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Adrenaline Bach

Adrenaline Bach

Adrenaline Bach is a visually stunning short film that features Tim Sellars, a triathlon athlete who trains among the forests, ridges and mists of Canada’s boreal mountains. A meditation ...

Marten Berkman
2007 | 6 min
Alegria

Alegria

Filmed without comment, this study of guitar-making says as much about the maker, Fred Anders, as about the instrument. There is a feeling here, the feeling of a man at ...

Jacques Leduc
1973 | 28 min
Alphée of the Stars

Alphée of the Stars

Directed by Hugo Latulippe and co-produced by Esperamos and the NFB, this documentary follows the filmmaker’s daughter, Alphée. She has a rare genetic condition called Smith-Lemli-Opitz disorder, for which ...

Hugo Latulippe
2012 | 1 h 22 min
Alter Egos

Alter Egos

In this award-winning animation-documentary, we meet two unusual artists. Ryan Larkin was once a brilliant filmmaker who ended up on the streets in Montreal. Chris Landreth is a rising star ...

Laurence Green
2004 | 52 min
The Amina Profile (Short Version)

The Amina Profile (Short Version)

Amina Arraf, a pretty Syrian-American revolutionary who’s having an online affair with Montrealer Sandra Bagaria, launches the provocatively named blog A Gay Girl in Damascus. As the Syrian uprising gains ...

Sophie Deraspe
2015 | 52 min
The Artisans

The Artisans

“We’re beautiful, the whole gang. We’re special,” says Jean of the 15-odd employees at The Artisan—a workshop employing people with intellectual disabilities. Jean is the self-described “handyman ...

Daniel Léger
2018 | 51 min
At the Beach

At the Beach

In this short documentary, burn victims get to enjoy a family day at the beach thanks to an outing organized by the Association des grands brûlés. Enduring the curious stares ...

Jeremy Peter Allen
2015 | 5 min
The Auctioneer

The Auctioneer

Dale Menzak is an auctioneer specializing in the sale of family farms. A man of few words when not auctioneering, he also works part-time as an undertaker. Set against a ...

Hans Olson
2012 | 57 min
Becoming Labrador

Becoming Labrador

In the stark Labrador interior, a growing number of Filipino workers have recently landed in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, travelling halfway around the world for jobs they hope will offer their ...

Rohan FernandoTamara Segura & Justin Simms
2018 | 1 h 10 min
Blood and Water

Blood and Water

When the 2004 tsunami hit the coast of Sri Lanka, 65-year-old Anton Ambrose's wife and daughter were killed. "In five minutes," he says, "I lost everything."

A year later ...

Rohan Fernando
2007 | 1 h 17 min
Bone Wind Fire

Bone Wind Fire

This Emmy-nominated feature film is an intimate and evocative journey into the hearts, minds and eyes of Georgia O’Keeffe, Emily Carr and Frida Kahlo - 3 of the 20th century ...

Jill Sharpe
2011 | 30 min
Brother 2 Brother

Brother 2 Brother

A documentary that follows Corey Lucas, a 21-year-old African Canadian, as he tries to reconcile his urge to be a hustler with his need to be a responsible father and ...

Russell Wyse
2004 | 40 min
The Dance of Words

The Dance of Words

Over 200,000 people in Canada are deaf. For deaf francophones, Quebec Sign Language is essential to both their identity and their connection to the deaf community. In the past ...

Yves Étienne Massicotte
2014 | 44 min
Danny

Danny

Danny Williams was the charismatic and unflinching Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from 2003 to 2010. By the time he left office, he had become the most popular—and controversial ...

Justin Simms & William D. MacGillivray
2014 | 1 h 23 min
Daughter of the Crater

Daughter of the Crater

A woman with a deep love of the land, Yolande Simard Perrault sees her life as having been shaped by a planetary upheaval in Charlevoix, Quebec, millions of years ago ...

Nadine Beaudet & Danic Champoux
2018 | 1 h 15 min
The Days Before Christmas

The Days Before Christmas

This short documentary depicts Christmas time in Montreal. The milling crowds, department store Santas, Brink's messengers, kindergarten angels and boisterous nightclubs all combine to make a vivid portrait of ...

Terence Macartney-FilgateStanley Jackson & Wolf Koenig
1958 | 29 min
Debris

Debris

This short film is a portrait of Tofino, BC intertidal artist Pete Clarkson as he crafts his most ambitious and personal project to date: a memorial to the 2011 Great ...

