Doc Talks: Presented by the NFB and Hot Docs!

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Hot Docs in Toronto announced participants for Doc Talks; a new free series of conversations with international directors.  In this first edition of Doc Talks, innovative and influential filmmakers will discuss the impact of documentaries on the real world in three separate hour long conversations detailed below.


Can one film really change the world?
May 3, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Documentaries have a long tradition of being a catalyst for change. Meet three directors who have sought to create films that help pave the way for social transformation.


Terence Macartney-Filgate – Up Against the System, The Back-breaking Leaf
Shannon Walsh - H2Oil and St-Henri, the 26th of August
Lee Hirsch - The Bully Project

Moderator: Katerina Cizek – Director, HIGHRISE/Out My Window, Filmmaker-in-Residence.


Do documentaries change the way we see our world?
May 4, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Constant access to information can lead us to think we know the whole story. But docs like Mighty Jerome (Charles Officer), Hot Coffee (Susan Saladoff) and You’ve Been Trumped (Anthony Baxter) take us deeper than the nightly news. Prepare to be surprised by stories you’ve never heard, and transformed by the ones you thought you knew.


Charles Officer - Mighty Jerome
Susan Saladoff - Hot Coffee
Anthony Baxter - You’ve Been Trumped

Moderator: Sarah Spring – Producer (Parabola Films), St-Henri, the 26th of August


Documentary films: Igniting dispute or dialogue?
May 5, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Documentaries can be controversial; films such as Wiebo’s War (David York) and Blood in the Mobile (Frank Piasecki Poulsen) delve into religion, politics and ethical dilemmas. Attend this session and add your voice to a spirited debate on covering and creating controversy.


David York - Wiebo’s War
Frank Piasecki Poulsen - Blood in the Mobile

Moderator: Katerina Cizek – Director, HIGHRISE/Out My Window, Filmmaker-in-Residence.

For More Details…

Doc Talks – Docs Making A Difference (May 3):
Doc Talks – Docs Modifying Minds (May 4):
Doc Talks – Docs Fuelling Debate (May 5):

PRESENTED BY THE NFB AND HOT DOCS in collaboration with the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.