To keep alive the memory of the 400th anniversary of Québec City - The NFB is offering a precious audiovisual legacy to all Canadians and the educational system across Canada: a remarkable box set of films on the history of Québec City



    MONTREAL, Jan. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - As an audiovisual legacy of the 400th
anniversary of Québec City, the National Film Board of Canada is offering a
remarkable three-DVD box set containing nine NFB films on the history of this
unique city to be distributed for free in over 26,000 schools and public
libraries across Canada. Canadians everywhere will also be able to continue
this exciting historical journey by visiting the content-rich Web site
nfb.ca/tribute-quebec. The box set and the site will be available at the end
of January.
    "With this tribute to the 400th anniversary of Québec City, the National
Film Board of Canada makes its presence felt at an important point in our
history and invites all Canadians to celebrate the country's rich cultural
heritage by rediscovering the history of Québec City. At a time when young
people have access to so much information and entertainment, the NFB has
brought together an outstanding selection of historical films - works that are
sure to grab their attention with a fresh look at the past, made possible
through the unique creative resources of the NFB," said Tom Perlmutter,
Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of
Canada.

    A remarkable tribute box set

    This three-DVD box set highlights the history of Québec City in nine
short and feature-length films selected from the NFB's rich collection from
the 1950s to 2008. The first DVD includes Carnaval de Québec/Carnival in
Quebec (1956) by Jean Palardy and Le cocher/The Calèche Driver (1953) by
Raymond Garceau, the animated short En quête d'un pays/Dreams of a Land (1989
and 1987) by Robert Doucet, Mon parc, mes Plaines/My Park, My Plains (2008) by
Carole Laganière and Infiniment Québec/Forever Quebec (2008) by Jean-Claude
Labrecque, while the second DVD contains Le sort de l'Amérique/The Fate of
America (1996) by Jacques Godbout and Québec 1603 - Samuel de Champlain/Samuel
de Champlain - Québec 1603 (1964) by Denys Arcand, and the third DVD features
Folle de Dieu/Madwoman of God (2008) by Jean-Daniel Lafond along with Mémoire
en fête/Walls of Memory (1964) by Léonard Forest.
    The box set also includes a teacher's guide for classroom use with
elementary and high school students.

    The NFB, a key partner of the educational sector

    This remarkable box set will be distributed for free in over 26,000
schools and public libraries across Canada at the end of January. Elementary
and high school teachers and students will be able to appreciate the beauty of
the films while benefiting from the bilingual teacher's guide that suggests
activities and learning objectives for the different school levels and
curricula across Canada. Not only does the guide take Canadian cultural,
geographic and linguistic differences into account, but it also includes
additional resources and helpful links.

    A Web site for all Canadians

    Online at the end of January, the Web site nfb.ca/tribute-quebec offers
the Canadian public seven films that can be viewed in full, for free, online:
all the works in the box set except Infiniment Québec/Forever Quebec and Folle
de Dieu/Madwoman of God. Each film is accompanied by a questionnaire specially
designed for students that can be downloaded in PDF format along with the
answer sheet. The teacher's guide from the box set can also be downloaded from
the site.

    About the NFB

    Canada's public film producer and distributor, the National Film Board of
Canada (NFB) produces and distributes bold and distinctive social issue
documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and innovative digital
content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. In
collaboration with its international partners and co-producers, the NFB is
expanding the vocabulary of 21st century cinema and breaking new ground in
form and content, through innovative community filmmaking projects,
cross-platform media, interactive cinema, stereoscopic animation - and more.
In its new Strategic Plan, the NFB is focused on creative leadership and
programming excellence, wide accessibility and democratic engagement,
organizational renewal and a new digital strategy. Since the NFB's founding in
1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards,
including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. For more information about the
NFB, go to www.nfb.ca.

    High-resolution images are downloadable at www.nfb.ca/photogallery




For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Mair, NFB Publicist, (416) 954-2045,
j.mair@nfb.ca; Source: National Film Board of Canada

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