Montreal International Documentary Festival

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Schedule

21 Nov. - 01 Dec. 2024

Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin - Salle 10
Cinéma Moderne
Cinéma du Parc - Salle 2
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Crave
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Fernand-Seguin
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Norman-McLaren
Office National du Film - Salle Alanis-Obomsawin
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24h
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20:00 Garde blanche, La*
(1) Nin Kamashitshet : Celui qui se bat
André-Charles Ishpatao | 2022 | French, Innu-Aimun | S.T French

An inspired and inspiring story dedicated to André-Charles, this short shows how boxing has helped to change his life and how his passion allows him to face challenges.

See full details
(2) La garde blanche
Julien Elie | 2023 | Spanish | S.T French

In a true work of cinematography, Julien Elie’s extensive research reveals a regime of terror and violence that reigns with impunity in Mexico.

See full details
17:45 WaaPaKe (Demain)
Jules Arita Koostachin | 2023 | English | S.T French

Voices of a mother, a son, and friends unite in an attempt to understand the repercussions of the intergenerational trauma caused by Indigenous residential schools and to rebuild their identity.

See full details
17:00 Opening of the Audio Installation Cinéma Moderne, novembre 2023
Opening of the Audio Installation Cinéma Moderne, novembre 2023

The RIDM is proud to present the vernissage of the audio installation Cinéma Moderne, novembre 2023 from the artist Julie Faubert, a site-specific sonic exploration of the darkened room as a key feature of the cinematic experience. By exploring the boundaries between documentary and fiction, but also with the imagery associated with movie theatres as well as the reveries and romance they can inspire in viewers, this sound creation delivers a destabilizing spatial experience in which the very existence of the screening room is called into question. The gestures, movements, and voices of cinephiles meld with whimsical moments that challenge the tacit muteness of their silent bodies.

Come meet the artist Julie Faubert and attend one of the 6 listening sessions (17h00, 17h20, 17h40 18h00, 18h20 and 18h40).

The project will also be available at Cinéma moderne, from November 15th to 26th, right before all the regular screenings.

This activity is free.

See full details
19:30 Audio Documentary Listening Sessions : Highlights from Phonurgia Nova
Audio Documentary Listening Sessions : Highlights from Phonurgia Nova

Unframing Documentary presents sound works to be experienced in the darkness of Cinéma Moderne. For the second year running, cinema is taking a visual sabbatical. To tell stories through sound is to access an endlessly evocative power, akin to that of literature, and one that offers unprecedented creative freedom. As Orson Welles once said: “on the radio, the screen is larger than in the cinema.”

This program is produced in collaboration with Jenny Cartwright.

A program composed of works from the official selection of the creative audio festival, Phonurgia Nova.

The works presented will be : Par elles-mêmes by Judith Bordas & Annabelle Brouard (produced by France Culture) and Violeta by Anaïs Carton & Chloé Despax (produced by the CBAI with the help of ACSR Belgique).

This program will be presented in French.

See full details
18:15 In the Shadow of Light
Ignacia Merino Bustos, Isabel Reyes Bustos | 2023 | Spanish | S.T English

A remote Chilean village exists in the shadow of a foreboding power station from which it receives no supply. An electrifying observational film.

See full details
13:00 Whispers of Fire & Water
Lubdhak Chatterjee | 2023 | Hindi, Bengali, English | S.T English

In this fictional work firmly rooted in a documentary-style approach, a sound artist travels to a mining community in India. Confronted with this new reality, he begins to doubt himself.

See full details
15:15 Crowrã *
João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora | 2023 | Krahô | S.T English

Crowrã is an ethnofiction that spans almost a century of Krahô memories, their stories of resistance equally powerful as those of the carnage survived by the community.

See full details
20:00 The Echo
Tatiana Huezo | 2023 | Spanish | S.T French

A sensitive immersion in the village of El Eco from a child's point of view, this film captures the naturalness of a full daily life, punctuated by nature, traditions and hope.

