WELCOME TO THE 10th ANNUAL WAKEFIELD DOC FEST

This year, we have a remarkable lineup which celebrates many new voices. Fully five of our films are first feature-length films for their directors, and all have been recognized and awarded at Canadian and international film festivals. As always, we have put together a selection of the very best current Québec, Canadian and international documentary films. We even have a couple of Canadian Premières!

Come and celebrate with us.

Film Listing

  • METAMORPHOSIS

    METAMORPHOSIS records a moment of profound change: the loss of one world, and the birth of another. Forest fires consume communities, species vanish, and entire ecosystems collapse. Economic growth, tied to speed of resource extraction, has created a machine with the capacity to destroy all life. But this is also a transformative opportunity…

    Showtimes

    1. February 2 2019 7:30pm
    2. February 3 2019 1:00pm
  • THE ANCIENT WOODS

    Filmed in one of the last patches of old growth forest in Lithuania, THE ANCIENT WOODS is a place where time melts and nothing withers nor ages but 'grows into' eternity. This poetic and atypical nature film takes its viewers on an endless journey – from forest thickets to wolves’ caves and a black stork’s nest, then deep into water to the underwater forest, returning after to the human inhabiting the woodland's edge.…

    Showtimes

    1. February 2 2019 4:00pm
    2. February 3 2019 4:00pm
  • ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS

    An atmospheric and mysterious film, ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS simultaneously presents three situations on the Australian territory of Christmas Island: The extraordinary migration of millions of crabs; Poh Lin Lee's life as a 'trauma therapist,' serving inmates at the hidden prison camp at the centre of the island, which houses asylum seekers sent there by the Australian government; and, all the while, local islanders carry out their 'hungry ghost' rituals for people who have died on the island without a burial.…

    Showtimes

    1. February 9 2019 4:00pm
    2. February 10 2019 4:00pm
  • AMONG WOLVES

    AMONG WOLVES is an immersive, vérité doc about an exceptional motorcycle club in Bosnia Herzegovina. Since the brutal civil war, this gang, led by a multi-ethnic group of veterans, has increasingly done impressive and inspiring work to help themselves and those around them heal—including caring for and guarding the threatened herd of wild horses with which they identify.…

    Showtimes

    1. February 9 2019 7:30pm
    2. February 10 2019 1:00pm
  • BECOMING WHO I WAS

    In northern India’s sparsely populated and mountainous Ladakh region, an impoverished young boy is discovered to be the reincarnation of an esteemed, high-ranking Tibetan monk. Born displaced from his monastery, the boy must wait for devotees to come and fetch him. Amid growing doubts and expectations in their community, the boy and his elderly godfather embark on a gruelling, improbable trek to return the young monk to his rightful monastery before it's too late. …

    Showtimes

    1. February 16 2019 4:00pm
    2. February 17 2019 4:00pm
  • YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN

    No matter what you think of high fashion, this is a terrific story. The diminutive and daring designer Guo Pei, a woman who learned her craft at the Number 2 Light Industrial School after the reign of Mao Tse Tung, now launches internationally in Paris. Her aim: to be invited into the most exclusive club in the world - that of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Givenchy, Lagerfeld, Chanel: twenty one members, mostly men, European.…

    Showtimes

    1. February 16 2019 7:30pm
    2. February 17 2019 1:00pm
  • A DELICATE BALANCE

    They may be ambitious, determined perfectionists, but the remarkable kids in A DELICATE BALANCE are also incredibly endearing, and not the least bit averse to laughing at themselves. These adrenalin-fuelled 10-, 12-, and 14-year-olds are already striving to attain the highest performance standards in ballet. Filmed from the perspective of four students in École supérieure de ballet du Québec, A DELICATE BALANCE takes an introspective look at lives of young people on the cusp of adolescence—that critical time in one’s life when childhood fantasies begin to collide with realities of being an adult: a mirror for anyone, old or young.…

    Showtimes

    1. February 23 2019 4:00pm
    2. February 24 2019 4:00pm
  • SEA OF LIFE

    Filmmaker Barnes was 16 when she saw the late Rob Stewart's film, REVOLUTION in 2013. She learned for the first time that the world's coral reefs, rainforests and fisheries are expected to disappear within her lifetime. As she says, "Action became a necessity." She bought a couple of cameras, learned to dive, and set out on a mission to expose the biggest threats facing the ocean.…

    Showtimes

    1. February 23 2019 7:30pm
    2. February 24 2019 1:00pm