RIDM Announces 2018 Line-up
By Pat Mullen
The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) announced its 2018 line-up. The festival unveiled an impressive line-up of 157 films from 47 countries. Of these documentaries, 71 films come from Canada and 81 credit a female director.
13 documentaries will compete in the Canadian feature film competition. The Canuck titles vying in the spotlight are Yuqi Kang’s Hot Docs champ A Little Wisdom, Julien Elie’s investigative study Soleils noirs, Danae Elon’s sisterhood saga A Sister’s Song, Zaheed Mawani’s gorgeously shot Harvest Moon, Nadine Gomez’s Greektown opus Exarcheia, le chant des oiseaux, Hind Benchekroun and Sami Merme’s study of Kurdish women in Xalko, Catherine Hébert’s artistic ode Ziva Postec, Aïda Maigre-Touchet’s portrait of Dominique Batraville in Les flâneries du voyant, Thierry Loa’s Anthropocene-era symphony 20-22 OMEGA, Jean-François Caissy’s critically acclaimed First Stripes, and Jennifer Alleyn’s docu-fiction Impetus. These films join Christy Garland’s What Walaa Wants, which was previously announced as part of the Canadian competition when it was unveiled as the opening night selection of RIDM. A short film produced by Wapikoni Mobile will precede each Canadian film in competition.
RIDM’s international feature competition offers 12 films including RaMell Ross’s acclaimed Sundance hit Hale County This Morning, This Evening and Irene Lusztig’s Ms. magazine collage Yours in Sisterhood. Kristina Konrad revisits Uruguay’s 1980 referendum campaign in Unas Pregunatas and Dora García looks at the legacy of an Argentinian avant-garde icon in Segunda Vez. Zhang Mengqi examines rural China’s suppressed history in Self-Portrait: Sphinx in 47 KM, while Nicole Vögele whisks audiences to Taipei in Closing Time. Sara Fattahi examines Exile in Chaos, Donal Foreman dissects family dynamics and the Irish conflict in The Image You Missed, and Salomé Lamas’s examines Moldova in Extinction. Karim Aïnouz’s Central Airport THF offers a portrait of a young Syrian refugee, while Talal Derki brings his powerful Sundance winner Of Fathers and Sons, which observes a group of young boys raised to be radicals. Adam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer’s Empty Meal, finally, brings a tale of a nation imploding for Trump-era America.
Other highlights coming to RIDM include Ron Mann’s wonderful Carmine Street Guitars and Antoine Bourges’s innovative docu-fiction Fail to Appear. On the international front, RIDM scores a timely portrait of newly-mined Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad in On Her Shoulders, while Simon Lereng Wilmont reveals the poverty of post-war Ukraine in The Distant Barking of Dogs. Previously announced retrospectives will highlight the work of Kazuhiro Soda and Maria Augusta Ramos.
Please visit RIDM.ca for the complete line-up. RIDM runs November 8 to 18.