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Salvation

Salvation

This documentary portrays the front-line street workers who serve the needy under the umbrella of the Salvation Army. One of the world's largest social agencies, the Army is a ...

Rosemary House
2001 | 50 min
Scared Sacred

Scared Sacred

Scared Sacred is a feature documentary that asks the question: Can we be Scared into the Sacred? The film takes us on a journey to the pivotal ground zeros of ...

Velcrow Ripper
2004 | 1 h 44 min
School on the Move

School on the Move

Instead of going away to school, some Evenk children of remote Siberia have the school brought to them!

French anthropologist Alexandra Lavrillier is fighting alongside the Evenk people of south-eastern ...

Michel Debats
2008 | 50 min
Scientifiq Piqniq

Scientifiq Piqniq

An adventure through the cosmic unveiling of the beautiful and strange macro/micro structures that unite us with the Universe.

This film was made as part of the 9th edition ...

Paloma Dawkins
2013 | 1 min
A Sea Turtle Story

A Sea Turtle Story

This animated short chronicles the life cycle of the critically endangered sea turtle. Capturing the beauty of the ecosystems that sea turtles inhabit, the film is ideal for all audiences ...

Kathy Shultz
2012 | 9 min
Secretariat's Jockey, Ron Turcotte

Secretariat's Jockey, Ron Turcotte

Secretariat’s legendary jockey Ron Turcotte is one of the few champions to have won the prestigious American Triple Crown. This is the remarkable story of Turcotte’s rise to ...

Phil Comeau
2013 | 1 h 15 min
Self(less) Portrait

Self(less) Portrait

In this feature documentary, 50 people decide to bare all about their personal lives and discuss a multitude of subjects on camera, ranging from funny anecdotes to heartbreaking experiences. From ...

Danic Champoux
2013 | 1 h 38 min
A Sense of Touch

A Sense of Touch

The evocative images in this film stimulate associations between visual and tactile information. Vivid close-ups of sensuous activities such as licking a popsicle, stroking a beard and walking barefoot in ...

Don White
1983 | 6 min
Sessions

Sessions

Can we fight or even overcome cancer in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility? Filmmaker Danic Champoux believes so and in his documentary, Sessions, he dispels many of the clichés ...

Danic Champoux
2012 | 1 h 24 min
Seth's Dominion

Seth's Dominion

This short documentary, part animation and part live action, is a portrait of Canadian cartoonist Seth, best known for his Palookaville comic books. Throughout his works, Seth transforms an poignant ...

Luc Chamberland
2014 | 42 min
The Sex Trade

The Sex Trade

This feature documentary is a study of the sex trade, a reality that has expanded worldwide to become a true industry, both online and off, over the course of the ...

Eve Lamont
2015 | 1 h 16 min
Sexy Inc. Our Children Under Influence

Sexy Inc. Our Children Under Influence

Sophie Bissonnette's documentary analyzes the hypersexualization of our environment and its noxious effects on young people. Psychologists, teachers and school nurses criticize the unhealthy culture surrounding our children, where ...

Sophie Bissonnette
2007 | 35 min
Sexy Laundry

Sexy Laundry

How can the flames of desire be rekindled after 25 years of married life? Izabela Plucinska’s erotic comedy, made entirely through the use of modelling clay, delves into the ...

Izabela Plucinska
2015 | 12 min
Shaman

Shaman

This animated short tells the story of a ferocious polar bear turned to stone by an Inuk shaman. The tale is based on emerging filmmaker Echo Henoche's favourite legend ...

Echo Henoche
2017 | 5 min
Shameless Propaganda

Shameless Propaganda

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 ...

Robert Lower
2014 | 1 h 12 min
Shannon Amen

Shannon Amen

Shannon Amen unearths the passionate and pained expressions of a young woman overwhelmed by guilt and anxiety as she struggles to reconcile her sexual identity with her religious faith. A ...

Chris Dainty
2019 | 14 min
Shining Mountains - Land of Riches

Shining Mountains - Land of Riches

This documentary from the Shining Mountains series explores the discovery of the Rockies by retracing the footsteps of its earliest European visitors. At first nothing more than an obstacle to ...

