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The National Film Board of Canada (NFB; French: Office national du film du Canada (ONF)) is Canada's public film and digital media producer and distributor. An agency of the Government of Canada, the NFB produces and distributes documentary films, animation, web documentaries, and alternative dramas. In total, the NFB has produced over 13,000 productions since its inception, which have won over 5,000 awards. The NFB reports to the Parliament of Canada through the Minister of Canadian Heritage. It has bilingual production programs and branches in English and French, including multicultural-related documentaries. ()

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Stories We Tell(2012)

| 1h 49min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 93 votes)

Canadian actress and filmmaker Sarah Polley investigates certain secrets related to her mother, interviewing a group of family members and friends whose reliability varies depending of their implication in the events, which are remembered in different ways; so a trail of questions remains to be answered, because memory is always changing and the discovery of truth often depends on who is telling the tale.

Directed by Sarah Polley - With Rebecca Jenkins

The Man Who Planted Trees(1987)

30min | Animation, Drama
4.1/5 (with 69 votes)

The story of one shepherd's single-handed quest to re-forest a desolate valley in the foothills of the French Alps throughout the first half of the 20th century.

Directed by Frédéric Back

Wolf Pack(1974)


This nature film closely observes wolves through late winter into early spring. Wolf Pack shows this creature’s character, behaviour and life cycle. What emerges is a portrait of the wolf as a disciplined hunter, respected leader and committed parent.

Hitman Hart - Wrestling With Shadows(1998)

1h 33min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 20 votes)

This documentary follows superstar Bret Hart during his last year in the WWF. The film documents the tensions that resulted in The Montreal Screwjob, one of the most controversial events in the history of professional wrestling, in which Vince McMahon, Shawn Micheals, and others, legitimately conspired behind the scenes to go against the script and remove Bret Hart as champion.


1h 47min | Comedy, Drama
3.5/5 (with 51 votes)

The story of an imaginative boy who pretends he is the child of a sperm-laden Sicilian tomato upon which his mother accidentally fell.

The Last Trapper(2004)

3.4/5 (with 37 votes)

Norman is not just an admirer of nature, he's a part of it. He survives the harshness of the climate and the wildlife by coexisting with it. With his wife Nebraska, they live almost entirely off the land, making money by selling their furs.

Directed by Nicolas Vanier - With Norman Winther

I've Heard the Mermaids Singing(1987)

| 1h 21min | Comedy, Drama
2.8/5 (with 16 votes)

Awkward, shy and delightfully funny, Polly Vandersma is an "organizationally impaired" temporary assistant who finally gets her first permanent job at the age of 31. While she works for the curator of an art gallery, Polly narrates her own story, sharing the comical and bittersweet pretensions of the art world. At the same time, she reveals a special part of her own private world, taking the viewer to enchanted places in this quiet assault on the notion of authority everywhere.

Directed by Patricia Rozema - With Sheila McCarthy, Paule Baillargeon

The Forbidden Room(2015)

2.9/5 (with 40 votes)

A submarine crew, a feared pack of forest bandits, a famous surgeon, and a battalion of child soldiers all get more than they bargained for as they wend their way toward progressive ideas on life and love.

Reel Injun(2010)

1h 26min | Documentary, Western
3.5/5 (with 14 votes)

The evolution of the depiction of Native Americans in film, from the silent era until today, featuring clips from hundreds of movies and candid interviews with famous directors, writers and actors, Native and non-Native: how their image on the screen transforms the way to understand their history and culture.


3.8/5 (with 44 votes)

In this Oscar-winning short film, Norman McLaren employs the principles normally used to put drawings or puppets into motion to animate live actors. The story is a parable about two people who come to blows over the possession of a flower.

Directed by Norman McLaren

My Brand New Life(2004)

23min per episode | Reality-TV, Documentary

My Brand New is a Canadien television series that premiered on YTV on July 4, 2004. The series brings together kids from different backgrounds and experiences and invites them to switch lives.

The Boys of St. Vincent: 15 Years Later(1992)

1h 30min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 7 votes)

Fifteen years after the events of The Boys of St. Vincent took place, the various boys involved are brought in to testify against the brothers, now finally standing trial, who assaulted them when they were children.

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Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media(1992)

2h 47min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 38 votes)

A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda.

Directed by Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick - With Noam Chomsky, Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick, Frits Bolkestein

Animal Behaviour(2018)

14min | Comedy, Animation
3.2/5 (with 39 votes)

Five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist. The group includes Lorraine, a leech who suffers from separation anxiety; Cheryl, a praying mantis who can’t seem to keep a man; Todd, a pig with an eating disorder; Jeffrey, a bird with guilt issues; and Linda, an obsessive-compulsive cat.

