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54 Hours

54 Hours

This short animation is a remarkably vivid account of the 1914 tragedy in which 132 men were stranded on the ice during a severe snowstorm off the coast of Newfoundland ...

Bruce Alcock & Paton Francis
2014 | 13 min
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 ...

Co Hoedeman
2011 | 8 min
Anatomy

Anatomy

A white room. The aging bodies of actors Gilles Pelletier and Françoise Graton testify to a love that has triumphed over time and engage in a captivating dialogue of desire ...

Patrick Bossé
2013 | 8 min
The Apollo of Gaza

The Apollo of Gaza

In 2013, an ancient statue of Apollo was found in the waters off Gaza—before disappearing under mysterious circumstances. Is it the work of forgers, or a gift from the ...

Nicolas Wadimoff
2018 | 1 h 18 min
Big Trees

Big Trees

This short semi-animated film tells the story of a woman's spectacular ocean view from her apartment in Vancouver’s West End. How far will she go when leaves start ...

Ann Marie Fleming
2013 | 12 min
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.

Allen Stark
1953 | 48 min
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 unveils ...

Wally LongulTakayoshi AizawaNobuhide Abe & Yoshihiro Watanabe
2013 | 45 min
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 unveils ...

Wally LongulTakayoshi AizawaNobuhide Abe & Yoshihiro Watanabe
2013 | 45 min
The Devil's Share

The Devil's Share

An impressionistic portrait of the 1970s in sights, songs and music.

Luc Bourdon
2017 | 1 h 42 min
Exile - A Myth Unearthed (BBC Version)

Exile - A Myth Unearthed (BBC Version)

It has been depicted in artwork and lamented in poetry and prayer for nearly 2,000 years: the exile of the Jewish people from their homeland in the first century ...

2013 | 59 min
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 ...

Ilan Ziv
2012 | 52 min
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 ...

Ilan Ziv
2011 | 52 min
Finding Macpherson

Finding Macpherson

This feature doc tells the story of the improbable friendship between acclaimed Quebec singer Félix Leclerc and the intriguing Frank Randolph Macpherson. A chemical engineer from Jamaica, Macpherson immigrated to ...

Serge Giguère
2014 | 1 h 17 min
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 ...

Claude Guilmain
2008 | 33 min
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 ...

Musa Dieng Kala
2008 | 52 min
High Wire

High Wire

High Wire examines the reasons that Canada declined to take part in the 2003 US-led military mission in Iraq, shining a spotlight on the diplomatic tug of war that took ...

Claude Guilmain
2019 | 1 h 22 min
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 ...

Richard Desjardins & Robert Monderie
2011 | 1 h 19 min
I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors

I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors

This short animation is director Ann Marie Fleming’s animated adaptation of Bernice Eisenstein’s acclaimed illustrated memoir. Using the healing power of humour, the film probes the taboos around ...

Ann Marie Fleming
2010 | 15 min
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 ...

Richard Desjardins & Robert Monderie
2007 | 1 h 33 min
Klondike Promises

Klondike Promises

It’s been over a century since prospectors roamed the Klondike in search of gold. Like Charlie Chaplin and Lucky Luke before her, filmmaker Julie Plourde tracks the modern-day explorers ...

Julie Plourde
2012 | 42 min
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 ...

Luc Bourdon
2008 | 1 h 20 min
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 ...

Charles Officer
2010 | 52 min
A Museum in the City

A Museum in the City

In A Museum in the City, Luc Bourdon invites us on a tour of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). A backstage discovery of the institution and its 150-year ...

Luc Bourdon
2011 | 52 min
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 ...

Hagop Goudsouzian
2004 | 1 h 20 min
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 ...

Alexandre Auque
2008 | 26 min
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 ...

Serge Viallet
2007 | 26 min
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 ...

Serge Viallet
2008 | 26 min
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 ...

Serge Viallet
2008 | 26 min
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 ...

2008 | 26 min
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 ...

Julien Gaurichon
2008 | 26 min
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 ...

Alexandre Auque
2008 | 26 min
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 ...

Maya Gallus
2011 | 52 min
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 ...

Ame Papatsie
2010 | 5 min
Paris 1919

Paris 1919

This feature-length film, based on Margaret MacMillan's acclaimed book of the same name, takes us inside the most ambitious peace talks in history. Revisiting the event with a vivid ...

Paul Cowan
2008 | 1 h 34 min
Passage

Passage

With a unique blend of dramatic action and behind-the-scenes documentary footage, filmmaker John Walker shares the multi-layered story of British explorer Sir John Franklin and his crew of 128 men ...

John Walker
2008 | 1 h 53 min
Return to Vimy

Return to Vimy

In this short film, a young woman visits the Vimy Memorial to make a charcoal imprint of the engraved name of her great-grandfather who was lost in battle. She brings ...

Denis McCready
2017 | 9 min
The Rose Family

The Rose Family

In October 1970, members of the Front de libération du Québec kidnapped minister Pierre Laporte, unleashing an unprecedented crisis in Quebec. Fifty years later, Félix Rose tries to understand what ...

Félix Rose
2020 | 2 h 7 min
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 ...

David BairstowGudrun Parker & Roger Blais
1951 | 51 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
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
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 ...

Donald McWilliams
2009 | 1 h 27 min
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 ...

Claude Cloutier
2010 | 6 min
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 ...

Patricio Henríquez
2007 | 1 h 47 min
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 ...

Yung Chang
2007 | 1 h 5 min
Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point

Two Inuit communities of the circumpolar north—one on Canada’s Baffin Island, the other in Northwest Greenland—are linked by a migration led by an intrepid shaman. Navarana, Inughuit ...

Stephen A. Smith & Julia Szucs
2012 | 1 h 22 min
What is Democracy?

What is Democracy?

Featuring a diverse cast—including celebrated philosophers, trauma surgeons, factory workers, refugees, and politicians—What Is Democracy? connects past and present, emotion and the intellect, the personal and the political ...

Astra Taylor
2018 | 1 h 47 min
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 ...

David York
2011 | 1 h 33 min
The Wings of Johnny May

The Wings of Johnny May

The first Inuit bush pilot in Nunavik, Johnny May has lived through adventures worthy of the novels of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. While his exploits have made him a legend among ...

Marc Fafard
2013 | 1 h 23 min