Coming Soon: Issue #104!

Chef Massimo Bottura and diner Fawaz Naser in Theatre of Life
Courtesy of the NFB

The articles are in and the copy is proofed!

Break some bread with POV in celebration of this year’s Winter issue, which is just around the corner. POV #104 comes to mailboxes and bookstores near you in early December. Here’s a taste of what’s to come:

  • POV’s 8th annual survey of film programmes in Canada looks at digital convergence and documentary. By interviewing professors and faculty and over a dozen schools across Canada, this year’s survey shows how film programmes adapt to new challenges and technology.
  • Daniel Glassman looks at Theatre of Life, this year’s opening night selection and winner for Best Canadian Feature at Planet in Focus. Glassman talks with Theatre of Life director Peter Svatek about his doc that profiles chef Massimo Bottura’s ‘refettorio’ movement in Italy and the project to transform food waste into gourmet menus at soup kitchens. Theatre of Life opens at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on Friday, Dec. 3 and opens at more cinemas this winter. The film (and POV’s cover story) is comfort food for the holiday spirit.

  • Vincenzo Pietropaolo offers a thorough and heartfelt tribute of another lover of the lens, late Canadian photographer Elaine Ling. Pietropaolo offers an appreciation of this unsung hero of documentary photography by chronicling Ling’s passion for travelling the world and capturing its diversity and wonder through her camera. Featuring in-depth analysis of Ling’s art, as well as some samples that demand to be seen in print, this celebration of the late photographer’s work gives another ‘keeper of the magic’ her due.
  • Matthew Hays previews the upcoming doc Abu by Montreal filmmaker Arshad Khan. Abu is a personal doc about a gay son’s reaction to his father’s transformation from being a liberal dad in Pakistan to becoming an Orthodox Muslim when the family moved to Mississauga. As Khan explains his interplay with form inspired by Jonathan Caouette’s Tarnation and Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, he opens up in an intimately revealing account of a filmmaker’s journey. Hays’ report of the film is equally personal.

  • Moze Mossanen offers a filmmaker diary of his experience dabbling in the world of digital documentary. Mossanen recounts his adventure making the webseries The Journey, a new look at life in Toronto’s Regent Park supported by the Daniels Spectrum. As Mossanen recalls his journey discovering this new form of storytelling, The Journey introduces the filmmaker to new challenges and opportunities in production, storytelling, and delivery. Like the students of Canada’s film programmes, documentarians are seeing the new possibilities of the digital world.


  • Pat Mullen interviews Québécois filmmaking duo Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie about their radical new film Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves (Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n’ont fait que se creuser un tombeau). The film is a doc/drama hybrid about four students who turn to radicalism in the unrest following the 2012 student protests in Montreal. Mullen and the filmmakers discuss the film’s documentary roots, digital democracy, and the air of revolution in Quebec’s film scene. This winner for Best Canadian Feature at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival comes to theatres in February.

  • And more including Barri Cohen’s ‘Policy Matters’ column, which tackles the uneven playing field of international media conglomerates in Canada, while POV editor Marc Glassman sings ‘Hallelujah!’ to a dearly departed voice from Canadian documentary.

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