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NFB to mark Remembrance Day with Afghan war doc

The National Film Board of Canada is marking Remembrance Day this month by making Claude Guilmain's documentary The Van Doos in Afghanistan available online free-of-charge for 24 hours.
November 3, 2011

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is marking Remembrance Day this month by making Claude Guilmain’s documentary The Van Doos in Afghanistan available online free-of-charge for 24 hours.

The doc, shot in March 2011, focuses on ground operations in Afghanistan where members of the Canadian Forces Royal 22e RĂ©giment are deployed, with the aim of giving those soldiers a voice.

During Veterans’ Week (November 7-11), six short vignettes from the film will be posted online as a special preview, giving the public a chance to become acquainted with a different soldier each day. During the same period, the full documentary will screen in a number of Canadian cities, as well as in France.

In addition, the interactive documentary Soldier Brother by Kaitlin Ann Jones will be launched online at http://soldierbrother.nfb.ca on November 7.

Filmed by Guilmain, who was accompanied by NFB producer Jacques Turgeon, the material in The Van Doos in Afghanistan will also form part of a feature documentary film slated for release in 2014, to coincide with the Royal 22e RĂ©giment’s 100th anniversary.

The infantry regiment is one of the Canadian Forces’ largest. Stationed primarily at CFB Valcartier near Quebec City, it is the only entirely Francophone regiment in Canada, hence its French name and the nickname for its soldiers, the Van Doos, derived from a mispronunciation of the French word for 22, “vingt-deux.”

The documentary will be available on http://nfb.ca/22 from November 11.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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