See full details
18:45 Procès verbal / The Secret Garden / Last Things*
(1) Procès verbal
Matthew Wolkow | 2023 | French, English | S.T French

The lively nest of a family of blue jays is the focus of this unique experimental film, in which humour and procedural poetry combine in this work of astounding beauty.

See full details
(2) The Secret Garden
Nour Ouayda | 2023 | Arabic | S.T French

When a host of new plant species suddenly appears, strange things start to happen, and questions abound. Where did they come from, and what do they want?

See full details
(3) Last Things
Deborah Stratman | 2023 | English, French | S.T French

Bridging science and fiction in the most inventive of ways, this medium-length film is a unique exploration of evolution, extinction, and the future from the point of view of minerals.

See full details
15:00 While the Green Grass Grows*
(1) W8linaktegw ta niona
Myriam Landry | 2022 | French | S.T French

Turning her gaze toward her father, the filmmaker connects the W8linaktegw (Bécancour) River to the history of her nation and highlights its transformations over the years.

See full details
(2) While the Green Grass Grows
Peter Mettler | 2023 | English | S.T French

Peter Mettler explores the cycle of life in While the Green Grass Grows, a multilayered and epic cinematic exploration to underscore the fragility and profound nature of human relationships.

See full details
21:00 Or de vie
Boubacar Sangare | 2023 | Mooré, French | S.T French

In Burkina Faso, young Bolo goes underground every day searching for gold. Boubacar Sangaré delivers a revealing snapshot of a youth spent working in the gold-mining industry.

See full details
14:00 The Great Kind Mystery / Locus Cordis /...*
(1) The Great Kind Mystery
Ella Morton | 2023 | English, Mi'kmaw | S.T English

Inuk and Mi’kmaq artist Amy Hull evokes the complexity of her relationship to nostalgia and to her home region through childhood stories and images filmed in 16 mm and Super 8.

See full details
(2) Locus Cordis
Alhasan Yousef | 2023 | Arabic, English | S.T English

Evoking anxiety through sensory elements, Syrian filmmaker Alhasan Yousef’s non-linear short conveys the anguish and powerlessness he feels around the fate of his homeland.

See full details
(3) Self-Portrait Along the Borderline
Anna Dziapshipa | 2023 | Georgian, Russian | S.T English

Drawing on archives and memories, the filmmaker tries to make sense of an identity that straddles the border separating Abkhazia and Georgia.

See full details
16:15 Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege *
Abdallah Al-Khatib | 2021 | Arabic | S.T. French and English

An elegy to Yarmouk, known as the capital of the Palestinian diaspora, a place that resisted atrocity with dignity but that no longer exists.

See full details
18:30 Nouveau Monde ! (Le monde à nouveau) *
Nicolas Klotz, Elisabeth Perceval | 2023 | French, Portuguese, Arabic, Italian | S.T English

A tipping point for a world to be redefined, this film essay explores film and today’s society through a powerful and complex non-linear discourse.

See full details
21:15 Sofia Foi
Pedro Geraldo | 2023 | Portuguese | S.T French

Forced to leave where she stayed, Sofia wanders across the university campus. Over the course of an ethereal night, this hybrid work contemplates the fragility of forsaken youth.

See full details
13:00 Panel : Demanding Dignity
Panel : Demanding Dignity

How can images and video, shared locally or across the globe, support revolutionary Syria’s struggle to overthrow a brutal regime? Should images of the regime’s atrocities against its civilians be freely circulated so that viewers can contemplate the true nature of the regime’s violence, or should the circulation of images of violence be restricted to honour the dignity Syrians are fighting for? This panel discussion considers the right to a dignified image, how this debate unfolded in the editing rooms of Bidayyat films, and how it continues to shape global perceptions of the Syrian struggle.

Participants: Mohammad Ali Atassi, Stefan Tarnowski, Farah Atoui
Moderated by : Jason Fox.

This activity is free, will be held in English and is presented as part of the Focus Bidayyat : New Beginnings, presented in collaboration with World Records, and with the support of Critical Media Lab McGill and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

In English l English-French simultaneous interpretation: access here.

