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R.C.M.P. File 1365: The Connor Case (1947 Documentary)
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A recreation of how the RCMP investigated a real-life murder case in Saskatchewan, Canada. Included are documentary sequences showing the mounties at work in their crime labs. (36 mins.)
 
2.
Peoples of the Skeena (1949 Documentary)
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(15 mins.)
 
3.
Skeena River Trapline (1949 Documentary)
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(16 mins.)
 
4.
Canada's Awakening North (1951 Documentary)
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(32 mins.)
Director: Ronald Dick
 
5.
Bureau of Missing Persons (1954 Documentary)
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(30 mins.)
Director: Bernard Devlin
Stars: Fred Davis
 
6.
Looking Beyond: Story of a Film Council (1957 Short Film)
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(19 mins.)
Director: Stanley Jackson
 
7.
The Face of the High Arctic (1958 Short Film)
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(13 mins.)
Director: Dalton Muir
 
8.
City Out of Time (1959 Documentary)
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(16 mins.)
Director: Colin Low
 
9.
High Arctic (1959 Documentary)
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This film records the struggle for life within the Arctic Circle. It reveals flowers of startling beauty... (11 mins.)
Director: Dalton Muir
 
10.
Above the Timberline: The Alpine Tundra Zone (1960 Documentary)
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(16 mins.)
Director: J.V. Durden
 
11.
Arctic Outpost: Pangnirtung, N.W.T. (1960 Documentary)
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(21 mins.)
Director: John Feeney
 
12.
Circle of the Sun (1960 Documentary)
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A Native American young man of the Blood tribe shows us contemporary life of people as he attends a Sun Dance ceremony with the tribe. (28 mins.)
Director: Colin Low
 
13.
La lutte (1961 Documentary)
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Follows the professional wrestling scene in Montreal and observes the before, during, and after portions of a major show and the spectators who are enthralled by it. (28 mins.)
 
14.
Nahanni (1962 Documentary)
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The legend of a lost gold mine and a river in the Northwest Territories that lures men to their doom... (18 mins.)
Director: Donald Wilder
 
15.
The Enduring Wilderness (1963 Documentary)
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(28 mins.)
 
16.
Pour la suite du monde (1963 Documentary)
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At the instigation of the filmmakers, the young men of the Ile-aux-Coudres in the middle of the St-Lawrence... (105 mins.)
 
17.
Buster Keaton Rides Again (1965 Documentary)
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The film is a documentary about the filming of one of Buster Keaton's movies: "The Railrodder (1965)" (55 mins.)
Director: John Spotton
 
18.
The Mills of the Gods: Viet Nam (1965 Documentary)
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A documentary on the war in South Vietnam shot entirely on location. There is no narration and no use of archive footage... (56 mins.)
Director: Beryl Fox
 
19.
Satan's Choice (1965 Documentary)
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A rare "inside" view of a motorcycle club in Toronto. The names they adopt (Satan's Choice is only one) are as individual as their special ethics and views of life, all freely expressed in this film. (28 mins.)
Director: Donald Shebib
 
20.
Les montréalistes (1965 Documentary)
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A look back at the small band of missionaries that founded the city of Montréal, Canada. (28 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
 
21.
The Continuing Past (1966 Documentary)
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(25 mins.)
Director: Stephen Ford
 
22.
High Steel (1966 Documentary)
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A very engaging short documentary of how a native Indian from Quebec works building skyscrapers in New York City... (14 mins.)
Director: Don Owen
 
23.
Never a Backward Step (1966 Documentary)
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A profile of press tycoon and businessman, Lord Thomson. (57 mins.)
 
24.
Blades and Brass (1967 Documentary)
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A look at the 1967 National Hockey League season. (10 mins.)
Director: William Canning
 
25.
The Choice (1967 Documentary)
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(19 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hammond
 
26.
Impressions of Expo 67 (1967 Documentary)
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(8 mins.)
Director: Bill Brind
 
27.
Memorandum (1967 Documentary)
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A Jewish Holocaust survivor travels through Germany recalling scenes from his memory. (58 mins.)
 
