Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The RIDM at Cinéma sous les étoiles: 5 parks, 7 free documentaries

Montreal – For a second summer, the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is participating in the Cinéma sous les étoiles program organized by Funambules Médias. The RIDM will present a special summer program of seven films from the 2012 festival, for free in five different Montreal parks. All screenings will start just after sunset.

Once again this year, the screenings will be followed by discussions with the directors (assistant director in the case of Ma vie réelle) and, in some cases, with experts in the social issues addressed by the films. The RIDM is proud to be part of this summer program, through which Funambules Médias seeks to highlight social documentaries made in Quebec and elsewhere as well as the work of community activists fighting for positive change. 

Following are the RIDM’s Cinéma sous les étoiles films:

·      July 8Sur le rivage du monde (Sylvain L'Espérance) – Parc Toussaint-Louverture (Habitations Jeanne-Mance, downtown)In Bamako, Mali, exiles find their voice through art. A politically charged cri de coeur. In the original French version.

·      July 9Le Horse Palace (Nadine Gomez) - Parc Saint-Gabriel (Sud-Ouest) A touching, bittersweet portrait of Leo Leonard, the owner of one of Montreal’s last stables. In the original English and French, with English subtitles.

·      July 10The Carbon Rush (Amy Miller) - Parc Laurier (Plateau Mont-Royal) An ambitious, unsettling documentary about multinationals’ secretive efforts to benefit from carbon credits. In the original English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, with French subtitles.

·      July 11Ma vie réelle (Magnus Isacsson) - Cité Historia (Ahuntsic-Cartierville) One of Magnus Isacsson’s most memorable films is a sensitive portrait of four teenagers from Montréal-Nord. In the original French version.

·      July 23The People of the Kattawapiskak River (Alanis Obomsawin) – Parc Saint-Gabriel (Sud-Ouest)Life on the Attawapiskat reservation in northern Ontario, where a state of emergency was declared last October. In the original Cree, French and English, with French subtitles.

·      August 14Brave New River (Nicolas Renaud) - Parc Laurier (Plateau Mont-Royal) A beautiful film about the issues raised by a dam; a humane, sensitive and subtle reflection. In the original Cree, French and English, with French subtitles.

·      August 22Le prix des mots (Julien Fréchette): Parc Molson (Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie) An engrossing legal thriller about the Noir Canada affair and the debate in Quebec over strategic lawsuits against public participation. In the original French version.

Quebec’s only film festival dedicated to documentaries, the Montreal International Documentary Festival presents the best reality-based films, including the works of established directors and new talents.

The 16th RIDM will take place from November 13 to 24, 2013
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