The Rules of Engagement: Documentary Filmmaking in Canada

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The Rules of Engagement: Documentary Filmmaking in Canada

This panel discussion on documentary filmmaking featured different perspectives from select Canada's Top Ten Film Festival directors.

Jan 9, 2015

This Higher Learning discussion featuring select guests from the 14th annual Canada's Top Ten Film Festival, was prefaced by an introduction to the history and origin of documentary filmmaking in Canada, and continued with each panelist describing their experience directing their respective film. The conversation focused on the treatment of working with sensitive subject matter, the challenges of capturing personal stories on film, and the importance of producing indigenous Canadian media and content.

The panel included directors Harold Crooks (The Price We Pay), Candy Fox (Backroads), Bonnie Sherr Klein (Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography), and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Bihttoš), and was moderated by Dr. Rebecca Sullivan, director of the Institute for Gender Research at the University of Calgary and author of a new monograph on Klein's film.

This Higher Learning event was held on January 9, 2015 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.