Canadian Pride: Academy tribute to NFB well deserved

    OTTAWA, Oct. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Thursday, October 23, 2008, the U.S.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will highlight the exceptional
contribution made by Canada's National Film Board (NFB) to international
cinema. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is taking the
opportunity of the award ceremony to highlight for Canadians the significance
of this preeminent Canadian cultural institution.
    "If the NFB did not exist, we would have to invent it," said Paul Moist,
CUPE national president. "It is important for Canadians to understand the
extraordinary impact the NFB has had on Canadian culture. Imagine, the film
board has produced more than 12,000 films in its 65-year lifetime; earned some
5,000 international prizes for Canada and, has received more than 70 Oscar
nominations-winning 12."
    CUPE national secretary-treasurer, Claude Généreux remembers that "since
its foundation the NFB has always had its finger on the pulse of Canada's most
important social debates. Not only has the film board reflected Canadian
discourse and values at any particular time since its creation, but it
continues to act as Canada's collective memory. The award is well deserved and
throws incredible light on the artists who have made it shine."
    The tribute event will take place at the William G. McGowan theatre at
the National Archives of the United States in Washington, D.C. It was
organized in collaboration with the Charles Guggenheim Center for the
Documentary Film and the American National Archives Foundation. Sid Ganis,
president of the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences will be in attendance.

For further information:

For further information: Robert Bellerose, CUPE Communications, (514)
247-9266 (cell)

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