Hot Docs 2012 – Thoughts On Documentaries


Documentary –



  1. Consisting of, concerning, or based on documents.
  2. Presenting facts objectively without editorializing or inserting fictional matter, as in a book or film.

noun pl. doc·u·men·ta·ries

A work, such as a film or television program, presenting political, social, or historical subject matter in a factual and informative manner and often consisting of actual news films or interviews accompanied by narration.

The very definition of a documentary, and yet, it doesn’t do justice to the experience of viewing a documentary.

As the next 10 days are laid out before us, Sue and I are looking forward to taking in all manner of films in this category. We’ll see films that make us cry, laugh, feel uncomfortable, think and make us look at a subject, or the world, in a different way.

I think documentaries are much like book stores, by walking into them you are admitting there are things you don’t know, and you walk into them hoping to learn something new, to experience a different viewpoint, to find something you hadn’t thought of or considered before and perhaps come away a changed person.

I have no doubt that will happen to both Sue and I over the next 10 days.

The next few days will see at least a post a day about the films Sue and I take in, and we hope you’ll join us for each of them, and maybe find a film or two, or three or more that you would like to see.

Away we go…


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Ryan McNeil says:

    Strength and Honour!

    1. TD Rideout says:

      Strength and Honour.

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