Il est de ces personnes dont les rêves inspirent, rassemblent et font fleurir un peu plus d’humanité en chacun de nous. Haïtien établi au Québec, l’artiste et militant Alain Philoctète retourne dans son pays d’origine pour y développer un projet de permaculture en collaboration avec les locaux. Il y retrouve avec émotion sa famille et ses anciens compagnons de lutte, dont les idéaux restent intacts malgré le séisme de 2010 et l’instabilité politique. Atteint d’un cancer, Alain doit cependant suivre des traitements à Montréal, où il trouve auprès de ses proches autant de tendresse et de solidarité qu’en Haïti. Fort d’une amitié de longue date avec son protagoniste, le réalisateur Will Prosper a suivi le parcours plein d’espoir de cet inspirant rêveur, saisissant dans un geste intime et complice les enjeux de l’exil, de la maladie et du partage. Enrichi par une trame musicale signée Jenny Salgado, Kenbe la, jusqu'à la victoire est un voyage qui nous interroge sur l’importance des idéaux et de leur transmission.
Some dreamers have the power to inspire us, bring us together, and help us reconnect with our humanity. Alain Philoctète, a Haitian artist and activist who settled in Quebec, returns to the country of his birth to develop a permaculture project with local farmers. There, he has an emotional reunion with family members and his former comrades in arms, whose ideals remain unshaken despite the lingering aftermath of the 2010 earthquake and political instability. However, Alain, who is suffering from cancer, has to undergo treatment in Montreal, where his loved ones provide the same degree of affection and solidarity as he receives in Haiti. Director Will Prosper films this inspiring dreamer on his hopeful quest, chronicling the challenges of exile and illness with the personal, knowing touch of a longtime friend. With a rich score composed by Jenny Salgado, Kenbe la, Until We Win offers a cinematic journey that will move viewers to ponder the importance of embracing ideals and passing them on.
From his shabby apartment in Montreal’s Centre-Sud borough, a writer finds inspiration in observing his neighbour Piton, who navigates poverty with some incredible ingenuity. Through this wildly funny pseudo-scientific allegory, graphic novelist turned filmmaker Richard Suicide draws us into the surreal, chaotic world of his book Chroniques du Centre-Sud, delivering a powerful portrait of a neighbourhood in the midst of a full-blown transformation. Produced by the NFB, this film is part of the Comic Strip Chronicles collection.
With candor, humour and courage, a group of African-Canadian women challenge cultural taboos surrounding female sexuality and fight to take back ownership of their bodies. Combining her own journey with personal accounts from some of her radiant, endearing friends, co-director Habibata Ouarme explores the phenomenon of female genital mutilation and the road to individual and collective healing, both in Africa and in Canada.
Cut off from his loved ones due to the pandemic lockdown, a quadriplegic rabbi in a long-term-care facility is filmed remotely by his daughter. Offering powerful meditations on love and hope, Perfecting the Art of Longing shows us what it means to be alive in a state of profound isolation.
Interweaving poetry, painting, photography, music and sculpture, this feature documentary is an innovative look at the lives and work of Canadian men and women artists of Italian origin. Broaching issues of identity and culture, the film explores the relationship between the immigrant experience and the creative process.
Since its inception in 1976, Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre has been a place in which the urban Indigenous community could feel safe, learn and grow. Council Fire uses cultural teachings and creates space to restore Indigenous identity, especially for its youth. At the core of Council Fire’s history and teachings is the drum, which they refer to as “our mother.” In Full Circle, we get to know the members of the Toronto Council Fire Youth Program as they embark on new journeys. We meet a drum group that lays down tracks at a professional recording studio and a group of young dancers who showcase their moves at a dance studio.
This documentary takes us on a visual journey through different cultures and range of human experiences and shows the many uses of our hands; working, communicating, creating art and music, expressing our sensuality, manipulating weapons and as instruments of healing and worship.
This bilingual film features the Commissioner of Official Languages and two intermediate school students. The Commissioner explains, in English and in French, the Official Languages Act, his duties and the activities of his Office under the Act. A number of light-hearted situations simulated in the film demonstrate how individual efforts can put Canada's two official languages on an equal basis.
What is it like to make art during a global pandemic? After one year of living under COVID-19, four creators from the NFB's The Curve project share how their daily lives (and creative process) have been turned upside down by this unprecedented crisis.
Part of THE CURVE, a collection of social distancing stories that bring us together. Enjoy more works from this series here .