St. Paul Branch NFB Film Club
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) Film Club’s programming offers up a rich and varied selection of short and feature-length films. Join us for these free showings.Registration is required for all NFB Films.
Tuesdays: Screenings at 2:00 p.m. / St. Paul Branch
Tuesday, September 26
Obachan's Garden, 2001 (94 mins.)
Peeling back the layers of her grandmother's life, filmmaker Linda Ohama discovers a painful, buried past in this feature-length documentary. Asayo Murakami, 103 years old, recalls life in Japan, her arrival in Canada as a "picture bride," her determination to marry a man of her choice, the bombing of Hiroshima and the forced relocation of her family during WWII. Beautifully rendered dramatic sequences are merged with an exquisite collection of memories, feelings, images and voices. Culminating in an emotional reunion with a long-lost daughter, this film is a personal reflection of Japanese-Canadian history and a testament to one woman's endurance and spirit.
Tuesday, October 31
Theater of Life, 2016 (94 mins.)
Theater of Life captures the remarkable story of how renowned chef Massimo Bottura, joined by 60 of the world’s top chefs, transformed food destined for the dumpster into delicious and nutritious meals for Italy’s hungriest residents—refugees, recovering addicts, former sex workers, and other disadvantaged people. A visual feast in itself, the film puts a human face on its powerful message of social justice and the environmental impact of food waste.
Tuesday, November 28
John McCrae's War: In Flanders Fields, 2001 and Frontlines, 2008 (Total running time: 94 mins.)
This feature documentary profiles poet John McCrae, from his childhood in Ontario to his years in medicine at McGill University and the WWI battlefields of Belgium, where he cared for wounded soldiers. Generations of schoolchildren have recited McCrae’s iconic poem “In Flanders Fields,” but McCrae and Alexis Helmer—the young man whose death inspired the poem—have faded from memory. This film seeks to revive their stories through a vivid portrait of a great man in Canadian history.
Frontlines, is a tribute to the combatants in the First World War, this film traces the conflict through the war diary and private letters of five Canadian soldiers and a nurse. Hearing them, the listener detects between the lines an unspoken horror censored by war and propriety. The film mingles war footage, historical photos and readings of excerpts from the diary and letters. The directorial talent of Claude Guilmain breathes life into these 90-year-old documents and accompanying archival images so that we experience the human face and heart of the conflict.
Tuesday, December 12
The Road Forward, 2017 (101 mins.)
A musical documentary by Marie Clements, connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. The Road Forward’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats. A rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.
Brantford Pride Film Days
Presented in partnership with Brantford Pride.
Saturdays: Screenings at 1:00 p.m. / Main Branch
September 16 - Pride, 2015 (119 mins.)
November 18 - Three Generations, 2015 (95 mins.)
Legendary Animators of the National Film Board of Canada
Join Sandra Annett (Film Studies, Laurier University) for film clips and discussion about such internationally renowned and recognized artists as Richard Condie, Caroline Leaf, and Norman McLaren.
Saturday, October 28 / 2:00 p.m. / Main Branch