The 23rd RIDM
November 12-December 2
Montreal’s well-regarded nonfiction event takes a creative approach to presenting its online lineup, highlighting a different collection of thematic sections in each of its three weeks, including a total of approx 50 feature docs – a sampling noted below.
Among the offerings:
LOOKING FOR GILLES CARON
Director: Mariana Otero
A half-century after he disappeared at the age of 30, the work of acclaimed French photojournalist Gilles Caron is highlighted in an intimate and poetic historical study.
THE MAGNITUDE OF ALL THINGS
Director: Jennifer Abbott
A global, polyphonic mosaic of breathtaking images reveals indigenous peoples and activists experiencing and fighting climate change.
Director: Alejandro Telémaco Tarraf
On the high plains of Argentina, a llama rancher must deal with a marauding puma in this dreamlike, mystical, image-rich tale about the human-environment relationship.
Director: Kaori Oda
A Japanese filmmaker explores the cenotes of Yucatán, resulting in an utterly unique audio-visual journey that re-conceives the ecological documentary.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, YIWU
Director: Mladen Kovacevic
A profile of the workers of the city of Yiwu, China who make Christmas decorations for the whole world.
Director: Feargal Ward, Adrian Duncan
How do you build something that can stand up to the worst nature has to offer? A melancholy engineer travels Europe in search of the perfect structure.
ME AND THE CULT LEADER
Director: Atsushi Sakahara
A victim of the Tokyo subway sarin gas attack and the spokesman for the cult behind it embark on an unlikely road trip that becomes a gut-wrenching encounter between two solitudes.
Director: Ira A Goryainova
Using a skillfully assembled collage of medical and personal archives, this fascinating essay surveys history and cultures to reflect on social attitudes toward illness.
Director: Viera Cákanyová
An expansive and disturbing essay on Antarctica, an extreme but fragile environment that forces humility and the deconstruction of anthropocentrism.
PRAYER FOR A LOST MITTEN
Director: Jean-François Lesage
A good-natured and affectionate meditation on loss that begins from a lost-and-found.
Director: Sarah Baril Gaudet
In this gentle, poetic look at coming of age, Yoan and Gabrielle are 18 and getting ready to leave their native Témiscamingue.
Director: Andrea Testa
In a hospital in Argentina, where abortion is almost entirely prohibited, teenage girls confront the realities of unwanted pregnancy.
Nov 26-Dec 2
Director: Eliane Caffé, Carla Caffé, Beto Amaral
In the heart of São Paulo, a diverse group of activists and artists document their appropriation of public space, with humor and style.
THE GROCER’S SON, THE MAYOR, THE VILLAGE, AND THE WORLD
Director: Claire Simon
A fascinating, bittersweet, and insightful behind-the-scenes look at a major cultural project, Tënk, an online platform for auteur documentaries.
Nov 26-Dec 2
WANDERING, A ROHINGYA STORY
Director: Olivier Higgins, Mélanie Carrier
The underrepresented and poetic voice of the Rohingya people, housed in a refugee camp in Bangladesh.
Director: Carolina Moscoso
In this powerful and brave film, a young Chilean filmmaker invents her own language to express the ongoing trauma of a rape she suffered eight years earlier.
THE BLUE HOUSE
Director: Hamedine Kane
In the heart of the Calais Jungle, a blue house and its occupant powerfully dismantle clichés about migration and migrants.