Coming Soon: Issue #114!

Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy is among the new docs featured in our upcoming issue
Photo: Seen Through Woman Prod. and NFB


If yesterday’s big Hot Docs announcement has you excited for more documentaries, then stay tuned! Our spring/summer issue is right around the corner. This new issue looks at a number of films appearing at Hot Docs 2021, as well as deep dive essays that consider new trends, pressing questions, and notable voices in documentary film and photography. We also have several filmmakers interviewed in this issue—the most voices included in quite a while!—along with a mix of writers who are new to POV and several familiar favourites.

Subscribe today to get the issue fresh from the printer, and here is a sample of what appears in the magazine to keep you curious:

-Profiles and interviews on several new films on the festival circuit including”

  • Hot Docs’ opening night film A.rtificial I.mmortality, directed by Ann Shin
  • Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
  • Jennifer Holness’s study of Black women and the cosmetics industry, Subjects of Desire
  • Felix Dufour-Laperrière’s animated essay film Archipelago
  • Shannon Walsh’s gig economy doc The Gig Is Up
  • Bobbi Jo Hart’s rockin look back at the band Fanny in Fanny: The Right to Rock
  • Yasmine Mathurin’s study of identities and belonging One of Ours
  • Sean Horlor and Steve J. Adams’ portrait of LGBTQ activism and support networks Someone Like Me

-The year in COVID docs: 12 months after the productions froze and theatres closed, how are filmmakers forging ahead in documentary? We speak with several voices in the field to learn how filmmakers adapt to COVID—and how the pandemic influences their productions.

-Black pioneers in documentary: from MLK/FBI director Sam Pollard to Studio D game-changer Sylvia D. Hamilton and former NFB producer Selwyn Jacob, POV looks at some of the voices in the field who delivered foundational work that created space for Black voices and stories.

-News, comedy, and the evolving forms of citizen docu-journalism converge in works like All Gas, No Brakes and How to with John Wilson. POV considers the deeper implications of adapting news/documentary to harness the insanity/polarisation of the day, as well as the emergence of alternative, independent voices outside the “objective” news establishment.

-Anyone who’s tried to review a Netflix true crime doc series lately knows that they have a formula down pat. But do audience win when documentaries follow the same instructions as a shampoo bottle? Ezra Winton provocatively looks at the rinse-and-repeat world of binge-watching as seen in docs like Tiger King and Wild Wild Country.

-One woman behind the camera pays tribute to another as director Maya Gallus offers a retrospective of the films of late maverick Chantal Akerman. This personal overviews is a must for anyone who enjoyed Gallus’s reflections on Agnès Varda in last year’s Hot Docs issue!

-DOXA’s 25th anniversary: former programmer Dorothy Woodend offers a personal look back at the Vancouver doc festival as it celebrates a major milestone.

And more!

Subscribe today to receive two issues per year starting with our spring/summer 2021 issue!