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  • National Film Board of Canada logo on pink and purple field

    Saturday Jul 06, 2024 at 2:00pm
    90 minutes

    Did you know that July is Disability Month? Take a seat to enjoy these short films on how art and disability intersect!

    Courtesy of the National Film Board.

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    How Does It Feel is a meditation on performance, self-expression, (dis)ability, and the power of art. At age 58, Kazumi has decided to use his singing voice to channel his cerebral palsy (CP). As Kazumi draws from his exuberant, poignant and painful experiences, performer and teacher Fides Krucker guides him to embrace his inner artist. Kazumi's one-man show features songs like Smokey Robinson's "Tracks of my Tears" which take on new and unexpected meaning in this moving account of transformation through the power of song.

    2011. 34 minutes.

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    “We’re beautiful, the whole gang. We’re special,” says Jean of the 15-odd employees at The Artisan—a workshop employing people with intellectual disabilities. Jean is the self-described “handyman and best-looking” member of the group. A moving celebration of difference, The Artisans captures daily life at an organization where the workers are as courageous as they are colourful.

    2018. 51 minutes.

  • National Film Board of Canada logo on pink and purple field

    Saturday Jul 20, 2024 at 2:00pm
    75 minutes

    Art and activism are the starting point for a funny and intimate portrait of five surprising individuals with diverse disabilities. Packed with humour and raw energy, this film follows the gang of five from B.C. to Nova Scotia as they create and present their own images of their disabilities.

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    Ce long métrage documentaire sur l’art, le militantisme et les personnes vivant avec un handicap propose un portrait à la fois intime et amusant de cinq artistes étonnants, y compris la réalisatrice Bonnie Sherr Klein. Avec un humoriste, une poétesse, un danseur et un sculpteur, Klein se rend dans diverses provinces canadiennes et aux États-Unis afin de créer des autoportraits aux multiples facettes. Un regard tendre et humoristique sur la passion de l’art et la vie avec un handicap, ses complications et ses richesses inattendues.

    2006. 1 h 11 min. Courtesy of the National Film Board. Gracieuseté de l'Office national du film.

  • National Film Board of Canada logo on pink and purple field

    Saturday Aug 17, 2024 at 2:00pm
    90 minutes

    In community archives across British Columbia, local knowledge keepers are hand-fashioning a more inclusive history. Through a collage of personal interviews, archival footage and deeply rooted memories, the past, present and future come together, fighting for a space where everyone is seen and everyone belongs. History is what we all make of it.

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    Dans les communautés de la Colombie-Britannique, des gardiennes et gardiens du savoir s’appuient sur les archives pour façonner une histoire plus inclusive à l’échelle locale. Grâce à un collage composé d’entrevues personnelles, de plans d’archives et de souvenirs profondément enracinés, le passé, le présent et l’avenir se fondent pour faire émerger un espace où tout le monde est visible et où tout le monde a sa place. Car l’histoire devient ce que, ensemble, nous en faisons.

    1 h 24 minutes. Courtesy of the National Film Board. Gracieuseté de l'Office national du film.

  • poster for La Passion de Dodin Bouffant (The Taste of Things)

    Tuesday Jun 25, 2024 at 6:00pm
    150 minutes

    Join us for a free screening of La Passion de Dodin Bouffant (The Taste of Things) as part of our Passionate For Craftin' It theme in June, wherein people get realllllllllly dedicated to their craft. The film was directed by Tran Anh Hung and was released in 2023. The screening will take place in our auditorium, starts at 6:00PM and is free to attend.

    Note: The film is intended for a mature audience. 134 minutes. In French with English subtitles.

  • Tuesday Jun 25, 2024 at 6:30pm
    90 minutes

    Inconvenient Indian dives deep into the brilliant mind of Thomas King, Indigenous intellectual, master storyteller, and author of the bestselling book The Inconvenient Indian, to shatter the misconception that history is anything more than stories we tell about the past.

    Unpacking hundreds of years of history, Inconvenient Indian creatively frames Thomas King’s critical journey back through the colonial narratives of North America with Coyote as our cabdriver. “Stories are all we are,” King tells us as he eloquently exposes the falsehoods of white supremacy and deftly punctures myths of Indigenous erasure to lay bare what has been extracted from the land, culture and peoples of Turtle Island.

    In this time of momentous change and essential re-examination, Inconvenient Indian is a powerful visual poem anchored in the land and amplified by the voices of those who continue the tradition of Indigenous resistance, such as Christi Belcourt, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Nyla Innuksuk, A Tribe Called Red, Skawennati, Jason Edward Lewis, Carman Tozer, Steven Lonsdale and Kent Monkman. Their words and actions subvert the “inconvenience” of their existence, creating an essential new narrative and a possible path forward for us all.

    Inconvenient Indian is a crucial part of the conversation between Indigenous peoples and those of us who have settled, uninvited, on these lands.

    2020 | 90 min. English, Inuktitut, Cree and Anishinaabemowin with English subtitles. Brought to you by the National Film Board.

