‘All Governments Lie’ Leads DGC Documentary Winners

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman in Fred Peabody’s All Governments Lie
White Pine Pictures

By Pat Mullen

Director Fred Peabody’s All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone was the big winner on the documentary front at last night’s Directors’ Guild of Canada (DGC) awards. The doc won two awards: the Allan King Award for Excellence in a Documentary and Picture Editing – Documentary for editor Jim Munro. All Goverments Lie was produced by Toronto’s White Pine Pictures and premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival where it provided a timely foreshadowing of the importance of independent alternative journalism during the Trump era. Read more about All Governments Lie in the feature ‘Truth Tellers.’

Other DGC documentary winners included Yung Chang for the breathtaking short Gatekeeper, which tied Jane Tattersall and Thomas Pepper’s drama Tuesday, 10:08am for Best Short Film. Vancouver’s Wayne Wapeemukwa won the DGC Discovery Award for his debut feature Luk’Luk’I, a thoughtful hybrid fiction that re-casts residents of Vancouver’s East Side in the drama of their lives.

The DGC Awards were handed in Toronto last night in a ceremony hosted by Mary Walsh at the Carlu. The big winner of the night was Bruce McDonald’s Weirdos, which won the top award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film.