Guy Clarkson
2005 | 46 min
Shining Mountains - On the Edge

Shining Mountains - On the Edge

This documentary from the Shining Mountains series asks a hard question: are we loving our mountains to death? In this installment, filmmaker Guy Clarkson examines human encroachment in our mountain ...

Guy Clarkson
2005 | 46 min
Shining Mountains - Once and Future Wild

Shining Mountains - Once and Future Wild

This documentary from the Shining Mountains series focuses on solutions to the conservation issues facing the Rockies. There, business, government and local residents are getting political and joining forces to ...

Guy Clarkson
2005 | 46 min
Shining Mountains - The Ancient Ones

Shining Mountains - The Ancient Ones

This documentary from the Shining Mountains series follows mountain guide, pilot and cinematographer Guy Clarkson on an ecological journey through the Rockies. Clarkson explores the area’s rock, ice, flora ...

Guy Clarkson
2005 | 46 min
Shock Waves

Shock Waves

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, murder, rape, armed conflict and the looting of civilians by the military are daily facts of life. In this huge country where chaos and ...

Pierre Mignault
2007 | 52 min
Shop Class

Shop Class

This film follows the trials and tribulations of 14 year old Hart Snider. Instead of the home economics class he wanted to take, he finds himself taking Industrial Arts from ...

Hart Snider
2018 | 8 min
The Short Apology of Albert Batch

The Short Apology of Albert Batch

Luc Chamberland
2014 | 6 min
A Short History of the Highrise

A Short History of the Highrise

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada and the New York Times, A Short History of the Highrise is an interactive documentary that explores the 2,500-year global history ...

2013 | 20 min
A Short History of the Highrise, Part Four: Home

A Short History of the Highrise, Part Four: Home

In the final installment, "Home" consists of images from New York Times readers, who submitted personal pictures of their lives in high-rises from around the world. Montreal musician Patrick Watson ...

Katerina Cizek
2013 | 5 min
A Short History of the Highrise, Part One: Mud

A Short History of the Highrise, Part One: Mud

In the first installment, "Mud" traces the historical roots of the residential highrise, from the biblical Tower of Babel to the tenement buildings of New York. The film is narrated ...

Katerina Cizek
2013 | 4 min
A Short History of the Highrise, Part Three: Glass

A Short History of the Highrise, Part Three: Glass

In the third installment, "Glass" examines the recent proliferation of luxury condos and the growing segregation between the rich and poor. The film is narrated by the singer-songwriter of Cold ...

Katerina Cizek
2013 | 4 min
A Short History of the Highrise, Part Two: Concrete

A Short History of the Highrise, Part Two: Concrete

In the second installment, "Concrete" explores how, in New York City and globally, residential high-rises and public housing attempted to foster social equality in the 20th century. The film is ...

Katerina Cizek
2013 | 7 min
Shredded

Shredded

This short film follows a group of teenage boys eager to emulate the muscle-filled bodies of their media heroes. Revealing the lengths these boys are willing to go to achieve ...

Douglas C. Taplin & Richard Gaudio
2005 | 22 min
Sick

Sick

The body is a magnificent system. But its harmony can be interrupted, sometimes by subversive agents within. Sick uses stop motion to bring to life a knitted body in a ...

Candace Couse
2011 | 1 min
Sigwan

Sigwan

Sigwan tells the touching story of a young girl who is comforted and counselled by the animals of the forest. Written and directed by distinguished filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, the film ...

Alanis Obomsawin
2005 | 13 min
Silence Is Gold

Silence Is Gold

This feature documentary takes us through the twists and turns of judicial proceedings pitting Canadian mining companies Barrick Gold and Banro against author Alain Deneault, his co-writers and publisher Éditions ...

Julien Fréchette
2012 | 1 h 17 min
The Singing Lumberjack

The Singing Lumberjack

For nearly 40 years, Charlie Chamberlain was one of the most popular vocalists in Canada—and the most beloved member of the old-time band Don Messer and His Islanders. This ...

Rachel Bower
2015 | 6 min
A Single Tear

A Single Tear

This short animation film is an “epic” adventure and a magical environmental fairy tale. Amy Lockhart uses cutouts, drawings and collage (captured and manipulated as digital multi-plane animation) to conjure ...

