Monday June 20th – Screening Schedule
Monday June 20th – Médiathèque Michel Crépeau – 2pm
IN PURSUIT OF PEACE
Directed by Garry Beitel / Canada Quebec / 87’ / 2015 / French subtitles
Four Canadians committed to non-violence take us into the tensest areas of the world, into the heart of issues concerning mediation and the heavy challenges of hope: land conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, civil war in Sudan, migrant camps in Kurdistan, Darfur, Nepal… A beautiful response to armed conflict.
Monday June 20th – Médiathèque Michel Crépeau – 4pm
GOD SAVE JUSTIN TRUDEAU
Directed by Guylaine Maroist & Éric Ruel / Canada / 81’ / 2015 / French subtitles
… Or how the young MP from Papineau became the Prime Minister of Canada. Filmed like a boxing match, this documentary is a metaphor for the fight that has been going on between Liberals and Conservatives in Canada since the country’s founding. What if boxing was the best way to conquer the media, political and popular crowd? A forceful documentary on the art of politics in the 21st century.
Monday June 20th – Médiathèque Michel Crépeau – 6pm
Directed by Viveka Melki / Canada Quebec / 78’ / 2016 / French subtitles
What happens to circus artists when their careers come to an end? Quebec director Viveka Melki goes to Sarasota in Florida, to meet these artists when the time has come to leave the ring to retire out of the limelight. Inhabited by endearing characters and punctuated by magnificent performances, this film is a beautiful meditation on the wings of art and life.
with Hot Docs
Monday June 20th - CGR Dragon – 8pm
LIFE BEFORE BIRTH
Avant-Première France Télévisions
Directed by Romain Icard / France / 90’ / 2016 / French
The day a baby is born is not the first day of its life. This docudrama explores the fascinating beginnings of life in the womb. Using extraordinary 3D reconstructions, it reveals what we have discovered about the sophisticated communication and remarkable relationship that the baby has with the outside world. A moving adventure masterfully mixing science with poetry.
Monday June 20th - CGR Dragon – 10pm
THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN
Directed by Thierry Michel / Belgium / 112’ / 2015 / French subtitles
For the past 15 years, Denis Mukwege has operated on women and children victims of sexual abuse carried out by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Nicknamed “The Man Who Mends Women”, this Congolese gynaecologist fights for human rights by criticising around the world the barbarity of rape as a weapon of war. A strong, wonderfully filmed theme carried by an exceptional man.
Tuesday June 21st – Screening Schedule
Tuesday June 21st - Médiathèque Michel Crépeau – 2pm
THE PRICE WE PAY
Directed by Harold Crooks / Canada / 93’ / 2014 / French subtitles
Tax avoidance is not necessarily illegal but is always immoral. On a grand scale, as practiced by the giants of the new economy, it widens the wage gap between the privileged and the rest of the world, and weakens the foundations of our societies. And what if the price to pay was the death of democracies? A hard-hitting, fascinating documentary.
Tuesday June 21st - Médiathèque Michel Crépeau – 4pm
LEAGUE OF EXOTIQUE DANCERS
Directed by Rama Rau / Canada / 90’ / 2016 / French subtitles
In an explosion of jazzy brass instruments and glamourous splendour, this documentary explores the golden age of glittering sequined dresses. Rama Rau gives us the stories of the unforgettable women who made it sparkle. These legendary women talk freely about the glorious moments and the darker times tinged with job insecurity, racism and sexism. A comprehensive, and deliciously vintage, vision of the world of the night.
with Hot Docs
Tuesday June 21st - Médiathèque Michel Crépeau – 6pm
LIVING WITH GIANTS
Directed by Aude Leroux-Lévesque & Sébastien Rist / Canada / 78’ / 2016 / French subtitles
In the depths of Arctic Canada, Paulusie, a young Earth-loving Inuk lives from hunting and fishing. This documentary follows the young man at a turning point in his life: what starts out as the portrait of a naïve and charismatic teenager soon becomes a young adult’s struggle to take responsibility for his acts. A poignant story in a breathtaking landscape.
with Hot Docs
Tuesday June 21st - CGR Dragon – 8pm
BREAKING INTO EUROPE
Avant-Première Canal +
Directed by James Bluemel / United Kingdom / 90’ / 2016 / French subtitles
Seventy-five mobile phones fitted with a video application have been given to migrants all around the world. This has allowed them to film the actual conditions of millions of people trying to get to Europe by any means possible, and that film crews cannot cover. The images are raw and give a terrifying portrait of what is becoming one of the most worrying issues of the decade.