  • Wednesday Jun 26, 2024 at 2:30pm
    90 minutes

    Dr. Jules Arita Koostachin’s deeply personal documentary WaaPaKe (Tomorrow) asks the difficult question: “Who are we without our pain?”

    For generations, the suffering of residential school Survivors has radiated outward, impacting Indigenous families and communities. Children, parents and grandparents have contended with the unspoken trauma, manifested in the lingering effects of colonialism: addiction, emotional abuse and broken relationships.

    In her efforts to help the children of Survivors, including herself and her family, Koostachin makes the difficult decision to step in front of the camera and participate in the circle of truth. She is joined in this courageous act of solidarity by members of her immediate family, as well as an array of voices from Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. Moving beyond burying intergenerational trauma, WaaPaKe (Tomorrow) is an invitation to unravel the tangled threads of silence and unite in collective freedom and power.

    Dr Jules Arita Koostachin
    2023 | 80 min | Documentary | Original English version, Cree and French subtitles

  • Wednesdays, Jun 26, 2024 - Jul 31, 2024
    6:00pm
    150 minutes

    5 sessions remaining

    Join us in the auditorium every Wednesday for a free Wes Anderson film at 6 pm. 

    May 8 - Bottle Rocket (1996)

    Three friends plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run. | R, 91min

    May 15 - Rushmore (1998)

    A teenager at Rushmore Academy falls for a much older teacher and befriends a middle-aged industrialist. Later, he finds out that his love interest and his friend are having an affair, which prompts him to begin a vendetta. | R, 93min

    May 22 - The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

    The eccentric members of a dysfunctional family reluctantly gather under the same roof for various reasons. | R, 110min

    May 29 - The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

    With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, Oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son. | R, 119min

    June 12 - The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

    A year after their father's funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other. | R, 91min

    June 19 - Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

    An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation. | PG, 87min

    June 26 - Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

    Two 12-year-olds, who live on an island, fall in love with each other and elope into the wilderness. While people set out on a search mission, a violent storm approaching them catches their attention. | PG-13, 94min

    July 10 - The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

    A writer encounters the owner of an aging high-class hotel, who tells him of his early years serving as a lobby boy in the hotel's glorious years under an exceptional concierge. | R, 99min

    July 17 - Isle of Dogs (2018)

    Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog. | PG-13, 101min

    July 24 - The French Dispatch (2021)

    A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in "The French Dispatch Magazine". | R, 107min

    July 31 - Asteroid City (2023)

    Following a writer on his world famous fictional play about a grieving father who travels with his tech-obsessed family to small rural Asteroid City to compete in a junior stargazing event, only to have his world view disrupted forever. | PG-13, 105min

  • Thursday Jun 27, 2024 at 3:00pm
    60 minutes

    Miss Campbell: Inuk Teacher
    Heather Campbell | 2023 | 15 min
    Part oral history and part visual poem, Miss Campbell: Inuk Teacher is the story of Evelyn Campbell, a trailblazer for an Inuit-led educational system in the small community of Rigolet, Labrador.

    Hebron Relocation
    Holly Andersen | 2023 | 15 min
    In Hebron Relocation, Holly Andersen explores what makes a place a home as she learns more about her community’s connection to generations of displaced northern Labrador Inuit.

    Nalujuk Night
    Jennie Williams | 2021 | 13 min 7s

    Run as fast as you can, the Nalujuit are here! Filmmaker Jennie Williams brings us the story of an exhilarating and sometimes terrifying Nunatsiavut tradition in Nalujuk Night.

    Evan's Drum
    Ossie Michelin | 2021 | 14 min

    In Evan’s Drum, an adventurous young boy and his determined mother share a passion for Labrador Inuit drum dancing.

  • NIHM logo, OPL logo, NFB logo, & pictures of indigenous peoples

    Thursday Jun 27, 2024 at 6:30pm
    90 minutes

    Join us for a presentation of three short documentaries: 

    In the short documentary Heartbeat of a Nation, which celebrates Dene cultural reclamation and revitalization, a father passes on traditional knowledge to his child through the teachings of a caribou drum. Directed by Eric Janvier. 

    Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again shares the powerful story of Mary Two-Axe Earley, who fought for more than two decades to challenge sex discrimination against First Nations women embedded in Canada's Indian Act and became a key figure in Canada's women's rights movement. Directed by Courtney Montour. 

    Our Maternal Home follows a family who, tracing their origins to the Cree Nation of Waswanipi, confronts the impacts of generational and cultural disconnection, discovering a potent form of medicine: the bonds of kinship. Directed by Janine Windolph. 

    81 minutes total. Multiple languages. Ages 14+. 

    Short films brought to you by the National Film Board. 

  • poster for Black Sheep

    Wednesday Jul 03, 2024 at 6:30pm
    150 minutes

    Ottawa Bad Movie Nights and Ottawa Public Library present a screening of Black Sheep (2006).

    Please join us from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at the OPL's Main Branch Auditorium. The event will also feature other bad movie items like trailers and serials.

    The event is free to attend. In English.

    Note: This film is intended for a mature audience. Viewer discretion is advised.