Amy Lockhart
2004 | 2 min
Sisters & Brothers

Sisters & Brothers

In a pounding critique of Canada's colonial history, this short film draws parallels between the annihilation of the bison in the 1890s and the devastation inflicted on the Indigenous ...

Kent Monkman
2015 | 3 min
Skin for Skin

Skin for Skin

Skin for Skin is a dark allegory of greed and spiritual reckoning set during the early days of the fur trade.

In 1823, the Governor of the largest fur-trading company ...

Kevin D.A. Kurytnik & Carol Beecher
2017 | 15 min
Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story

Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story

This feature-length documentary tells the story of the Asahi baseball team. In pre-World War II Vancouver, the team was unbeatable, winning the Pacific Northwest Championship for five straight years. After ...

Jari Osborne
2003 | 50 min
Snow Warrior

Snow Warrior

Snow Warrior is a love letter to the splendour of winter.It captures the beauty of a northern city through the eyes of a bicycle courier named Mariah. We see ...

Kurt Spenrath & Frederick Kroetsch
2018 | 8 min
Soaring Highs and Brutal Lows: The Voices of Women in Metal

Soaring Highs and Brutal Lows: The Voices of Women in Metal

Soaring Highs and Brutal Lows celebrates the stories of eight female vocalists in the heavy metal genre. Through personal interviews, behind the scenes insights, and concert footage, these women describe ...

Mark Harwood
2015 | 1 h 33 min
The Socalled Movie

The Socalled Movie

This feature-length documentary is a dynamic kaleidoscopic portrait of Socalled (aka Josh Dolgin), a multi-disciplinary musician and artist whose unique blend of klezmer, hip hop and funk is blasting through ...

Garry Beitel
2010 | 1 h 27 min
Soif

Soif

A woman plays out her existence on the screen of her life. Alcohol is the essence of her being. She imbibes her youth and becomes completely absorbed by the desire ...

Michèle Cournoyer
2013 | 8 min
Song for Cuba

Song for Cuba

This short experimental documentary about memory and music follows a young Cuban couple charting a new course for their lives on an island in the North Atlantic. The film features ...

Tamara Segura
2014 | 7 min
Soup of the Day

Soup of the Day

Set to a rollicking doo-wop song by Canadian songwriter Alexander “Zander” Ary, this animated short tells the amusing story of the dilemma a husband and wife face every time they ...

Lynn Smith
2013 | 3 min
Sovereign Soil

Sovereign Soil

Set in the northern wilds surrounding the tiny sub-Arctic town of Dawson City, Yukon, Sovereign Soil is an ode to the beauty of this ferocious, remote land and the wisdom ...

David Curtis
2019 | 2 h 11 min
Spare Change

Spare Change

This animation short by Ryan Larkin (Walking, Street Musique, etc.) recounts some “comical experiences” Larkin had during his many years as a panhandler in Montreal. It tells the story of ...

Ryan Larkin & Laurie Gordon
2008 | 7 min
Speakers for the Dead

Speakers for the Dead

This documentary reveals some of the hidden history of Blacks in Canada. In the 1930s in rural Ontario, a farmer buried the tombstones of a Black cemetery to make way ...

David Sutherland & Jennifer Holness
2000 | 49 min
Special Delivery

Special Delivery

In this Oscar®-winning animated short, Ralph's day gets off to a bad start when he dismisses his wife's orders to clear the snow from the front walk ...

John Weldon & Eunice Macaulay
1978 | 7 min
The Spine

The Spine

In this animated short, Oscar® winner Chris Landreth returns with a poignant story of redemption that takes us into the relationship between a man and a woman trapped in a ...

Chris Landreth
2009 | 11 min
Square Roots

Square Roots

In this short animated film a robot rambles about frenetically, receiving countless electronic messages through his antenna every second. Despite his fatigue and stress, he never slows down. The only ...

Patrick Doyon
2006 | 2 min
The Squirrel Next Door

The Squirrel Next Door

This stop-motion animation is about a spider who professes its love for a squirrel. An interspecies courtship unfolds between the two doe-eyed neighbours. This short film is a testament to ...

Carla Coma
2007 | 1 min
Standing on the Line

Standing on the Line

This doc about homophobia in sports explores the difficulty and impact of coming out in this macho world. Through a series of touching personal stories, the film examines homophobia both ...

