Docs Screening in Canada This Week (Jan. 8 - 14)

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Photo courtesy of TIFF


By Pat Mullen

Documentary fans have ample bounty to choose from this week. The end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 let moviegoers ring in the new year with the top docs of the year that’s passed. TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten festival kicks off in Toronto on Friday and brings a trio of docs (Hurt, Ninth Floor, and Guantanamo’s Child) that doc fans might have missed on the festival circuit. (We’ll keep readers across the country informed on Canada’s Top Ten screenings as they hit additional cities in the following weeks.) The upcoming Oscar nominations also mean that many of the shortlisted documentary features are back or are making their first appearances. Anyone who likes to see the full slate before the ceremony is in for a busy and docu-licious week!

Docs now playing:

Al Purdy Was Here
Dir. Brian D. Johnson | Canada | 90 min.
-Courtenay, BC: CVAG Film Series – Thurs, Jan. 14
-Kamloops, BC: Kamloops Film Series– Thurs, Jan. 14
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Thurs, Jan. 14
-Toronto, ON: Kingsway Theatre – Fri, Jan. 8; Sun, Jan. 10; Tues, Jan. 12; Thurs, Jan. 14

Amy
Dir. Asif Kapadia | UK | 128 min.
-Smithers, BC: Smithers Film Society – Sun, Jan. 10
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Fri, Jan. 8

Best of Enemies
Dir. Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville | USA | 87 min.
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Wed, Jan. 13

Food, Inc.
Dir. Robert Kenner | 2008 | USA | 94 min.
-London, ON: Museum London (TIFF Film Circuit) – Sun, Jan. 10

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Dir. Alex Gibney | USA | 120 min
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Tues, Jan. 12

Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr (Canada’s Top Ten Festival)
Dir. Patrick Reed, Michelle Shepard | Canada | 80 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Mon, Jan. 11 – Thurs, Jan. 14
-Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Cinematheque – Sun, Jan. 10

Hadwin’s Judgement
Dir. Sasha Snow | Canada | 87 min.
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Fri, Jan. 15
—>Producer Elizabeth Yake will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening

Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World
Dir. Charles Wilkinson | Canada | 74 min.
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Sat, Jan. 9; Mon, Jan. 11; Thurs, Jan. 14
-Victoria, BC: Cinecenta – Sun. Jan. 10 – Tues, Jan. 12

Heart of a Dog
Dir. Laurie Anderson | USA/France | 75 min.
-Toronto, ON: Kingsway Theatre – Sat, Jan. 9; Mon, Jan. 11; Wed, Jan. 13
-Winnipeg, MB: Winnipeg Cinematheque – Fri, Jan. 8 – Sat, Jan. 9

Hitchcock/Truffaut
Dir. Kent Jones | USA | 80 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinéma du Parc – Fri, Jan. 8 – Thurs, Jan. 14
-Ottawa, ON: ByTowne Cinema – Thurs, Jan. 7 – Sun, Jan. 10

Hôtel la Louisiane
Dir. Michel Le Veaux | Canada | 108 min
-Montreal, QC: Cinéma Beaubien – Fri, Jan. 8 – Thurs, Jan. 14

The Hunting Ground
Dir. Kirby Dick | USA | 102 min.
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Wed, Jan. 13

Hurt (Canada’s Top Ten Festival)
Dir. Alan Zweig | Canada | 84 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Fri, Jan. 8 – Sat, Jan. 9

In Jackson Heights
Dir. Frederick Wiseman | USA | 190 min
-Ottawa, ON: ByTowne Cinema – Thurs, Jan. 14 – Sat, Jan. 16

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words
Dir. Stig Björkman | Sweden | 104 min.
-Montreal, QC: Cinéma du Parc – Fri, Jan. 8 – Thurs, Jan. 14
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Fri, Jan. 8 – Thurs, Jan. 14

Iris
Dir. Labert Maysles | USA | 79 min.
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Sun, Jan. 10

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Dir. Brett Morgan | USA | 132 min.
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Mon, Jan. 11

The Look of Silence
Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer | Denmark/Indonesia/Finland/UK | 103 min.
-Toronto, ON: The Revue – Tues, Jan. 12 – Thurs, Jan. 14

Mavis!
Dir. Jessica Edwards | USA | 90 min.
-Picton, ON: The Regent – Sat, Jan. 9
-Toronto, ON: Kingsway Theatre – Sat, Jan. 9; Mon, Jan. 11; Wed, Jan. 13
-Whitehorse, YK: Yukon Film Society – Sun, Jan. 10

Meru
Dir. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | India/USA | 87 min.
-Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON: Festival Film Series – Fri, Jan. 8
-Toronto, ON: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – Sun, Jan. 10; Tues, Jan. 12

Ninth Floor (Canada’s Top Ten Festival)
Dir. Mina Shum | Canada | 82 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Tues, Jan. 12 – Wed, Jan. 13
-Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Cinematheque – Fri, Jan. 8

Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven
Dir. Phyllis Ellis | Canada | 70 min.
-Guelph, ON: Bookshelf Cinema – Sat, Jan. 9 – Sun, Jan. 10; Wed, Jan. 13 – Thurs, Jan. 14

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Dir. Lisa Immordino Vreeland | USA/UK/Italy | 96 min.
-Hamilton, ON: Westdale Theatre – Fri, Jan. 8 – Thurs, Jan. 14
-Toronto, ON: Fox Theatre – Mon, Jan. 11 – Tues, Jan. 12
-Toronto, ON: Kingsway Theatre – Fri, Jan. 8; Sun, Jan. 10; Tues, Jan. 12; Thurs, Jan. 14
-Toronto, ON: Mt. Pleasant – Fri, Jan. 8 – Thurs, Jan. 14

This Changes Everything
Dir. Avi Lewis | Canada/USA | 90 min.
-Sooke, BC: Awareness Film Night – Wed, Jan. 13

We Comes As Friends
Dir. Hubert Sauper | France/Austria | 110 min.
-Victoria, BC: The Vic – Fri, Jan. 8 – Sun, Jan. 10

Is your film or theatre not listed here?
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