NFB Docs Hit Cuban Airwaves

Flamenco at 5:15

By Pat Mullen

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) announced today its first television licence agreement with a Cuban broadcaster. Nine NFB films, including four documentaries, will air on Cuban State Television and be broadcast in Spanish-language versions. The docs hitting Cuban airwaves are Bone Wind Fire by Jill Sharp, Oscar winner Flamenco at 5:15 by Cynthia Scott, My Village in Nunavik by Bobby Kenuajuak, and River of Life by Werner Walcher,

“Canada is taking a big role in every way as a welcoming society open to other cultures,” said NFB sales agent Oscar Rangel in a statement from the Board. “With this agreement, Canada is once again affirming its long-time influence and collaboration in Cuba.”

The docs will launch in conjunction with the Havana International Book Fair, which runs February 9 to 19. Canada is the guest country of honour at this premiere cultural event in recognition of the nation’s 150th birthday. The event draws more than 600,000 attendees annually and the NFB will be showcasing additional films at the festival.