See full details
22:00 Haram Party X RIDM - Canceled
Haram Party X RIDM - Canceled

We understand and respect the decision of our friends at Haram Party to cancel the dance night scheduled for November 18 as part of RIDM. We hope to welcome them in the future under circumstances more conducive to celebration.
Please note that the Cinémathèque québécoise will remain open to welcome our festivalgoers.

"Last month, the MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL - RIDM contacted us with their desire to bring the Haram Party spirit to their film festival by organizing a pop-up HARAM PARTY X RIDM.

As you may know, Haram Party is an evening to celebrate and dance tirelessly to the sound of Arabic and North African rhythms! Combining music from the East with the West, Haram Party brings together the Rai, Egyptian, Lebanese and Khaliji genres, fusing the traditional with the modern in a unique, exhilarating and inclusive experience.

We were thrilled to share our party with the RIDM audience. But after what happened and unfortunately still happening in Gaza and in spirit of solidarity with our community, we do not find it appropriate, in this time of grief and constant genocide, to organize this event.

We have therefore decided to cancel the event with the understanding and support of the RIDM team."
- HARAM PARTY TEAM

See full details
19:00 La Turlute des années dures *
Pascal Gélinas, Richard Boutet | 1983 | French

Astute, politically driven, and partly composed of thoughtfully arranged archival images, this film gives pride of place to the popular music of the Great Depression.

See full details
17:00 La turlute des années dures 40th anniversary cocktail
La turlute des années dures 40th anniversary cocktail

Come share a drink with the films team to celebrate La turlute des années dures 40th anniversaire with a freshly restored print by the NFB, with the initiative of the Cinémathèque québécoise.

See full details
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13h
Cinéma du Parc - Salle 2
13H00 Whispers of Fire & Water
Lubdhak Chatterjee | 2023 | Hindi, Bengali, English | S.T. English

In this fictional work firmly rooted in a documentary-style approach, a sound artist travels to a mining community in India. Confronted with this new reality, he begins to doubt himself.

See full details
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Norman-McLaren
13H00 Panel : Demanding Dignity
Panel : Demanding Dignity

How can images and video, shared locally or across the globe, support revolutionary Syria’s struggle to overthrow a brutal regime? Should images of the regime’s atrocities against its civilians be freely circulated so that viewers can contemplate the true nature of the regime’s violence, or should the circulation of images of violence be restricted to honour the dignity Syrians are fighting for? This panel discussion considers the right to a dignified image, how this debate unfolded in the editing rooms of Bidayyat films, and how it continues to shape global perceptions of the Syrian struggle.

Participants: Mohammad Ali Atassi, Stefan Tarnowski, Farah Atoui
Moderated by : Jason Fox.

This activity is free, will be held in English and is presented as part of the Focus Bidayyat : New Beginnings, presented in collaboration with World Records, and with the support of Critical Media Lab McGill and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

In English l English-French simultaneous interpretation: access here.

More info
14h
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Fernand-Seguin
14H00 The Great Kind Mystery / Locus Cordis /...*
(1) The Great Kind Mystery
Ella Morton | 2023 | English, Mi'kmaw | S.T. English

Inuk and Mi’kmaq artist Amy Hull evokes the complexity of her relationship to nostalgia and to her home region through childhood stories and images filmed in 16 mm and Super 8.

See full details (2) Locus Cordis
Alhasan Yousef | 2023 | Arabic, English | S.T. English

Evoking anxiety through sensory elements, Syrian filmmaker Alhasan Yousef’s non-linear short conveys the anguish and powerlessness he feels around the fate of his homeland.

See full details (3) Self-Portrait Along the Borderline
Anna Dziapshipa | 2023 | Georgian, Russian | S.T. English

Drawing on archives and memories, the filmmaker tries to make sense of an identity that straddles the border separating Abkhazia and Georgia.

