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Patrick Bossé’s North Star makes its world premiere on nfb.ca, August 21


August 15, 2023 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The documentary series North Star by Patrick Bossé, an inspiring portrait of Quebec-born Innu astrophysicist Laurie Rousseau-Nepton, will have its world premiere on nfb.ca on August 21 and screen free of charge thereafter, accompanied by an NFB channel highlighting women in STEM. The NFB will also be celebrating Public Service Pride Week with an online short film festival, among other activities. To date, nfb.ca offers more than 6,000 titles, not to mention a collection of some 100 interactive works, most of which are available for free online viewing.

Starting August 21

  • North Star by Patrick Bossé (NFB’s Quebec, Canadian Francophonie & Acadian Documentary Studio) – WORLD PREMIERE
    Documentary series (5 × 15 min)
    Press kit: mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/north-star

    The series immerses viewers in the remarkable daily life of Laurie Rousseau-Nepton, a young, Quebec-born Innu astrophysicist who’s leading a massive research project at the prestigious Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. In this inspiring and positive portrait, the astrophysicist openly discusses her life, demystifying for young audiences what it means to aspire to a career in astronomy and in the sciences in general. With equal parts honesty and optimism, she speaks out on the place of women and people of diverse backgrounds in STEM professions, deconstructing stereotypes about these fields. In introducing young people to Laurie’s amazing success, North Star preaches by example.

  • Channel: Women in STEM
    Along with the new series North Star, discover this selection of films highlighting women’s important contributions to science and the women who are breaking down barriers. Don’t miss If You Love This Planet by Terre Nash, As the Crow Flies by Tess Girard and Inhale Exhale by Danielle Sturk, among others.

Celebrating Public Service Pride Week, August 21 to 25

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    Founded in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a one-of-a-kind producer, co-producer and distributor of distinctive, engaging, relevant and innovative documentary and animated films. As a talent incubator, it is one of the world’s leading creative centres. The NFB has enabled Canadians to tell and hear each other’s stories for over eight decades, and its films are a reliable and accessible educational resource. The NFB is also recognized around the world for its expertise in preservation and conservation, and for its rich and vibrant collection of works, which form a pillar of Canada’s cultural heritage. To date, the NFB has produced more than 14,000 works, 6,500 of which can be streamed free of charge at nfb.ca. The NFB and its productions and co-productions have earned over 7,000 awards, including 11 Oscars and an Honorary Academy Award for overall excellence in cinema.