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Start the fall with a rich lineup of new works accessible free of charge at NFB.ca. Watch the very latest in the The Curve collection of projects exploring the pandemic, eagerly awaited docs like Astra Taylor’s What Is Democracy?, and a selection of stirring documentary and animated films.


September 21, 2020 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Later this month and throughout October, a wealth of new content will continue to be made available on NFB.ca. Streaming for free and produced by NFB studios across the country, this crop includes: the latest works in The Curve, the timely collection of projects exploring the pandemic; compelling feature-length documentaries like Astra Taylor’s What Is Democracy?; and finely crafted doc and animated shorts such as Katerine Giguère’s Open Sky: Portrait of a Pavilion in Venice, Chris Dainty’s Shannon Amen and Samuel-A. Caron and France Gallant’s Moments of Life, premiering on days that have been designated to help bring international attention to their respective subjects. This lineup of highly relevant and profoundly humanistic new works joins the extensive catalogue of more than 4,000 titles already available at NFB.ca, not to mention our collection of some one hundred interactive works, almost all of which can be viewed online at no charge.

Starting September 21

The Curve is the pulse of our nation, beating in its own time during this unprecedented time. Our creators, with their talent and insight, are bringing to life the voices of Canadians touched by COVID-19, both near and far. This collection is delivering thematically linked works in documentary, animation and digital storytelling formats, being released at various times over the next few months, closely following ongoing developments of this COVID-19 era. Coming September 21:

  • The Big Reset
    These animated bedtime stories for budding rebels in the post-COVID world present perspectives from four leading thinkers (Armine Yalnizyan, Munira Abukar, David Suzuki and Bruce Mau). The films, running about three minutes each, are produced by the English Program Animation Studio.Economics by Philip Eddolls
    Governance by Ho Che Anderson
    Worldviews by Malcolm Sutherland
    Cities by Lillian Chan
  • Body and Soul
    Inspiring, insightful and wildly inventive, these projects explore the physical and emotional aspects of pandemic isolation.Love in Quarantine

    by Millefiore Clarkes (Quebec and Atlantic Studio)
    How to Be at Home by Andrea Dorfman (Quebec and Atlantic Studio)
    Come to Your Senses by Alicia Eisen and Sophie Jarvis (BC and Yukon Studio)
    Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow by Laura Cortes, Alexandra Hook, Mel Eshaghbeigi and Jam3 (English Program Digital Studio and Jam3) (Online as of September 23)

Follow #TheCurveNFB #LaCourbeONF to learn more about The Curve’s creators and get news and sneak peeks of upcoming works.

Starting September 27

  • The Rose Family by Félix Rose (2020, Babel Films/French Program Documentary Studio)
    Feature-length documentary (127 min 58 s)
    Press kit (synopsis, biographies, images and credits): mediaspace.nfb.ca/the-rose-family
  • In October 1970, members of the Front de libération du Québec kidnapped government minister Pierre Laporte, sparking an unprecedented crisis in the province. Fifty years later, Félix Rose sets out to understand what could have led his father Paul and his uncle Jacques to commit the acts that ultimately ended in the tragic death of their hostage. The film is currently playing in more than 25 cinemas across Quebec: evenements.onf.ca/en-salle

Starting September 28

  • What Is Democracy? by Astra Taylor (2018, Ontario Studio)
    Feature-length documentary (107 min)
    Press kit (synopsis, biographies, images and credits: mediaspace.nfb.ca/what-is-democracyComing at a moment of profound political and social crisis, What Is Democracy? reflects on a word we too often take for granted. Featuring a diverse cast—including celebrated theorists, trauma surgeons, activists, factory workers, asylum seekers, and former prime ministers—this urgent film connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire.

Starting October 5 – Marking World Architecture Day

  • Open Sky: Portrait of a Pavilion in Venice by Katerine Giguère (2020, NFB, in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation)
    Short documentary (25 min)
    Press kit (synopsis, biographies, images and credits: mediaspace.nfb.ca/open-skySince 1958, the Canada Pavilion at the prestigious Venice Biennale has welcomed contemporary Canadian artists and architects and their works. The film is an intimate portrait of this architectural gem, designed by Milan’s famous Studio BBPR, which, like its gardens, recently underwent a major restoration, led by the National Gallery of Canada.

Starting October 10 – Marking World Mental Health Day

  • Shannon Amen by Chris Dainty (2019, English Program Animation Studio)
    Animated short (15 min)
    Press kit (synopsis, biographies, images and credits: mediaspace.nfb.ca/shannon-amenBased on the words, music, and art of Shannon Jamieson and directed by her friend Chris Dainty, Shannon Amen unearths the frantic, passionate, and pained expressions of a young woman overwhelmed by guilt and anxiety as she struggles to reconcile her sexual identity with her religious faith. The film is a memoir that reconstructs Shannon’s issues, which also torment other LGBTQIA+ youth like her who face discrimination.

Starting October 15 – Marking Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

  • Moments of Life by Samuel-A. Caron and France Gallant (2020, Productions Appalaches/Canadian Francophonie Studio in Moncton)
    Short documentary (20 min)
    Press kit (synopsis, biographies, images and credits: mediaspace.nfb.ca/moments-of-lifeBreaking the silence on perinatal grief, Moments of Life follows the efforts of a group of bereaved parents. Driven by their desire to bring comfort to mothers and fathers who’ve lived through this painful experience, they have devoted themselves to reducing isolation and countering social misconceptions.

Starting the week of October 26 – Marking International Animation Day (October 28)

  • The NFB presents Animation Week, a special slate of programming with vibrant and daring new works by animators from all across Canada.

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