February 28, 2022 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
This March, experience the inspiring voices of women and Inuit filmmakers on NFB.ca. The National Film Board of Canada continues to provide free streaming access to a diverse selection of works from its studios across the country. Coming soon: the online launch of Saïda Ouchaou-Ozarowski’s documentary In Full Voice and Christy Garland’s award-wining feature-length doc What Walaa Wants, with both films marking International Women’s Day on March 8; Monica Kidd’s delicate and touching animated short The Storm; and Ossie Michelin’s beautiful short documentary about Inuit cultural pride, Evan’s Drum. These new offerings join the nearly 5,500 titles already available on NFB.ca, along with our collection of some one hundred interactive works, almost all of which are available for free online viewing. You can also discover the online versions of the Canada Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai and the interactive installation TRACES, produced by the NFB in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada.
Starting March 8, to mark International Women’s Day
In Full Voice by Saïda Ouchaou-Ozarowski (2021, NFB’s Quebec, Canadian Francophonie and Acadian Documentary Studio)
Feature-length documentary (52 min 40 s)
Press kit: mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/in-full-voice
Muslim women are not who we think they are: they’re neither silent nor submissive. Six Muslim Canadian women, all strong-willed feminists, take centre stage to deconstruct the prejudices that surround them, piece by piece. In Full Voice lets the women speak for themselves, and they openly share their unique journeys, without any taboos. The film will also be broadcast in French on ICI RDI at 8 p.m. on March 8.
What Walaa Wants by Christy Garland (2018, Murmur Media/Final Cut for Real/NFB’s Ontario Studio)
Feature-length documentary (89 min)
Press kit: mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/what-walaa-wants
Raised in a West Bank refugee camp while her mother was in prison, Walaa is determined to become a policewoman in the Palestinian Security Forces—not easy for a girl who breaks all the rules. After having its world premiere at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival, the documentary was the opening film at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) and was screened at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). It has received many awards, including at Hot Docs, made Canada’s Top Ten list, and enjoyed a successful Canadian theatrical release.
Starting March 14
The Storm by Monica Kidd (2021, NFB’s Quebec and Atlantic Studio)
Animated short (4 min)
Press kit: mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/the-storm
A doctor as well as a filmmaker, Monica Kidd finds signs of hope in an uncertain pandemic universe. With The Storm, she collaborates with animator Duncan Major, employing sparsely elegant imagery to reflect on what it means to bring a baby into a world gripped by a global health crisis. The film has been selected to screen at a number of Canadian festivals.
Starting March 19, to mark Canada Day at Expo 2020 Dubai
Imagine the future with us through an immersion in the Canadian experience in Dubai as if you were there: thefutureinmind.ca.
Discover TRACES, an interactive installation by the architect collective KANVA, multimedia designer and art director Étienne Paquette, and the consulting firm Creos, currently accessible at the Canada Pavilion site in Dubai. It offers a poetic vision of an uncertain future and a reflection upon our present: nfb.ca/interactive/traces.
Starting March 21
Evan’s Drum by Ossie Michelin (2021, NFB’s Quebec and Atlantic Studio)
Short documentary (14 min 15 s)
Press kit: mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/evans-drum
An adventurous young boy and his determined mother share a passion for Inuit drum dancing in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The film is a joyful visit to a family’s loving home, and an uplifting story of cultural pride. After generations of silence, the rhythm of the traditional Inuit drum has returned to Labrador. Evan’s Drum has been presented at many festivals in Canada and the United States.
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