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

My Enemy, My Brother
Photo by Duraid Munajaim

By Pat Mullen

Ann Shin’s My Enemy, My Brother continues its remarkable journey. After moving audiences as a web series and as a short documentary, which made the Oscar shortlist a few years back, the film is now coming to theatres in two additional forms: a feature-length film and a virtual reality work. Both incarnations of the story let audiences immerse themselves in the consequences of war through the tale of two veterans linked by an astonishing act of heroism and separated by time and imprisonment. “This game isn’t just about situations of conflict, said Ann Shin, speaking about the film and VR work at Hot Docs last year, “it’s also about a person you might meet in an alley, the bully in the schoolyard, the person sitting next to you in a waiting room. It’s meant to reflect situations in our society where we make judgments about another person based on their skin colour, religion or political background.” Read more about My Enemy, My Brother in the feature ‘Global Lenses’!

Another story of wartime comes as Amos Gitai resumes the discussion that began with his 1982 film Field Diary. In West of the Jordan River, Gitai returns to the politically volatile divide between Israel and Palestine and considers the progress, or perhaps lack therefore, in the 25 years since his previous film. “Gitai’s portrait of the current Israel-Palestine relations is both enrapturing and harrowing due to its high level of pragmatism,” wrote Anastasia Akulinina while reviewing the film. “Gitai doesn’t spare any time on aesthetic components of his film. Rarely does one come across an artist who is so obviously indifferent to his work’s visual representation.” Read the POV review of West of the Jordan River here!

Opening this Week:

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
Dir. Lili Fini Zanuck | USA | 134 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sat, Mar. 10

Faces Places
Dir. Agnès Varda, JR | France | 90 min.
-Regina, SK: RPL Film Theatre – Fri, Mar. 9 – Sun, Mar. 11
-Vancouver, BC: Rio Theatre – Sun, Mar. 11

Dir. Jennifer Peedom | Australia | 74 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Mon, Mar. 12 – Tues, Mar. 13; Thurs, Mar. 15

My Enemy, My Brother
Dir. Ann Shin | Canada | 90 min.
-Toronto, ON: Carlton Cinema”: – Fri, Mar. 9 – Thurs, Mar. 15
—>Check out the companion VR installation in the lobby

On Putin’s Blacklist
Dir. Boris Ivanov | Canada | 76 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Thurs, Mar. 15

The Road Movie
Dir. Dmitrii Kalashnikov | Russia | 67 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Thurs, Mar. 15

Walk with Me
Dir. Marc J. Francis, Max Pugh | UK | 94 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Mar. 9 – Thurs, Mar. 15

West of the Jordan River
Dir. Amos Gitai | France/Israel | 84 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Mar. 9 – Thurs, Mar. 15

A Year in an English Garden: Flicker & Pulse
Dir. Brian McClave, Tom Wichelow | UK | 60 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Mar. 9

Retro Screenings:

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
Dir. Barbara Leibovitz | USA | 2007 | 81 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sun, Mar. 11
—>Post-screening Q&A with Paul Roth, Director of the Ryerson Image Centre

The Battle for Brooklyn
Dir. Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley | USA | 2011 | 94 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Thurs, Mar. 15
—>Post-screening Q&S with Joe Cressy, Toronto City Councillor

Enjoy a week at the movies!

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