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Thematic Educational Playlists
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Thematic Educational Playlists

Bevel Up: Opening (Ch. 1)

In the film’s opening chapter, the nurses pack their bags and head to the streets. Their interactions demonstrate the complexities ...

Bevel Up: Wheels & Barry (Ch. 2)

Chapter 2 examines the challenges outreach nurses face when they take health care to the city’s streets, parks, alleys, and ...

Bevel Up: Linda (Ch. 3)

Chapter 3 demonstrates communication skills and how to negotiate with people who are using drugs. View the complete 45-minute documentary ...

Bevel Up: Becky & Liz (Ch. 4)

In Chapter 4, the street nurses confront a practice challenge and a difficult ethical question; they attempt to bring health ...

Indigenous Languages

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019) —“in ...

Tales of the Dundee Wetlands

This summer, discover eight short films that celebrate the ecological riches of Quebec’s Lake Saint-François National Wildlife Area. Taken from ...

Naomi Klein's Selection o Films About the Environment

The NFB has a long tradition of producing documentaries that investigate the complex relationship between the economy and our deteriorating ...

Our Food Systems - Are You Hungry for Change?

A Virtual Classroom with David Suzuki and friends, co-hosted by the NFB, DSF and Humber College The National Film Board ...

Tapped Out: Our Right to Safe and Healthy Water

Speak up for your right to a healthy environment! The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the David Suzuki ...

Unikkausivut - Sharing our Stories

The Inuit have a long and vibrant tradition of passing tales and legends down from one generation to the next ...

Tribute to Alanis Obomsawin

Alanis Obomsawin is a filmmaking legend. In honour of her long and colourful career, we've put together a playlist of ...

How Funny Is That?

Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids brings Canada’s fascinating past alive for readers between the ages of 8 and 13, ...

War and Peace

NFB films encompass a wide variety of war topics studied in both elementary and high schools. War is an important ...

Makers and Creators

NFB Education has come up with a rich playlist of documentaries and animated films to mark Media Literacy Week, which ...

Understanding Mental Health in Youth and Adults

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, it is estimated that 10% to 20% of Canadian youth are affected by ...

Study Guides on Films

The Van Doos in Afghanistan

Harry Jerome: The Fastest Man on Earth

Island Green

Status Quo: The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada

We Were Children

The Basketball Game

Hi-Ho Mistahey

Big Mouth

Last Chance

Little Big Girls

Inquiry-Based Lessons on Films

5 Films That Explore our Relationship with School

Got the back-to-school blues? Here are 5 films that explore our relationship to, and our feelings about, school. Hope they help!

Learning Beyond the Classroom

While a formal education is essential, we've put together a collection of 4 films that exemplify supplementary learning outside of an academic structure.

Mini-Lesson for Molly in Springtime

Enjoy a mini-lesson on Molly in Springtime! In this post, teachers will find several activities, questions, and topics designed to help them lead in-class discussions with students aged 9-12!

5 Short Films to Use in the ESL Classroom

There are so many ways to include short films in the language classroom. Here are five NFB films that are great tools for learning ESL.

Supreme Law | Engage Students with an Interactive Website on Canada’s Constitution

Supreme Law uses humour and videos animated by YouTube stars to help students explore contradictory viewpoints on the 1982 repatriation of the Constitution.

Explore All 10 Bevel Up Educational Playlists

In addition to the original 45-minute Bevel Up documentary, discover 10 Educational Playlists and a Teacher’s Guide for over 4 hours of additional content.

Mini-Lesson: In the Shadow of Gold Mountain

Enjoy a mini-lesson on In the Shadow of Gold Mountain! In this post, teachers will find several activities, questions, and topics designed to help them lead in-class discussions with students aged 15-18!

What Is Democracy?

Explore how to bring the film What Is Democracy? by Astra Taylor to life in the classroom. Discover ideas for pre-screening activities and find clips that will work for your particular classroom needs.

Learn About the Japanese Internment Through Augmented Reality

Discover East of the Rockies, a new augmented-reality narrative written by Japanese-Canadian author Joy Kogawa.

Mini-Lesson for Status Quo: The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada

Enjoy a mini-lesson on Status Quo?! In this post, teachers will find several activities, questions, and topics designed to help them lead in-class discussions with students aged 15-18!

The Beauty of Transgender Lived Experiences

There are various ways that the film Beauty can be employed in discussions about transgender diversity in the classroom. Below is a list of topics to explore with students.

Mini-Lesson for I Like Girls

Enjoy a mini-lesson on I Like Girls! In this post, teachers will find several activities, questions, and topics designed to help them lead in-class discussions with students aged 13+!

