Watch the Best of RIDM on Festival Scope!
By Pat Mullen
Not in Montreal for the magic of RIDM? Catch some of the best selections of the Montreal International Documentary Festival for free on Festival Scope. The streaming site brings some of the hottest hits from the festival circuit directly to the screens of cinephiles. The films stream for free until Dec. 3.
The RIDM films streaming on Festival Scope include a trio of Canadian award winners. Julien Elie’s Dark Suns, which won RIDM’s Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature, headlines the list while Dan Popa’s Symphony in Aquamarine offers must-see viewing as the winner of both the Best New Talent from Québec/Canada and a special mention from the Grand Prize jury. Yuqi Kang’s A Little Wisdom adds another Canuck winner to the ticket. Before playing RIDM, this film about a young monk in the making took top honours at Hot Docs and Doc NYC.
On the Canadian front, the online festival also features Zaheed Mawani’s Harvest Moon, which we said, “reflects on a way of life that moves at a different pace from most of this fast-running world” and is a must-see for fans of artfully composed slow cinema. There’s also Danae Elon’s A Sister’s Song about two sisters, one of which is a Greek Orthodox nun, who reunite in a Jerusalem monastery. Covering the film at RIDM, Maurie Alioff wrote that A Sister’s Song “is a compassionate movie that raises doubts about its characters, but never judges them.”
A portrait of film on film comes from Jennifer Alleyn in Impetus, which draws a documentary out of a dramatic production gone awry. The film features hot talent from Quebec including Pascale Bussières and Emmanuel Schwartz. Also playing from Canada is Interchange, the latest film from the dynamic duo Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky.
Short docs are represented in the beautiful Indigenous music portrait Turning Tables and Sharlene Bamboat’s Video Home System, which traces the intersections of pop culture and nationalism. The fest also features Tara Hakim’s iPhone opus Teta, Opi, and Me and Time is Out of Joint by Victor Arroyo, an innovation in ethnography shot in Mexico.
Visit the POV RIDM Hub for more coverage from this year’s festival.