NFB: National Film Board Of Canada in Haiti.

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National Film Board of Canada
Important mission to Haiti

Montreal, May 8, 2008 - Claude Joli-Coeur, Acting Government Film Commissioner and Chairman of the National Film Board of Canada, has directed an NFB mission to Haiti since May 13. Today, he and Haiti's Minister for Culture and Communication, Daniel Élie, signed an agreement on cultural cooperation.

Since the return of democracy in Haiti, Canada has played an important role in the global improvement of the situation in the country.

During a visit to the NFB in fall 2006, the special advisor to the Minister for Culture and Communication requested the Film Board's support in the cultural reconstruction of Haiti.

Since cinema is an invaluable way of creating social cohesion, the NFB will offer once again this year of 2008 a collection of documentary, fiction and animation films to be broadcast on Haitian national television and other broadcasters in Haiti.

The NFB's mission will include assessing the possibility of setting up training projects in filmmaking, that specifically use cinema as a social tool.

"To offer a complete view of Canadian cinema, we'll give 212 films from the NFB collection to the Haitian government for broadcast on television in Haiti and on the educational network," said Claude Joli-Coeur.

"We've chosen some of the greatest titles in the collection to represent the diversity of our films as well as various points of view on the social and cultural life in our country and elsewhere.

We hope this first step will lay the foundation for a fruitful long term partnership."

The National Film Board of Canada produces and distributes bold and distinctive social issue documentaries, auteur animation and digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective.

Since its founding in 1939, the NFB has created over 12,000 productions and won over 5000 awards, including over 90 Genie Awards.

The NFB also received its 12th Academy Award® this year for the animated short The Danish Poet, directed by Torill Kove. The NFB is renowned for its technical innovations and is a leader in content for new platforms.

For more information about the NFB or to order films, go to or call 1-800-267-7710.

Stéphanie Lincourt
Head of Communications
National Film Board of Canada
s.lincourt at

Hispanolanoyosoy, May 8 2008, 10:03 AM

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