Mini-Lesson for Unarmed Verses

Enjoy a mini-lesson on Unarmed Verses! In this post, teachers will find several activities, questions, and topics designed to help them lead in-class discussions with students aged 13-18!

The Devil's Share: Reflecting on the Social Issues of Quebec in the '60s and 70s

Discover The Devil’s Share, Luc Bourdon's new documentary that reflects on the revolts and social issues in Québec in the '60s and '70s.

How to Organize a Debate around a Film

Films are wonderful civic education tools. Introduce your students to the art of debate with NFB Films.

Indigenous Youth: Changing the Way We Think

Learn about the impact and effects of the historic James Bay Treaty and how Indigenous youth are challenging many of its outcomes.

Study WWI with Apocalypse 10 Lives

Discover Apocalypse 10 Lives, an interactive digital story introducing World War I to students via gamification and inquiry-based learning.

Addressing Children's Rights with your Students

The NFB’s Rights from the Heart animated film series invites us to learn about children’s rights through its unique stories.

Soup of the Day: Learning Tolerance

Show students how tolerance can inspire positive changes and how the right attitude can transform embarrassing situations into constructive life lessons.

Shameless Propaganda: Teaching Nationhood and National Identity

Discover the NFB's WWII-era propaganda effort, and get ideas for teaching about Canadian identity and nationhood to secondary students.

Inuit Culture, Living History

Ensure your students have a good grasp of intercultural studies by using the world’s largest inuit films collection and its study guide.

Digital Literacy: A Crash Course in Privacy Protection

Invite your students to explore the concepts of digital privacy and the digital economy while reflecting on their own digital literacy.

How to Grow Cacao Trees

Elisha and the Cacao Trees introduces us to 13-year-old Elisha, who learns the secrets of the culture of cacao while seeking to realize her dreams.

Teaching the Politics of Public Space through Skateboarding

Educators: get great ideas on how to teach students about user experience and public space through the fun and fascinating history of skateboarding.

Exploring Mental Health in the Classroom

Discover mental health resources offered by the NFB that can facilitate discussion with students and enhance your own professional and personal development.

Rose's Notebook: Explore WWI

Rose’s Notebook is a pedagogical resource to explore First World War’s events and archives in a historical thinking perspective.

10 Study Guides for High School Teachers

Discover a selection of study guides designed to get high school students talking and thinking critically about NFB films and the topics they explore.

The Faith Project: Teaching Religious Diversity

Help students look past headlines and explore the hidden beauty of Canada’s religious diversity with the interactive documentary The Faith Project.

Teaching Global Connections with Highrise & Universe Within

Teachers can use Universe Within to enhance pedagogy for both group and independent study for social studies in the classroom.

A Better Man: Teaching Healthy Relationships

Steph Guthrie is the Impact Producer for A Better Man. She co-directed the film’s interactive companion, It Was Me, which won the inaugural Golden Sheaf Award for Digital Media at the 2018 Yorkton Film Festival.

Ocean School - An Underwater Classroom

Ocean School invites young people on a journey of discovery that makes learning fun through projects that foster the importance of better understanding the ocean.

Hedgehog's Home - Mini Lesson

Enjoy a mini-lesson on Hedgehog's Home! In this post, teachers will find several activities, questions, and topics designed to help them lead in-class discussions with students aged 5-10!

Identity Politics, the Digital Age, and The Amina Profile

The Amina Profile is a rich resource for educators focusing on the intersecting topics of identity politics, global geopolitics, and relationships in the age of social and digital media.

A Sea Turtle Story - Mini Lesson

Enjoy a mini-lesson on A Sea Turtle's Story! In this post, teachers will find several activities, questions, and topics designed to help them lead in-class discussions with students aged 7-11!

Films for the Classroom

This Is Who I Am

A young First Nations woman struggles with her identity in the big city. After a series of events, she realizes she can still be Anishinaabe, and in fact, ...

Three Thousand

In this short film, Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe—14 minutes of luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the present, past and future of her ...

To Fall Among the Cattails

What was worse for a Dundee ‘rag & bone man’? Being chomped by a snapping turtle or witnessing his beloved homestead falling to ‘rack and ruin.’

Grace, Milly, Lucy... Child Soldiers

This feature documentary exposes the little-known tragedy of girl soldiers in Uganda. How can they learn to live normal lives again after being abducted and trained to become ...

Gun Runners

When it comes to world-class marathon runners, Kenyans are considered the cream of the crop. Particularly those from Kenya’s Rift Valley. These athletes have won marathons in London, ...

A Time to Swim

In the suburbs of Montreal, Mutang Urud is a family man. But in Malaysia, he was a voice of resistance for the indigenous peoples of Sarawak. A Time ...

