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DOC National

The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) is the collective voice of Canada’s independent documentary creators. DOC began in 1983 as the Canadian Independent Film Caucus (CIFC) to represent the interests of Canada's growing community of indi doc filmmakers. Today DOC has over 1000 members across six chapters from coast to coast.


DocuMentality Session for DOC Members

Following the positive reception of DOC’s Hot Docs panel about our report on mental health in the documentary sector, we are opening the discussion up to all members across the country to share the results of the report, and discuss next steps.

The session will be led by Rebecca Day, Malikkah Rollins, and Marina Serrão of Film in Mind who are trained therapists with a background in documentary film.

Please note that there is no registration link. Zoom link will be opened when the session starts. You can add the event to your calendar, which has the zoom link, so that you don’t forget!

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Sarah Spring

DOC Executive Director

Prior to being appointed as Executive Director of the Documentary Organization of Canada, Sarah spent fifteen years actively involved in Montreal's vibrant film community. In addition to serving as President of the Board of Montreal's RIDM - Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal from 2015 - 2021, Sarah was a member of the Montreal Arts Council's cinema committee, and spent many years on the Executive of DOC Quebec. The company she started with Selin Murat in 2010, Parabola Films, is a boutique production house that champions emerging filmmakers and under-represented voices. Sarah sits on the Board of the Canadian Independent Screen Fund for BPOC Creators (CISF), and consults for both artists and the institutions that finance them.

Malikkah Rollins

Documentary Industry Educator and Mental Health Advocate

Malikkah Rollins is a freelance producer and documentary community builder, currently serving as the Director of Industry and Education for DOC NYC and as coordinating producer on Free Money, a documentary about universal basic income. She also was a psychotherapist and counselor for the past decade. As a therapist, she treated individuals with mental illness and substance abuse and approached her work from s strengths perspective. Integrating mental health and the doc filmmaking, she has served as a mental health consultant for a group of young BIPOC/LGBTQ+ filmmakers sponsored by POV. Malikkah moderated a panel discussion focused on mental health and documentary filmmakers hosted by the D-Word and DOC NYC. She has also been a Sundance Collab Community Leader, an active member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia, an Ambassador for The D-Word’s weekly Zoom gatherings, a Docs In Progress Fellow, and a board member of Women in Film and Video-DC.

Rebecca Day

Founder & Psychotherapist at Film In Mind

Rebecca Day is a qualified psychotherapist and freelance documentary producer. She founded Film In Mind in 2018 to address mental health in the film industry. She offers therapy, clinical supervision, consultancies and workshops to filmmakers working in difficult situations and with vulnerable people. She has spoken at festivals and delivered training and support to organisations such as Berlinale, IDFA, Getting Real Documentary Conference, Sheffield DocFest, WIFTV & London Screenwriters Festival on the issue. Previously, she worked extensively with the Scottish Documentary Institute as a producer and on their impact work, most notably on the successful campaigns around award winning documentary, I Am Breathing and Seven Songs for a Long Life.

Marina Serrão

Line producer/Production Manager at Bueno Basta Productions inc.

Marina has been working in the film industry for over a decade, in both the narrative and documentary worlds in New Zealand and in her hometown of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Marina is an award-winning documentary producer and has worked on multiple features and series.Coming from a family of therapists, it was a matter of timeuntil she became a therapist in her own right. As a Relationship therapist (TRA®), her focus is on helping people identify their needs and fears, accept and love who they are, and see their responsibility (response-ability) so they can have more satisfying relationships: with family, partnerships, work, friends, etc.Working with the film industry to support team members by offering a space to be heard and deeply understood is fundamental to Marina’s practice. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish and is the daughter of immigrants from Argentina and Guyana which has informed her worldview and her own ability to hold multiple identities at once.

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