Dans ce court métrage documentaire de Noémie Payant-Hébert, des maîtres-nageuses ne cessent d’aller sauver des vacanciers au bord de la noyade. La frénésie de ces sauvetages à répétition est démultipliée par l’hyperactivité d’une caméra virevoltante qui, en faisant corps avec les éléments, remet en question la subjectivité du regard documentaire.
Découvrez le talent des cinq cinéastes indépendants qui ont participé à la deuxième édition du Projet 5 courts, une initiative de l’ONF visant à explorer le genre documentaire court avec des centres d’artistes ou de production issus des régions du Québec.
Réalisée en partenariat avec La bande Sonimage, un organisme qui soutient la création en cinéma-vidéo au Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean, cette seconde édition rassemble cinq œuvres fascinantes à la facture visuelle époustouflante et résolument rétro, entièrement tournées à l’aide d’une caméra Bolex numérique.
Lifeguards run down the beach and dive into the ocean to save swimmers from drowning. These dramatic rescues are captured by a hyperactive, spinning camera that becomes one with the elements and challenges how subjective a documentary may be.
This second edition was created in partnership with La bande Sonimage, a Saguenay-based organization that supports cinema and video production in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region. All shot with Bolex digital cameras, these 5 fascinating shorts are both stunningly beautiful and retro-looking.
The first edition can be found here
The third edition can be found here
This short documentary, produced by the NFB for the Department of Munitions and Supply, profiles Canada’s World War II-era munitions factories, which produced explosives in vast quantities. Looking at a typical munitions plant, we learn about the science behind the explosives, the strict safety precautions required in these workplaces, and the methodical work of the plant’s largely female wartime labour force.
These vignettes from 1951 covered various aspects of life in Canada and were shown in theatres across the country. Subjects included here are the S.S. Lurcher, an anchored boat that serves as both lighthouse and weather station; a 3-day celebration in Windsor, Ontario, to commemorate the freeing of American slaves; and British Columbia’s fabulous Sullivan Mine, where vast quantities of lead and zinc are being blasted from the belly of a mountain.
October, November ... rough driving days ahead. Winter Driving: Keep Your Cool presents helpful information on how to cope with winter-driving conditions. Starting with the assumption that people are familiar with such general safe-driving habits as fastening seatbelts and maintaining their cars in good working order, a series of winter-driving dos and don'ts clearly put the driver on the right track.
An industrial accident-prevention film illustrating that an accident usually has several causes. A situation is portrayed in a large machine shop, where a series of unsafe acts, combined with unsafe conditions, led to an accident in which a man's arm was caught in an unguarded machine. A film to stimulate discussion among managers, supervisors and safety professionals, as well as for all industrial employees.
This short documentary from The Grasslands Project shows how small rural communities rely on volunteer firefighters to handle most emergencies. While the Eastend Fire Department responds to its share of barn and grass fires, they are only a call away from tragedy. Rural first responders are usually first on the scene of grisly farm and motor vehicle accidents, and in a small community the victims are often friends and family. The toll it takes on these volunteers creates its own tragedy.
This short dramatic film illustrates a cooperative program of fire protection that was carried out across Alberta in the late 1950s. It presents the problems inherent in a voluntary fire brigade, as well as the everyday heroes who step up and get the job done. The film is an entertaining look at how a crew that was once considered to be the joke of the town can evolve into the best fire brigade in the West!
In attempting to secure his domicile against perceived external threats, our protagonist manages to create a more dangerous internal environment. Home Security uses humour to illustrate that problems can arise when freedom is sacrificed for safety, and alludes to the issue of liberty vs. security in a greater context.
Lumsden, Saskatchewan, is a town of 850 citizens on a river called the Qu'Appelle. In the spring of 1974, the river doubled its volume and threatened to flood the town. The townspeople organized themselves and the whole province stood behind them. It is the story of an incredible battle against impossible odds.
Eye Witness was a series of short monthly newsreels produced by the NFB during the post-war period. Each installment included several short reports on issues dear to Canadians. In episode No. 34, we see: The Fireman Is a Grocer, which takes a closer look at the voluntary fire department in Kentville, Nova Scotia; Artistry in Clay and Cloth, which introduces us to a Czech artist skilled in ceramics and a group of artists from Montreal who create novel designs with silk screens and colourful dyes; and Winter Morning, which offers a glimpse of a day in the life on the Wiebe farm in Saskatchewan.
This short puppet animation from the fifties tells the story of Magic Bow, an Indigenous boy endowed with magic gifts. Magic Bow is in the big city for the first time, thrilling audiences with his tricks at the Wild West Rodeo. Outside the arena, cars, trucks and buses zip by at dizzying speeds. With the help of some savvy city dwellers, Magic Bow learns a few important traffic rules to help him navigate the streets safely.
(Please note that this film was produced in 1954 and reflects the attitudes and thinking of its era. To modern audiences, parts of the film may be perceived as offensive, but it must be seen as a cultural product of the era in which it was produced. The perspectives of Canadians (and the NFB) have evolved and become more conscious of Indigenous rights, realities and points of view since the making of the film. Through its rich collection of Indigenous-made films, available at Indigenous Cinema , the NFB continues to strive to challenge stereotypes about Indigenous people and accurately depict the diverse experiences of Indigenous communities. )