Act of Dishonour

Set in the northern region of Afghanistan, this feature drama tells the story of a young bride-to-be who strays from local customs after befriending an Afghan-Canadian translator. Part ...

After the Montreal Massacre

December 6, 1989. Sylvie Gagnon was attending her last day of classes at the University of Montreal's École Polytechnique, when Marc Lépine entered the building. Separating the women ...

Any Time Is Story Time

An engaging storyteller introduces us to the Marquez family, whose story is revealed through wonderful animated illustrations. The parents are at first reluctant to read to their son ...

Arctic Defenders

Set in the dramatic and alluring landscape of the north, Arctic Defenders tells the remarkable story that began in1968 with a radical Inuit movement that changed the political ...

Pink Ribbons Inc.

Pink Ribbons, Inc. is a feature documentary that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a "dream cause," has been hijacked by ...

Theater of Life

Theater of Life captures the remarkable story of how renowned chef Massimo Bottura, joined by 60 of the world’s top chefs, transformed food destined for the dumpster into ...

They Think I'm Chinese

Thousands of girls who were in the first wave of Chinese children to be adopted in Québec in the 1990s have reached adolescence. The filmmaker focused her lens ...

Seth's Dominion

This short documentary, part animation and part live action, is a portrait of Canadian cartoonist Seth, best known for his Palookaville comic books. Throughout his works, Seth transforms ...

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Educational Mini-Lessons

Mini-Lesson for Hedgehog’s Home

Enjoy a mini-lesson on Hedgehog's Home! In this post, teachers will find several activities, questions, and topics designed to help them lead in-class discussions with students aged 5-10!

Mini-Lesson for A Sea Turtle’s Story

Enjoy a mini-lesson on A Sea Turtle's Story! In this post, teachers will find several activities, questions, and topics designed to help them lead in-class discussions with students aged 7-11!

5 Films That Explore our Relationship with School

Got the back-to-school blues? Here are 5 films that explore our relationship to, and our feelings about, school. Hope they help!

Learning Beyond the Classroom

While a formal education is essential, we've put together a collection of 4 films that exemplify supplementary learning outside of an academic structure.

Mini-Lesson for Molly in Springtime

Enjoy a mini-lesson on Molly in Springtime! In this post, teachers will find several activities, questions, and topics designed to help them lead in-class discussions with students aged 9-12!

5 Short Films to Use in the ESL Classroom

There are so many ways to include short films in the language classroom. Here are five NFB films that are great tools for learning ESL.

Supreme Law | Engage Students with an Interactive Website on Canada’s Constitution

Supreme Law uses humour and videos animated by YouTube stars to help students explore contradictory viewpoints on the 1982 repatriation of the Constitution.

Explore All 10 Bevel Up Educational Playlists

In addition to the original 45-minute Bevel Up documentary, discover 10 Educational Playlists and a Teacher’s Guide for over 4 hours of additional content.

Mini-Lesson: In the Shadow of Gold Mountain

Enjoy a mini-lesson on In the Shadow of Gold Mountain! In this post, teachers will find several activities, questions, and topics designed to help them lead in-class discussions with students aged 15-18!

Bevel Up: Opening (Ch. 1)

In the film’s opening chapter, the nurses pack their bags and head to the streets. Their interactions demonstrate the complexities ...

Bevel Up: Wheels & Barry (Ch. 2)

Chapter 2 examines the challenges outreach nurses face when they take health care to the city’s streets, parks, alleys, and ...

Bevel Up: Linda (Ch. 3)

Chapter 3 demonstrates communication skills and how to negotiate with people who are using drugs. View the complete 45-minute documentary ...

Bevel Up: Becky & Liz (Ch. 4)

In Chapter 4, the street nurses confront a practice challenge and a difficult ethical question; they attempt to bring health ...

Indigenous Languages

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019) —“in ...

What Is Democracy?

Explore how to bring the film What Is Democracy? by Astra Taylor to life in the classroom. Discover ideas for pre-screening activities and find clips that will work for your particular classroom needs.

Learn About the Japanese Internment Through Augmented Reality

Discover East of the Rockies, a new augmented-reality narrative written by Japanese-Canadian author Joy Kogawa.

Mini-Lesson for Status Quo: The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada

Enjoy a mini-lesson on Status Quo?! In this post, teachers will find several activities, questions, and topics designed to help them lead in-class discussions with students aged 15-18!

The Beauty of Transgender Lived Experiences

There are various ways that the film Beauty can be employed in discussions about transgender diversity in the classroom. Below is a list of topics to explore with students.

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