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Scared Sacred
November 3, 2010 Edition

This week, we’ve got:

The Sweetest Embrace: Return to Afghanistan, a documentary about two Afghan-Canadians who return to their native land
Our Web writer’s impressions of the Ontario leg of the NFB Tour, on the blog
The film Tying Your Own Shoes wins prestigious Japan Prize

Read on for more details!


Watch The Sweetest Embrace: Return to Afghanistan, on

Soorgul and Amir were two Afghan children sent to Tajikistan during the Soviet occupation. They ended up as refugees in Canada. This intimate documentary follows them 16 years later, as they return home in search of their families.

This week we’re also featuring The Ride, a slapstick comedy; Juggernaut, a story of a 70-ton Canadian-made atomic reactor as it makes its way through India; Oma’s Quilt, a touching animated tale for children; and Front Lines – The Trenches, a short film of life for soldiers in the trenches during the First World War.

Get a sneak peek at what’s coming up on our upcoming releases page.

This week’s featured comment

“I've been walking up and down Mount Royal for a long time. Each walk starts with a different mood, but soon they all focus in on one recurring daydream. How Frederic Law Olmsted must have felt while surveying and scaping this park… What an extraordinary way to contribute to metro-evolution. The heart of the city IS Mount Royal!”
Sincerely, James Olmsted and family.

Experience Holy Mountain now and join in the conversation!

A contest open to teachers and other educators across Canada!

You have the chance to win a Smart Board system by simply downloading our new 2010-2011 Education DVD Guide. The contest ends November 30. Download the catalogue here.

All contest details here.
Read more about Smart Boards here.

Tying Your Own Shoes has just won the Japan Prize!

The short animated documentary is an intimate glimpse into the mindsets and emotional lives of four adult artists with Down Syndrome. An artful, four-way essay about ability, exploring how it feels to be a little bit unusual.

Find out more about the Japan Prize here.
Watch the Tying Your Own Shoes trailer.

Regent Park Film Festival

This grassroots Toronto festival is screening the first film in the Highrise project, with the filmmaker Katerina Cizek in attendance. Out My Window is an interactive documentary exploring the urban planet, told through the perspective of people who look out onto the world from highrise windows.

Visit the Highrise website for info on the film.
For more information about the Festival, visit their website.

imagineNative and the NFB seek proposals for groundbreaking digital media project

The imagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival and the NFB are looking for proposals from Canadian Aboriginal artists. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2011.

For more information, click here or read this blogpost on the blog.

What we're reading this week

Filmmaking in the Digital Age: How the Creative Landscape is Changing (via FilmSlate)
Curing queerness (via Art Threat)

On the blog

NFB Tour: On the road again
Filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming talks about how to tell someone else’s story
NFB Tour: Timmins, Ontario
NFB Tour: Windsor, Ontario
NFB Tour: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario

Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian
Canadian Museum of Civilization
100 Laurier St., Gatineau, QC
Q&A with the director after the screening
November 3 at 7:00 pm

If You Love this Planet
Plaza Theatre, 1133 Kensington Rd. NW., Calgary, AB
November 7 at 4:30 pm & November 9 at 9:15 pm

check out our now playing page for more screenings near you.

Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life

Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life

This new live-action/animated film is an adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s book, featuring the voices of Meryl Streep and Forest Whitaker. It tells the story of Jennie, who once had everything, but one night she packs her bag to realize her dream of becoming the star of the World Mother Goose Theatre.

$17.95 Buy it on DVD

Jelena’s Song

Jelena’s Song

As Jelena unearths a rich family history, memories of a childhood trauma become one thread of a complex and loving childhood. Like memory itself, the film gathers fragments of images and photos into a lyrical tapestry. The song is one that her mother wrote for her when she was a little girl in Croatia.

$17.95 Buy it on DVD

Milosevic on Trial

Milosevic on Trial

In 2002 in The Hague, there began the biggest war crimes tribunal since the Nuremberg trials. Slobodan Milosevic was charged with 66 counts, covering war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. This film follows the players as the trial unfolded. This is the only documentary to tell the true story of a trial in which a judgment was never rendered.

$17.95 Buy it on DVD

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