Perspectives Series Podcast: Episode 1 – Tackling Theme

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Welcome to Perspectives, a series of talks that takes you behind the scenes of Canadian documentary filmmaking. This series is presented by the DOC Institute with generous support from presenting sponsor Vistek as well as the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Creates.

In each week of this three-part series, three filmmakers join host Aisha Jamal to unpack an element of documentary filmmaking and explain the role it plays in their work. This series was recorded as a live event via Zoom. The Perspectives panel featured a live conversation with the filmmakers, followed by questions from the audience.

Week 1 of the series explores the question of tackling theme with filmmakers Yung Chang (This Is Not a Movie), Ngardy Conteh George (Mr. Jane and Finch), and Baljit Sangra (Because We Are Girls). The filmmakers share how they flesh out the deeper questions behind their stories after deciding upon their subjects, and reflect upon the process of asking the larger questions within every doc. Links to many of their projects are available below for further viewing before or after listening, and you can read more about Chang and George’s next projects in our upcoming issue.

Perspectives is sponsored by Vistek, Canada’s leading supplier of our industry’s most trusted digital production equipment. Whether you’re shopping in-store or online at, you’ll find a complete range of audio/video solutions and expert advice to help you select the right tools for your next project. And don’t forget: DOC Members enjoy 20% off rentals and VIP pricing on purchases, so be sure to visit Vistek before your next shoot.


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For further viewing

The films of Yung Chang:
This Is Not a Movie
Up the Yangtze
The Fruit Hunters
China Heavyweight
Wuhan Wuhan – Premieres at Hot Docs ’21!

The films of Ngardy Conteh George:
Mr. Jane and Finch
The Flying Stars (trailer)
Dudley Speaks for Me
The Rhyming Chef Barbuda

The films of Baljit Sangra:
Because We Are Girls
Many Rivers Home (clips)
Warrior Boyz

Next week’s episode: Finding Your Format!

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Hosted by Aisha Jamal
Audio editing by Madeline Lines
Clapper image by Anuwat Meereewee
Intro theme: “First Met” by Vikas Singh Chhonker

Pat Mullen is the publisher of POV Magazine. He holds a Master’s in Film Studies from Carleton University where his research focused on adaptation and Canadian cinema. Pat has also contributed to outlets including The Canadian Encyclopedia, Paste, That Shelf, Sharp, Xtra, and Complex. He is the vice president of the Toronto Film Critics Association and an international voter for the Golden Globe Awards.

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