VIFF Announces Canadian Docs

Because We Are Girls is among the Canadian docs world premiering at VIFF

By Pat Mullen

The Vancouver International Film Festival announced its Canadian programming today. The documentary front includes the world premiere of Baljit Sangra’s Because We Are Girls, a new NFB film about three sisters who are sexual abuse survivors and decide to confront a devastating family secret in the courts. Also world premiering are Kathleen S. Jayme’s Finding Big Country about the director’s superfan connection to Vancouver Grizzlies star Big Country Bryant Reeves, and Picking Up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket by Cody Graham and Carey Newman, which explores the history of Residential Schools in Canada.

VIFF features two TIFF docs making stopovers on the west coast: Igor Drljača’s The Stone Speakers and Astra Taylor’s What is Democracy?, both of which you can read about in the Fall issue of POV. (Subscribe today!) VIFF offers the hometown premiere for the Hot Docs hit This Mountain Life, which follows a mother-daughter trek along BC’s gorgeous and challenging Coastal Mountains. Read more about This Mountain Life in our current cover story.. Also screening at VIFF after Hot Docs is the award winner What Walaa Wants.

The fest also features several dramas including Patricia Rozema’s Moutpiece and Andrea Bussman’s Faust.

The full slate of Canadian selections announced today includes:

B.C. Spotlight: Sea to Sky
Because We Are Girls (dir. Baljit Sangra, Canada) – World Premiere
Edge of the Knife (dirs. Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown, Canada)
Finding Big Country (dir. Kathleen S. Jayme, Canada/USA) – World Premiere
Freaks (dirs. Adam Stein, Zach Lipovsky, Canada)
Kingsway (dir. Bruce Sweeney, Canada)
N.O.N. (dir. Zebulon Zang, Canada) – World Premiere
Picking Up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket (dirs. Cody Graham, Carey Newman, Canada) – World Premiere
The Darling (dir. Seung-Yup Lee, Canada/South Korea) – North American Premiere
This Mountain Life. Grant Baldwin, Canada)
When the Storm Fades (dir. Sean Devlin, Canada/Philippines) – World Premiere

True North
A Sister’s Song (dir. Danae Elon, Canada) – North American Premiere
Clara (dir. Akash Sherman, Canada)
Firecrackers (dir. Jasmin Mozaffari, Canada)
Genesis (dir. Philippe Lesage, Canada) – North American Premiere
Giant Little Ones (dir. Keith Behrman, Canada)
Mouthpiece (dir. Patricia Rozema, Canada)
Quiet Killing (dir. Kim O’Bomsawin, Canada)
Roads in February (dir. Katherine Jerkovic, Canada/Uruguay)
The Far Shore (dir. David Uloth, Canada) – World Premiere
Ville Neuve (dir. Félix Dufour-Laperrière, Canada) – North American Premiere
What is Democracy? (dir. Astra Taylor, Canada)
What Walaa Wants (dir. Christy Garland, Canada/Denmark)

Fausto (dir. Andrea Bussmann, Canada/Mexico)
M/M (dir. Drew Lint, Canada/Germany)
Mangoshake (dir. Terry Chiu, Canada)
Song of a Seer (dir. Aïda Maigre-Touchet, Canada/France/Haiti) – North American
Spice it Up (dirs. Lev Lewis, Yonah Lewis, Calvin Thomas, Canada) – World Premiere
The Museum of Forgotten Triumphs (dir. Bojan Bodružić, Canada/Bosnia and Herzegovina) – World Premiere
The Stone Speakers (dir. Igor Drljača, Canada/Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Waiting for April (dir. Olivier Godin, Canada) – North American Premiere

VIFF runs Sept. 27 to Oct. 12.