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Here’s the complete 2019 ReaRView Vintage Doc Fest Program
Our aim is to explore today’s issues through yesterday’s lens
Our choices are always topical and timeless
Our theme is ‘A century of Hope and Identity’

Friday – April 12th 2019


7:00 pm
Woodstock (1970, 184 min)
Take a ride on the wild side with an intimate look at the Woodstock Music & Art Festival held in Bethel, NY in 1969, from preparation through cleanup, with historic access to insiders, blistering concert footage, and portraits of the concertgoers. This is a film that documented the hope and identity of an entire generation.

Saturday – April 13th 2019

10:00 am
and we knew how to dance178 And We Knew How To Dance: Women in World War 1 (1994, 55 min)
A touching profile of 12 Canadian women, aged 86 to 101 at the time of filming, who entered the male-dominated world of munitions factories and farm labour during World War I.  Their wartime work experiences, their commitment and their determination helped lead the way to postwar social changes for women.

Solar Mamas (2012, 58 min)
solar mamas A Bedouin mother joins 30 other illiterate women learning to become solar engineers at the Barefoot College in India.  An uplifting exposé of women’s changing role in Bedouin society, much to the chagrin of their puzzled and angry husbands.

1:00 pm
“E” (1981, 6 min)
Under the guise of a pretty fairy tale, this animated short makes a strong political statement of a dictator imposing his delusions on his unfortunate subjects. The humour is black and, despite the absence of dialogue, the message is crystal clear.
chicago10 Chicago 10 (2007, 110 min)
A deft combination of contemporary commentary with archival materials and animated reenactments, Chicago 10 examines the demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic Convention and their eruption into rioting in the wake of police provocation.

4:00 pm
Ted Baryluk's Grocery (1982, 10 min)
Ukrainian-Canadian Ted Baryluk, whose grocery store has been a fixture in Winnipeg's North End for over 20 years, talks about his store, his daughter, the customers who have come and gone and the social changes his multicultural neighbourhood has seen.
stories we tell Stories We Tell (2012, 108 min)
Oscar®-nominee Sarah Polley's playful investigation into the elusive truth buried within the contradictions of a family of storytellers paints an intriguing portrait of identity amidst a complex network of relatives, friends, and strangers.

7:00 pm
Buffy (2010, 6 min)
Folk music icon Buffy Sainte-Marie became internationally renowned with her protest song "Universal Soldier." Still a vibrant artist fifty years into her career, she keeps her eyes set on the future.
Gene Boy Came Home (2007, 24 min)
Eugene "Gene Boy" (pronounced Genie Boy) Benedict, from Odanak Indian Reserve (near Montreal, Quebec) enlisted in the US Marines and was sent to the frontlines of the Vietnam War. This film is the account of his 2 years of service and his long journey back to Odanak afterwards.
reel injunReel Injun (2009, 88 min)
Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the portrayal of North American Indigenous identity throughout a century of cinema. Featuring hundreds of clips from old classics as well as recent releases, the film traces the evolution of the “Hollywood Indian.”

Sunday – April 14th 2019

10:00 am
The Rising Tide (1949, 29 min)
The growth of cooperatives in the Maritime provinces is portrayed and how they brought new life and hope to poverty-stricken fishermen from the 1920s to the Second World War.  chic resto popThis is a wistful, ironic film, given the collapse of the Maritime fishing industry in the 1990s.
Au Chic Resto Pop (1990, 84 min)
In east Montreal, there's a restaurant just for poor people - Le Chic Resto Pop. Other restaurants and merchants donate food. Young people work there for free and get a lot of satisfaction - and a leg-up in society. Frequently they break out into a pop-up musical number they’ve written themselves. The film brims full with pride, hope and identity.

1:00 pm
Being Different (1957, 9 min)
A late 1950s look at peer pressure among adolescents, using the example of a 13-year-old boy who collects butterflies. While the boy adores his passion, his friends laugh at him, making him question whether he should pursue his interest or conform to fit in with the crowd.
John and Michael (2004, 10 min)
This animated short pays tribute to two men with Down syndrome who shared an intimate and profoundly loving relationship that deeply affected the filmmaker. Narrator Brian Davis brings the characters to life with great sensitivity.
forbidden love First Stories – Two Spirited (2007, 6 min)
Rodney "Geeyo" Poucette's empowering struggle against prejudice in the Indigenous community as a two-spirited person (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender).

Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories Of Lesbian Lives (1992, 85 min)
Compelling, often hilarious and always rebellious, the women interviewed in this film recount stories about their search for the places where openly gay women gathered in urban centres. Contemporary interviews, archival footage, and a stylized fictional narrative based on the pulp novels of the 1950s are woven throughout this simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and empowering film.

4:00 pm
Toys (1966, 7 min)
This stop-motion animation takes a dark look into the war toys often given to children at Christmas time.
Front Lines: Faith and Hope (2008, 9 min)
Featuring veterans' letters to their families and images from the NFB archives, the Canadian War Museum and Library, and Archives Canada, this film reflects on how religion and faith became a solace to many Canadians serving in the First World War.
paris 1919World War 1 Oversimplified (2016, 15 min)
A clever and entertaining explanation of World War One, situating the conflict  in a geographic, historical and political context.

Paris 1919 (2008, 94 min)
Based on Margaret MacMillan's acclaimed book of the same name, this documentary takes us inside the most ambitious peace talks in history. Revisiting the event with a vivid sense of narrative, the film evokes a pivotal moment when hope for peace seemed possible, and reflects on the hard-learned lessons of history.

7:00 pm
Gurdeep Singh Bains, 1977, 11 min)
Gurdeep is a thirteen-year-old Canadian Sikh whose family runs a dairy farm near Chilliwack, British Columbia. They have retained their language and religion. Attendance at the Sikh temple, playing soccer with his schoolmates, and working on the farm are all part of Gurdeep's well-integrated life, but sometimes he feels a little different from the other children because he wears a turban.
Nahanni (1962, 18 min)
The legend of a lost gold mine in the Northwest Territories has lured men to their doom. Albert Faille, an aging prospector, set out time and again to find hidden gold. His route took him through the wild and awesome land particularly suited to the mood of this Canadian odyssey.
being canadian Being Canadian (2015, 90 min)
A humorous probe into what it means to be Canadian. When aspiring TV writer Robert Cohen moved to the US from Calgary in an effort to kick-start his career, he was dismayed to realize how little people knew about his beloved homeland. After decades of dealing with lame stereotypes, he decided to set out on a coast-to-coast journey to make a film that would show the world what being Canadian is really all about. Interwoven with interviews with a variety of fellow countrymen such as Mike Myers, Howie Mandel, Seth Rogen, Russell Peters and Michael J. Fox, the result is a personal quest of epic proportions.

(Subject to change)