Shameless Propaganda

This feature documentary examines its own genre, which has often been called Canada's national art form. Released in the year of the NFB's 75th birthday, Shameless Propaganda is filmmaker Robert Lower's take on the boldest and most compelling propaganda effort in our history (1939-1945), in which founding NFB Commissioner John Grierson saw the documentary as a "hammer to shape society". All 500 of the films produced by the NFB until 1945 are distilled here for the essence of their message to Canadians. Using only these films and still photos from that era, Lower recreates the picture of Canada they gave us and looks in it for the Canada we know today. What he finds is by turns enlightening, entertaining, and unexpectedly disturbing.


Robert Lower
Robert Lower
David Christensen
Robert Lower
Robert Lower
Randolph Peters
sound effects editor
John Schritt
foley artist
Russ Dyck
Elizabeth Klinck
Sylvia Mezei
Jean Paul Vialard
Mélanie Bouchard
photo research
Claude Lord
Yvon Larocque
executive producer
David Christensen


  • EricoTheriault

    “really enjoyed the was a film showing films I never would have seen....and it showed them in a light I never would have known.... The Canada before and after the images where shown to Canadians...” — EricoTheriault, 21 Sep 2014

  • MelBennett

    “Thank you for this film. It's probably one of the most important films on the shaping of both Canadian nationalism and the documentary as a genre.” — MelBennett, 3 Jul 2014

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