Montreal International Documentary Festival

BOX OFFICE My calendar

Search films, news, screening numbers and events by keywords

10 April 2017


Montreal, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – RIDM+, presented by the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), continues its January-to-May series of five monthly screenings of high-quality recent and classic auteur documentaries.For its April film, the RIDM is pleased to present the Quebec premiere of the unforgettable and unsettling documentary Under the Sun by Vitaly Mansky on Thursday, April 27 at 8 p.m. at Cinéma du Parc

Young Zin-mi, 8, clearly loves life. She’s a model student who is preparing diligently with her cohorts at the Children’s Union for a grand celebration of the late leader Kim Jong Il’s birthday. With her happy middle-class parents by her side, her daily life is filmed for a full year – under close state supervision.

A documentary initiated and approved by the North Korean government, Under the Sun is the work of a patient and meticulous filmmaker with a keen eye for the smallest cracks in a well-oiled system that never stops trying to make him conform to its demands. Between constant meddling from authorities, who force him to re-shoot scenes, and increasingly obvious signs of fatigue on Zin-mi’s face, Under the Sun not only shows life inside North Korea but the gradual, inevitable and heartbreaking transformation of a little girl into a tool of the state. 

The RIDM+ series is presened by Télé-Québec.

Under the Sun
,directed by Vitaly Mansky

Russia, Latvia, Germany, Czech Republic, North Korea | 2016 | 106 minutes

In the original Korean, with English subtitles



Thursday, April 27, 8 p.m., Cinéma du Parc

Purchase tickets online:


On the last Thursday of every month, the RIDM+ series, presented by the Montreal International Documentary Festival, gives film lovers the opportunity to see a high-quality documentary, including recent hits from the festival circuit and classics of the genre. It is a rare chance to see these films on the big screen in Montreal, and an opportunity to meet the filmmakers or attend a special presentation given by an expert on a film’s subject matter.

Quebec’s only film festival dedicated to documentaries, the Montreal International Documentary Festivalpresents the best reality‐based films, including the works of established directors and new talents.


The 20th annual RIDM will take place from November 9 to 19, 2017.

The festival is accepting submissions until May 31.

Informations : /



To request interviews, Vimeo links or visual materials, please contact:

Caroline Rompré | publicist | 514-778-9294 |



Discover the best in documentary, take part in our year-round activities, and make the most of your festival!

Newsletter subscription

Discover the best in documentary, take part in our year-round activities, and make the most of your festival!