Docs Opening in Canada this Week (Jan. 25 - 31)

What Walaa Wants
Courtesy of the NFB

Three Hot Docs fan favourites make their way to screens this week. First up is the moving and inspiring NFB doc What Walaa Wants, which takes audiences into the world of a young Palestinian woman as she fights against the status quo with dreams of joining the police force. “Walaa is a force,” wrote Amy Siegel reviewing the film at Hot Docs. “The immensity of her presence is undeniable. In a world that continues to dehumanize and victimize Palestinian people, reducing lives to numbers without names or stories, it is refreshing to see a film that portrays such a proud, resilient, young Palestinian woman. You will remember Walaa.” Read the POV review of What Walaa Wants here.

Next up on the menu is Chef Flynn, a popular amuse-bouche that introduced festivalgoers to young culinary prodigy Flynn McGarry as he prepared to open his own restaurant under the watchful eye of his mother Meg. “Chef Flynn is a film about extreme talent and the price you pay, a perhaps cursed gift or gifted curse,” wrote Jutta Brendemühl reviewing the film at Hot Docs. “And a film about how to try to be a parent without losing sight of yourself and those around you.” Read the POV review of Chef Flynn here.

Finally, take a deep breath with a documentary that demands the big screen experience as festival hit This Mountain Life returns to the magnanimous screen at Hot Docs Cinema. Audiences enamored with the death defying acts of Free Solo will enjoy this feminist-take on the adventure film as mother-daughter duo Tania and Martina Halik trek a 2300km, 6 month odyssey through BC’s Coastal Mountains. “Seeing the landscape from their perspectives inevitably invites one to share their affinity for and responsibility to the land,” we wrote in the Hot Docs cover story of POV. “It’s an awe-inspiring breath of fresh air. Read more on This Mountain Life in the feature ‘The Call of the Wild.

Docs opening this week:

Chef Flynn
Dir. Cameron Yates | USA | 82 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Jan. 25 – Thurs, Jan. 31

Free Solo
Dir. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | USA | 100 min.
-Kitchener-Waterloo, ON: Princess Cinema -Tues, Jan. 29 – Thurs, Jan. 31
-Ottawa, ON: Imagine St. Laurent – Fri, Jan. 25 – Thurs, Jan. 31
-Toronto, ON: Carlton Cinema – Fri, Jan. 25 – Thurs, Jan. 31
-Toronto, ON: Ontario Place Cinesphere – Sat, Jan. 26 – Sun, Jan. 27
-Vancouver, BC: Rio Theatre – Sun, Jan. 27; Tues, Jan. 29

Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Dir. RaMell Ross | USA | 72 min.
-Toronto, ON: Mt. Pleasant Cinema – Fri, Jan. 25 – Sat, Jan. 26; Wed, Jan. 30
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Sun, Jan. 27; Tues, Jan. 29

Impetus
Dir. Jennifer Alleyn | Canada | 94 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinema Beaubien – Fri, Jan. 25 – Thurs, Jan. 31
-Montreal, QC: Cinema du Musée – Fri, Jan. 25 – Thurs, Jan. 31

The Image Book
Dir. Jean-Luc Godard | Switzerland/France | 84 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Fri, Jan. 25 – Thurs, Jan. 31

Letter From Masanjia
Dir. Leon Lee | Canada | 75 min.
-Edmonton, AB: Metro Cinema – Fri, Jan. 25; Sun, Jan. 27 – Mon, Jan. 28

Maria By Callas
Dir. Tom Volf | France | 113 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Thurs, Jan. 31

Minding the Gap
Dir. Bing Liu | USA | 93 min.
-Calgary, AB: Globe Cinema – Fri, Jan. 25 – Sun, Jan. 27; Tues, Jan. 29 – Thurs, Jan. 31
-Vancouver, BC: Rio Theatre – Sun, Jan. 27; Tues, Jan. 29

Nothing Like a Dame
Dir. Roger Michell | UK | 83 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Sun, Jan. 27; Tues, Jan. 29

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
Dir. Marina Zenovich | USA | 116 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Wed, Jan. 30
—>Post-screening Q&A featuring comedians and actors Jessica Holmes and Mary Walsh, with Dr. Joti Samra, hosted by Rendezvous with Madness Program Director Geoff Pevere.

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me_
Dir. Sam Pollard | USA | 100 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sun, Jan. 27
—>Skype Q&A with film subject Michael Dinwiddie, Cultural Studies professor at New York University.

This Mountain Life
Dir. Grant Baldwin | Canada | 76 min.
-Calgary, AB: Globe Cinema – Fri, Jan. 25 – Sun, Jan. 27; Tues, Jan. 29 – Thurs, Jan. 31
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Jan. 25 – Thurs, Jan. 31

What Walaa Wants
Dir. Christy Garland | Canada | 89 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinema du Parc – Fri, Jan. 25 – Thurs, Jan. 31
—>Q&A with Christy Garland and Walaa (via Skype) on Jan. 25

Who Will Write Our History
Dir. Roberta Grossman | USA | 97 min.
-Cobourg, ON: Cobourg Loft – Sun, Jan. 27 – Tues, Jan. 29; Thurs, Jan. 31
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sun, Jan. 27

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes
Dir. Alison Reid | Canada | 83 min.
-Cobourg, ON: Cobourg Loft – Fri, Jan. 25; Mon, Jan. 28
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Jan. 25; Thurs, Jan. 31
—>Skype Q&A with Dir. Alison Reid – Friday Jan 25, 3:00PM Screening.

Yellow is Forbidden
Dir. Pietra Brettkelly | New Zealand | 97 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre -Fri, Jan. 25; Tues, Jan. 29; Thurs, Jan. 31

Retro Screenings:

Up the Yangtze
Dir. Yung Chang | Canada | 2007 | 93 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Wed, Jan. 30

Enjoy a week at the movies!

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