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Propaganda: The Battle for Hearts and Minds
Mobilizing the population to contribute to the war effort was a battle in itself requiring a special weapon: propaganda. Selective information and carefully controlled messages influenced people and got them to believe in the war. Propaganda also recruited soldiers and female workers, and even promoted measures such as rationing.
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Food: Secret of the Peace
1945, director: Stuart Legg
Critical food shortages in the war's aftermath posed a...
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Train Busters
1944, director: Sydney Newman
An Allied bombing raid on Nazi transport links is...
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Corvette Port Arthur
1943, director: Joris Ivens
Corvettes, ships closely identified with Canada's wartime...
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Filmed interview with a specialist
Harry Cambpell talks about the distribution of propaganda films produced by the NFB during WWII.

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Article by a specialist Cinema in aid of the war effort
Catherine Saouter, author and professor of Visual Communications, explains the context and strategies of the propaganda films produced by the NFB during the Second World War.

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Archives
(1943)
Labour Front
This is the poster for the film The Labour Front. Its designer, Harry Mayerovitch, was...
(1943)
Tomorrow's World
A film emphasizing both the importance of conservation and rationing, and the increased...
(1943)
Tomorrow's World
In a clean, modern style, Harry Mayerovitch, who worked under the pseudonym "Mayo," evokes...
(1943)
War Birds
A typical poster by the designer Harry Mayerovitch, embodying in a single image the film...
(1943)
Wings on Her Shoulder
The film Wings on Her Shoulder was directed by Jane Marsh who became one of the first...
(1942)
Keep These Hands Off! Buy the New Victory Bonds
To encourage the public to support the war effort by buying Victory bonds, designer Gordon...
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