Audience across Ontario can explore a world of documentaries next week with the return of ReFrame Film Festival. The Peterborough festival is back in a virtual edition with over seventy docs from Canada and around the world. Highlights at this year’s festival include the Cannes, TIFF, and RIDM award winner A Night of Knowing Nothing (one of our top docs of 2021!), as well as Paper & Glue, the latest from Agnès Varda’s Faces Places collaborator, JR. ReFrame also has a number of Canadian festival favourites including Subjects of Desire, about Black beauty and the double standards of the cosmetic industry; The Gig Is Up, which explores the rise of “ghost workers” amid the gig economy; and Wuhan Wuhan, which takes audiences to the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the Canadian front, ReFrame also has a strong component of docs from Indigenous filmmakers. Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers’ Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy, a powerful look at the response to the opioid crisis in the filmmakers’ Blackfoot community. Courtney Montour’s Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again offers a respectful portrait of the Mohawk activist who fought hard for the rights of Indigenous women to preserve their status regardless of who they married. Tanya Talaga and Michelle Derosier’s Spirit to Soar, meanwhile, investigates systemic racism in Thunder Bay and interrogates the deaths and disappearances of First Nations teenagers.
Thanks to ReFrame Film Festival, POV has two virtual all-access passes to give away, along with five 5-film festival packs.
All you have to do to enter is answer the following question:
Which 2022 ReFrame Film Festival selection is on the Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary Feature?
a) A Night of Knowing Nothing
b) Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street
c) The Viewing Booth
d) Writing with Fire
Please note that the festival is geo-restricted to Canada, so only Canadian residents may enter the contest.
ReFrame Film Festival runs virtually Jan. 27 to Feb. 4, 2022.