A New Point of View on Canadian Docs
From classic National Film Board (NFB) films like CRY OF THE WILD to landmark Indigenous films like KANEHSATAKE: 270 YEARS OF RESISTANCE and important contemporary works like THE WORLD BEFORE HER and ANGRY INUK, Canada’s rich history of documentary filmmaking is as vast and varied as Canada itself. There are so many incredible true stories to tell through film that Toronto has both a magazine and a film festival dedicated just to docs: And they’re both on board for National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150)!
POV Magazine, Canada’s premier publication about documentary culture, has compiled a special sesquicentennial issue detailing the history of the art form in Canada. Presented by REEL CANADA in support of NCFD 150, the spring 2017 issue The Stories We Tell boasts 88 pages of “coast to coast to coast coverage celebrating documentary: Canada’s national art form.”
Inside, you’ll find a list of ten feature and ten short documentary “essentials” that every Canadian should see. The issue features essays from some of the industry’s most insightful voices exploring topics of history, diversity, and dissent. Each individual region across the country is profiled by a writer from within the region, and a special “Communities” section features essays spotlighting documentary as it relates to black, Asian, queer, feminist, and Indigenous identities. REEL CANADA could not be happier that POV came on board to create this invaluable document of Canada’s true stories on film.
On NCFD 150, POV Magazine and Hot Docs Film Festival are presenting A Celebration of Canadian Documentary at the historic Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (formerly the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema) in Toronto. This special event brings together some of the leading figures in the Canadian documentary community for a panel discussion on all things doc-related. Panelists include director Hubert Davis (HARDWOOD, GIANTS OF AFRICA), whose film INVISIBLE CITY is a mainstay in the REEL CANADA catalogue, producers Rina Fraticelli (FORBIDDEN LOVE: THE UNASHAMED STORIES OF LESBIAN LIVES) and Anita Lee (STORIES WE TELL, THE APOLOGY), and filmmaker/writer Kevin McMahon (THE NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT). POV’s editor, Marc Glassman, will moderate the panel. The discussion will accompany a selection of clips from various documentary films.
This free presentation is sure to be one of our most popular and insightful Toronto events on NCFD 150. If you’re in the area, don’t miss it! And no matter where you are, be sure to pick up a copy of the POV special issue.