by Fiona O'Connor
Montreal's international documentary film festival, Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal (RIDM) kicked off yesterday, marking the 12th edition of the annual film event. The 11-day festival will see more than 100 docs screened at over 9 locations throughout the city. In addition to the films- which bring issues, stories, and styles from around the world to Montreal- the RIDM program includes group discussions, Q&A's with directors, master classes and the cocktail-shmoozefests without which any good arts festival would be incomplete.
Swedish director Frederik Gertten's film Bananas!* has its Canadian premiere on November 17th.
...And in case you were wondering what the people of Glod, Romania thought after being featured in the 2006 mock-doc Borat, Dutch director Mercedes Stalenhoef gives you an idea in Carmen Meets Borat, which has its Quebec premiere on November 15th.
For information on schedules, tickets, and venue locations visit the RIDM website. For reviews and recommendations, you can also visit the Gazette's guide to RIDM here.