Docs Opening in Canada this Week (Dec. 9-15)

Producer Peter Raymont interviewing Michael Moore for All Governments Lie
Courtesy White Pine Pictures

By Pat Mullen

It’s well known that all governments lie, but as Donald Trump readies for the White House, the role of independent investigative journalism is more important than ever before. Director Fred Peabody tackles the landscape of contemporary news media in All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone, an engaging talking heads doc that looks to the influence of early newsletter writer I.F. Stone and his legacy that endures today. It’s a compelling and important film about the integrity of news and good reporting that needs to be preserved. Read more about All Governments Lie in the feature ‘Truth Tellers’.

Another Canadian film hitting the screen this week is the haunting doc Living with Giants. This powerful film depicts the daily struggles of youth in Canada’s north as directors Sébastien Rist and Aude Leroux-Lévesque observe two teenagers in love, Paulusie and Nikuusi, and a devastating tragedy that shatters them. Through the strength of one of the film’s survivors though, Living with Giants is ultimately a poetic essay on life and love. Read the POV interview on Living with Giants here.


Finally, this week’s Oscar shortlist whittles the documentary features down to a field of 15 contenders, so awards watchers have a set list to check off before January 24th. One of the films to make the list is Kristen Johnson’s Cameraperson, an acclaimed and personal doc about the passion of a cinematographer who thrives within the documentary trenches. The film is earning major raves, particularly from POV writer Jason Gorber, who calls it ‘one of the finest non-fiction films of the year.’ Johnson will be in Toronto for a sneak peek at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on Tuesday before the film kicks off its run next week. Read the POV review of Cameraperson here.

Cameraperson Trailer from Janus Films on Vimeo.

Docs opening in Canada this week:

23 Kilometers
Dir. Noura Kevorkian | Canada/Lebanon | 82 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Thurs, Dec. 15
—>Director Noura Kevorkian and an expert on Parkinson’s Disease will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone
Dir. Fred Peabody | Canada | 91 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Dec. 9 – Thurs, Dec. 15
—>Director Fred Peabody and media critic Jeff Cohen will Skype in for a Q&A following the Friday, December 9 screening at 9:15 p.m.

The Apology Review | Profile
Dir. Tiffany Hsiung | Canada | 104 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Mon, Dec. 12

Dir. Kristen Johnson | USA | 102 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Tues, Dec. 13
—>Director Kirsten Johnson will be in attendance for a Q&A following the sneak preview screening on December 13 at 9 p.m.

Living with Giants
Dir. Sébastien Rist and Aude Leroux-Lévesque | Canada | 78 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinematheque Quebecoise – Fri, Dec. 9 – Sun, Dec. 11; Tues, Dec. 13 – Thurs, Dec. 15

Enjoy a week at the movies!

Visit First Weekend Club for more info on Canadian films opening around the country!