15 - 26 Nov. 2023
Fully immersed, with a hand-held camera, Wang Bing turns an unfiltered gaze on the lives of young workers in the textile factories of Zhili, China.See full details
Evicted from their apartment, a group of queer housemates searches for a new home while mourning the difficult loss of the one they must leave.See full details
From Germany, the filmmaker talks to his father in Syria. In between long silences, the film evokes the feeling of powerlessness brought on by exile.See full details
An intimate portrait of a woman whose unsettling candor has made her one of the most influential voices in the movements for social justice and equality in the United States.See full details
Terra Long’s experimental documentary is a hypnotizing, sensory, and evocative look at how date palms have forged the Coachella Valley’s identity.See full details
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
Manuel Muñoz Rivas | 2023 | Spanish | S.T English
During a ferry ride, the space between two shores allows us to observe ferry passengers under a fog both literal and suggestive of time suspended.See full details
Leonardo Pirondi | 2022 | Portuguese, English | S.T English
Comparing the exploratory voyages of the 15th century with the ambitions of virtual reality, this film suggests a common goal of expanding reality.See full details
Peter Hošták | 2023 | Slovak | S.T English
Deeply atmospheric and textural, Cold and Dark explores the challenges faced by a small group of Slovakian loggers and their workhorse, Kubo.See full details
Chloé Pilon Vaillancourt | 2023 | French | S.T English
A deep-dive into an imaginary world built from scratch, this music short by Montreal rapper Marie-Gold shows the creative process behind her latest album.See full details
Mark Durand | 2023 | French | S.T English
With poetic narration by artist Bettina Szabo and captivating images of nature, experimental short film Immortelles focuses on the creative act in all its complexity.See full details
Ralitsa Doncheva | 2023 | - Without dialogue | S.T English
This poetic, immersive short on the edge of experimental cinema transports us into an age-old tradition of fire dancing celebrated every summer in Bulgaria.See full details
Karl Lemieux | 2023 | - Without dialogue | S.T English
Shot on 16 mm, this medium-length film creatively portrays the creation of an outdoor performance by choreographer Dana Gingras, combining dance, music, and video installation.See full details
This Woman brilliantly depicts the various issues facing women in contemporary China through the highly attachable and whimsical leading character Beibei, whose choices challenge the expected traditional gender roles.See full details
Against the gentle melancholy of Swedish winter, Carl Olsson skillfully interweaves a breathtaking array of characters and life moments.See full details
From the perspective of manual workers in Khuzestan, Meezan explores the relationship to place in a post-war, post-industrialized world.See full details
Driven by a desire to break down barriers between artistic practices, this roundtable will bring together artists from a variety of disciplines. It will enable participants to take a closer look at the many forms of creative documentary expression, drawing on different types of performing arts.
Panelists: Adam Kinner + Olivier Godin (La suite canadienne), Mélodie Noël Rousseau + Geneviève Labelle (Pleurer Dans' Douche), Karl Lemieux (Somehow Continue)
This activity is free and will be held in French.
What better to celebrate a succesful edition of the festival than a good old festive evening ! We talk, we drink, we dance, we relax and we celebrate documentary !
This activity is free.
Cultural institutions play a significant role in shaping narratives by influencing the creation, dissemination, and interpretation of cultural works. Their curatorial choices, representational mandates, educational initiatives and engagements with the public can reinforce oppressive discourses and contribute to the censoring and silencing of marginalized voices. Alternatively, these decisions can elevate marginalized voices and amplify counter-perspectives to challenge hegemonic narratives and, crucially, to foster critical thinking and engagement. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are not just principles to be performed by offering a multicultural program or creating spaces for reflections and compilation. They entail a real commitment to social justice, and solidarity with the movements that strive to achieve it. In times of crisis, and within a climate of extreme political polarization, this solidarity can no longer be merely performative. It entails a genuine commitment that often comes at a cost for artists, cultural workers, as well as cultural organizations.
Are cultural institutions willing to do the work of solidarity as they lend support to marginalized voices and take a firm political stance during times of crisis?
How do institutions’ commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and their investment in decolonization---as responses to calls by movements like BLM, Me Too, and Land Back---manifest in times of crisis and in relation to other social movements dedicated to justice and liberation?
How are the strategies employed by institutions to tackle these challenges intricately linked to scale, governance structure, funding sources, and audience demographics?
What does true solidarity look like for cultural institutions as they genuinely support underrepresented and oppressed communities rather than tokenizing them to fulfill EDI mandates?
And what new possibilities between different artists, organizations, institutions, communities, and movements does the work of solidarity open up?
This roundtable brings together cultural workers, researchers, and artists in a conversation on how they navigate different institutional spaces and engage with these urgent questions.
Participants: Muhammad el Khairy and Farah Atoui (Regards Palestiniens), Aude Renaud-Lorrain and Philippe Bouchard-Cholette (Cinéma Public), Krista Lynes (Feminist Media Studio at Concordia University), Sharlene Bamboat (Cultural worker & Independent Filmmaker), Chantal Partamian (Filmmaker & Archivist), Nour Ouayda (Filmmaker & Film Programmer)
Moderated by: Monique Simard
This two-channel film by artist Sky Hopinka is based on the tale of the four water spirits known as Island Weights. In the creation story of Ho-Chunk, the artist’s home nation, the spirits are placed at the Earth’s cardinal points, ensuring that its rotation is not chaotic. Ho-Chunk, now known as Wisconsin, translates as “People of the Great Voice” and stretches from Red Banks to Trempealeau, and from Minneapolis to Milwaukee. The film is divided into 5 parts — Wijirawaséwe (Island Weights), yoiréreginarere (the west), rek’úhuhíra (the south), h??boguominàgara (the east), siniwagúregin?gere (the north) — and follows an individual as he recounts his journey along the boundaries of Ho-Chunk lands. Visually, the viewer is drawn from the tumultuous waves of the Mississippi to serene forests, tranquil lakes, enormous shopping malls, earthen effigies and Ho-Chunk relics. The narrator is not only looking for the spirits, but also wishes to honor them.
The presentation of this installation is made possible with the support of OBORO - Centre d'artistes and is part of the retrospective Sky Hopinka : Redefining Potential Territories.
Adress: 4001, Berri Street, Space 301, Montréal, H2L 4H2
Nov. 22nd | 12 h — 17 h
Nov. 23rd | 12 h — 19 h
Nov. 24th | 12 h — 17 h
Nov. 25th | 12 h — 17 h
This activity is free and is available in English and in French.
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