Code Breakers


Unlocking the secrets of humankind’s last great migration with anthropologist Niobe Thompson
Gemini Awards, “Best Science and Nature Documentary” & “Best Photography”
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Tipping Point

The Age of the Oil Sands

Narrated by David Suzuki & Sigourney Weaver
2 Gemini Nominations, “Best Social/Political Documentary” & “Best Direction”
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Inuit Odyssey


On the path of the Thule, conquerers of the ancient Arctic – a circumpolar expedition with anthropologist Niobe Thompson
“Best Science and Nature Documentary”, Banff World Media Awards
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The Perfect Runner

A documentary by Niobe Thompson

Explore the miracle of running through the science of human evolution
“A big, beautiful, visually stunning film.” Vancouver Sun & Ottawa Citizen
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    • 2014
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    • 2012
      • The Perfect Runner
        The Perfect Runner

        The Perfect Runner

        Explore the miracle of running through the science of human evolution. The Perfect Runner celebrates the modern love of endurance running by exploring our past as the running ape. How did our ances...

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    • 2011
      • Code Breakers
        Code Breakers

        Code Breakers

        Is human culture in the Americas thousands of years older than we thought?  Did the first humans reach the New World by foot at the end of the Ice Age?  Or did they come thousands of years earlier, ...

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      • Tipping Point
        The Age of the Oil Sands
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        Tipping Point
        The Age of the Oil Sands

        “ ...a David-versus-Goliath tale about the voices fighting to be heard over the spin and money produced by the biggest energy project on earth.” - Edmonton Journal In an oil-scarce world, we kn...

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    • 2009
      • Inuit Odyssey
        Inuit Odyssey

        Inuit Odyssey

        One thousands years ago, the Arctic was changing.  The climate warmed, the seas melted and whales and walrus streamed north.  A gentler time for Canada’s indigenous northern peoples, perhaps, but ...

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    • 2008
      • Tar Sands: Canada for Sale
        Tar Sands: Canada for Sale

        Tar Sands: Canada for Sale

        Tar Sands: Canada for Sale (2008), An investigation of the social, political, and environmental impact of the Alberta Tar Sands on the world economy. 43 min. CBC/NRK/NHK (2008). A coproduction...

      • Power of Dreams

        Power of Dreams

        Power of Dreams (2008), two young Canadians fight to bring social reform to the favelas of Brazil. 46 min. ACCESS / Canadian Learning Television....

    • 2006
      • I, Nuligak / Worlds Collide

        I, Nuligak / Worlds Collide

        I, Nuligak / Worlds Collide(2006). A story of first contact in the high Arctic from an Inuit perspective. Special Recognition, Hors Competition, Banff World Television Festival. 72 min. a copro...

    • 2005
      • Alberta Bound
        Alberta Bound

        Alberta Bound

        Alberta Bound(2005). A centennial celebration of 100 years of Alberta music from Wilf Carter to Nickelback to kd lang. “Best Documentary” & “Best Director”, Alberta Film Awards, Nomination,...

    • 2004
      • Road of Bones

        Road of Bones

        Road of Bones (2004), Cambridge anthropologist Niobe Thompson journeys to Siberia to explore Soviet collapse and Chukchi revival. 94 min. w/ Black Spring Pictures, SRC....

      • Great Lodges of the Canadian Rockies
        Great Lodges of the Canadian Rockies

        Great Lodges of the Canadian Rockies

        Great Lodges of the Canadian Rockies (2004), a mini-series on the eccentric character and history of castles in the wilderness like the Banff Springs Hotel and Jasper Park Lodge. 2x56 min. w/ Alliance...

    • 2003
      • Arctic Dreamer
        Arctic Dreamer

        Arctic Dreamer

        Arctic Dreamer (2003), the biography of controversial explorer and writer Vilhjalmur Stefansson, one of the last polar adventurers. 46 min. w/ White Pine Pictures, History Television. Gemini Award, Be...

      • The Great Divide
        The Great Divide

        The Great Divide

        The Great Divide (2003), the life of David Thompson, one of the world's greatest land geographers. 46 min. S4C Wales and History Television....

    • 2002
      • Conscience
        Conscience

        Conscience

        Conscience (2002), the story of Czech writer and actor Vladimir Valenta, Czech resistance fighter and star of the Academy Award winning film "Closely Watched Trains". 48 min. w/ Alliance Atlantis / Hi...

      • The Honour of the Crown
        The Honour of the Crown

        The Honour of the Crown

        The Honour of the Crown (2002), the fight of the Head of the Rapids people, to close a 100-year old land claim against the Government of Canada. 48 min. CBC Witness / NFB. Best Documentary over 30 min...

    • 2001
      • The End of Evolution

        The End of Evolution

        The End of Evolution (2001), the world of renowned paleontologist Peter Ward, a mass extinction expert, on the natural events that threaten life on earth. 46 min. Discovery Network / NFB....

      • The Great Lone Land
        The Great Lone Land

        The Great Lone Land

        The Great Lone Land (2001), the western adventure of Canada's first draft dodger, American Civil War artist and doctor, Richard Barrington Nevitt. 26 min. w/ White Pine Pictures, History Television....

      • The Tree Planter
        The Tree Planter

        The Tree Planter

        The Tree Planter (2001), the 98-year life of prairie populist, conservationist, and author Grant MacEwan. "The Canadians: Biographies of a Nation" 48 min. w/ Great North Productions, History Televisio...

