In Remembrance Films from the National Film Board
Join us in the Saskatchewan Theatre as we share short films about Canada’s role during wartime.
Canada in World War One, 1962 | 16 min
Canada’s role in the Allied Forces during the conflict is explored in this film, showing the brutal realities of trench warfare experienced by Canadian troops. These years of enemy bombings and shooting, left some 60, 000 soldiers dead.
Front Lines – The Trenches, 2008 | 9 min
This short documentary made in 2008 looks at life in the trenches in the First World War. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 2008, 90 years will have passed since the signing of the Armistice ending the Great War in Europe. More than 600,000 men and women crossed the Atlantic with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and more than 60,000 of them never returned. Front Lines features veterans’ letters to their families and images from the NFB archives, the Canadian War Museum and Library and Archives Canada.
Women are Warriors, Jane Marsh, 1942 | 16 min
This short film from WWII focuses on the increasingly important roles women occupy on the various war fronts. In England, their more active jobs include ferrying planes from factory to airfield and operating anti-aircraft guns. In Russia, they are fighting on the front lines as well as acting as parachute nurses, army doctors and technicians. In Canada women have joined active service auxiliaries, and thousands labour day and night in factories turning out the tools of war. From the Canada Carries On series.
Wartime Housing, Graham McInnes, 1943 | 17 min
This short documentary looks at the rapid industrial expansion that took place during WWII and the need for more decent housing. Workers flooding into urban centres and outlying areas were accommodated with small pre-fabricated homes that could be constructed quickly and efficiently.
Story of Wartime Controls, 1942 | 1 min
In Canada, a democracy at war, civilian needs must be reduced. There’s less to buy, more to spend. Prices go up. To prevent inflation, a price ceiling is fixed and rationing introduced. Money is needed to win the war. The motto: lend your savings to Canada.
Forgotten Warriors, Loretta Todd, 1997 | 51 min
This documentary introduces us to thousands of Indigenous Canadians who enlisted and fought alongside their countrymen and women during World War II, even though they could not be conscripted. Ironically, while they fought for the freedom of others, they were being denied equality in their own country and returned home to find their land seized. Loretta Todd’s poignant film offers forth the testimony of those who were there, and how they managed to heal.
Enemy Aliens, Jeanette Lerman, 1975 | 26 min
This documentary tells the story of the frustration and injustice experienced by Japanese Canadians, who fought long and hard to be accepted as Canadians.
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