NFB launches online Canadian film series 1 Nation. 4 Lenses. for Canada's 150th anniversary

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      As politics south of the border threaten to impact and infringe upon what is happening on this side of the 49th parallel, the need for Canadians to understand and appreciate our own stories has never been more important.

      One easy way to do so is to check out the films available online at the National Film Board of Canada website.

      Conveniently for us, the NFB will be releasing a four-part series called 1 Nation. 4 Lenses. that will explore the stories of the nation for Canada's 150th anniversary.

      The series will feature selections from the NFB's collection.

      B.C. filmmaker Anne Wheeler

      The first part, entitled What We Call Home (released on February 20), will examine what and how Canadians define home, whether it is a province, community, a piece of land, or a segment of the past.

      Part two will be What We Protect (released in April), a focus on Canada's environment, wildlife, and culture.

      Part three will be What We Seek (in June), a look at Canadian creativity and innovation.

      The concluding part in the series will be What We Fight For (in September), which will address issues from human rights to indigenous claims.

      What We Call Home features 19 films, ranging from the classic famous animated short film "The Log Driver's Waltz" (which, incidentally, is the most-viewed film on the NFB website) to "Flemingdon Park", a 47-minute documentary about the community who live in a subsidized housing project in Toronto inhabited by refugees and immigrants.

      North Vancouver filmmaker Murray Siple

      In the mix are two B.C. films.

      The 1972 short documentary "Augusta" by Vancouver filmmaker Anne Wheeler profiles a self-sufficient 88-year-old non-status Shuswap Indian who lives by herself in a log cabin without running water or electricity in Williams Lake.

      In "Carts of Darkness", North Vancouver filmmaker Murray Siple (who made this 2008 film after an accident left him a quadriplegic) captured the lives of a group of homeless men who combine bottle collecting with the extreme sport of racing shopping carts down the steep slopes of North Vancouver.

      The NFB will be offering other special online programming and public events throughout the year to help Canadians understand what it means to be Canadian.

      To check out 1 Nation. 4 Lenses., visit the NFB website.