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The NFB and the Environment
Key films, important moments in NFB history and decisive events in the 20th century reveal how environmental problems have been addressed in NFB documentaries over the last sixty years. You'll see how certain world events affected film production in the first twenty years. Note the propagandist character of sponsored films of the 1960s and 1970s. Watch the more personal and engaged works of filmmakers in the 1990s and 2000s.
The Early YearsThe Early YearsThe Early YearsThe Early Years
In the 1940s and 1950s the way environmental issues were addressed was closely linked to the context in which the films were made. These first films were marked by the Second World War, post-war economic growth, the development of science and the arrival of television.

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Sponsored FilmsSponsored FilmsSponsored FilmsSponsored Films
In the 1960s and 1970s, over half the films about the environment were sponsored. They were ordered by various federal departments and all had a propaganda angle. Some are of high quality and over time have become classics.

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“Films d'auteur” and Activism“Films d'auteur” and Activism“Films d'auteur” and Activism“Films d'auteur” and Activism
While most films of the 1980s were sponsored, the following decade and the beginning of the next saw more engaged and personal documentaries being made.

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