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Across Cultures

Through the lens of a camera, discover some of the NFB collection that documents the contribution made to Canada by different ethnocultural communities.




Internet connection

Each film on this site is available for viewing at low speed or high speed.

  • Low speed: recommended if your Internet connection uses a dial-up modem (56 kbps or slower). Low-speed viewing results in lower quality image and sound.
  • High speed: recommended if you have high-speed Internet (DSL, cable modem) or are connected to an institutional network. Viewing in high-speed mode may cause occasional jerky images and sound interruptions if the speed of your connection is not fast enough.

If you're not sure which speed to use for viewing the films, try high speed first. If the results are not satisfactory, switch to low speed.



Films can be available for viewing in either Macromedia Flash or QuickTime. Image and sound quality are similar for all these formats.

  • Flash: lets you view the film directly in the Web page without launching an external application. Requires the Flash plug-in (download for free at Macromedia Flash Player).
  • QuickTime (alternative format): requires QuickTime, version 7 or more recent (download for free at QuickTime).

Closed captions (CC)

Translation of the audio portion of a film into subtitles, for example, dialogue, narration, sound effects, etc. These captions let hearing-impaired viewers read what they cannot hear. Closed captions are available for a few films. To access them, you must select QuickTime (under Format) and With closed captions (under Accessibility).


Described video (DV)

A narrated description of a film's key visual elements to enable the vision-impaired to form a mental picture of what is happening on screen. Described video is available for a few films. To access them, you must select QuickTime (under Format) and With described video (under Accessibility).

Cinema and Representation

Cinema and Representation

Relive a facet of the great history of NFB documentary film by discovering how cultural communities have been represented over the last 65 years.

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Points of View

Read what those involved with current issues across Canada have to say about cultural diversity and multiculturalism.

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See everything, hear everything

See everything, hear everything

Watch 60 films, 80 excerpts and over 80 archival artefacts selected by NFB specialists as part of this unique project.

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For teachers

Explore teaching content for high school students about the themes discussed on this site.

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Making films at the NFB

To make films and videos that reflect Canada’s cultural diversity, the NFB’s French and English programs are your number one choice for production.

Citizen<em>Shift</em> and diversity A public space for citizens to explore, engage and contribute to media for social change.

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Work For All: Stop Racism in the Workplace
Examine how systemic racism adversely affects industry and the economy.

Rebels with a Cause: Alanis Obomsawin
Obomsawin’s films give First Nations communities an outlet for expression.

YOUTH: Towards Tolerance
Films made by young Canadians point out roads to tolerance.

Other interesting NFB Web sites

Visit two other NFB Web sites which also deal with issues of cultural diversity:

Documentary Lens
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Aboriginal Perspectives
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For more NFB online educational resources, visit www.nfb.ca/education