Wednesday, 15 June 2016

National Film Board of Canada

The National Film Board of Canada, created in 1939, has produced more than 30,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and 90 Genies.  "The National Film Board of Canada laid the groundwork for a home-grown Canadian film industry," explains Canadian heritage minister Shelley Glover.  in 2014, on the occasion of the National Film Board of Canada's 75th Anniversary, Canada Post issued a stamp.  Here are some notable films they have produced:

1.  Acadia!  Acadia!
-students at Universite de Moncton stage marches and sit ins to protest the lack of recognition of Acadians, French Canadians expelled from Nova Scotia in 1755 who fled to New Brunswick, Massachusetts, New York and Louisiana

2.  Action:  The October Crisis of 1970
-Canadians demonstrate relief, dismay and defiance after Pierre Trudeau says "Just Watch Me" and the Canadian Army steps in to stop the terror imposed by the Federation de la Liberation du Quebec (FLQ)

3.  Apollo 13
-documentary about Ron Howard's blockbuster movie

4.  Barbed Wire and Mandolins
-700 Italian Canadians interned at Petawawa, Ontario during the Second World War

5.  The Caleche Driver
-old world charm of Quebec City

6.  Canada at War:  Part 5
-Dieppe, Lancaster Bomber, U-boats penetrate St. Lawrence River

7.  Children From Overseas
-British evacuee children during WWII

8.  Fairwell Oak Street
-Regent Park tenements in Toronto

9.  Les Raquetteurs
-snowshoe competition in Sherbrooke, Quebec

10.  Vimy Ridge
-the WWI battle that helped define Canada as a nation

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