Paris, 1971 (Review)

Paris, 1971 is a short documentary featuring previously unheard interview excerpts with Jim Morrison, The Doors’ front man. The title gets its name from the city and year in which Morrison died. Contrary to what you might think, the documentary is not about Morrison’s death, which itself seems surrounded and protected by insurmountable history. The […]

A Kandahar Away

Professor at Sheridan College, Associate Programmer of Hot Docs and Programmer of SYFF (the Syrian Film Festival of Toronto), Toronto-based filmmaker’s Aisha Jamal’s short films have been screened in festivals worldwide. With a focus on Afghan roots, her family’s personal history, and the cultural crossover between Afghanistan and Canada, Jamal’s first feature length documentary A […]

Female Voices in the News

Catherine Hardwicke, “one of the most powerful female voices in Hollywood”, as TIFF’s Theresa Scandiffio notes, will take part in a special In Conversation With . . . event at TIFF Bell Lightbox on July 20th at 7:00 PM. If you’d like a chance to see the filmmaker behind Thirteen, Twilight, and Miss You Already, […]

HUSH (Review)

At the core of this documentary is a debate, “not on the morality of abortion, but on the morality of telling the truth about it”, as one medical expert says toward the end. Filmmaker Punam Kumar Gill sets out to find that truth — specifically, about the long term health effects of abortion. Although Ms. […]

Beyond National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day 2016 (June 21st) saw announcements of several initiatives that will work to give more of a voice, through film and other media, to the First Nations of this country. CBC Docs (via CNW) has issued a call for emerging Indigenous storytellers to submit pitches for multi-platform short documentary content representing their personal […]