    • 2000
      • Distant Skies
        Distant Skies

        Distant Skies

        Distant Skies (2000), World War One flying ace Wop May opens up the Canadian North and invents the saga of the bush pilot. 48 min. w/ Great North Productions, History Television....

      • The Last Roundup
        The Last Roundup

        The Last Roundup

        The Last Roundup (2000), the story of country music legend Wilf Carter, the yodelling cowboy. 48 min. w/ Great North Productions, History Television....

    • 1999
      • New Norway
        New Norway

        New Norway

        New Norway (1999), the immigrants’ dream of building of a multi-cultural society on the western Canadian frontier. 26 min. w/ White Pine Pictures, History Television....

      • Tickling the Dragon’s Tail
        Tickling the Dragon’s Tail

        Tickling the Dragon’s Tail

        Tickling the Dragon's Tail (1999), the mystery of Louis Slotin, the Canadian physicist killed building the atomic bomb. 52 min. w/ Great North Productions, Canwest Global. Best Director, 1999 Alberta ...

    • 1998
      • A Land As Green As the Sea

        A Land As Green As the Sea

        A Land As Green As the Sea (1998), the legacy of five generations of Scots in Canada. 26 min. w/ White Pine Pictures, History Television....

    • 1995
      • The Buffalo Ground

        The Buffalo Ground

        The Buffalo Ground (1995), the musician as historian, a portrait of The Great Western Orchestra. 52 min. CBC....

    • 1994
      • The Life and Times of Peter Lougheed
        The Life and Times of Peter Lougheed

        The Life and Times of Peter Lougheed

        The Life and Times of Peter Lougheed (1994), a chronicle of the rise to power of Alberta’s most influential premier. 52 min. CBC Life and Times....

    • 1993
      • Hockey Night in Harlem

        Hockey Night in Harlem

        Hockey Night in Harlem (1993), New York inner city kids fight for respect on hockey rinks from Central Park to central Alberta. 26 min. CBC Man Alive. Quebec/Alberta Prize, Banff Television Festival....

    • 1992
      • The Road Home

        The Road Home

        The Road Home (1992), a multicultural history of the settlement of Alberta, as portrayed by writers Rudy Wiebe, Myrna Kostash, Marilyn Dumont, and Eva Brewster. 52 min. CBC....

    • 1990
      • Life After Hockey

        Life After Hockey

        Life After Hockey (1990), a modern-day fairy tale of how a local rink rat helped Team Canada defeat the Soviets. 52 min. Canwest Global. Best Overall, Best Drama, Best Director, Alberta Film Awards....

    • 1987
      • Littlechild

        Littlechild

        Littlechild (1987), the chronicle of Cree artist George Littlechild’s search for his lost parents and the soul of his people. 26 min. Canwest Global. Gemini Nomination...

    • 1986
      • In Search of the Dragon
        In Search of the Dragon

        In Search of the Dragon

        In Search of the Dragon (1986), a NOVA documentary on The Dinosaur Project - a scientific adventure into China's Gobi Desert. 84 min. PBS Nova....

    • 1983
      • The Renewable Society

        The Renewable Society

        The Renewable Society (1983), a television series produced for the NFB’s Challenge for Change Program, questioning the sustainability of conventional economic and industrial development. 26x28 min....

    • 1980
      • China Mission
        China Mission

        China Mission

        China Mission (1980), the story of teacher and diplomat Chester Ronning, who bridged East and West and led Canada to recognize of the People's Republic of China. 52 min. NFB. Prizes: San Francisco, Al...

    • 1979
      • Triangle Island

        Triangle Island

        Triangle Island (1979), a portrait of an ecological reserve dedicated to the preservation of the flora and fauna of the Pacific rim. 16 min. NFB....

    • 1977
      • The Forests and Vladimir Krajina

        The Forests and Vladimir Krajina

        The Forests and Vladimir Krajina (1977), a former Czech resistance fighter’s quest to found an ecological reserves program in British Columbia. 28 min. NFB....

    • 1975
      • Man Who Chooses the Bush
        Man Who Chooses the Bush

        Man Who Chooses the Bush

        Man Who Chooses the Bush (1975), the adventures of trapper, Frank Ladouceur, fighting to preserve the traditional Métis lifestyle of the Canadian North. 28 min. NFB. Best Overall: Yorkton Internation...

    • 1974
      • A Slow Hello

        A Slow Hello

        A Slow Hello (1974), the May to September marriage of a young camp cook and an old cowboy, sharing a love for the twilight years of the ranching frontier. 26 min. NFB/CBC...

      • Ernest Brown: Pioneer Photographer
        Ernest Brown: Pioneer Photographer

        Ernest Brown: Pioneer Photographer

        Ernest Brown: Pioneer Photographer (1974), the opening of Western Canada through the eyes of an intrepid photographer and social activist. 52 min. Filmwest, BBC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ...

    • 1973
      • Every Saturday Night

        Every Saturday Night

        Every Saturday Night (1973), a reunion of dancehall musicians who survived the dirty 30s in the Alberta town of Dorothy, population: 25. 26 min. NFB/CBC....

    • 1972
      • Death of a Delta

        Death of a Delta

        Death of a Delta (1972), the struggle Fort Chipewyan, Alberta’s oldest community, against the massive Bennett Dam on the Peace River. 28 min. Film Frontiers / Alberta Education. Prize, Festival dei ...

    • 1971
      • Land

        Land

        Land (1971), a portrait of the Great Plains through the eyes of native artists and writers. 28 min. Film Frontiers, Edmonton Educational Authority....

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