March 28, 2024

DOC Québec is pleased to invite you to a special screening of the documentary “Sisters: Dream and Variations” by Catherine Legault, in partnership with Cinéma Moderne.

The screening will take place on March 27, 2024, at 6:30 PM (Original Version with French Subtitles). Join us for a drink before the screening starting at 5:00 PM!

In the presence of the director, a Q&A session will follow the screening, hosted by Olivier D. Asselin, filmmaker and president of DOC Québec! Information and tickets available on the Cinéma Moderne website.

DOC and POV Magazine have come together to commemorate DOC’s 40th anniversary!

To celebrate this milestone, POV has created a special edition of the magazine dedicated to highlighting DOC’s rich history with features about DOC’s Chapters, our advocacy over the years, conversations with members of our community, and other features that highlight together forty years of Canada’s documentary filmmakers across the country.

The evening will showcase two film screenings by DOC members:

Witness directed by Yasmin Mathurin and produced by Amar Wala

Shooting Indians: A Journey with Jeffrey Thomas by Ali Kazimi

Following the screening, POV editor Marc Glassman will moderate a discussion about DOC’s past, its present and its future with Ali Kazimi, Yasmin Mathurin, and Amar Wala.

This event is free for DOC members. Login and visit the DOC Member Benefits page for the discount code.

About the films:

Shooting Indians: A Journey with Jeffery Thomas (1997, 56 minutes)

Spanning over a decade, from 1984 to 1996, Shooting Indians: A Journey with Jeffery Thomas is an ironic documentary journey full of quiet insights and surprising twists. Starting the film as a foreign student in 1984, Kazimi begins to unravel the hidden history of the land that he has chosen as his home. At one level, Shooting Indians is a portrait of Jeffrey Thomas, an Iroquois photographer. The film explores the influences on his life which led him to his career. It was the work of an American photographer from the turn of the century, Edward Curtis, which forced Thomas to closely examine how Native people had been photographed in the past. Thomas views Curtis’ monumental work as a “mountain which must be crossed”.

Witness (2023, documentary series)

Witness revisits some of the most impactful viral videos in our history through the eyes of the people who captured them. It’s a show about everyday people who chose to document something and share it with the world, and the personal and social outcomes that stem from that decision.

DOC Institute and Hot Docs are partnering this Black History Month to co-present 𝘽𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙇𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩: 𝘼 𝘾𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙗𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝘾𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙖𝙣 𝙁𝙞𝙡𝙢𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙧𝙨, a series of six documentaries by leading Black documentary voices in Canada. This series is presented as part of For Viola, Hot Docs’ free screening series centering BIPOC-led stories and filmmakers, named in honour of Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond.


Curated by Hot Docs Industry and For Viola co-programmer Julian Carrington, 𝘽𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙇𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩: 𝘼 𝘾𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙗𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝘾𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙖𝙣 𝙁𝙞𝙡𝙢𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙧𝙨 explores and weaves in loose themes relevant to Black Canadian culture and history. The program features the work of Black filmmakers from many corners of the country, from the prairies to the Maritimes, providing a more inclusive and robust representation of the Black Canadian experience:

BLACK MOTHER BLACK DAUGHTER (Sylvia D. Hamilton & Claire Prieto, 1989)
COMING TO VOICE (Glace Lawrence & Anthony Brown, 1999)
FINDING SALLY (Tamara Mariam Dawit, 2020)
HARDWOOD (Hubert Davis, 2004)
JOHN WARE RECLAIMED (Cheryl Foggo, 2020)
MIGHTY JEROME (Charles Officer, 2010)

Stay tuned for releases of panel discussions with filmmakers and film subjects of the series!


𝘽𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙇𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩: 𝘼 𝘾𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙗𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝘾𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙖𝙣 𝙁𝙞𝙡𝙢𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙧𝙨 is made possible with the support of sponsors Rogers Group of Funds and the Toronto Arts Council, co-presenter The National Film Board of Canada, and community partners POV Magazine, BIPOC TV & FILM, and the Black Screen Office.


DOCs from the Vault

January 25, 2022

DOC, in collaboration with Tënk presents DOCs from the Vault, a series of 11 documentaries that have never before been broadcast online. This series of selected films made by DOC members aims to celebrate the rich creativity of Canadian independent documentary filmmaking by highlighting innovative, inspiring and creative — but sometimes overlooked — documentaries that deserve to find an audience.

All documentaries will be available across Canada, in English and French, to allow a wide audience to discover these hidden treasures! The project will unveiled in two phases, in January and March.

Tënk is offering DOC Members a 40% discount to their streaming service this year. Check the Member Benefits page for the discount code.

