Lineup 2011


BMO Amphitheatre – Molson Building 1.120
6:00 – 10:30 PM

A Dream Deferred – Robin Pierro (6:30 PM)

Alongside a team of ten Ghanaian journalism students, Robin Pierro visits the Krisan refugee camp in Ghana where they explore refugee rights, or, in this case, the lack of them. Following the stories of Gaga, Beatrice, Justine, Kudjoe, and Angela, A Dream Deferred shows the difficulties many refugees face especially when it comes to attaining education. Following the completion of the film, the UNHCR-Ghana used it in their campaign to raise awareness and funds for refugee youth in Ghana.

The Price of Sex – Mimi Chakarova (7:00 PM)

A feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse, The Price of Sex is intimate, harrowing and revealing. It is a story told by the young women who were supposed to be silenced by shame, fear and violence.

The Price of Sex directed by Mimi Chakarova has been screened at the Sarasota Film Festival, the AFI / Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival and received the Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking from the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Director Mimi Chakarova will be available for Q & A after the screening.

Remembering the Ashes: Incendies Through their Eyes – Anais Barbeau-Lavalette  (8:45 PM)

In Jordan, in the heart of the Middle East, Iraqi, Palestinian and Lebanese refugees are working on the filming of Incendies, an adaptation of Wajdi Mooawad`s play. Whether extras or onlookers, these exiles once experienced scenes very similar to the ones depicted in Denis Villeneuve`s Genie-winning and Oscar-nominated film. Se souvenir des cendres explores their views on the vicious war and cycle of violence being recreated before their eyes, and by their own efforts.

Sharing sessions will occur between films along with an extended Q & A at the end of the evening.


BMO Amphitheatre – Molson Building 1.120
1:30 – 6:00 PM


Burgundy: La petite bourgogne – Adam Bemma (2:00 PM)

The Negro Community Centre (NCC) in Montreal’s Little Burgundy (La Petite-Bourgogne) was founded in 1927 by Reverend Charles H. Este from Union United Church. The NCC has always been a beacon in the city’s black community, but this landmark has been left to deteriorate for over 20 years, leaving a generation of youth without a place to learn about the importance of black art, history and culture.

The Team – Patrick Reed (2:30 PM)

Kenya has long been considered Africa’s success story—relatively stable and ethnically harmonious. But following their December 2007 Presidential election, everything changed. Voting controversy split the country along ethnic lines, pushing Kenya to civil war.

The international community intervened, a fragile peace was brokered, and a Truth and Reconciliation framework put in place. But as ethnic suspicion and violence continue to paralyze the country, many dismiss these actions as hollow political theatre. An alternative local response is the creation of a taboo-breaking TV soap opera, “The Team,” following the struggles of a co-ed multi-ethnic soccer squad to overcome their differences, both on and off the pitch.

The Team has been screened at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, the AFI / Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and at HotDocs.

Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change – Zacharius Kunuk (Director of The Fast Runner) and Ian Mairo (4:15 PM)

In this documentary, Inuit people speak first-hand about how their landscape is changing, how the sky has turned colour and if the polar bear really is endangered. Unsettling accounts of new flora, thawing permafrost and dwindling ice point directly to the truth that climate change has become a human rights issue for many indigenous people. Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat The Fast Runner) and Winnipeg researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (Seeds of Change) have collaborated with Inuit communities to document their knowledge and experience regarding climate change. This new documentary, the world`s first Inuktitut language film on the topic, take the viewer “on the land” with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic.

Sharing sessions will occur between films along with an extended Q & A at the end of the evening.

Last year’s winning submissions and special guests!

FRIDAY JULY 23 @ 6 pm

Winner of High Budget Category


Director: Karen Cho

“Some 30 000 people seek asylum in Canada every year: this is the story of five of them as they journey through our complex refugee system. “

By following five asylum seekers over several months, Seeking Refuge takes us along the lengthy journey of those navigating Canada’s refugee determination system. A moving look at the lives of inspiring people who have escaped war, persecution, rape and political unrest, Seeking Refuge plunges into the experiences, hopes and struggles of asylum seekers looking for protection. From Canada’s border crossings to refugee shelters, Seeking Refuge follows newly-admitted claimants awaiting their hearings and captures the lives of those who have been denied asylum and are facing deportation.

FEATURING: Panel Discussion with Ben Peterson, Co-Founder and Executive Director of jhr (Journalists for Human Rights)

Jennifer Hyndman: Associate Director, Research in the Centre for Refugee Studies at York

Paul St. Clair, Executive Director, Roma Community Centre, Community Scholar for the Centre of Refugee Studies

SATURDAY, JULY 24 @ 6 pm

Winner of Smaller Budget (under $1000)


Director: Kent Morrison and Karin Yeske

Forced isolation and assimilation of aboriginal peoples stole their identity and independence, leaving them at the mercy of the ‘superior culture.’ This system has failed, creating turmoil, suspicion, and dysfunction. Outsiders have again injected themselves into La Loche in an attempt to solve the problem, one originally of their making. The European attitude of “we know best,” shrouded in best intentions, is not working and no one is talking about it.

Third Place Winner

Breaking the Silence: Inside Burma’s Resistance

Director: Pierre Mignault and Helen Magny

After the unrest that was carried to the world by street-shot cell phone images, the Burmese dictatorship pledged ‘free’ elections in 2010. Undercover, Quebec filmmakers Pierre Mignault and Hélène Magny clandestinely were able to enter one of Burma’s most dangerous zones, penetrating into the heart of the Karen Nation, where civil war has been waging for 60 years. Breaking the Silence: Inside Burma’s Resistance demonstrates the strength of the Burmese people’s resistance and takes us deep into the country, disclosing the secret networks of militants fighting along the Thai border.

FEATURING: Panel Discussion with Karin Yeske, Director of Denendeh

Jefferson Sackey, award winning Ghanaian Journalist

SUNDAY, JULY 25 @ 1 pm

Second Place Winner


Director: Nelofer Pazira

When Afghan-Canadian director Nelofer Pazira returns to Bamiyan, Afghanistan for the screening of the award-winning film she collaborated on, The Giant Buddhas, she is shocked to see a crowd or 2,000 and astonished that many are women. Inspired, she decides to audition locals for a film. The men are eager, enthusiastically laughing and dying on command. The women are intrigued, but reticent, fearing retribution. When they do perform, it is with riveting authenticity. Pazira asks the men and women pointed questions, challenging their preconceptions and renegotiating the balance of power and control. Equal parts fascinating cultural intervention, exploration of the camera’s gaze, this multilateral excavation of a society straddling two worlds uses cinema as a mirror to reflect the underlying tensions between power, tradition, ethics, and honor.

FEATURING: Panel Discussion with Alan Black, Filmmaker and  HotDocs Organizer

Minoo Derayeh, PhD, Departments of Humanities and Equity Studies, S pecialist on Islam, World Religions, and Gender Studies.

3 responses to “Lineup 2011

  1. I’d love to see some of these films, but can’t make the screening. Is there a way this might be possible?



  2. Kudos on organizing this important festival.

    Word of the submission deadline, six weeks ago, was posted on the Documentary Organization of Canada’s list-serve today.

    Perhaps next year your festival’s outreach for submissions can include reaching the 400 plus Canadian documentarians on this list. And other ways to reach the filmmaking community.

  3. Thanks for your constructive comments Barry ! Will make sure this is done next year .

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