John Bolton
2015 | 14 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
Don't Let the Angels Fall

Don't Let the Angels Fall

The film reflects the dilemma of an urban family whose private world is no longer proof against strains from outside. The head of the family, a Montréal businessman tormented by ...

George Kaczender
1968 | 1 h 39 min
Earth to Mouth

Earth to Mouth

Filmed at the Wing Fong Farm in Ontario, this documentary follows the tilling, planting and harvesting of Asian vegetables destined for Chinese markets and restaurants. On 80 acres of land ...

Yung Chang
2002 | 41 min
Everybody's Children

Everybody's Children

Monika Delmos's documentary captures a year in the life of two teenage refugees, Joyce and Sallieu, who have left their own countries to make a new life in Ontario ...

Monika Delmos
2008 | 51 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
Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie

This feature documentary profiles the life and work of world-renowned Canadian scientist, educator, broadcaster and activist David Suzuki on the occasion of his last lecture in 2009—a lecture he ...

Sturla Gunnarsson
2010 | 1 h 32 min
From Harling Point

From Harling Point

This documentary tells the story of a Chinese cemetery in BC that became a National Heritage site. For Chinese pioneers who died in Canada, Victoria's Chinese Cemetery at Harling ...

Ling Chiu
2003 | 40 min
Hell Runs on Gasoline!

Hell Runs on Gasoline!

This short documentary transports us to the Saint-Félicien racetrack, where engines are running hot and excitement has reached a fever pitch. With its thunderous soundtrack, jarring backfires and choking clouds ...

Martin Bureau
2015 | 7 min
Hey Lou!

Hey Lou!

This short documentary is an exploration of life, from the first breath to the last. Footsteps in a rocky desert. Human shadows cast upon the ground. A bedridden woman suffering ...

John Blouin
2015 | 5 min
How Does It Feel

How Does It Feel

This short documentary is a meditation on performance, self-expression, (dis)ability, and the power of art. At age 58, Kazumi has decided to use his singing voice to channel his ...

Lawrence Jackman
2011 | 34 min
In Pieces

In Pieces

Paule Baillargeon is 37 years old, 11 years old, 65 years old. . . In this film composed of fragments, she tells her story: the story of a woman, a filmmaker, a ...

2011 | 1 h 21 min
Inseparable

Inseparable

In their small country home in New Brunswick, Jean-Paul and Anne, who suffer respectively from physical and intellectual impairments, share an unwavering love for each other. Declarations of love, little ...

Daniel Léger
2011 | 52 min
Interview with a Free Man

Interview with a Free Man

In this documentary short, several men go through a job interview eager to get a fresh start in life. With each question that's asked, we glimpse tiny snippets of ...

Nicolas Lévesque
2015 | 6 min
Invisible City

Invisible City

Invisible City is a moving story of two boys from Regent Park crossing into adulthood – their mothers and mentors rooting for them to succeed; their environment and social pressures tempting ...

Hubert Davis
2009 | 1 h 15 min
Joe

Joe

This animated short tells the story of Seraphim "Joe" Fortes, one of Vancouver's most beloved citizens. Born in the West Indies, Joe Fortes swam in English Bay for over ...

Jill Haras & Jill Haras
2002 | 8 min
Journey to Justice

Journey to Justice

This documentary pays tribute to a group of Canadians who took racism to court. They are Canada's unsung heroes in the fight for Black civil rights. Focusing on the ...

Roger McTair
2000 | 47 min
Jutra

Jutra

This semi-animated documentary is a creative, colourful portrait of the great Quebec filmmaker Claude Jutra, director of Mon oncle Antoine and star and co-director, with Norman McLaren, of A Chairy ...

Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre
2013 | 13 min
The Last Key

The Last Key

A young immigrant arrives in Canada from France—and brings his Citroën 2CV with him. The iconic post-war car stands out on the streets of Vancouver, and before long he ...

Julien Capraro
2017 | 23 min
Legend of a Warrior

Legend of a Warrior

In this feature length documentary, filmmaker Corey Lee attempts to reconnect with his father, renowned martial artist Frank Lee. Frank's status as legendary street fighter and coach have kept ...

Corey Lee
2012 | 1 h 18 min
Let the Daylight into the Swamp

Let the Daylight into the Swamp

In this experimental short, filmmaker Jeffrey St. Jules reconstructs the story of his grandparents and their rugged frontier existence in the logging towns of Northern Ontario. A blend of fiction ...

Jeffrey St. Jules
2012 | 36 min
Life Lessons at the Lula Lounge

Life Lessons at the Lula Lounge

This short documentary is about a young Cuban band that has recently moved to Canada. The members spend their days learning English and their nights playing and rehearsing their own ...

