Friday, November 13, 2009

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB)is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.
From their site:

To help mark the occasion, we’ve opened our vaults and put over 700 full-length films, trailers and clips online, free for personal use and on a subscription basis for schools and institutions.

Our collection includes animation, documentaries, experimental films and alternative dramas. We showcase films that take a stand on issues of global importance that matter to Canadians – stories about the environment, human rights, international conflict, the arts and more. Works that push the boundaries, give a voice to the underrepresented, and build bridges between cultures.

I was very happy to find this gem amongst the films that are being generously offered for free personal use -- Shira Avni's 2004 short, John and Michael, a wonderful and deeply moving piece of art. The animation, painstakingly created with clay on glass plates, is truly magical. Take the time to watch this one.


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