For the first time in Canadian history, the pictures and videos of the soldiers who fought for our country 100 years ago are in colour.
The National Film Board and the Vimy Foundation are colourizing 150 pictures dating back to moments in the First World War, from soldiers in the trenches to officers marching through streets in ruins.
Executive Director of the Vimy Foundation Jeremy Diamond says for a younger generation looking at black and white pictures, one hundred years can seem like a thousand. The last living soldier who fought in the Great War died about 7 years ago, so Diamond says children and young adults are no longer able to ask their grandparents about what it was like to fight in the war.
Diamond hopes by colourizing the pictures they can personalize the images, and that people realize the soldiers who fought were not much different than we are. The Roxy Theatre will be showing the new National Film Board short film Return to Vimy, which includes the colourized video of soldiers who fought in the war.
After the short film, the 2008 movie Passchendaele will be shown, and Diamond hopes the two films encourage people to learn more about the war and both the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Battle of Passchendaele.
The first film at the Roxy Theatre will be shown tonight (November 7th) at 7:00 p.m.