See full details
15h
Cinéma du Parc - Salle 2
15H15 Crowrã *
João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora | 2023 | Krahô | S.T. French or English

Crowrã is an ethnofiction that spans almost a century of Krahô memories, their stories of resistance equally powerful as those of the carnage survived by the community.

See full details
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Crave
15H00 While the Green Grass Grows*
(1) W8linaktegw ta niona
Myriam Landry | 2022 | French | S.T. French or English

Turning her gaze toward her father, the filmmaker connects the W8linaktegw (Bécancour) River to the history of her nation and highlights its transformations over the years.

See full details (2) While the Green Grass Grows
Peter Mettler | 2023 | English | S.T. French

Peter Mettler explores the cycle of life in While the Green Grass Grows, a multilayered and epic cinematic exploration to underscore the fragility and profound nature of human relationships.

See full details
16h
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Fernand-Seguin
16H15 Little Palestine, Diary of a Siege *
Abdallah Al-Khatib | 2021 | Arabic | S.T. French and English

An elegy to Yarmouk, known as the capital of the Palestinian diaspora, a place that resisted atrocity with dignity but that no longer exists.

See full details
17h
Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin - Salle 10
17H45 WaaPaKe (Demain)
Jules Arita Koostachin | 2023 | English | S.T. French

Voices of a mother, a son, and friends unite in an attempt to understand the repercussions of the intergenerational trauma caused by Indigenous residential schools and to rebuild their identity.

See full details
Cinéma Moderne
17H00 Opening of the Audio Installation Cinéma Moderne, novembre 2023
Opening of the Audio Installation Cinéma Moderne, novembre 2023

The RIDM is proud to present the vernissage of the audio installation Cinéma Moderne, novembre 2023 from the artist Julie Faubert, a site-specific sonic exploration of the darkened room as a key feature of the cinematic experience. By exploring the boundaries between documentary and fiction, but also with the imagery associated with movie theatres as well as the reveries and romance they can inspire in viewers, this sound creation delivers a destabilizing spatial experience in which the very existence of the screening room is called into question. The gestures, movements, and voices of cinephiles meld with whimsical moments that challenge the tacit muteness of their silent bodies.

Come meet the artist Julie Faubert and attend one of the 6 listening sessions (17h00, 17h20, 17h40 18h00, 18h20 and 18h40).

The project will also be available at Cinéma moderne, from November 15th to 26th, right before all the regular screenings.

This activity is free.

More info
Office National du Film - Salle Alanis-Obomsawin
17H00 La turlute des années dures 40th anniversary cocktail
La turlute des années dures 40th anniversary cocktail

Come share a drink with the films team to celebrate La turlute des années dures 40th anniversaire with a freshly restored print by the NFB, with the initiative of the Cinémathèque québécoise.

More info
18h
Cinéma du Parc - Salle 2
18H15 In the Shadow of Light
Ignacia Merino Bustos, Isabel Reyes Bustos | 2023 | Spanish | S.T. English

A remote Chilean village exists in the shadow of a foreboding power station from which it receives no supply. An electrifying observational film.

See full details
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Crave
18H45 Procès verbal / The Secret Garden / Last Things*
(1) Procès verbal
Matthew Wolkow | 2023 | French, English | S.T. French or English

The lively nest of a family of blue jays is the focus of this unique experimental film, in which humour and procedural poetry combine in this work of astounding beauty.

See full details (2) The Secret Garden
Nour Ouayda | 2023 | Arabic | S.T. French or English

When a host of new plant species suddenly appears, strange things start to happen, and questions abound. Where did they come from, and what do they want?

See full details (3) Last Things
Deborah Stratman | 2023 | English, French | S.T. French or English

Bridging science and fiction in the most inventive of ways, this medium-length film is a unique exploration of evolution, extinction, and the future from the point of view of minerals.

See full details
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Fernand-Seguin
18H30 Nouveau Monde ! (Le monde à nouveau) *
Nicolas Klotz, Elisabeth Perceval | 2023 | French, Portuguese, Arabic, Italian | S.T. French or English

A tipping point for a world to be redefined, this film essay explores film and today’s society through a powerful and complex non-linear discourse.