Kyle Stone
2004 | 11 min
Making It

Making It

This short documentary is an inspiring portrait of Black youth who have made their ambitious dreams come true through willpower. Made as part of the Work For All project 2006 ...

Sobaz Benjamin
2006 | 10 min
Marie

Marie

Adapted from excerpts of Robert Lepage's theatrical epic Lipsynch, this short drama profiles Marie, a jazz singer left with temporary aphasia following brain surgery. Memory gaps have robbed her ...

Pedro Pires & Robert Lepage
2013 | 25 min
Martha of the North (Short Version)

Martha of the North (Short Version)

Martha was only 5 when she and her parents were lured away from their Inuit village. Along with a handful of other families, they were moved to Canada’s most ...

Marquise Lepage
2009 | 47 min
A Memory Forgotten: A Generation Sacrificed

A Memory Forgotten: A Generation Sacrificed

This short documentary is a portrait of Martine Duviella, whose parents were forced to flee Haiti during the Duvalier regime. Here, Duviella recounts the story of her activist father and ...

Martine Duviella
2008 | 23 min
Michelle

Michelle

In this short film, our protagonist Michelle suffers from schizophrenia and has just come out of a psychiatric institution. Finding refuge in the Quebec bookstore where she works, this tortured ...

Pedro Pires & Robert Lepage
2013 | 30 min
Mug of a Diver

Mug of a Diver

Jean-Claude Roubaud's passion is the sea. He's a diver, and for over 15 years has been making his childhood dream come true: earning his living finding sunken treasure ...

Roland Savoye
2007 | 51 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
Night Mayor

Night Mayor

This short Guy Maddin film tells the story of inventor Nihad Ademi, who harnesses the power of the aurora borealis in Winnipeg in 1939. Ademi uses this power to broadcast ...

Guy Maddin
2009 | 13 min
Ninth Floor

Ninth Floor

Director Mina Shum makes her foray into feature documentary by reopening the file on a watershed moment in Canadian race relations – the infamous Sir George Williams Riot. Over four decades ...

Mina Shum
2015 | 1 h 21 min
Nowhere Land

Nowhere Land

This short documentary serves as a quiet elegy for way of life, which exists now only in the memories of those who experienced it. Bonnie Ammaaq and her family remember ...

Rosie Bonnie Ammaaq
2015 | 15 min
A Part of Me

A Part of Me

A Part of Me addresses a little-known topic: hair loss in women. The documentary focuses on Karène, the director’s wife, who suffers from alopecia and is ready to do ...

André Roy
2016 | 23 min
Pauline Julien, Intimate and Political

Pauline Julien, Intimate and Political

With a meticulous selection of interviews, performances and photos drawn from a vast and rich archival collection, Pauline Julien, Intimate and Political follows the iconic Quebec singer and eternally free ...

Pascale Ferland
2018 | 1 h 17 min
The Pony

The Pony

This short film tells the heart-warming Christmas story of two Saskatchewan farm children and a pony named Pancho. There’s no real place for a horse on a fully mechanized ...

Lawrence Cherry
1955 | 35 min
The Portrait

The Portrait

It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for artist Phil Richards, who’s been commissioned to create Canada’s official portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her Diamond ...

Hubert Davis
2012 | 41 min
Prosecutor

Prosecutor

This feature documentary follows the Chief Prosecutor through the first trials of the newly formed International Criminal Court. Luis Moreno-Ocampo investigates and prosecutes some of the world's worst criminals ...

Barry Stevens
2010 | 1 h 34 min
The Queen in Canada, 1964

The Queen in Canada, 1964

This short documentary follows Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh as they visit Canada to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Confederation. A hundred years earlier, the Fathers of Confederation ...

Gordon Sparling
1964 | 20 min
Quiet Forces

Quiet Forces

In this non-narrative short, director Sophie Dupuis documents the daily lives of sailors aboard the frigate HMCS Ottawa on a mission in the Pacific Ocean, somewhere between the coasts of ...

Sophie Dupuis
2015 | 15 min
Ready to Learn

Ready to Learn

This film is a moving portrait of an alternative school model that aims to instill self-esteem through African centred learning.

Nadine Tsehaie Makonnen
2003 | 10 min
Remembering Maria Chapdelaine

Remembering Maria Chapdelaine

This feature documentary by Jean-Claude Labrecque recounts the bold and astounding enterprise of French filmmaker Julien Duvivier, who shot a film adaptation of Louis Hémon’s classic novel Maria Chapdelaine ...

