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National Film Board of Canada

Works: 21,778 works in 83,733 publications in 8 languages and 474,926 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Drama  Internet videos  Educational films  Interviews  Film adaptations  Short films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History 
Roles: Producer, prn, Distributor, Other, Publisher, Editor, Photographer, pmn, fds, Director, Organizer of meeting, Restager , isb, Production personnel, Illustrator, Scenarist, fmp
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Stories we tell by Sarah Polley( Visual )

20 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 1,305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this inspired, genre-twisting film, Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who's telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets behind a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions
Manufacturing Consent : Noam Chomsky and the Media by Mark Achbar( Visual )

66 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the political life and times of the controversial author, linguist, and radical philosopher Noam Chomsky. Focuses on Chomsky's analysis of the hidden use of ideological manipulation in democratic societies
Manufactured Landscapes by Jennifer Baichwal( Visual )

31 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and French and held by 1,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of "manufactured landscapes"--Quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams -- Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization's materials and debris. He argues that we have reached past the point now where we are at the mercy of the environment -- our planet now lives and dies at our mercy. This is not meant to be a frightening concept, though many of the images are sobering, in this chilling but ultimately beautiful documentary on what industrialization is doing to man and the world as we know it. Or used to know it. Manufactured Landscapes tells the story of these images, and how Burtynsky came to be so fascinated with the concept of human design. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country's massive industrial revolution, showing us a glimpse of what it's like behind the scenes for a famous photographer in action. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky's photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste
Atanarjuat = The fast runner by Zacharias Kunuk( Visual )

40 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This adaptation of an ancient Inuit legend was filmed in Inuktitut and directed by Inuit filmmakers - making Atanarjuat the first feature film of its kind! Set in Igloolik, in Nunavut, this is "a powerful drama, not a documentary," reminds the director Kunuk. "It demystifies the exotic, otherwordly aboriginal stereotype by telling a universal story." The clothes, spears, kayaks, sunglasses and dwellings were all painstakingly researched. "We show how our ancestors dressed, how they handled their dog teams, how they argued and laughed.. confronted evil and fought back." Many enthusiastic viewers have compared this epic story to The Iliad . In the words of one movie critic, "If Homer had been given a video camera, this is what he would have done!" In Inuktitut, with English subtitles
Up the Yangtze by Yung Chang( Visual )

57 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A luxury cruise boat motors up the Yangtze - navigating the mythic waterway known in China simply as 'the river.' See it while you can. The Yangtze is about to be transformed by the biggest hydroelectric dam in history. At the river's edge - a young woman says goodbye to her family as the floodwaters rise towards their small homestead. The Three Gorges Dam - contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle - provides the epic backdrop for Up the Yangtze, a dramatic feature documentary on life inside the 21st century Chinese dream. Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Yung Chang crafts a moving depiction of peasant life, a powerful narrative of contemporary China, and a disquieting glimpse into a future that awaits us all
Reel Injun by Ernest Webb( Visual )

25 editions published between 2009 and 2020 in English and French and held by 1,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An entertaining and provocative look at Hollywood's depiction of Native Americans, Reel Injun journeys through a century of cinema to set the record straight. Traveling through the heartland of the U.S., to the Black Hills and Monument Valley, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond examines how the myth of the movie "Injun" has influenced the world's understanding -- and misunderstanding -- of Natives. With clips from hundreds of classic and recent films document the shift from nuanced silent-era heroes to the Western's "noble savage" stereotype, leading up to the bourgeoning Native independent scene of Smoke Signals and The Fast Runner. Containing candid interviews with celebrated directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell, and Russell Means, Reel Injun is an insightful and essential compendium for understanding the racial politics of Hollywood and the continuing artistic vibrancy of Native peoples."--Back of container
Capturing reality : the art of documentary by Pepita Ferrari( Visual )

30 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and French and held by 911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of the complex creative process that goes into making documentary films. Features interviews with 38 directors and 163 clips of scenes from classic films plus a bonus disc with over four hours of additional filmmaker interviews
The Company of strangers = Strangers in good company by Cynthia Scott( Visual )

40 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seven elderly women and their bus driver band together to survive when their bus breaks down in the Quebec countryside. As they draw closer, the women begin to share stories from their pasts
Jésus de Montréal = Jesus of Montreal by Denys Arcand( Visual )

34 editions published between 1989 and 2006 in French and English and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daniel, a young actor, is asked by a priest to gather around him a group of actors to revitalise the Passion Play, a traditional portrayal of the Crucifixion of Christ. When they come up with a witty and radical interpretation of the play, they attract an unorthodox audience and the ire of the Church. Daniel's refusal to compromise sees him heading towards modern martyrdom
Paddle to the sea by National Film Board of Canada( Visual )

35 editions published between 1966 and 2009 in English and held by 837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Native American boy carves a small man in a canoe and sends him on a journey from Canada's northern forest downstream to the distant sea
Pink Ribbons, Inc. by Ravida Din( Visual )

27 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and French and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pink ribbons, the symbol of the breast cancer prevention movement, are everywhere: T-shirts, hats, yogurt cups, KFC buckets, car ads, NFL stadiums - the list goes on and on. They make people feel good, as if engaged in a successful battle against breast cancer. But who is really benefitting? More and more women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Wouldn't it be something if some of the very companies that profit from their pink marketing campaigns have actually contributed to the epidemic by selling known carcinogens?
Through These Eyes by Charles Laird( Visual )

