The 25th edition of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) continues until November 27. The second week of the festival offers new films to discover, many of which in the presence of the filmmakers.

Jumana Manna‘s Foragers is a contemplative and whimsical film that shows how the simple act of gathering wild herbs can become a form of anti-colonial resistance. It will have its Canadian premiere on November 25 and 27. Theo Montoya‘s Anhell69, winner of two awards at the Venice International Critics’ Week, will have its Canadian premiere on November 24 and 26. The film follows young people from queer communities who are unable to envision the future and who share a nihilistic outlook on life. Winner of the New:Vision Award at CPH:DOX, among other honours, Trinh T. Minh-Ha‘s What About China? will have its Quebec premiere on November 25 and 27. Continuing her cinematic body of work with intellectual vigour, the multidisciplinary artist and theorist examines China, cinema, the ethnographic approach and the construction of history in a spellbinding essay that is as cerebral as it is tender.

Closing Ceremony and Awards

This year’s festival will be giving out 13 awards to the selected documentary filmmakers. The Emerging Talent Award was presented to Isabelle Kanapé on Sunday night, for her film Miluk tshi shutshelimunau (Accordez-moi votre confiance). The remaining 12 awards will be presented on closing night, Sunday, November 26, just before the screening of Wochiigii lo: End of the Peace by Haida filmmaker Heather Hatch. The film focuses on BC Hydro’s construction of a third dam on the Peace River, located in the heart of the unceded territory of many Indigenous nations. The film will be shown at 7:00 p.m. at Cinéma Impérial, with the filmmaker in attendance. The closing night will continue with a festive evening at the Cinémathèque québécoise.

A last day for young and old film lovers

To close the festival on a high note, for the eighth consecutive year, the festival is offering a family screening on Sunday, November 27 at 11 a.m. Developed by Le Carrousel international du film de Rimouski, this selection of short films for ages 6 and up is an excellent way to introduce budding cinephiles to documentary-inspired cinema. Featured are colourful films that explore human, plant and animal nature, including Dans la nature by Marcel Barelli, J’aime toute by José Mestenapéo and La peau de l’ours by Valérie Mréjen.

Films for adult audiences will also address youth issues on the last day of the festival. From a child’s perspective, Paz Encina‘s visual poem Eami explores oppression and injustice through the expulsion of an indigenous community from its territory; Olha Zhurba‘s Outside follows the harrowing adolescence of a young Ukrainian boy over several years, addressing the difficulties of growing up alone and neglected; and Shamira Raphaëla‘s Shabu takes viewers to a working-class neighbourhood in Rotterdam, where we follow the trials and tribulations of a feisty teen. Antonio Hernández‘s They Made Us the Night follows an intergenerational family’s daily life punctuated by dreamlike visions in the middle of San Marquitos, a Mexican city still absent from maps.

The 25th edition of RIDM runs until November 27

at the Cinémathèque québécoise, Cinéma du Parc, Cinéma du Musée,

Cinéplex Odéon Quartier Latin, and Cinéma Impérial.

To learn more about the 2022 program and to buy tickets: ridm.ca

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