Category Archives: NFB Film Club

Westwood’s NFB Film Club: Upcoming Screenings

Beginning November 27, Westwood library will be hosting an NFB Film Club, featuring free films from the NFB’s vast collection. Watching a documentary in Westwood library’s cozy basement is a great way to spend a cold Thursday night – and don’t forget to stay for a short, spirited discussion of the film after the screening!
Below are descriptions of the films and their respective screening times. Call 204-986-4742 to register.

Shameless Propaganda

Shameless_Propaganda_LGThursday, November 27 at 6 p.m.
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.
Documentary/71 minutes. Rated G
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Out of Mind, Out of Sight

Out_Of_Mind_2Thursday, December 4 at 6 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.

Forbidden Love

Forbidden_Love_LGThursday, December 11 at 6 p.m.
This feature documentary delves into the rich history of Canadian queer women’s experiences in the mid-20th century. Compelling, often hilarious and always rebellious, the women interviewed in this film recount stories about their search for the places where openly gay women gathered in urban centres. Contemporary interviews, archival footage, and a stylized fictional narrative based on the pulp novels of the 1950s are woven throughout this simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and empowering film. Forbidden Love brings an important and empowering history of lesbian sexuality in Canada out of the closet. Documentary/84 minutes. Rated PA. (This film contains scenes of nudity and/or sexuality. Viewer discretion is advised.)

-Britt

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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

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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

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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

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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