23 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Inuktitut and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part of the curriculum of Man: A Course of Study, or MACOS, looked to the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic to help American students see their own society in a new way. This riveting documentary reveals how an educational dream became a bitter political battle over cultural differences. MACOS was an innovative social sciences program designed to teach American children "what it was to be human." At its core was the Netsilik Eskimo Series of films, an acclaimed benchmark of visual anthropology that captured a year in the life of an Inuit family living in the remote Canadian Arctic. But the graphic images of the Netsilik people created a clash of values that tore rifts in communities across America and revealed a fragile relationship between politics and education. Through These Eyes looks back at the high stakes of this controversial curriculum. Decades later, as American influence continues to affect cultures worldwide, the story of MACOS resonates strongly
Examined life by Astra Taylor( Visual )

25 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and and held by 755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examined Life takes philosophy into the hustle and bustle of the everyday. The "rock star" philosophers of our time take "walks" through places that hold special resonance for them and their ideas. These places include crowded city streets, deserted alleyways, Central Park, and a garbage dump
Surviving progress by Mathieu Roy( Visual )

24 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Technological advancement, economic development, population increase - are they signs of a thriving society, or too much of a good thing? Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, 'Surviving Progress' is a provocative documentary that explores the concept of progress in the modern world, guiding through the major 'progress traps' facing civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment
The take by Avi Lewis( Visual )

38 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory ... All they want is to re-start the silent machine, but this simple act- "the take"--Threatens to turn the globalization debate on its head."--Label on videocassette container
Triage : Dr. James Orbinski's humanitarian dilemma( Visual )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some call humanitarianism a waste of hope. But as a medical responder to the Rwanda Genocide and the 1992 Somali famine, Dr. James Orbinski has come to a different conclusion. In this program the former head of Doctors Without Borders returns to Africa to reunite with people he saved 15 years earlier, and to reflect on the challenges of his work. The video features powerful footage from Orbinski's aid missions and disturbing, ultimately inspiring stories of the brutality he witnessed while risking his own life to help others. Grappling with the questions of blame and futility at the core of any humanitarian crisis, Orbinski concludes that relief efforts should not be thought of as a panacea, but as a response to one other human being in need
Who's Counting? : Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics( Visual )

37 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marilyn Waring demystifies the language of economics by defining it as a value system in which all goods and activities are related only by their monetary value. She claims that monetary exchange with results in unpaid work - usually done by women - is unrecognized, and activities that may be environmentally and socially hazardous are regarded as productive. With irony and intelligence, she maps out an alternative economic vision based on the idea that time is the one thing we all have to exchange. Shot in Canada, New Zealand, New York City, the Persian Gulf, and the Philippines, this classic film is an entertaining primer for anyone who suffers from what Waring calls "economics anxiety
Hope Builders by Fernand Dansereau( Visual )

22 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in French and English and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ce long métrage documentaire démontre que l'avenir du monde se joue peut-être dans une école primaire du Québec. Alors qu'un enseignant met à l'épreuve une nouvelle méthode pédagogique (Recherche-Action), qui vise à préparer les enfants à relever les défis environnementaux, des élèves d'une classe de 6e année apprennent à cerner, analyser et régler un problème se posant dans leur milieu. En nous rendant témoin de leur démarche, le réalisateur Fernand Dansereau nous rappelle que c'est encore dans l'humain qu'il faut chercher des raisons d'espérer. [ONF]
Cure for Love by Robert Donat( Visual )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There's a bride, a groom, and the usual happy crowd of well-wishers. But this is no ordinary wedding. Ana and Brian are ex-gays - adherents to a controversial evangelical movement that purports to convert gay people into heterosexuals. Cure for Love goes inside the unusual Christian subculture and follows the lives of several young people whose homosexuality is at odds with their religious beliefs, using their moving testimonies to fashion a nuanced critique of 21st-century fundamentalism. Jonathan, a soft-spoken young Texan, was driven into an ex-gay "ministry" by crippling self-loathing - but he now embraces a Christianity that leaves room for a loving gay relationship. Darren, another refugee, looks back at the ex-gay experience with mixed feelings and wry humor. Ana and Brian remain within the flock, carving out a progressive Canadian position within the movement. Cure for Love makes a big-hearted contribution to the ongoing dialogue on difference and tolerance
A collection of 2006 Academy Award nominated short films( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short films nominated for the 79th annual Academy Awards, including the winning live action short and the winning animated short
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Manufacturing Consent : Noam Chomsky and the Media
Projecting Canada : government policy and documentary film at the National Film Board of CanadaChallenge for Change : activist documentary at the National Film Board of CanadaOne man's documentary : a memoir of the early days of the National Film BoardNFB kids : portrayals of children by the National Film Board of Canada, 1939-1989Filming politics : communism and the portrayal of the working class at the National Film Board of Canada, 1939-46NFB kids : portrayals of children by the National Film Board of Canada 1939-89The film work of Norman McLaren
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controlled identityCanadian Government Motion Picture Bureau

Canada Film Board

Canada National film board

Canada National Film Board of Canada

Canada Office national du film

Canada Office national du film du Canada

Film Board

Film Board Canada

Instituto nacional de cine canadiense

Kanada Film Board

Kanāda. National Film Board

Kanada Office national du film

Kanādas Nacionālā filmu padome

Lembaga Filem Kebangsaan Kanada


N.F.B. (Organisme)

Nacia Filma Komitato de Kanado

National Film Board

National Film Board Canada

National film board of Canada


NFB (National Film Board of Canada)

NFB (Organisme)


O. N. F.

O.N.F. (Organisme)

Office national du film

Office national du film Canada

Office national du film du Canada.

Oficina Nacional del Cinema del Canadà


ONF (National Film Board of Canada)


ONF (Organisme)


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