Docs Opening in Canada this Week (March 31 - April 6)

_Mr. Gaga
Photo: Gadi Dagon. Courtesy of Mongrel Media.

By Pat Mullen

The power of the arts to reflect and change the world takes the stage in the energetic dance doc Mr. Gaga. This film by Tomer Heymann profiles Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin as he creates politically charged performances that electrify audiences and challenge the establishment. While reviewing Mr. Gaga at Hot Docs, we wrote: “Heymann thoroughly mines the archives for performances of Naharin’s numbers and this lively, unexpectedly political film is an exhilarating ode to cultural expression..” Read more in the POV review of Mr. Gaga.

One film that doc fans should be dying to see is the darkly funny and pleasantly inspiring Obit. This doc by Vanessa Gould takes audiences into the machinery of the obit pages of the New York Times as writers reveal the art of celebrating a life in a few columns. How does one capture the life of a man or a woman in print? Catch Obit to find out! Read more in the POV review of Obit.

Events outside of theatrical release include the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, which features Tickling Giants, Girl Unbound, Black Code and We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice. In Vancouver, Just Film Festival screens Mali Blues and Occupation of the American Mind.

Opening this Week:

Fighting Through the Night
Dir. Sylvain L’EspĂ©rance | Canada | 285 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinema du Parc – Fri, Mar. 31 – Sun, Apr. 2

Goodnight Brooklyn: The Story of Death by Audio
Dir. Matthew Conboy | USA | 83 min.
-Edmonton, AB: Metro Cinema – Tues, Apr. 4

I am Not Your Negro
Dir. Raoul Peck | USA/France/Belgium/Switzerland | 95 min.
-Ottawa, ON: ByTowne Cinema – Fri, Mar. 31 – Tues, Apr. 4

It’s Not Dark Yet
Dir. Frankie Fenton | Ireland | 78 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Wed, Apr. 5 – Thurs, Apr. 6
—>Ruth Fitzmaurice, spouse of film subject Simon Fitzmaurice, in attendance for post-screening Q&As.

Mr. Gaga
Dir. Tomer Heyman | Israel | 100 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Mar. 31 – Thurs, Apr. 6

Dir. Vanessa Gould | USA | 93 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Bell Lightbox – Fri, Mar. 31 – Apr. 6
—>Director Vanessa Gould, producer Caitlin Mae Burke and _New York Times _writer and film subject Margalit Fox join for an introduction and post-screening Q&A on Friday and Saturday at 7:00 PM.

Retro Screenings:

Los Canadienses
Dir. Albert Kish | Canada | 1975 | 58 min.
-Cobourg, ON: Cobourg Loft

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders of Robin Hood Hills
Dir. Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | USA | 1995 | 150 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Tues, Apr. 4
—>Director Joe Berlinger will participate in a Skype Q&A following the screening moderated by film critic and author Geoff Pevere.

Power to the People
Dir. Sabine Lubbe Bakker | Netherlands | 2012 | 50 min.
-Ottawa, ON: Mayfair Theatre – Mon, Apr. 3

Enjoy a week at the movies!

Save the date!

Join POV for a special conversation on documentary as Canada’s national art form on National Canadian Film Day (April 19) at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. This event features the launch of POV #105, our biggest issue ever devoted to the history of Canadian documentary, which is presented with the generous support of Reel Canada. Get event details here!

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