Wakefield Doc Fest


Date(s) - Saturday, February 4 - Sunday, February 5
12:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Centre Wakefield La Peche

8th Annual WAKEFIELD DOC FEST screens great current documentary film every weekend in February

(Wakefield, QC) The 8th annual documentary film festival in Wakefield, now called Wakefield Doc Fest, is bigger and better than ever. The festival, begun in 2010 by Robert and Brenda Rooney, screens a selection of the very best in current feature-length Canadian and International documentary film. It all takes place over the four weekends in February and the screenings are at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche in the beautiful little village of Wakefield, QC. Check out the website, wakefielddocfest.ca.

Along with the Core Program of eight feature-length documentary films in the 2017 Wakefield Doc Fest, there’s a whole new pilot project incorporated into the festival this year – the themed Saturday Matinee Series. As in the Core Program, this series will screen top quality, current, award-winning, feature-length Canadian and International documentary films.

For this 2017 festival, the Saturday Matinee Series theme is HUMAN/NATURE and its four films are concerned with our relationship with other creatures and with the land. Saturday Matinee Series films screen one-time-only on Saturdays at 1pm and there is a special half price ticket for youth 12 and under. Parents, though, need to know that these are not necessarily ‘kids films.’ Check the listings for details.

As its name suggests, the Core Program is the heart of the festival. Each of the eight films in this program will screen twice on a particular weekend. Festival organizers are delighted to bring you a remarkable assortment of films for the program, from many corners of the world: Australia, the South Pacific, the Faroe Islands, a tiny Italian island just north of the shore of Tunisia in the Mediterranean, Wales, the U.S., as well as back here at home in Quebec and Canada. Many of these films highlight our strengths and possibilities, while some weave extraordinary stories. Some themes are difficult, but none are without hope. Core Program tickets are $15 and weekend passes for the Core Program are available.


Feb 4 & 5       SO THAT YOU CAN STAND

(Canada, 2015, 83 min – English & French/Inuktitut w English s.t.) d Ole Gjerstad – Feb 4, 7:30pm & Feb 5, 1pm

OPENING GALA 7:30 pm Feb 4

w Inuit negotiator Senator Charlie Watt and director Ole Gjerstad in attendance



(Australia, 2016, 97 min – English & Wangkajunga with English s.t.) d Nicole Ma – Feb 4, 4pm & Feb 5, 4pm

First Secretary and Consul Ms Melissa Stenfors will attend 4pm Feb 5; the Australian High Commission has generously donated wine for the reception after the screening


Feb 11 & 12   A PLASTIC OCEAN

(UK/Hong Kong/USA/Canada, 2016, 102 min – English) d Craig Leeson – Feb 11, 7:30pm & Feb 12, 1pm

PANEL 7:30pm Feb 11 – Meaghan Murphy (Ottawa Riverkeeper) Neil Faulkner (Friends of Gatineau River); Jesse Vermaire (Asst Prof, Envt’al Science)



(UK/Denmark, 2016, 82 min – Faroese/Danish w English s.t.) d Mike Day – Feb 11, 4pm & Feb 12, 4pm

Director Mike Day will ‘attend’ by Skype for post screening Q & A 4pm Feb 12


Feb 18 & 19   FIRE AT SEA

(Italy/France, 2015, 108 min – Italian w English s.t.) d Gianfranco Rosi – Feb 18, 7:30pm & Feb 19, 1pm



(Canada, 2016, 122 min – English & English s.t.) d Kevin McMahon – Feb 18, 4pm & Feb 19, 4pm

Director Kevin McMahon will ‘attend’ by Skype for post screening Q & A 4pm Feb 19



(Canada, 2016, 90 min – English and French w English s.t.) d John Walker – Feb 25, 7:30pm & Feb 26, 1pm

Director John Walker will attend (by Skype or in person) 7:30pm Feb 25



(UK, 2015, 85 min – English) d Louise Osmond – Feb 25, 4pm & Feb 26, 4pm


SATURDAY MATINEE SERIES – Human/Nature – all screenings 1pm

Feb 4              THE EAGLE HUNTRESS

(UK/Mongolia/USA, 2016, 87 min – Kazakh w English s.t.) d Otto Bell



(Canada, 2016, 96 min – English) d Nettie Wild

Director Nettie Wild will ‘attend’ by Skype for post screening Q & A


Feb 18            PRISON DOGS

(USA, 2016, 72 min – English) d Perri Peltz & Geeta Gandbhir

Producer Jennifer Minsky will ‘attend’ by Skype for Q & A;

Retired paramedic Julie Jolicoeur will attend with her service dog, Dillon, trained at an American penitentary


Feb 25            UNLOCKING THE CAGE

(USA, 2016, 92 min – English) d Chris Hegedus & D A Pennebaker

Prof Joanna Dean (Carleton) and Prof Christabelle Sethna (U of O) will attend to speak to human/animal relationships and their new book: Animal Metropolis


Wakefield Doc Fest programs many ‘experience enhancements’ for our audience like director visits, panel discussions, and the like. There are some amazing and inspiring people lined up to make your festival experience something to talk about. And, of course, there are always galas and receptions to get the conversation going.

Wakefield Doc Fest 2017 takes place on Saturdays and Sundays, February 4 to 26, at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche in Wakefield. For more details on the festival lineup, and for ticket prices and special offer information, please see the website: wakefielddocfest.ca


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