Doc Day

A SHORT FILM PROGRAM

THURSDAY, APRIL 6 | 10:00 AM & 11:45 AM | ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE

In English, French and Atikamekw with English subtitles.

Weaving factual elements into a cinematic experience, these documentarians invite us into the real lives of their subjects. Using stylistically composed camerawork, animation, or classic hand-held documentary styles, we are drawn deeper into the experiences that are close to home and transported to those perhaps as unfamiliar to us as an island of monkeys.

Themes: nature, puberty, heritage, fashion, music, dance

Recommended for grades 4-7

This program screens as part of REEL FOCUS for elementary schools.

Bright Spots

A poetic documentary/portrait of scientist Nick Holmes and his work preventing extinctions on islands.

Lucy

This animated documentary tells the true life story of an unhappily domesticated chimpanzee named Lucy, and the extreme sacrifices one woman made to set her free.

Mo's Bows

Most sixth graders count their accomplishments in terms of trophies and medals, but not Moziah “Mo” Bridges. He tracks his achievements by the number of bow ties he has sold to local Memphis vendors that stock his bows--Mo’s Bows!

Nothing About Moccasins

Rien sur les mocassins

In French and Atikamekw with English subtitles.

Telling a story that can't be told, Eden Mallina Awashish’s inventive documentary reveals the importance of a pair of familial moccasins, and offers a new dimension to understanding heritage. Awashish’s storytelling centers on the idea of cultural loss and creates a record of the resolve to protect Atikamekw tradition.

Stems

Stop-motion animation can be complex or simple, but it starts in the same place: your imagination. Director Ainslie Henderson builds a musical world of pure artistry from found objects. Stems won the prestigious McLaren Award for Best New Animation.

Steps

Enjambées

In French with English subtitles.

Ten-year-old Josephine has one foot in childhood and the other in adolescence. Astonishingly brilliant, but mainly charming, she puts into words the changes happening inside her as well as around her: her body and her relationships. She reminds us of the joy of childhood freedom and imagination.