Paul Émile d'Entremont
2018 | 1 h 20 min
Stateless

Stateless

n 1937, tens of thousands of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent were exterminated by the Dominican army on the basis of anti-black racism. Fast-forward to 2013: the Dominican Republic ...

Michèle Stephenson
2020 | 1 h 36 min
Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada

Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada

Feminism has shaped the society we live in. But just how far has it brought us, and how relevant is it today? This feature documentary zeroes in on key concerns ...

Karen Cho
2012 | 1 h 27 min
Staying Real - Teens Confront Sexual Stereotypes

Staying Real - Teens Confront Sexual Stereotypes

A documentary geared to 11 to 13-year-olds in which preteens and teens discuss the adverse effects of the sexual stereotypes they're bombarded with. They talk about how hard it ...

Sophie Bissonnette
2010 | 24 min
A Step Towards the Arctic - Reflections and Visions of the North

A Step Towards the Arctic - Reflections and Visions of the North

In this feature documentary, Swiss citizen Yves Delaunay seeks to understand how the Inuit are coping with the mutation of the Arctic as it is caught in the violent sway ...

Anne-Marie Tougas
2012 | 52 min
Stories Are in Our Bones

Stories Are in Our Bones

In this layered short film, filmmaker Janine Windolph takes her young sons fishing with their kokum (grandmother), a residential school survivor who retains a deep knowledge and memory of the ...

Janine Windolph
2019 | 11 min
Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell is an inspired, genre-twisting film by Oscar®-nominated director Sarah Polley, and produced by Anita Lee for the NFB. Her playful investigation into the elusive truth buried ...

Sarah Polley
2012 | 1 h 48 min
Strange Invaders

Strange Invaders

Cordell Barker strikes again with this hilarious Oscar®-nominated animated short about a new addition to the family.

This film is a must-see film for parents of young children and ...

Cordell Barker
2001 | 8 min
Strings

Strings

This animated film paints a vivid portrait of two strangers intimately linked by the shared ceilings, floors and plumbing of their apartments. When an unexpected problem arises, these comfortable connections ...

Wendy Tilby
1991 | 10 min
Subconscious Password

Subconscious Password

In the middle of a crowded bar, Charles is feeling increasingly desperate. The cause of his misery is his old friend... you know... what’s-his-name... Directed by Chris Landreth, the ...

Chris Landreth
2013 | 10 min
The Subject

The Subject

Hidden away in his workshop, an animator leans over what appears to be a human body and begins to perform an autopsy. Who is this lifeless being stretched out before ...

Patrick Bouchard
2018 | 10 min
Submerge: Kami No Yu

Submerge: Kami No Yu

This short animation film is a “water poem,” set in a Japanese ofuro hot bath. It explores water as a medium and repository for collective stories and was created in ...

Cindy Mochizuki
2003 | 1 min
A Sufi Tale

A Sufi Tale

This animated film is based on an old Persian parable. The inhabitants of a village learn to overcome their fear of the unknown. The benefit of their new-found knowledge is ...

Gayle Thomas
1980 | 8 min
Sunday

Sunday

This Oscar®-nominated animated short is a magical tale about life as seen through the eyes of a child. In keeping with their Sunday tradition, after mass a family flocks ...

Patrick Doyon
2011 | 9 min
Surviving Progress

Surviving Progress

This feature documentary connects the financial collapse, growing inequity and the Wall Street oligarchy with future technology, sustainability, and the fate of civilization itself. Inspired by Ronald Wright's bestseller ...

Mathieu Roy & Harold Crooks
2011 | 1 h 26 min
Sweet Childhood

Sweet Childhood

In this animated short, cartoonist Zviane comes across an old audiocassette while packing up before a move. Just the sight of the tape plunges her back into her childhood fantasies ...

Zviane
2017 | 3 min
Swims

Swims

In this animated short a figure floats in landscapes and spaces without a ground plane. There is only water. The reflected skies are endless and mirrored interiors are doubled in ...

Kelly Sommerfeld
2006 | 2 min
System Error

System Error

This short animation film is a pithy critique of society's commercialization of water, abetted by an utter disregard for the future. The film is a mixed media whirlwind of ...

Anouk Préfontaine
2003 | 1 min