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Photo: Charles Officer


Listed to this powerful interview with highly acclaimed  Canadian filmmaker Charles Officer, director of the documentary Unarmed Verses, The film was picked up by many film festivals and it was also produced by the National Film Board of Canada’s Ontario studio (Lea Marin).

Unarmed Verses, by director Charles Officer, won the Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award at HotDocs 2017, Best Canadian Documentary at VIFF 2017 and was selected for the TIFF Top 10 film tour 2018, where it received the People’s Choice Award.


Photo: Francine Valentine

This feature documentary presents a thoughtful and vivid portrait of a community facing imposed relocation. At the centre of the story is the remarkable, astute and luminous 12-year-old Francine Valentine, whose poignant observations about life, the soul, and the power of art give voice to those rarely heard in society. Unarmed Verses is a cinematic rendering of our universal need for self-expression and belonging.

About the National Film Board

The National Film Board (NFB) is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences. NFB producers are embedded in communities across the country, from St. John’s to Vancouver, working with talented creators on innovative and socially relevant projects. The NFB is a leader in gender equity in film and digital media production, and is working to strengthen Indigenous-led production, guided by the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. NFB productions have won over 7,000 awards, including 20 Canadian Screen Awards, 17 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 100 Genies. To access NFB works, visit

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