Jean-Claude Labrecque
2015 | 52 min
Revealing Marie Saint Pierre

Revealing Marie Saint Pierre

Revealing Marie Saint Pierre is an art documentary about Quebec fashion designer Marie Saint Pierre. The film gives razor sharp insights into her creative process, and being a woman and ...

Janice Zolf
2016 | 38 min
Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Métis Child

Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Métis Child

Richard Cardinal died by his own hand at the age of 17, having spent most of his life in a string of foster homes and shelters across Alberta. In this ...

Alanis Obomsawin
1986 | 29 min
River Silence

River Silence

The people who live along Brazil’s Xingu River are facing man-made Armageddon. The massive Belo Monte Dam, one of the world’s most contested infrastructure projects, has caused untold ...

Rogério Soares
2019 | 1 h 32 min
Rock the Box

Rock the Box

Critic-turned-filmmaker Katherine Monk trains her lens on DJ Rhiannon Rozier in this short film about breaking the glass ceiling in a music industry dominated by men. The Vancouver-raised, university-educated Rozier ...

Katherine Monk
2015 | 10 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
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 ...

2014 | 42 min
The Short Apology of Albert Batch

The Short Apology of Albert Batch

Luc Chamberland
2014 | 6 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
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
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
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
The Song and the Sorrow

The Song and the Sorrow

Musician Catherine MacLellan—the daughter of Canadian singer/songwriting legend Gene MacLellan—grew up surrounded by her father’s music. He died by suicide when she was 14. Two decades ...

Millefiore Clarkes
2018 | 42 min
They Think I'm Chinese!

They Think I'm Chinese!

Thousands of girls who were in the first wave of Chinese children to be adopted in Québec in the 1990s have reached adolescence. The filmmaker focused her lens on five ...

Nicole Giguère
2011 | 52 min
Thomas

Thomas

This short fiction is part of Robert Lepage's three-piece cinematic work Triptych, itself an adaptation of Lepage's own epic nine-hour theatre play. Like his namesake in Caravaggio's ...

Pedro Pires & Robert Lepage
2012 | 29 min
Tokyo Girls

Tokyo Girls

This feature documentary is a candid journey into the world of 4 young Canadian women who work as well-paid hostesses in exclusive Japanese nightclubs. Lured by adventure and easy money ...

Penelope Buitenhuis
2000 | 57 min
Trudeau's Other Children

Trudeau's Other Children

Musicians Vineet Vyas, Mei Han and Asif Illyas are part of one of the greatest social experiments the world has seen: multiculturalism. Nearly 40 years ago, under the eye of ...

Rohan Fernando
2005 | 1 h 7 min
Unarmed Verses

Unarmed Verses

This feature documentary presents a thoughtful and vivid portrait of a community facing imposed relocation. At the centre of the story is a remarkably astute and luminous 12-year-old black girl ...

Charles Officer
2016 | 1 h 25 min
Unmothered

Unmothered

On August 31, 1995, tragedy struck the Guerrette family when Mona, a mother of two, died from breast cancer at age 42, leaving behind a husband and their daughters, Mylène ...

Marie-France Guerrette
2018 | 1 h 15 min
Wavemakers

Wavemakers

This feature documentary takes us on an intriguing human and musical discovery of the most expressive of electronic instruments, the Ondes Martenot. A group of Martenot aficionados pursues the legacy ...

Caroline Martel
2012 | 1 h 37 min
What Walaa Wants

What Walaa Wants

Raised in a refugee camp in the West Bank while her mother was in prison, Walaa dreams of becoming a policewoman in the Palestinian Security Forces (PSF). Despite discouragement from ...

Christy Garland
2018 | 1 h 23 min
Where I Belong

Where I Belong

This documentary tells the story of a young man’s struggle to balance his African traditions and new Canadian home. Arinze Eze was born in Canada and raised in Nigeria ...

Arinze Eze
2007 | 45 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
Wipe Out

Wipe Out

Narrated by Olympic gold medalist Ross Rebagliati, this film tells the story of three young men living with permanent brain damage as the result of head injuries they suffered pursuing ...

2008 | 50 min
World of Passage

World of Passage

In this short documentary, massive ships harking from all four corners of the world majestically glide by on the St. Lawrence River as riverside residents watch. But they know nothing ...

Nadine Beaudet
2015 | 7 min
Writing the Land

Writing the Land

In this short documentary, a Musqueam elder rediscovers his Native language and traditions in the city of Vancouver, near where the Musqueam people have lived for thousands of years.

Writing ...

Kevin Lee Burton
2007 | 7 min