Doc Fest

February 3 – March 4, 2018

What great variety in this Wakefield Doc Fest lineup – our 9th annual festival!

All are films chosen on individual merit, the beauty of the images, the depth of
the storytelling. Remarkable examples all of the beauty of the documentary film.
Altogether, they create a narrative of our lives, concerns and issues, now, in
2018. Come and be moved by these stories. Join us.

Film Listing

  • Jane

    Free Special Event

    Told largely through the fluid use of never-before-seen National Geographic footage shot at the time, and using her diaries and current reflections, the film traces the early years of Jane Goodall's studies of chimpanzees in the wild, telling the remarkable story of how this incredibly young and not-formally-educated woman was chosen by Louis Leakey and sent out to develop and execute a totally different kind of wild animal study, by living among them.…

    Showtimes

    No upcoming times found.

  • Shiners

    Main Series

    On the Globe and Mail's Top Ten films of 2017, winner of three Best Documentary prizes, SHINERS travels the world to introduce us to the men and women who make their living cleaning our shoes. "At one extreme, we meet impoverished shoe shiners of La Paz, Bolivia, some of whom wear ski masks to do their work because they consider it so shameful. At the other extreme is a Tokyo entrepreneur who has turned his craft into a luxury service performed in a cozy parlour where clients enjoy a glass of bubbly…

    Showtimes

    No upcoming times found.

  • Off the Rails

    Main Series

    OFF THE RAILS tells the remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes.…

    Showtimes

    No upcoming times found.

  • Shadowman

    Main Series

    In the 1980s, Vancouver-born artist Richard Hambleton was the SHADOWMAN, a spectre in the night who painted hundreds of startling silhouettes on the walls of lower Manhattan and, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, sparked the street art movement. …

    Showtimes

    No upcoming times found.

  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

    Main Series

    From acclaimed director Steve James (HOOP DREAMS, LIFE ITSELF), ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family – owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York – who are charged with fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R Vance, Jr. in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.…

    Showtimes

    No upcoming times found.

  • Thank You for the Rain

    Main Series

    Worlds collide on the frontline of climate change. Kenyan farmer Kisilu Musya records climate change’s roller-coaster ride of flash floods and devastating droughts. For the past five years, he’s kept a video diary documenting the damaging effects of wild weather on his family’s life and livelihood.…

    Showtimes

    No upcoming times found.

  • A Cambodian Spring

    Main Series

    An intimate and unique portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent development that is shaping modern day Cambodia. Shot over six years, the film charts the growing wave of land rights protests that led to the 'Cambodian Spring' and the tragic events that followed.…

    Showtimes

    No upcoming times found.

  • California Typewriter

    Main Series

    Doug Nichol’s loving tribute to the writing machine of a bygone era, CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER is leaving an indelible mark on festival audiences. This crowd-pleasing film – named after one of the last remaining typewriter repair shops in the USA – celebrates the design, tactility and permanence of the typewriter.…

    Showtimes

    No upcoming times found.

  • A Story of Sahel Sounds

    Main Series

    From his Portland, Oregon apartment, Chris Kirkley is rewriting the rules of the music industry. It's his soul's passion to record and archive modern West African music and deal it to the small but growing following he's amassed from his Sahel Sounds project.…

    Showtimes

    No upcoming times found.

  • Snack Bar Rhapsody

    Québec Directors Saturday Matinée Series

    Every summer, all over Québec, they’re the favourite hangouts for locals and passing tourists. Called cantines or casse-croûtes, these small seasonal businesses are often run by passionate folks who have made it their mission to preserve this distinctive corner of Québec culture.…

    Showtimes

    No upcoming times found.

  • 24 Davids

    Québec Directors Saturday Matinée Series

    Meandering through the thoughts and opinions and actions of 24 people on three continents named David, you are left with poignant observations and meditations on where we are, at this point in the world, 2018.…

    Showtimes

    No upcoming times found.

  • Louise Lecavalier - In Motion

    Québec Directors Saturday Matinée Series

    A visually stunning and inspiring exploration of the life and work of internationally acclaimed Canadian dancer and choreographer Louise Lecavalier. An irrepressible artist, Lecavalier worked intensely with choreographer Édouard Lock and the company La La La Human Steps during the 1980s and beyond…

    Showtimes

    No upcoming times found.

  • Grand Cru

    Québec Directors Saturday Matinée Series

    Pascal Marchand, an aspiring poet from Montreal, arrived in the mythical land of Burgundy to work the harvest at age 21. Enchanted by the region, he settled there and embarked on an unlikely path to winemaking stardom. Now over 30 years later, he is renowned as an artist and innovator.…

    Showtimes

    No upcoming times found.

  • MONTEREY POP CLOSING GALA – followed by a concert with WKFLD PWR CMPNY

    Special Event at THE BLACK SHEEP. Wakefield Doc Fest's Closing Gala is a very special screening of the newly remastered MONTEREY POP, the seminal rock concert film from master documentarian D.A. Pennebaker. And after the film, stay put for a concert with Greg Stone and WKFLD PWR CMPNY!…

    Showtimes

    No upcoming times found.