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Here’s your first look at the 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’


Update:  The full program is now available at the RearView Page here.

Friday April 12
Woodstock (1970)
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.

solar mamasSaturday, April 13
10am: (free session) 
Solar Mamas (2012)
A Bedouin mother joins 30 other illiterate women learning to become solar engineers at the Barefoot College in India. An uplifting expose of women’s changing role in Bedouin society, much to the chagrin of their puzzled and angry husbands.

and we knew how to dance178And We Knew How to Dance: Women in World War 1 (1994)
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.

Chicago 10 (2007) chicago10
A deft combination of contemporary commentary with archival materials and animated re-enactments, Chicago 10 examines the demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic Convention and their eruption into rioting in the wake of police provocation.

stories we tell4pm:
Stories We Tell (2012)
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.

Reel Injun (2009)
Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the portrayal of North American Indigenous identity throughout a century of cinema. reel injunFeaturing hundreds of clips from old classics as well as recent releases, the film traces the evolution of the “Hollywood Indian”.

Sunday, April 14

chic resto pop10am: (free session) 
Au Chic Resto Pop, 1990
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.

forbidden love1pm:
Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives (1992)
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.

paris 19194pm:
Paris 1919 (2008)
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.

Being Canadian (2015)
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. being canadianAfter 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.

We will add short films where time is available in the program, and list them here as choices are made.

Ticket information:

The Saturday and Sunday 10am sessions are free. Everyone is welcome, including pass holders, but it’s 1st come, 1st seated. The Loft has 60 seats.


By phone: 905-372-2210 or 1-855-372-2210

Online - click below for Concert Hall Box Office page to buy Weekend pass or Day passes:

You will need your receipt at the door.