28.
Ride for Your Life (1967 Documentary)
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(10 mins.)
Director: Robin Spry
Stars: Mike Duff
 
29.
The Things I Cannot Change (1967 Documentary)
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(55 mins.)
 
30.
Le règne du jour (1967 Documentary)
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Four years after Pour la suite du monde, the director 'Pierre Perrault' ask Alexis Tremblay if he agreed to... (118 mins.)
Director: Pierre Perrault
 
31.
To Track a Shadow (1967 Documentary)
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(19 mins.)
 
32.
The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes (1968 Short Film)
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Both a documentary and a comedy. It features a man on a canoe tour of the Great Lakes while the geological time frame changes around him... (17 mins.)
Director: William Mason
 
33.
Twenty-four Hours in Czechoslovakia (1968 Documentary)
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A North American hockey star visits his family in Czechoslovakia where the camera follows him for a day. (57 mins.)
Director: David Bairstow
 
34.
The Triumphant Union and the Canadian Confederation: 1863-1867 (1969 Documentary)
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(59 mins.)
 
35.
Atonement (1970 Documentary)
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(51 mins.)
 
36.
Death of a Legend (1971 Documentary)
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(50 mins.)
Director: Bill Mason
 
37.
The Conquered Dream (1971 Documentary)
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(52 mins.)
 
38.
Temples of Time (1971 Documentary)
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(27 mins.)
Director: William Canning
 
39.
Québec: Duplessis et après... (1972 Documentary)
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A documentary about Maurice Duplessis and the quebec nationalism which to new levels after the death of this Premier of the Province of Quebec... (121 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
 
40.
Bilingualism (1973 Documentary)
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(29 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hammond
 
41.
Cry of the Wild (1973 Documentary)
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This feature-length documentary from Bill Mason imparts his affection for the big northern timber wolves and the pure-white Arctic wolves... (89 mins.)
Director: Bill Mason
Stars: Bill Mason
 
42.
Growth (1973 Documentary)
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(29 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hammond
 
43.
International Operations (1973 Documentary)
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(29 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hammond
 
44.
The Market (1973 Documentary)
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(29 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hammond
 
45.
Motivation (1973 Documentary)
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(29 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hammond
 
46.
Real Estate (1973 Documentary)
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(29 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hammond
 
47.
The Streets of Saigon (1973 Documentary)
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(29 mins.)
Director: Michael Rubbo
 
48.
Sub-Igloo (1973 Documentary)
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(20 mins.)
 
49.
Another Side of the Forest (1974 Documentary)
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(20 mins.)
 
50.
Cree Hunters of Mistassini (1974 Documentary)
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Since times predating agriculture, Cree First Nations people have gone to the bush of the James Bay and Ungava Bay area to hunt. (58 mins.)
 
51.
Man Belongs to the Earth (1974 Documentary)
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Made for screening at the U.S. Pavilion at the 1974 World's Fair in Spokane Washington, USA, which had a Native-American environmental theme... (23 mins.)
Director: Graeme Ferguson
 
52.
Waiting for Fidel (1974 Documentary)
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(58 mins.)
Director: Michael Rubbo
 
53.
Wolf Pack (1974 Documentary)
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(20 mins.)
Director: Bill Mason
 
54.
After Mr. Sam (1975 Documentary)
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(78 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hammond
 
55.
Arctic IV (1975 Documentary)
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(58 mins.)
 
56.
Los Canadienses (1975 Documentary)
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A film about the Canadians who participated in the Spanish Civil War. (58 mins.)
Director: Albert Kish
 
57.
The Forest Watchers (1975 Documentary)
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(26 mins.)
Director: Peter Raymont
 
58.
I Am an Old Tree (1975 Documentary)
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(57 mins.)
Director: Michael Rubbo
 
59.
Man Who Chooses the Bush (1975 Documentary)
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(29 mins.)
Director: Tom Radford
 
60.
Musicanada (1975 Documentary)
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(58 mins.)
 
61.
Vietnam Recall (1975 Documentary)
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(55 mins.)
 
62.
On est au coton (1970 Documentary)
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Director Denys Arcand made an inquiry on textile industry in Quebec, meeting employers and workers of that industry. (173 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
 
63.
The Other World (1976 Documentary)
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(19 mins.)
Director: Claudia Overing
 
64.
A Sense of Place (1976 Documentary)
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People deal with the problems of rural to urban migration. (57 mins.)
Director: René Bonnière
 
65.
I Hate to Lose (1977 Documentary)
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(57 mins.)
Director: Michael Rubbo
 
66.
River: Planet Earth (1977 Documentary)
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(28 mins.)
Director: Peter Raymont
 