This programmation is organized in parallel with PLANETE+ channel which will feature 3×52’ on the same theme
Wednesday June 22nd – Screening Schedule
Wednesday June 22nd - Médiathèque Michel Crépeau – 2pm
THE WANTED 18
Directed by Amer Shomali & Paul Cowan / Canada Quebec-France-Palestine / 75’ / 2014 / French subtitles
This animated documentary recounts a surprising historical event: the hunting down of a herd of 18 cows declared public enemy n° 1 by the Israeli army during the 1987 Intifada. The touching and funny cows are presented as clearly definable characters. This film humorously and intelligently defends the values of resistance, complicity and ingenuity of individuals involved in a movement of civil disobedience.
Wednesday June 22nd - Médiathèque Michel Crépeau – 4pm
LAST OF THE ELEPHANT MEN
Directed by Daniel Ferguson & Arnaud Bouquet / Canada Quebec-France / 86’ / 2014 / French subtitles
The Last of the Elephant Men takes us to Cambodia to meet three characters: Mrey a converted former hunter, Mané a young lawyer and Duol a teenage elephant driver. Three Bunong generations bearing witness to the moving relationship between humans and elephants. A beautiful adventure echoing a parable of modern times.
Wednesday June 22nd - Médiathèque Michel Crépeau – 6pm
FRAMEWORKS, IMAGES OF A CHANGING WORLD
Directed by Helen Doyle / Canada / 90’ / 2013 / French
This film is a quest into the meaning and scope of images which submerge us. Do we still know how to look at them? With changing practices, photographers and plastic artists reveal their strategies for giving us images which have a meaning. The images here are superb, powerful, serving a precise and relevant body of work.
Wednesday June 22nd - CGR Dragon – 8pm
INSIDE OBAMA’S WHITE HOUSE
Directed by Norma Percy, Delphine Jaudeau / France – United States / 52’ / 2016 / French Subtitles
On reaching the highest political office in the United States, Barack Obama triggered a massive wave of enthusiasm throughout the world in 2008, like no other American President before him. With exclusive interviews of Obama himself and his inner-circle of advisers, this documentary – the first of a series of 4 – takes us behind the scenes of the White House and explores the historic moments of his two terms.
Wednesday June 22nd - CGR Dragon – 10pm
- In attendance of the director Xavier de Lauzanne -
Avant-première / Release date October 5 2016
Directed by Xavier de Lauzanne / France / 88’ / 2016 / French
The adventure began 20 years ago. A family decides to live their dream of travelling the planet in a camper-van. Their journey takes them to Cambodia, where they discover the nightmare lived by children in the landfill in Phnom-Penh. Christian and Marie-France fight for these children from hell and give them back their human dignity. The stories told are as harsh as they are beautiful, an overwhelming film.
Thursday June 23rd – Screening Schedule
Thursday June 23rd – Médiathèque Michel Crépeau – 2pm
BÀ NÔI, GRANDMA
Directed by Khoa Lê / Canada Québec / 85’ / 2013 / French subtitles
The son of Vietnamese emigrants to Canada, Khoa Lê goes to Vietnam to meet his family. Seeing the larger than life character of his grandmother, he placed his ancestor at the centre of his chronicle. Portrait and self-portrait mingle with humour and emotion. An ethnographic family film, a film of a dreamlike voyage, an intimate film which opens to the world with full mastery of the documentary art.
Thursday June 23rd - Médiathèque Michel Crépeau – 4pm
Directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau & Susan Avingaq / Canada / 76’ / 2014 / French subtitles
Sol. Solomon Tapatiaq Uyarasuk is found lifeless in a cell in the police station in Igloolik, a small isolated village in the Canadian Arctic. While trying to elucidate the circumstances which have led to the death of the young Inuk man, this documentary reveals the social problems which are effecting this region of Canada, which has the highest youth suicide rate in the world. With the breathtaking beauty of the desolate landscapes, Sol is a film which is as heart-breaking as it is necessary.
Thursday June 23rd - Médiathèque Michel Crépeau – 6pm
SILENCE IS GOLD
Directed by Julien Fréchette / Canada Quebec / 78’ / 2012 / French
Alain Deneault brought out his book “Black Canada” in 2008. This was followed by a barrage of lawsuits against the book by the Canadian mining companies Barrick Gold and Banro. Silence is Gold is a disturbing documentary thriller set in the dark world of oil.
Thursday June 23rd - CGR Dragon – 8pm
AYITI TOMA, THE LAND OF THE LIVING
Directed by Joseph Hillel / Canada Québec / 82’ / 2013 / French subtitles
Haiti-born Joseph Hillel lives in Montreal. He films Haitians who talk about the other Haiti, Ayiti Toma; the country which is ours, the land of the living. Anthropologists, humanitarians (including Sean Penn), voodoo adepts, or young people from the neighbourhoods: they all talk about what makes up the richness and the energy of Haiti, above and beyond the usual media images. A superb documentary, plunging the viewer in the director’s primeval swamp.