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Catalogue Number:  NFB546529
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Joe MacDonald, Derek Mazur
Directors:  Thomas Hale
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Arts, Arts, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Health and Medicine, Social Studies, Special Education
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2008
Running Time:  53m 49s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Artists Thelma Pepper and Jeff Nachtigall believe that we are all born artists and that creativity is an essential expression of being fully alive. A Year At Sherbrooke follows these two artists as they work with the residents of Sherbrooke Community Centre, a long-term care facility in Saskatoon.


As Thelma documents the residents of Sherbrooke through her own portrait photography, Jeff spends close to a year as artist-in-residence, helping them make art.



For Thelma and Jeff, it isn’t just a matter of leading by example, but also being intrinsically involved in the community, which, in turn, enables others to realize their artistic abilities.



The film explores how creativity can transform people's lives, from the abled to the differently abled—all the while vividly demonstrating the healing power of art and community. Art, Thelma and Jeff show, can give hope to the hopeless and provide a sense of life beyond disability. A Year At Sherbrooke is an experience not easily forgotten.

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