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National Canadian Film Day

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Celebrate Canadian Cinema on National Canadian Film Day (April 17th, 2024)!

Winnipeg film fans, rejoice! National Canadian Film Day is here, and there are exciting ways to celebrate our homegrown cinematic talent.

Catch Free Screenings in Winnipeg

All screenings are on April 17th except for Kayak to Klemtu

Documentary: Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe (6 PM, Millennium Library) – Take a heartwarming trip down memory lane with this documentary about the beloved Canadian children’s entertainer, Mr. Dressup.

Drama: Ru (6 PM, La Maison des artistes visuels francophones, 101-219 Provencher Blvd) – Follow Tinh, a young Vietnamese girl, and her family as they flee their war-torn homeland and navigate the challenges of adapting to a new life in Quebec, Canada. This film explores themes of cultural identity, trauma, and resilience.

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Sci-Fi: Night Raiders (7 PM, Dalnavert Museum, 61 Carlton St) – Immerse yourself in a dystopian future where Indigenous citizens fight for survival against a controlling regime.

Coming-of-Age: Before I Change My Mind (7 PM, Dave Barber Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St) – In 1987, new student Robin struggles to fit in at school, forming an unexpected bond with the bully while grappling with questions about their own gender identity. This coming-of-age story explores the complexities of identity and belonging.

Documentary: Kayak to Klemtu (April 18 at 1:30 PM, Acorn Family Place, 202-224 Furby Street) – Embark on a captivating journey with 14-year-old girl as she joins her family on a kayaking trip along the Great Bear Rainforest coast. Witness their participation in a protest against oil tanker traffic, raising awareness about environmental protection.

Can’t Make it Out? Watch Free Canadian Films Online:

Even if you can’t attend a screening, there’s a wealth of fantastic Canadian movies to discover online. Here are some options:

National Film Board of Canada (NFB): The NFB boasts a vast collection of Canadian shorts, documentaries, and animated films, many available for free streaming.

CBC Gem: Canada’s public broadcaster offers a treasure trove of Canadian content, including feature films and documentaries, some accessible for free.

Sci-Fi: Night Raiders (7 PM, Dalnavert Museum, 61 Carlton St) – Immerse yourself in a dystopian future where Indigenous citizens fight for survival against a controlling regime.

Coming-of-Age: Before I Change My Mind (7 PM, Dave Barber Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St) – In 1987, new student Robin struggles to fit in at school, forming an unexpected bond with the bully while grappling with questions about their own gender identity. This coming-of-age story explores the complexities of identity and belonging.

Documentary: Kayak to Klemtu (April 18 at 1:30 PM, Acorn Family Place, 202-224 Furby Street) – Embark on a captivating journey with 14-year-old girl as she joins her family on a kayaking trip along the Great Bear Rainforest coast. Witness their participation in a protest against oil tanker traffic, raising awareness about environmental protection.

Can’t Make it Out? Watch Free Canadian Films Online:

Even if you can’t attend a screening, there’s a wealth of fantastic Canadian movies to discover online. Here are some options:

National Film Board of Canada (NFB): The NFB boasts a vast collection of Canadian shorts, documentaries, and animated films, many available for free streaming.

CBC Gem: Canada’s public broadcaster offers a treasure trove of Canadian content, including feature films and documentaries, some accessible for free.

For an even wider selection of free Canadian movies, consider using:

Kanopy and Hoopla: These streaming platforms offer a large library of Canadian films, but require a valid Winnipeg Public Library card for access.

Craving Even More Canadian Cinema?

While the options above offer free films, there’s a vast selection of Canadian movies available on subscription-based streaming services:

  • Netflix
  • Crave
  • The Roku Channel (with some free content)
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • YouTube (with some free content)

Celebrate National Canadian Film Day and explore the rich tapestry of Canadian stories on the big screen or from the comfort of your home!

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