DOCs from the Vault is a screening series born out of this pandemic. Filmmakers used to working collaboratively found themselves alone, facing enormous obstacles, struggling to create work and to connect with each other. Amid this darkness, DOC was looking for multiple ways to strengthen our community. Through Zoom calls and webinars, members across the country were suddenly, intimately face to face, and new connections across our six chapters began to flourish.

DOC has been around since 1983, but many of our members’ earlier work that shaped their artistic practices and speak to their region’s specific perspective is inaccessible. We began speaking with Tënk about a program that would give new life to some of our members’ wonderful past films, by making them available online for the first time, while also facilitating a mutual discovery of each others’ work between francophone and anglophone filmmakers.

The result is DOCs from the Vault: a juried selection of 11 documentaries by DOC members, none of which have ever been shared online. The earliest film is from 1998, the most recent from 2021. This is an act of community building across generations, of celebration, a “feel good” moment within a sea of bad news. It’s a small gesture crafted with an enormous heart. We hope you enjoy it!

Sarah Spring
Executive Director, Documentary Organization of Canada

The first block of five films will be offered to Tënk subscribers from Jan 28 – March 26

The second block of five films will be offered to Tënk subscribers from March 26 – May 21

  • Arctic Mosque, Saira Rahman and Nilufer Rahman (2015)
  • Dah Dzahge Nodeside, Mike Bourquin (2014)
  • This Stained Dawn, Anam Abbas (2021)
  • Still Here: A Journey to Triumph, Wanda Taylor (2007)
  • Burning Rubber, Ariella Pahlke (2009)
  • Medecine Walker, Gregory Coyes (2004)

We wish to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for their support.

Dans les voûtes du DOC

En collaboration avec Tënk , DOC présente Dans les voûtes du DOC, une série de 11 documentaires indépendants canadiens n’ayant encore jamais fait l’objet d’une diffusion en ligne.

Dévoilée en deux temps, en janvier et en mars, la programmation sera accessible partout au Canada, en anglais et en français, afin de permettre à un large public de découvrir ces trésors cachés.

Tënk offre cette année une réduction de 40 % sur l’abonnement à son service de diffusion en ligne. Consultez la page des avantages des membres pour le code de rabais.

Dans les voûtes du DOC est une idée de diffusion née de cette pandémie. Habitué.e.s à travailler en collaboration, les cinéastes se sont retrouvé.e.s seul.e.s, confronté.e.s à d’énormes obstacles, luttant pour continuer de créer des œuvres autant que des liens. Au milieu de cette obscurité, DOC a cherché de multiples façons de renforcer sa communauté. Grâce à des rencontres Zoom et des webinaires, les membres dispersé.e.s à travers le pays ont pu se retrouver et de nouveaux liens ont commencé à fleurir à travers nos six chapitres régionaux.

DOC existe depuis 1983, mais plusieurs œuvres antérieures de nos membres restent inaccessibles, des œuvres qui ont façonné leur pratique artistique et qui témoignent d’une perspective spécifique à leur région. Nous avons commencé à discuter avec Tënk d’un programme qui donnerait une nouvelle vie à certains de ces merveilleux films, en les rendant disponibles en ligne pour la première fois et en permettant autant aux anglophones qu’aux francophones de découvrir le travail de chacun.e.

Dans les voûtes du DOC en est le résultat : une minutieuse programmation de 11 documentaires sélectionnés par un jury et réalisés par des membres de DOC, dont aucun n’a encore fait l’objet d’une diffusion en ligne. Le film le plus ancien de cette sélection date de 1998 et le plus récent de 2021. C’est là une manière de renforcer la communauté, de créer des ponts entre les générations et de célébrer. C’est un îlot de positivité dans un océan de mauvaises nouvelles. Un petit geste réalisé avec grand cœur, que nous espérons sincèrement que vous apprécierez !

Sarah Spring
Directrice générale de l’Association des Documentaristes du Canada

La première sélection de cinq films sortis des voûtes sera proposée aux abonné·e·s de Tënk du 28 janvier au 26 mars

Le deuxième sélection de six films sortis des voûtes sera proposée aux abonné·e·s de Tënk du 26 mars au 21 mai

  • Arctic Mosque, Saira Rahman and Nilufer Rahman (2015)
  • Dah Dzahge Nodeside, Mike Bourquin (2014)
  • This Stained Dawn, Anam Abbas (2021)
  • Still Here: A Journey to Triumph, Wanda Taylor (2007)
  • Burning Rubber, Ariella Pahlke (2009)
  • Medecine Walker, Gregory Coyes (2004)

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada pour son soutien.