Docs Opening in Canada this Week (Mar. 1-7)

Apollo 11
Elevation Pictures


By Pat Mullen

Blast off with a must-see milestone in archival filmmaking as Apollo 11 touches down on IMAX screens near you. Todd Douglas Miller’s exciting and exceptionally well crafted Apollo 11 kicks off in limited IMAX release this week following a roaring debut at Sundance earlier this year. The film present the landmark moon landing with scope and vision that audiences have never seen before thanks to some recently discovered and newly restored archival footage taken behind the scenes during the Apollo 11 mission. Neil Armstrong himself couldn’t have experienced the moon landing with this good a view. Read the POV review of Apollo 11 here.

The Canada’s Top Ten selections make their way to the Lightbox starting 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.

This week also features the world’s largest showcase devoted exclusively to Canadian film as the Kingston Canadian Film Festival runs through March 3. KCFF’s strong doc line-up includes hits like This Mountain Life, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, What Walaa Wants, Hugh Hefner’s After Dark: Speaking Out in America, A Sister’s Song, What is Democracy? and other films. Visit KCFF for more information.

Other events of interest to doc fans include this month’s Doc Soup screening of The Panama Papers (check back soon for a review!), as well as the return of the Curious Minds weekend at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, which includes a sneak peek at Netflix’s Our Planet series (coming soon to issue #110!) as well as talks about the making of The Handmaid’s Tale, building greener cities, and living under the Tuscan sun.

Docs opening this week:

Apollo 11
Dir. Todd Douglas Miller | USA | 93 min.
-Calgary, AB: Cineplex Scotiabank Chinook – Fri, Mar. 1 – Thurs, Mar. 7
-Edmonton, AB: Telus World of Science Edmonton – Fri, Mar. 1 – Thurs, Mar. 7
-Kitchener, ON: Landmark Kitchener – Fri, Mar. 1 – Thurs, Mar. 7
-Montreal, QC: Cineplex Forum – Fri, Mar. 1 – Thurs, Mar. 7
-Oakville, ON: Cineplex Winston Churchill – Fri, Mar. 1 – Thurs, Mar. 7
-Toronto, ON: Cineplex Yonge & Dundas – Fri, Mar. 1 – Thurs, Mar. 7
-Vancouver, BC: Cineplex Cineplex Langley – Fri, Mar. 1 – Thurs, Mar. 7

Cat Video Fest
Dir. Various cat lovers | USA | 75 min
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Mon, Mar. 4; Thurs, Mar. 7

Gift
Dir. Robin McKenna | Canada | 90 min.
-Calgary, AB: Globe Cinema – Fri, Mar. 1 – Sat, Mar. 2; Tues, Mar. 5 – Wed, Mar. 6

The Image Book
Dir. Jean-Luc Godard | Switzerland/France | 84 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Mar. 1 – Sun, Mar. 3

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church
Dir. John McDermott | USA | 105 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Tues, Mar. 5 – Thurs, Mar. 7

The Panama Papers
Dir. Alex Winter | USA | 98 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Wed, Mar. 6 – Thurs, Mar. 7
—>Q&A with director Alex Winter (Skype on March 6, in-person on March 7)

A Tuba to Cuba
Dir. T.G. Herrington, Danny Clinch | USA/Cuba | 82 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Mon, Mar. 4; Wed, Mar. 6 – Thurs, Mar. 7

What Walaa Wants
Dir. Christy Garland | Canada | 89 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Fri, Mar. 1 – Thurs, Mar. 8

Enjoy a week at the movies!

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