Doc Fest Weekend 2019

Our WDF Weekend theme this year is: HEROES!!

… and it’s happening October 18 – 20

Yes, indeedy. It’s time for our 4th annual themed autumn weekend and we’ve decided it’s a good time in history to take time to think about the positive side of the human spirit – and that of the not-so-human spirit, too.

We have four terrific films lined up, all of which illustrate in different ways the spunk, the grit, the courage and/or the nobility that the heroes in our lives possess, be they ‘everyday’ or ‘out of the way’ heroes. Please join us – and be inspired!

Film Listing


    A story of heroism against impossible odds, this remarkable doc from Québec producer Ina Fichman follows Laila Haidari, an irrepressible survivor of child marriage and her own traumatic past. In the face of physical threats, governmental opposition, and the departure of the international community from an Afghanistan on the verge of collapse, Laila fights to keep alive her labour of love — a drug treatment centre and a restaurant staffed by recovering addicts.…


    1. October 18 2019 7:30pm

    Extraordinary portrait of Margot Wallström, Swedish minister of Foreign Affairs. In a world that is still widely ruled by men, she pursues a ‘feminist foreign policy,’ putting women’s rights on the agenda whenever she can. Embedded with her and her staff, the filmmakers follow her during her four-year term and show this combative woman finding her place on the global political scene.…


    1. October 19 2019 2:00pm

    Sometimes people are heroes because they live the life most people only dream about – and communicate about it with thoughtfulness and spirit. When British writer and adventurer Bruce Chatwin was dying of AIDS, he gave his friend Werner Herzog the rucksack that he carried on all of his adventures around the world. Now, three decades later, carrying the rucksack, Herzog sets out on his own journey inspired by Chatwin’s passion for the nomadic life.…


    1. October 19 2019 7:30pm

    Not all heroes are human! Get inspired by the loyal intelligence and life-altering trust operating between species in this observational marvel. Master documentarian Heddy Honigmann, recipient of the IDFA Living Legend Award in 2013, turns her eye to the inner workings of the relationships between six service dogs and their various human companions—people such as an elderly soldier blinded by an explosion, a blind woman living on her own, and an autistic child with multiple physical challenges. …


    1. October 20 2019 2:00pm