Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park) sits down for intimate interviews with iconic Canadian actors Andrea Martin, Tatiana Maslany, Sandra Oh, and Ellen Page in HBO Canada’s 67-minute special Women Who Act.
“Women Who Act with Patricia Rozema is an exclusive look at the fierce, tender, funny, and powerful careers of four of our most outstanding actresses. An award-winning director herself, Patricia takes us truly behind-the-camera.” — Helga Stephenson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.
A chain-wallah’s urgent search for his missing son provides a harrowing look at poverty and desperation of India’s slums in Siddharth written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta. The film, Mehta’s second feature, premiered at the 70th Venice International Film Festival in 2013 and was nominated for Canadian Screen awars in acting, sound and screenplay categories in 2014.
“In 2010, I met a man on the streets of Delhi, who asked me for help in finding a place called ‘Dongri.’ I asked him what it was, he told me he thought it was where his lost son was. He went on to tell me his story – that he sent his 12-year-old boy away to work, and never saw him again. He believed his son was kidnapped and trafficked. After the initial shock wore off, I asked him for more details – a photograph, the spelling of his son’s name. He couldn’t answer any of them (being illiterate, and having never taken a picture). Since he was obliged to work every day to support his wife and daughter, all he could do was ask others for help. And he’d been doing this for over a year.
Knowing that this man didn’t have the ability, nor the means, to even properly inquire about his son is an unfathomable tragedy. He barely understood why this kind of thing happens, much less how. This film is my attempt to reconcile my extremely layered relationship with this circumstance. It’s a story made up in equal parts by tragedy and optimism, and I hope what we’ve done here transmits even a fraction of the confusion, sorrow, helplessness, and ultimately, hope that I felt in meeting this man.”
Monsoon by Canadian filmmaker Strula Gunnarsson is a stunning documentary that showcases the cultural and spiritual significance of the monsoon season in India. The film was the an Official Selection at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and the People’s Choice Award Winner at Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival in 2014.
“Part road movie, part spectacle, part human drama Monsoon is a documentary exploration of chaos, creation and faith in the land of believers. Filmed across the Indian sub-continent and charting the huge system’s path as it surges toward and gradually engulfs every region of the country, Monsoon introduces us to a remarkable array of individuals whose lives are in different ways entwined with the phenomenon.” – Monsoon press kit
Veteran filmmaker Strula Gunnarsson is one of Canada’s most prolific and eclectic filmmakers. He was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, studied English literature and film at the University of British Columbia and is best known for his directorial work on David Suzuki‘s documentary Force of Nature, the 2010 TIFF Documentary Audience Award winner.
Gunnarsson joined guest host Talia Schlanger on CBC’s Q to discuss the film. Here’s the interview.