Directed by Alison Snowden

Begone Dull Care(1949)

3.4/5 (with 26 votes)

Begone Dull Care shines with his masterful use of scratching and painting on film stock. In Begone Dull Care, McLaren adds complexity to Lye’s compositions, emphasising sound/visual synchronisation and generating depth on his mobile canvas. The film gives warmth and movement to compositions resembling a constantly morphing Jackson Pollock painting, yet never fails to remind us of its very calculated aesthetics when it suddenly adapts to the score’s slower movements and shifts from expressionistic and oversaturated explosions to minimalist vertical lines that vibrate accordingly to Oscar Peterson’s piano.


These films brings to life the power, spirit and mystery of the leaders of First Nations, and separates the myths from the men and battles.

Blinkity Blank(1955)

3.2/5 (with 22 votes)

A playful exercise in intermittent animation and spasmodic imagery. Playing with the laws relating to persistence of vision and after-image on the retina of the eye, McLaren engraves pictures on blank film creating vivid, percussive effects.

Directed by Norman McLaren

Madame Tutli-Putli(2007)

3.5/5 (with 30 votes)

Madame Tutli-Putli boards the Night Train, weighed down with all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past. She travels alone, facing both the kindness and menace of strangers. As day descends into dark, she finds herself caught up in a desperate metaphysical adventure.

Directed by Clyde Henry Productions, Maciek Szczerbowski

Blind Vaysha(2016)

8min | Animation
3.6/5 (with 28 votes)

From the moment she was born, Vaysha was a very special girl. With her left eye she can only see into the past, and with her right she can only see the future. The past is familiar and safe, the future is sinister and threatening. The present is a blind spot. In captivating parabolic imagery, the award-winning animation artist Theodore Ushev illustrates the world through Vaysha’s eyes.

Directed by Theodore Ushev

The Physics of Sorrow(2019)

27min | Animation
3.4/5 (with 2 votes)

Tracks an unknown man’s life as he sifts through memories of his youth in Bulgaria through to his increasingly rootless and melancholic adulthood in Canada.

Directed by Theodore Ushev


3.5/5 (with 24 votes)

Centring around Canadian animator Ryan Larkin. Who in later years lived on skid row in Montreal following a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

Directed by Chris Landreth

Strange Invaders(2001)

2.8/5 (with 6 votes)

Roger and Doris are a childless couple who get more than they bargained for when a strange child appears at their door one day.

Directed by Cordell Barker

Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography(1981)

1h 9min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 4 votes)

Documentary about the pornography industry and the apparent violent anti-woman slant much of it takes.

Directed by Bonnie Sherr Klein

The Chocolate Farmer(2011)

1h 10min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

For ancient Mayans, cocoa was as good as gold. For subsistence farmer Eladio Pop, his cocoa crops are the only riches he has to support his wife and 15 children. As he wields his machete with ease, slicing a path to his cocoa trees, the small jungle plot he cultivates in southern Belize remains pristine and wild. His dreams for his children to inherit the land and the traditions of their Mayan ancestors present a familiar challenge. The kids feel their father's philosophies don't fit into a global economy, so they're charting their own course. Rohan Fernando's direction tenderly displays a generational shift, causalities of progress in modern times and a man valiantly protecting an endangered culture. Breathtaking vistas of lush rainforests contrast with the urban dystopia that pulled Pop’s children away from him. Will one child return to carry on a waning way of life.

The Cat Came Back(1988)

3.5/5 (with 29 votes)

A pesky yellow cat becomes the bane of Mr. Johnson's life as it constantly outsmarts his increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of it.

Directed by Cordell Barker - With Richard Condie

RiP!: A Remix Manifesto(2008)

1h 26min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 11 votes)

RiP!: A Remix Manifesto is a 2008 open source documentary film about the "the changing concept of copyright" directed by Brett Gaylor.

Directed by Brett Gaylor - With Girl Talk, Lawrence Lessig, Cory Doctorow, Gilberto Gil

My Prairie Home(2013)

1h 16min | Documentary, Music
3.9/5 (with 3 votes)

A true Canadian iconoclast, acclaimed transgender country/electro-pop artist Rae Spoon revisits the stretches of rural Alberta that once constituted “home” and confronts memories of growing up queer in an abusive, evangelical household.

Directed by Chelsea McMullan - With Rae Spoon

The Danish Poet(2006)

3.6/5 (with 20 votes)

A woman ponders over the strange coincidences that made her forefathers and -mothers meet and create the premises for her becoming the person that she is.

Directed by Torill Kove

The Forbidden Reel(2020)

2h 1min | Documentary, History
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

According to the official history of Afghanistan, ruthless destruction has always prevailed over art and creation; but there is another tale to be told, the forgotten account of a diverse and progressive country, seen through the lens of innovative filmmakers, a story that survives thanks to a few brave Afghans, a small but very passionate group that secretly fought to save a huge film archive that was constantly menaced by war and religious fanaticism.

Directed by Ariel Nasr

Margaret's Museum(1995)

1h 54min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 5 votes)

In a town where half the men die down the coalpit, Margaret MacNeil is quite happy being single in her small Cape Breton island town. Until she meets Neil Currie, a charming and sincere bagpipe-playing, Gaelic-speaking dishwasher. But no matter what you do, you can't avoid the spectre of the pit forever.

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