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55 Socks

55 Socks

Based on a poem by Marie Jacobs, the animated short 55 Socks, by Oscar-winning director Co Hoedeman, pays tribute to the ingenuity of the Dutch people during a dark period ...

Big Trees

Big Trees

Based on true events, Ann Marie Fleming’s Big Trees, a musical in the style of Don Giovanni, tells the story of Odile and her apartment’s spectacular ocean view ...

Canada at the Coronation

Canada at the Coronation

This documentary depicts the colour and pageantry of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as well as Canada's participation in this momentous event.

China 2000 BC - The Rise and Fall of Dynasties in Ancient China

China 2000 BC - The Rise and Fall of Dynasties in Ancient China

Between 2000 B.C. and 221 B.C., many civilizations developed in the area now known as China—and each had its own distinct language, culture and gods. This series ...

China 2000 BC - Unearthing the Truth Behind a Myth: The Xia Dynasty

China 2000 BC - Unearthing the Truth Behind a Myth: The Xia Dynasty

Between 2000 B.C. and 221 B.C., many civilizations developed in the area now known as China—and each had its own distinct language, culture and gods. This series ...

Exile - A Myth Unearthed (Part 1)

Exile - A Myth Unearthed (Part 1)

The exile of the Jewish people from their homeland following the destruction of the Second Temple has long played a central role in Christian and Jewish theology, and it has ...

Exile - A Myth Unearthed (Part 2)

Exile - A Myth Unearthed (Part 2)

The exile of the Jewish people from their homeland following the destruction of the Second Temple has long played a central role in Christian and Jewish theology, and it has ...

Front Lines

Front Lines

A tribute to the combatants in the First World War, this film traces the conflict through the war diary and private letters of five Canadian soldiers and a nurse. Hearing ...

Has God Forsaken Africa?

Has God Forsaken Africa?

In this feature documentary, Senegal-born director Musa Dieng Kala returns to Dakar, where he grew up, and asks this painful question: has God forsaken Africa? The answer is bitter. As ...

The Hole Story

The Hole Story

In this feature documentary, Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie continue in the same provocative vein as their earlier Forest Alert, this time turning their lens on Canada's mining industry ...

I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors

I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors

I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors is director Ann Marie Fleming’s animated adaptation of Bernice Eisenstein’s acclaimed illustrated memoir. Using the healing power of humour, the film ...

The Invisible Nation

The Invisible Nation

Online release: November 30, 2012 The Algonquin once lived in harmony with the vast territory they occupied. This balance was upset when the Europeans arrived in the 16th century. Gradually ...

Journey to Oblivion: The Empress of Ireland Story

Journey to Oblivion: The Empress of Ireland Story

This feature documentary delves into the story of the Empress of Ireland, an ill-fated ocean liner that sank in the Saint Lawrence River following a collision with another ship in ...

The Memories of Angels

The Memories of Angels

This visual love letter crafted by filmmaker Luc Bourdon uses clips from 120 NFB films to pay tribute to the city of Montreal in the '50s and '60s, with hat ...

Mighty Jerome (Short Version)

Mighty Jerome (Short Version)

In 1959, at just 19, Harry Jerome was Canada's most promising track and field star on his way to the Olympics in Rome. By 1962, after suffering a gruesome ...

A Museum in the City

A Museum in the City

In A Museum in the City, filmmaker Luc Bourdon invites us on a tour of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). A backstage discovery of the institution and its ...

My Son Shall Be Armenian

My Son Shall Be Armenian

Exploring the question of Armenian identity, My Son Shall Be Armenian follows filmmaker Hagop Goudsouzian, who travels with five Montreal men and women of Armenian descent to the land of ...

Mysteries in the Archives: 1910 Buffalo Bill

Mysteries in the Archives: 1910 Buffalo Bill

Buffalo Bill was, by reputation, the greatest buffalo hunter of all time. His celebrity included a stint as cavalry scout for George Armstrong Custer, the general killed at the Battle ...

Mysteries in the Archives: 1937 Crash of the Hindenburg

Mysteries in the Archives: 1937 Crash of the Hindenburg

As night fell near in Lakehurst, New Jersey, near New York City, on May 6, 1937, the German dirigible the Hindenburg exploded. Four different newsreel company cameramen filmed one of ...

