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26 November 2020 Festival

RIDM Week 3 : two new sections!

We're starting this third and last week of the festival today! The sections Redefining Intimacy (presented in collaboration with Cinemania) and Surviving Violence are now available for viewing on the festival’s online platform and will remain accessible until December 2.


REDEFINING INTIMACY – available November 26 to December 2

These 13 films explore issues around private life, family relationships, romantic relationships and elder and end-of-life care. These very personal stories question the individual’s relationship with their society and era.


SURVIVING VIOLENCE – available November 26 to December 2

12 highly topical films that testify powerfully to different forms of contemporary violence: the exploitation of Indigenous peoples, the tragic fate of migrants, countries at war, political repression and persistent violence against women.


The festival is always eager to start discussions around creativity and documentary issues, and to that end hosts numerous online discussions in multiple formats (video, audio, written).


On Thursday, November 26 at 7 p.m.,the festival presents DIALOGUE: Errance sans retour / Sous un même soleil in which filmmakers Mélanie Carrier, Olivier Higgins and François Jacob will discuss issues of representation in documentary, geopolitical conflict and the survival of displaced peoples.


The DIALOGUE: CHSLD, Mon Amour will take place on Friday, November 27 at 7 p.m. for a discussion with filmmaker Danic Champoux on his recent film shot in the heart of a residential and long-term care center in the Centre-Sud neighbourhood of Montreal, right before the health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


On Saturday, November 28 at 3 p.m., filmmakers Amel Alzakout and Khaled Abdelwahed will participate in DIALOGUE: Purple Sea in which they will discuss the exceptionally difficult filming conditions and the sinking of Alzakout’s boat on the way to Lesbos, where he sought asylum, and the long collective editing process for the film’s powerful images.


On Monday, November 30 at 7 p.m., panellists will check in on the industry with a ROUND TABLE: New reality-based narratives – a checkup, presented in collaboration with INIS and the Labdoc, and moderated by Matthieu Dugal. In the age of COVID, how are “new narratives” faring? What are the long-term prospects and potential impacts of new documentary forms in the wider digital media ecosystem?



Every year, RIDM hosts free dance parties that are open to the entire city. Despite everything, 2020 hasn’t broken our will to host a MTL Reunion Party. Through an experimental simulation, the festival invites the audience and artists to a reinvented closing party on Saturday, November 28 starting at 9 p.m. DJ sets (Gene Tellem, TiKA, G L O W Z I), our famous karaoke hosted by Mubeenah Mughal, and multiple hangout rooms in which to relax with old and new friends will be available for free thanks to the most cutting-edge online technology (Zoom!).



On Tuesday, December 1, at 7 p.m. the festival will name the award winners for the 23rd edition at a virtual ceremony to be livestreamed on the festival’s Facebook page. Awards for the international, Canadian and New Visions competitions will all be announced, along with the Magnus Isacsson Award and the coveted Audience Award. Festivalgoers are invited to vote for their favourite film from within the festival’s online viewing platform.



The RIDM box office is exclusively online, via the festival’s website. There is still time to buy a section subscription ($15 +tax) good for all films in one of the 8 sections. The films in each section will be available during the festival weeks indicated above.


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