Shameless Propaganda

Shameless Propaganda

                                Shameless Propaganda
| 1 h 12 min

This feature documentary examines its own genre, which has often been called Canada's national art form. Released in the year of the NFB's 75th birthday, Shameless Propaganda is filmmaker Robert Lower's take on the boldest and most compelling propaganda effort in our history (1939-1945), in which founding NFB Commissioner John Grierson saw the documentary as a "hammer to shape society". All 500 of the films produced by the NFB until 1945 are distilled here for the essence of their message to Canadians. Using only these films and still photos from that era, Lower recreates the picture of Canada they gave us and looks in it for the Canada we know today. What he finds is by turns enlightening, entertaining, and unexpectedly disturbing.

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  • writer
    Robert Lower
  • director
    Robert Lower
  • producer
    David Christensen
  • editor
    Robert Lower
  • narrator
    Robert Lower
  • composer
    Randolph Peters
  • sound effects editor
    John Schritt
  • foley artist
    Russ Dyck
  • research
    Elizabeth Klinck
    Sylvia Mezei
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • graphics
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • photo research
    Claude Lord
    Yvon Larocque
  • executive producer
    David Christensen

  • EricoTheriault

    really enjoyed the was a film showing films I never would have seen....and it showed them in a light I never would have known.... The Canada before and after the images where shown to Canadians...

    EricoTheriault, 21 Sep 2014
  • MelBennett

    Thank you for this film. It's probably one of the most important films on the shaping of both Canadian nationalism and the documentary as a genre.

    MelBennett, 3 Jul 2014