• Hot Docs Trailers: ‘Willie’

    Hot Docs Trailers: ‘Willie’

    A hockey hero gets his due in the new film Willie. The doc, which was announced this week to world premiere in Hot Docs’ Special Presentations line-up, tells the story of Willie O’Ree, who broke barriers as the first hockey Black player in the NHL when he hit the ice in 1957. This film directed by Laurence Mathieu-Leger, featuring a team composed entirely of women and minority crew members, follows O’Ree’s journey from segregated bus terminals to the Hockey Hall of Fame. It’s an inspiring story that matters to this day as many sports still place considerable barriers for access and inclusion. Catch Willie at Hot Docs in April and subscribe to read more in the next issue of POV!

    Posted March 14th, 2019 • Comments

  • Hot Docs Trailers: ‘The Corporate Coup d’Etat’

    Hot Docs Trailers: ‘The Corporate Coup d’Etat’

    Coming to the Special Presentations line-up at this year’s Hot Docs is Fred Peabody’s timely new film The Corporate Coup d‘État. The doc follows up after Peabody’s 2016 hit All Governments Lie and examines how the media landscape and politics have shifted with Donald Trump in the White House. The doc draws upon John Ralston Saul’s theory of “the corporate coup d‘état,” which was recently used by journalists and activists like Naomi Klein to characterize corporate America’s pervasive hijacking over the government come to fruition in the age of Trump.

    Posted March 7th, 2019 • Comments

  • Hot Docs Trailers: ‘Assholes: A Theory’

    One of the 15 titles announced yesterday for this year’s Hot Docs is John Walker’s Assholes: A Theory. The doc playfully adapts Aaron James’ New York Times bestseller of the same name and examines the rise in “asshole culture” that is growing worldwide. What attracts us to assholes? Watch the trailer (and the film) to find out!

    Posted March 6th, 2019 • Comments

  • Netflix’s ‘Our Planet’ Makes History with Super Bowl Spot

    In case you missed yesterday’s Super Bowl (or fell asleep), the night featured a history making ad. For the first time ever, a documentary series landed a Super Bowl Spot. The series, Netflix’s nature doc Our Planet, launches globally April 5 and promises to be far more exciting than the game was.

    Synopsis: This eight-part series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, will explore the unique and precious wonders of our natural world from the creator of the award-winning series Planet Earth. In partnership with World Wildlife Fund, Our Planet combines stunning photography and technology with an unprecedented, never-before-filmed look at the planet’s remaining wilderness areas and their animal inhabitants. The ambitious four-year project has been filmed in 50 countries across all the continents of the world, with over 600 crew members capturing more than 3500 filming days, and will focus on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America

    Posted February 4th, 2019 • Comments

  • Docs to Watch: ‘Talking at Night’

    Let’s talk about mental illness. Eric Thiessen’s important 2017 NFB documentary Talking at Night observes the positive impact that an empathetic ear can have on anyone feeling hopeless or in despair. The film goes behind the scenes at Saskatoon’s Mobile Crisis Centre, which provides 24/7 support to people in distress. The calls range from fears of suicide to stories of abuse and tales of depression. The film effectively conveys the process of bringing mental illness out into the open and encourages viewers to seek a helpful ear wherever one may be.

    Posted January 30th, 2019 • Comments

  • Docs to Watch: ‘How to Build an Igloo’

    Not sure what to do with 31cm of snow? Watch the 1949 NFB classic How to Build an Igloo by Douglas Wilkinson as it chronicles a step by step guide as several Inuit construct a house in only 90 minutes. Perfect inspiration for a snow day!

    Read more about the film in this blog post from the NFB about building igloos in an interactive installation in Toronto.

    Posted January 29th, 2019 • Comments

  • ‘What is Democracy?’ Panel Discussion

    “Democracy is knowing how to have your voice heard in your society, how to take action in your society,” said Rebecca Klaassen, Project Coordinator at Apathy is Boring, in last week’s panel What is Democracy? at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. The conversation followed a screening of Astra Taylor’s documentary with producer Lea Marin of the NFB joining Klaasen and Mike Morden, Research Director at the Samara Centre for Democracy, in a discussion moderated by Akaash Maharaj, CEO of the Mosaic Institute, that engaged audiences with the questions and calls to action of the film. Watch the panel to further the conversation inspired by the documentary.

    Read more about What is Democracy? in this profile of Astra Taylor and in this essay on populism.

    Posted January 15th, 2019 • Comments

  • Docs to Watch: ‘A Night at the Garden’

    Catch up on the Oscar-shortlisted short docs with Marshall Curry’s powerful archival film. A Night at the Garden revisits an evening in 1939 when 20,000 convened at New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism. It’s an eerie, and tragically relevant, portrait of a little told chapter of the USA’s history.

    Posted January 14th, 2019 • Comments

  • Docs to Watch: ‘All the Time in the World’

    Watch Suzanne Crocker’s inspiring doc All the Time in the World, which chronicles the year her family unplugged and slowed down in the Yukon Territory. The film encourages audiences to find harmony and balance in their lives and move in sync with the rhythms of nature, rather than the hustle-bustle of the daily commute.

    Read more about All the Time in the World in the feature Some Like it Hot.

    Posted January 11th, 2019 • Comments

  • The Stories We Tell

    Get a sneak peek at POV’s picks for Canada’s Documentary Essentials in our new sizzle reel for issue #105 – ‘The Stories We Tell’. This video features a highlight reel edited by Roderick Deogrades featuring some of Canada’s top docs.

    Posted April 20th, 2017 • Comments

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