NFB Announces Canada 150 Programming

Mobilize by Caroline Monnet is among the Indigenous programming highlights for the NFB’s Canada 150 screenings.
Courtesy of the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) announced yesterday its upcoming programming for Canada 150. Three streams of programming will mark Canada’s 150th birthday with films, videos, and photography.

Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake): Indigenous Cinema on Tour offers images of Canada seen through Indigenous eyes. This cross-country screening series showcasing groundbreaking films by Indigenous directors produced by the NFB. Among the highlights are recent documentaries Angry Inuk by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Mobilize by Caroline Monnet, and We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice by Alanis Obomsawin. The series engages with key themes in Indigenous Canadian cinema, such as colonisation, resistance, and cultural resurgence. Using engaging Q&As with filmmakers, Aabiziingwashi aims to build understanding and connection between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.

Special Online Programming offers curated highlights from the NFB archives. The online series explores the range of Canadian identities through four different lenses: what we seek, what we fight for, what we protect and what we call home. The series launches in February at NFB.ca programming programming .

#Legacies150, finally, is a series of 14 interactive photo essays. The collage features diverse Canadians as they share personal reflections on common journeys. Contributors include comedian and actress Mary Walsh, Governor General’s Literary Award-winning author France Daigle, poet and artist Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, photographer Yannick Grandmont, filmmaker Helene Klodawsky, multidisciplinary artist Walter Kaheró:ton Scott, and one of Canada’s most legendary photographers, George Hunter.
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“What better way to celebrate who we are than through the stories we tell?,” said Claude Joli-Coeur, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada in a statement from the NFB. “The NFB’s Canada 150 activities will be an invitation to all Canadians to see where we’ve been and how far we’ve come, and to reflect, together, on where we go from here. We’re hard at work on events that will travel across the country and live online―a national celebration of film and digital media, with memorable experiences for all Canadians.”

Stay tuned for more doc updates and screening details at nfb.ca/canada150. (And stay tuned for POV’s sesquicentennial plans!)