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NFB Film Club

NFB Film Club Libraries across Canada take part in this free program in which the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) distributes bold and distinctive social issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and innovative digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB Film Club is a FREE initiative specifically created for all Public Libraries across the country.

NFB Film Club @ the Antigonish Library

All are welcome to join us for screenings of National Film Board of Canada documentary films!

For more information, please contact the Antigonish Library 902-863-4276. 

  • Treaty Education: "Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair" & "Holy Angels" - 2 Short Films - Monday, October 17, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

    This month, in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we will be showing the documentary film by award-winning director Alanis Obomsawin, "Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair" and "Holy Angels" by director, Jay Cardinal Villeneuve. Service Learning students from St. FX University will also be joining us to give a special presentation about the Peace and Friendship Treaties.  

    About the Films:
    • "Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair"
      As the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Senator Murray Sinclair was a key figure in raising global awareness of the atrocities of Canada's residential school system. With determination, wisdom and kindness, Senator Sinclair remains steadfast in his belief that the path to actual reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people requires understanding and accepting often difficult truths about Canada's past and present.
      (2021| 29 minutes)  | NFB Website

    • "Holy Angels"
      In 1963, Lena Wandering Spirit became one of the more than 150,000 Indigenous children who were removed from their families and sent to residential school. Jay Cardinal Villeneuve’s short documentary Holy Angels powerfully recaptures Canada’s colonialist history through impressionistic images and the fragmented language of a child.
      (2017| 13 minutes) | NFB Website

NFB Film Club @ the New Glasgow Library

All are welcome to join us for screenings of National Film Board of Canada documentary films!

For more information, please contact the New Glasgow Library 902-752-8233.

  • "In Full Voice" - Thursday, December 15, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

    About the Film:
    Trapped in a straightjacket of misconceptions about them created by headlines and stories in the news, Muslim women are often seen as disruptive, scheming or polarizing. But while the media tend to portray them as submissive and silenced, filmmaker Saïda Ouchaou-Ozarowski has rejected these blatant stereotypes. She sat down with six Muslim Canadian women who were eager to talk about what shapes their identities. The resulting documentary, In Full Voice, offers an intimate perspective on the journey taken by these women, all of whom share a desire to convey their vision of Islam.

    (2021 | 52 minutes) | NFB Website

  • "The Days Before Christmas" - Thursday, December 22, 2:00pm – 4:00pm & 6:00pm – 8:00pm

    About the Film:
    This short documentary depicts Christmas time in Montreal. The milling crowds, department store Santas, Brink's messengers, kindergarten angels and boisterous nightclubs all combine to make a vivid portrait of the holidays.

    (1958 | 29 minutes) | NFB Website

  • "Nalujuk Night", "Ukrainian Winter Holiday" & "The Joy of Winter"" & "Holy Angels" - 3 Short Films - Thursday, January 19, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

    Join us for an NFB (National Film Board of Canada) documentary film screening at the New Glasgow library, on the 3rd Thursday night of the month. This month we will feature 3 interesting short films, "Nalujuk Night", "Ukrainian Winter Holidays" and "The Joy of Winter".  

    About the Films:
    • "Nalujuk Night"
      Nalujuk Night is an up close look at an exhilarating, and sometimes terrifying, Labrador Inuit tradition. Every January 6th from the dark of the Nunatsiavut night, the Nalujuit appear on the sea ice. They walk on two legs, yet their faces are animalistic, skeletal, and otherworldly. Snow crunches underfoot as they approach their destination: the Inuit community of Nain. Despite the frights, Nalujuk Night is a beloved annual event, showing that sometimes it can be fun to be scared. Rarely witnessed outside of Nunatsiavut, this annual event is an exciting chance for Inuit, young and old, to prove their courage and come together as a community to celebrate culture and tradition. Inuk filmmaker Jennie Williams brings audiences directly into the action in this bone-chilling black and white short documentary about a winter night like no other.
      (2021| 13 minutes)  | NFB Website

    • "Ukrainian Winter Holidays"
      This short documentary directed by Laura Boulton offers a glimpse into the Ukrainian communities of the Canadian prairies during the 1940s, specifically their rituals surrounding Christmas. Still following the Julian calendar, they celebrate Christmas on the seventh of January. On Christmas Eve, they eat traditional foods as soon as the first star appears in the sky. They sing carols and dance in costume. And the next day, they gather in Greek Orthodox churches to worship in a solemn service.
      (1942| 22 minutes) | NFB Website

    • "The Joy of Winter"
      How Canadians adjust to their long, snowbound season. Filmed with humour, The Joy of Winter shows people making the best of what they cannot change. From tiny tots to human polar bears the film leaves no doubt that, in the eyes of many Canadians, winter may offer more attractions than summer. Film without words.
      (1962| 14 minutes) | NFB Website

  • "John Ware Reclaimed" - Thursday, February 16, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

    About the Film: John Ware Reclaimed follows filmmaker Cheryl Foggo on her quest to re-examine the mythology surrounding John Ware, the Black cowboy who settled in Alberta, Canada, before the turn of the 20th century. Foggo’s research uncovers who this iconic figure might have been, and what his legacy means in terms of anti-Black racism, both past and present.
    Please note: This film contains explicit language. Viewer discretion is advised.

    (2020 | 72 minutes) | NFB Website

NFB Film Club @ the Pictou Library

All are welcome to join us for screenings of National Film Board of Canada documentary films!

For more information, please contact the River John Library 902-485-5021.

  • "Wintopia" - Thursday, December 29, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

    About the Film:
    Wintopia is an intimate father-daughter story and poignant search for the meaning of utopia. Following the quick and tragic death of Peter Wintonick, Canada’s “documentary ambassador to the world”, his daughter Mira Burt-Wintonick dives into her father’s obsession with untangling the contradiction that is utopia. The remains of his unfinished film and several hundred hours of raw footage shot over 15 years leads Mira to surprising places and connections with her father, compelling all of us to live life with purpose.

    (2021 | 52 minutes) | NFB Website