Docs Opening in Canada this Week (Sept. 22 - 28)

Let There Be Light


By Pat Mullen

Big ideas demand big screens. This week’s new opener Let There Be Light demands the theatrical experience as it combines aesthetics and intellect on an expansive canvas. Director Mila Aug-Thwin and Van Royko tackle the future of the Earth’s sustainable energy plans by exploring the processes of creating nuclear fusion. The film harnesses the complex challenges scientists encounter while creating nuclear energy in labs of all shapes and sizes. Lensed by Royko, who also shot docs like Monsoon and KONELINE: our land beautiful, the awe-inspiring Let There Be Light is a must for fans of artfully engaged eco documentaries. Read more about Let There Be Light in the feature ‘Global Lenses.’

Equally worthy of the big screen and attention of eco doc fans is the urgent tale of the animal kingdom, Trophy. This critically acclaimed documentary from directors Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz uncovers a trend threatening some of the biggest and rarest game on the safari: gourmet novelty dining. The doc looks at the impact of trophy hunting and the consumption of rare animals like elephants, rhinos, and lions for sport. The film masterfully uses the overconsumption of rare animals to tackle the greater implications of binge-eating capitalist society. Trophy “is not a position paper but a work of curiosity and intelligence, filled with sublime and horrifying images,” raves Matt Zoller Seitz at RogerEbert.com. “This is a brilliant, maddening, necessary movie.”

Montreal audiences, finally, have the chance to catch one of the most acclaimed Canadian films on the festival circuit with the release of Carlo Guillermo Proto’s Resurrecting Hassan. Winner of the Grand Prize and Student Jury Prize at RIDM last fall, and a Special Jury Prize from Hot Docs this spring, among other honours, Resurrecting Hassan is a compelling and unconventional music doc. The film tells the story of the Harting family—Denis, Peggy, and daughter Lauviah—who have all been sightless since birth. The family is a familiar sight singing for change in Montreal metro stations, but behind their beautiful voices is a darker tale of grief, hope, and endurance. Read more about Resurrecting Hassan in the feature ‘Message in the Music.’

Opening this Week:

Expo 67: Mission Impossible
Dir. Guylaine Maroist, Eric Ruel, Michel Barbeau | Canada | 68 min.
-Cobourg, ON: Cobourg Loft – Fri, Sept. 22 – Sat, Sept. 23; Thurs, Sept. 28

Integral Man
Dir. Joseph Clement | Canada | 62 min.
-Winnipeg, MB: Winnipeg Cinematheque – Fri, Sept. 22

The Last Dalai Lama
Dir. Mickey Lemle | USA | 82 min.
-Cobourg, ON: Cobourg Loft – Wed, Sept. 27
-Guelph, ON: Bookshelf Cinema – Mon, Sept. 25 – Wed, Sept. 27
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Sept. 22 – Mon, Sept. 25; Wed, Sept. 27 – Thurs, Sept. 28
—>Director Mickey Lemle will be in attendance for post-screening Q&As at select screenings.

Let There Be Light
Dir. Mila Aung-Thwin, Van Royko | Canada | 80 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinema du Parc – Fri, Sept. 22 – Thurs, Sept. 28
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Sept. 22 – Thurs, Sept. 28
—>Co-director Mila Aung-Thwin will be in attendance for post-screening Q&As at select screenings.

Rat Film
Dir. Theo Anthony | USA | 82 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Sept. 22
—>Director Theodore Jacob Anthony and producer Riel Roch-Decter will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A moderated by filmmaker Fantavious Fritz.

Resurrecting Hassan
Dir. Carlo Guillermo Proto | Canada | 100 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinema Beaubien – Fri, Sept. 22 – Thurs, Sept. 28
-Montreal, QC: Cinema du Parc – Fri, Sept. 22 – Thurs, Sept. 28

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World Feature | Review
Dir. Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana | Canada/USA | 102 min.
-Cobourg, ON: Cobourg Loft – Tues, Sept. 26
-Montreal, QC: Cinema Beaubien – Fri, Sept. 22 – Thurs, Sept. 28
-Montreal, QC: Cinema du Parc – Fri, Sept. 22 – Thurs, Sept. 28
-Vancouver, BC: Rio Theatre – Tues, Sept. 26

Trophy
Dir. Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz | UK/Namibia | 108 min.
-Ottawa, ON: Mayfair Theatre – Fri, Sept. 22; Mon, Sept. 25 – Tues, Sept. 26
-Toronto, ON: Carlton Cinema – Fri, Sept. 22 – Thurs, Sept. 28

Retro Screenings:

Pour la suite du monde
Dir. Pierre Perrault, Michel Brault | Canada | 1962 | 105 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Cinematheque – Tues, Sept. 26

Titicut Follies
Dir. Frederick Wiseman | USA | 1967 | 84 min.
-Regina, SK: Regina Public Library – Sun, Sept. 24

Warrendale
Dir. Allan King | Canada | 1967 | 101 min.
-Regina, SK: Regina Public Library – Sun, Sept. 24

Enjoy a week at the movies!

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