, Andrée Cazabon, provided by the National Film Board of Canada
This film examines the lives of 4 young people who grew up in the child welfare system. It is also a critical exposé of a system that couldn’t meet their needs, as well as a stirring tribute to the strength, courage and resilience of these foster kids.
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