Investigative journalism and thought-provoking true stories are about to take over the screens as Possible Worlds, Sydney’s 7th Canadian Film Festival, showcases its strongest program of documentaries to date.
From PINK RIBBONS INC, which tells inconvenient truths about the fundraising movement to fight breast cancer, to THE WORLD BEFORE HER, which takes an unprecedented, risky look inside a Hindu fundamentalist training camp, and SURVIVING PROGRESS, which questions the very notion of progress as a virtue for civilization, the Festival showcases filmmakers unafraid of tackling thorny, important subjects.
The documentaries on offer also give entertaining glimpses into sub-cultures we might know little about, from African hip-hop in UNITED STATES OF AFRICA, to independent video game designers in INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE and intrepid mountain climbers in 40 DAYS AT BASE CAMP.
Many screenings offer the chance to mingle over a free welcome drink and chat about thought-provoking films on offer. Others feature live performances and interactive activities themed around the films.
There is a long tradition in Canadian cinema of looking outwards and reporting on topical stories set around the world, yet told from a unique point of view, an alternative to both the reductive reporting of the 6’oclock news and the sensationalistic Hollywood take on the same material. We are proud to shine a light on these exceptional films, which add to the diversity of opinions and perspectives represented on our screens.