Mysteries in the Archives: 1946 A-bomb Tests on Bikini

Mysteries in the Archives: 1946 A-bomb Tests on Bikini

No event in the history of cinema had ever been so thoroughly covered. Why so many cameras and equipment to film two atomic explosions just after the end of the ...

Mysteries in the Archives: 1954 Marilyn Monroe in Korea

Mysteries in the Archives: 1954 Marilyn Monroe in Korea

Two weeks after their wedding in San Francisco, Marilyn Monroe and baseball icon Joe DiMaggio set off for Japan. On their honeymoon? Pre-season training for Japanese baseball teams begins in ...

Mysteries in the Archives: 1955 Tragedy Strikes Le Mans'24 Hours

Mysteries in the Archives: 1955 Tragedy Strikes Le Mans'24 Hours

On June 11, 1955, between 200 and 300 thousand people are attending automobile racing’s most celebrated endurance event: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Like every year, Le Mans ...

Mysteries in the Archives: 1963 John F. Kennedy's Funeral

Mysteries in the Archives: 1963 John F. Kennedy's Funeral

From the announcement of President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas to his burial in Washington, D.C. four days later, the three television networks devoted their entire air time to ...

Mysteries in the Archives: 1969 Live from the Moon

Mysteries in the Archives: 1969 Live from the Moon

On July 22, 1969, man walked on the moon for the first time. About 600 million people watched it live on television. In an incessant battle of technology and political ...

The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche

The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche

This feature documentary tells the mysterious story of Canadian author Mazo de la Roche, author of the Jalna novels. Using both dramatic and documentary techniques, the film explores this compelling ...

Nunavut Animation Lab: Qalupalik

Nunavut Animation Lab: Qalupalik

This animated short tells the story of Qalupalik, a part-human sea monster that lives deep in the Arctic Ocean and preys on children who do not listen to their parents ...

Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague

Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague

This feature-length documentary, based on Michael Bliss’s 1991 book Plague: A Story of Smallpox in Montreal, juxtaposes a hypothetical 21st century pandemic with the 1885 smallpox epidemic that claimed ...

Paris 1919

Paris 1919

The last shots had been fired in the First World War — but peace had yet to be made. Inspired by Margaret MacMillan’s acclaimed work of popular history, Paris 1919 ...

Reel Injun

Reel Injun

Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema.

Traveling through the heartland ...

Royal Journey

Royal Journey

A documentary account of the five-week visit of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh to Canada and the United States in the fall of 1951. Stops on the royal ...

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 ...

A Time There Was: Stories from the Last Days of Kenya Colony

A Time There Was: Stories from the Last Days of Kenya Colony

This autobiographical documentary revisits the Mau Mau Rebellion of the 1950s. More than 50 years after the conflict, in which the director participated as a young British soldier stationed in ...

The Trenches

The Trenches

This animated short by Claude Cloutier is a pictorial account of an attack on Canadian soldiers during WWI. On the edge of the battlefield, recruits are dreading the order to ...

Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma

Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma

Triage : Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma follows the powerful odyssey of James Orbinski, a humanitarian and doctor who accepted the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of Médecins Sans ...

Under the Hood, a Voyage into the World of Torture

Under the Hood, a Voyage into the World of Torture

This documentary traces the stories of several people who were tortured by democratic countries. September 11, 2001 saw the birth of a new world order. The war against terror now ...

Up the Yangtze (Short Version)

Up the Yangtze (Short Version)

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 ...

Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point

This feature documentary tells the story of 2 Inuit communities of the circumpolar north—one on Canada’s Baffin Island, the other in Northwest Greenland—that are linked by a ...

Wiebo's War

Wiebo's War

Wiebo's War is a feature documentary that tells the story of a man's epic battle with the oil and gas industry. In the 1990s, natural gas wells were ...

The World According to Monsanto

The World According to Monsanto

With operations in 46 countries, Monsanto has become the world leader in genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as well as one of the most controversial corporations in industrial history. Since its ...