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  • ‘Theater of Life’: feeding body and soul

    ‘Theater of Life’: feeding body and soul

    Celebrity chef Massimo Bottura is transforming soup kitchens. In Peter Svatek’s NFB film Theater of Life, we see how he used food ready to be discarded to feed the homeless during Milan’s Expo 2015. Bottura has created a “refettorio” movement, which is feeding socially disadvantaged people in cities around the world. Glassman tells the story of the doc and the cause.

    Features By Daniel Glassman • Published December 1st, 2016

  • The Apology: complexity and visibility

    The Apology: complexity and visibility

    What does an apology mean? Reardon looks at the meaning of the word in relation to Tiffany Hsiung’s compelling new documentary The Apology about “comfort women,” who were sexually enslaved by the Japanese military during World War II.

    Features By Kiva Reardon • Published November 28th, 2016

  • Neighbourhood Watch

    Neighbourhood Watch

    Social housing neighbourhoods in Toronto – Regent Park and Villaways – are the focus of new films by Hugh Gibson and Charles Officer. Gibson’s The Stairs examines three lives in the newly transformed Regent Park while Officer’s Unarmed Verses draws its inspiration from the youth of Villaways, who believe in their original community.

    Features By Adam Nayman • Published November 15th, 2016

  • Performing Documentary

    Performing Documentary

    Doc hybrids are increasingly popular as a genre. Films like London Road, Aim for the Roses and Nuts! bend fiction and non-fiction into exciting shapes.

    Features By Patrick Mullen • Published November 7th, 2016

  • Truth Tellers

    Truth Tellers

    Who inspired Amy Goodman, Matt Taibbi, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill to become investigative journalists? Fred Peabody’s film All Governments Lie makes the case that it was iconic writer and publisher I.F. Stone.

    Features By Daniel Glassman • Published November 3rd, 2016

  • Documentaries in VR

    Documentaries in VR

    Thomas Wallner anticipates the 360-degree wonders of virtual reality docs.

    Features By Thomas Wallner • Published October 12th, 2016

  • Reality Laughs: Looking for Comedy in the Documentary World

    Reality Laughs: Looking for Comedy in the Documentary World

    Wouldn’t the world be a better place if docs were funnier? Lacey thinks so.

    Features By Liam Lacey • Published August 30th, 2016

  • Freeze Frame: Don Owen R.I.P.

    Freeze Frame: Don Owen R.I.P.

    Remembering Don Owen, director of Canuck classics including Nobody Waved Goodbye and Toronto Jazz.

    Features By Marc Glassman • Published August 22nd, 2016

  • Orly

    Orly

    This work of docu-fiction offers an appreciation of Chris Marker’s La jetée with an excerpt from You Only Live Twice, a new book by Mike Hoolboom and Chase Joynt.

    Features By Mike Hoolboom and Chase Joynt • Published July 13th, 2016

  • Pause. Rewind. Fast-Forward: Documenting Movies

    Pause. Rewind. Fast-Forward: Documenting Movies

    Morgan White’s The Slippers, Jay Cheel’s How to Build a Time Machine and Ali Kazimi’s Random Acts of Legacy are contemporary docs inspired by movies—from home footage to Hollywood blockbusters. Mullen unpacks their meaning.

    Features By Patrick Mullen • Published July 7th, 2016

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