See full details
19h
Cinéma Moderne
19H30
19H30 Audio Documentary Listening Sessions : Highlights from Phonurgia Nova
Audio Documentary Listening Sessions : Highlights from Phonurgia Nova

Unframing Documentary presents sound works to be experienced in the darkness of Cinéma Moderne. For the second year running, cinema is taking a visual sabbatical. To tell stories through sound is to access an endlessly evocative power, akin to that of literature, and one that offers unprecedented creative freedom. As Orson Welles once said: “on the radio, the screen is larger than in the cinema.”

This program is produced in collaboration with Jenny Cartwright.

A program composed of works from the official selection of the creative audio festival, Phonurgia Nova.

The works presented will be : Par elles-mêmes by Judith Bordas & Annabelle Brouard (produced by France Culture) and Violeta by Anaïs Carton & Chloé Despax (produced by the CBAI with the help of ACSR Belgique).

This program will be presented in French.

More info
Office National du Film - Salle Alanis-Obomsawin
19H00 La Turlute des années dures *
Pascal Gélinas, Richard Boutet | 1983 | French

Astute, politically driven, and partly composed of thoughtfully arranged archival images, this film gives pride of place to the popular music of the Great Depression.

See full details
20h
Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin - Salle 10
20H00 Garde blanche, La*
(1) Nin Kamashitshet : Celui qui se bat
André-Charles Ishpatao | 2022 | French, Innu-Aimun | S.T. French or English

An inspired and inspiring story dedicated to André-Charles, this short shows how boxing has helped to change his life and how his passion allows him to face challenges.

See full details (2) La garde blanche
Julien Elie | 2023 | Spanish | S.T. French or English

In a true work of cinematography, Julien Elie’s extensive research reveals a regime of terror and violence that reigns with impunity in Mexico.

See full details
Cinéma du Parc - Salle 2
20H00 The Echo
Tatiana Huezo | 2023 | Spanish | S.T. French or English

A sensitive immersion in the village of El Eco from a child's point of view, this film captures the naturalness of a full daily life, punctuated by nature, traditions and hope.

See full details
21h
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Crave
21H00 Or de vie
Boubacar Sangare | 2023 | Mooré, French | S.T. French or English

In Burkina Faso, young Bolo goes underground every day searching for gold. Boubacar Sangaré delivers a revealing snapshot of a youth spent working in the gold-mining industry.

See full details
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Fernand-Seguin
21H15 Sofia Foi
Pedro Geraldo | 2023 | Portuguese | S.T. French or English

Forced to leave where she stayed, Sofia wanders across the university campus. Over the course of an ethereal night, this hybrid work contemplates the fragility of forsaken youth.

See full details
22h
Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle Norman-McLaren
22H00 Haram Party X RIDM - Canceled
Haram Party X RIDM - Canceled

We understand and respect the decision of our friends at Haram Party to cancel the dance night scheduled for November 18 as part of RIDM. We hope to welcome them in the future under circumstances more conducive to celebration.
Please note that the Cinémathèque québécoise will remain open to welcome our festivalgoers.

"Last month, the MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL - RIDM contacted us with their desire to bring the Haram Party spirit to their film festival by organizing a pop-up HARAM PARTY X RIDM.

As you may know, Haram Party is an evening to celebrate and dance tirelessly to the sound of Arabic and North African rhythms! Combining music from the East with the West, Haram Party brings together the Rai, Egyptian, Lebanese and Khaliji genres, fusing the traditional with the modern in a unique, exhilarating and inclusive experience.

We were thrilled to share our party with the RIDM audience. But after what happened and unfortunately still happening in Gaza and in spirit of solidarity with our community, we do not find it appropriate, in this time of grief and constant genocide, to organize this event.

We have therefore decided to cancel the event with the understanding and support of the RIDM team."
- HARAM PARTY TEAM

More info
16h30After circus *

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