67.
The Art of the Possible (1978 Documentary)
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A film crew follows a provincial government cabinet in a behind the scenes look at its political activities. (58 mins.)
Director: Peter Raymont
 
68.
The Champions, Part 1: Unlikely Warriors (1986 Documentary)
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(57 mins.)
Director: Donald Brittain
“ Part 1 & 2 Both released in 1978. ” - shawnevans666
 
69.
The Champions, Part 2: Trappings of Power (1986 Documentary)
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(56 mins.)
Director: Donald Brittain
“ Part 1 & 2 Both released in 1978. ” - shawnevans666
 
70.
Une journée à Forillon (1978 Documentary)
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(7 mins.)
Director: Michel Bouchard
 
71.
The Point (1978 Documentary)
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One hour documentary portrait of a working class neighborhood in Montreal, Point St Charles. (48 mins.)
Director: Robert Duncan
Stars: Budd Knapp
 
72.
Reflections on a Leadership Convention (1978 Documentary)
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(21 mins.)
Director: Peter Raymont
 
73.
The Sámi, Four Lands, One People (1978 Documentary)
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(24 mins.)
 
74.
Sámi Herders (1978 Documentary)
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(28 mins.)
 
75.
The Biosphere (1979 Documentary)
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(57 mins.)
 
78.
The Unbroken Line (1979 Documentary)
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The history of the Governor-General post in Canada. (29 mins.)
Director: Diane Beaudry
 
79.
Bush Pilot: Reflections on a Canadian Myth (1980 Documentary)
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(23 mins.)
 
80.
From the Ashes of War (1980 Documentary)
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(30 mins.)
Stars: Budd Knapp
 
81.
The Lost Pharaoh: The Search for Akhenaten (1980 Documentary)
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This documentary tells the story of an ancient pharaoh who was almost lost to history, and the archaeological... (57 mins.)
 
82.
The New Mayor (1980 Documentary)
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When Mayor Stephen Juba of Winnipeg unexpectedly resigned after twenty-one years, the race for his office was thrown wide open... (38 mins.)
 
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84.
On Guard for Thee, Part 1: The Most Dangerous Spy (1981 Documentary)
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The film retelling of the Soviet clerk Igor Gouzenko's defection and his revelation of soviet spy activities in North America and its impact. (57 mins.)
Director: Donald Brittain
 
85.
On Guard for Thee, Part 2: A Blanket of Ice (1981 Documentary)
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(57 mins.)
Director: Donald Brittain
 
86.
On Guard for Thee, Part 3: Shadows of a Horseman (1981 Documentary)
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(57 mins.)
Director: Donald Brittain
 
87.
China: A Land Transformed (1980 Documentary)
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(26 mins.)
 
88.
North China Commune (1980 Documentary)
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(81 mins.)
 
89.
North China Factory (1980 Documentary)
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(57 mins.)
 
90.
Bill Lee: A Profile of a Pitcher (1981 Documentary)
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(76 mins.)
Director: Bill Reid
 
91.
In Search of Farley Mowat (1981 Documentary)
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(58 mins.)
Director: Andy Thomson
 
92.
Le confort et l'indifférence (1982 Documentary)
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Made shortly after the referendum on Quebec's independence was held, this documentary illustrates what... (109 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
“ Comfort and Indifference ” - shawnevans666
 
93.
The Road to Patriation (1982 Documentary)
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The story of Canada's struggle to gain control and define its own constitution. (94 mins.)
 
94.
Taxi! (1982 Documentary)
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(57 mins.)
Director: Barry Greenwald
 
95.
Beyond the North Wind (1983 Documentary)
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(52 mins.)
Director: John O'Mara
 
96.
The Road to Total War (1983 Documentary)
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The history of the development of the concept of total war and its growing escalation of scope and destructiveness. (57 mins.)
Director: Barbara Sears
 
97.
Starlife (1983 Documentary)
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A film about the life cycle of stars in their various varieties. (20 mins.)
 
98.
Incident at Restigouche (1984 Documentary)
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(46 mins.)
 
99.
The Canadian Observer: An Introduction to Hugh MacLennan (1985 Documentary)
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(26 mins.)
 
100.
British Columbia: The Rockies to the Pacific (1986 Documentary)
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(30 mins.)
Director: Mike Collier
Stars: Art Hives