POV picks Canada’s documentary essentials in issue #105!
20 films—a mix of features and shorts—are highlighted in our biggest issue ever that surveys the history of Canadian documentary from the earliest days of the art form to the present.
Read POV editor Marc Glassman’s introduction to the issue, Canada and the Documentary, and check out the POV picks below. Most of the ‘doc essentials’ are available to stream for free on their respective pages, so (re)discover some of Canada’s must-see docs!
Doc Essentials – Features
- Pour la suite du monde (dirs. Pierre Perrault, Michel Brault; 1962)
- Warrendale (dir. Allan King, 1967)
- Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives (dirs. L. Fernie, A. Weissman; 1992)
- Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (dir. Alanis Obomsawin, 1993)
- Picture of Light (dir. Peter Mettler, 1994)
- The Corporation (dirs. Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, 2003)
- Manufactured Landscapes (dir. Jennifer Baichwal, 2006)
- My Winnipeg (dir. Guy Maddin, 2007)
- Up the Yangtze (dir. Yung Chang, 2007)
- Stories We Tell (dir. Sarah Polley, 2012)
Doc Essentials – Shorts and Mid-length Films
- City of Gold (dirs. Wolf Koenig, Colin Low; 1957)
- Les raquetteurs (dirs. Michel Brault, Gilles Groulx; 1958)
- Lonely Boy (dir. Wolf Koenig, Roman Kroitor, 1962)
- The Mills of the Gods: Viet Nam (dir. Beryl Fox, 1965)
- The Ballad of Crowfoot (dir. Willie Dunn, 1968)
- North of Superior (dir. Graeme Ferguson, 1971)
- Nails (dir. Philip Borsos, 1979)
- If You Love this Planet (dir. Terre Nash, 1982)
- New Shoes (dir. Ann Marie Fleming, 1990)
- Ryan (dir. Chris Landreth, 2004)
Join the Debate!
Which films do you consider to be among Canada’s “documentary essentials”?
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