NFB at the Maison: Free movies at the city’s arts centres

Last updated January 26, 2023
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This winter, the Maisons de la culture are partnering with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) to offer screenings of 22 documentaries and two family movies.


Discover touching documentaries that deal with current subjects and issues including the status of queer and Indigenous people, the daily lives of refugees and seniors, violence against women and online bullying. The screenings are followed by a discussion with a guest linked to the film.

Dear Audrey, by Jeremiah Hayes, 2021

Chère Audrey, de Jeremiah Hayes, 2021 - ONF

Martin Duckworth is a renowned filmmaker and activist who has dedicated his life to promoting peace and justice. Now he has put his camera aside to take on the most important work of his life: Caring for his wife, who is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Original English version with French subtitles.

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Star Wars Kid: The Rise of the Digital Shadows, by Mathieu Fournier, 2022

Dans l’ombre du Star Wars Kid, de Mathieu Fournier, 2022

Ghyslain Raza was 15 years old, in 2003, when he filmed himself in a fixed shot, blowing off some steam. He was only helping a friend with a school assignment. Other students stumbled on the video and it was immediately downloaded millions of times. Quite by accident, Ghyslain became the “Star Wars Kid”, the first viral phenomenon of the digital age. Original French version.

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Je pleure dans ma tête (Unspoken tears), by Hélène Magny, 2022

Je pleure dans ma tête, de Hélène Magny, 2022 - ONF-NFB

How can refugee children integrate into Quebec’s school system after living through unspeakable violence? Following a psychologist specializing in conflict-related trauma, this film portrays the dignified and welcoming learning environment where students are encouraged to speak out and rebuild themselves. Original French version.

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The Perfect Story, by Michelle Shephard, 2021

La parfaite histoire, de Michelle Shephard, 2021

This riveting documentary follows the decade-long relationship between journalist Michelle Shephard and Ismael Abdulle, a young Somali refugee. When events take an unexpected turn, Michelle breaks one of the golden rules of journalism: Tell the story and be sure not to be part of it. Original English version with French subtitles.

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Love, the last chapter, by Dominique Keller, 2021

L’amour, dernier chapitre, de Dominique Keller, 2021

“Love, the Last Chapter” is an observational film that follows the day-to-day life of three older couples. Given intimate access to the seniors’ facility, the director peers into the kingdom of old age and portrays the delights and challenges of late-in-life romance with great tenderness. Original English version with French subtitles.

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Le silence, by Renée Blanchar, 2021

Le silence, de Renée Blanchar, 2021

From the 1950s to the 1980s, Catholic priests sexually abused many young boys in New Brunswick. Confronting the power of the collective silence that paralyzed the affected communities for decades, filmmaker Renée Blanchar meets with survivors to untangle the root causes for this secrecy. Original French version.

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The Forbidden Reel, by Ariel Nasr, 2019

L’histoire interdite, d’Ariel Nasr, 2019

Driven to create art amid war and chaos, Afghan filmmakers have given birth to an extraordinary national cinema. At the same time, Taliban extremists are equally committed to destroying this legacy. Awed by the beauty and fragile power of movies, Afghan-Canadian director Ariel Nasr crafts a thrilling and original story of modern Afghanistan. Original multilingual version with French subtitles.

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The Inconvenient Indian, by Michelle Latimer, 2020

L’Indien malcommode, de Michelle Latimer, 2020

In a time of radical change and essential re-examination, “The Inconvenient Indian” highlights the brilliant dismantling of North America’s colonial narrative by the intellectual Thomas King, who reframes this history through the powerful voices of those who carry on the tradition of Indigenous resistance. Original English version with French subtitles.

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Mary Two-Axe Earley: I am Indian again, by Courtney Montour, 2021

Mary Two-Axe Earley : Je suis redevenue indienne, de Courtney Montour, 2021

Mary Two-Axe Earley, a leading figure in the women’s rights movement in Canada, fought for more than 20 years to challenge sex discrimination against First Nations women embedded in Canada’s Indian Act. Using never-before-seen archival footage, Mohawk filmmaker Courtney Montour engages in a deeply personal conversation with the late activist. English version with French subtitles.

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John Ware Reclaimed, by Cheryl Foggo, 2020

Sur les traces de John Ware, de Cheryl Foggo, 2020

Filmmaker Cheryl Foggo revisits the rich and complex story of John Ware, a Black cowboy who settled in Alberta in the late 19th century. Her research uncovers who this iconic figure might have been, and what his legacy means in terms of anti-Black racism in Canada, both past and present.  Original English version with French subtitles.

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Someone Like Me, by Sean Horlor and Steve J. Adams, 2021

Une personne comme moi, de Sean Horlor et Steve J. Adams, 2021

“Someone Like Me” follows the parallel journeys of Drake, a gay asylum seeker from Uganda, and a group of strangers from Vancouver’s queer community who join together to support Drake’s resettlement in Canada. The protagonists face unexpected challenges that lead them on a moving quest for personal freedom. Original English version with French subtitles.

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Movies for the family

Don’t miss the family screenings, where animated movies are in the spotlight. Sure to delight viewers of all ages!

Stories of birds that will steal your heart!

Coucou, Monsieur Edgar!, de Pierre Pierre M. Trudeau, 1999

Coucou, Monsieur Edgar!”, by Pierre M. Trudeau, 1999, followed by “Pit et le vaste monde” by Kaj Pindal, 1989
Mr. Edgar’s life runs like clockwork. This is not surprising because he’s a cuckoo in a cuckoo clock! But one stormy evening, three eggs drop into his house, turning his world upside down… As for Peep, he is a chick who dreams of discovering the world. Before long, this naïve youngster ends up with egg on his face! French versions.

Discover more online content on the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) website.