RIDM Announces 2017 Line-Up


By Pat Mullen

142 documentaries from 47 countries are heading to the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM). The fest announced the full line-up for its 20th edition on the heels of its previously released opening and closing night selections of Céline Baril’s 24 Davids and Sonia Kronlund’s Nothingwood, and five spotlight films.

The wave of titles in the Official Competition includes eleven films that will compete in the race for Best Canadian Feature and twelves docs that will vie for Best International Feature. The films programmed for Best Canadian Feature are Carlos’ Ferrand’s 13, un ludodrame sur Walter Benjamin, Tasha Hubbard’s Birth of a Family, Alison McAlpine’s Cielo, Mathieu Roy’s Les dépossédés, Hubert Caron-Guay’s Destierros, Serge Giguère’s La lettre de ma mère, Sofia Bohdanowicz’s Maison du bonheur, Kalina Bertin’s Manic, Laura Bari’s Primas, Tao Gu’s Taming the Horse, and Jean-François Lesage’s La rivière cachée.

The dozen docs in the race for Best International Feature are: Eric Baudelaire’s Also Known as Jihadi, Juliana Antunes’s Baronesa, Travis Wilkerson’s Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, Xu Bing’s Dragonfly Eyes, Narimane Mari’s Le fort de fous, Ben Russell’s Good Luck, Basma Alsharif’s Ouroboros, Anthony Chidiac’s Room for a Man, Filipa César’s Spell Reel, Ziad Kalthoum’s Taste of Cement, and Catherine Van Campen’s Zaatari Djinn.

Additional Canadian selections for the festival include Alanis Obomsawin’s Our People Will Be Healed, Amy Miller’s Tomorrow’s Power, Paul Tom’s Bagages, and Charles Officer’s Unarmed Verses. Other international highlights include Karim Sayad’s Of Sheep and Men and Viktor Jakovleski’s Brimstone & Glory.

Please visit RIDM for the full list of titles. RIDM runs November 9-19.