Join the (NFB Film) Club

National Film Board Film Clubs!

Both Millennium Library and St. James Library are currently hosting NFB Film Clubs, showcasing free films from the NFB’s vast collection. Screenings are followed by a short discussion of the film for those who want to take part. Past clubs have had spirited discussions after the screenings, so it is a great opportunity to contribute thoughts and ideas.

Below are descriptions of the films and their respective screening times and locations. Call the specified location to register.

Out of Mind, Out of Sight


Millennium Library, 251 Donald St.
Saturday, October 18 at 2 p.m.

This feature documentary profiles four residents of the Brockville Mental Health Centre, a forensic psychiatric hospital for people who have committed violent crimes. Four patients—two men and two women—struggle to gain control over their lives so they can return to a society that often fears and demonizes them. Shrouded in stigma, institutions like this one are places into which patients disappear from public view for years. Four-time Emmy winner John Kastner was granted unprecedented access to the Brockville facility for 18 months, allowing 46 patients and 75 staff to share their experiences with stunning frankness. Documentary/88 min. Rated PG.

Mighty Jerome


St. James-Assiniboia Library, 1910 Portage Ave.
Thursday, October 9 at 6 p.m.

From acclaimed filmmaker Charles Officer comes the story of the rise, fall and redemption of Harry Jerome, Canada’s most record-setting track and field star. Gorgeous monochrome imagery, impassioned interviews and astonishing archival footage are used to tell the triumphant and compelling story of what Harry Jerome’s own coach called “the greatest comeback in track and field history.” Documentary/84 min. Rated PG. 

Oscar Shorts


St. James-Assiniboia Library, 1910 Portage Ave.
Thursday, October 16 at 6 p.m.

A compilation of Oscar-winning films including:

The Sand Castle, a short animated film about the sandman and the creatures he sculpts out of sand. 13 min.

The Danish Poet, a short animation about a poet whose creative well has run dry and the quest he undertakes to answer some pretty big questions. 15 min.

Bob’s Birthday, an animated short about a wife who plans a celebration for her husband, but underestimates the sudden impact of middle age on his mood. 12 min.

Neighbours, a live action short about two people who come to blows over the possession of a flower. 8 min.

Flamenco at 5:15, a live action impressionistic record of a flamenco dance class given to senior students of the National Ballet School of Canada by two great teachers from Spain, Susana and Antonio Robledo. 29 min.

Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in CanadaStatus-Quo_LG

St. James-Assiniboia Library, 1910 Portage Ave.
Thursday, October 23 at 6 p.m.

Feminism has shaped the society we live in. But just how far has it brought us, and how relevant is it today? This feature documentary zeroes in on key concerns such as violence against women, access to abortion, and universal childcare, asking how much progress we have truly made on these issues. Rich with archival material and startling contemporary stories, Status Quo? uncovers answers that are provocative and at times shocking. Documentary/87 min. Unrated.

Britt Embry

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