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08 - 18 Nov. 2018



RIDM+, a monthly series of 6 screenings of unseen major auteur documentaries!


On the last Thursday of every month, the RIDM+ series, presented by the Montreal International Documentary Festival, gives film lovers the opportunity to see a high-quality unseen documentary. It is a rare chance to see these films on the big screen in Montreal, and an opportunity to meet the filmmakers or attend a special presentation given by an expert on a film’s subject matter. 

The RIDM+ series is presented by Télé-Québec.



Thursday, February 22, 7 p.m., Cinéma du Parc


United States | 2017 | 90 minutes | In the original English version - Quebec premiere

For the season’s first monthly screening, the RIDM presents the last film by Steve James.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.


RIDM+ MARCH 2018 - Thursday, March 29th 7 p.m. at Cinéma du Parc

DERNIERS JOURS À SHIBATI by Hendrick Dusollier

France | 2017 | 60 minutes | In the original Chinese version with French subtitles - Canadian premiere

In the vast city of Chongqing, the last of the old districts is due to be demolished. Over the months, the filmmaker befriends Zhou Hong, little prince of Shibati’s alleys, and the extraordinary Mrs Xue Lian. They are about to leave a world that they have always loved to abruptly enter a new one that they don’t understand.

Institut Français - Louis Marcorelles Award and Youth Award at Cinéma Du Réel 2017.



RIDM + APRIL 2018 - Wednesday, April 25th 7 p. m. at Cinéma du Parc


Serbia, France, Qatar | 2017 | 104 minutes | In the original Serbian version with French subtitles - Quebec premiere

A locked door inside a Belgrade apartment has kept one family separated from their past for over 70 years. As the filmmaker begins an intimate conversation with her mother, the political fault line running through their home reveals a house and a country haunted by history. The chronicle of a family in Serbia turns into a searing portrait of an activist in times of great turmoil, questioning the responsibility of each generation to fight for their future.

RIDM + MAI 2018 - Jeudi 31 mai à 19h au Cinéma du Parc

ANOTE'S ARK by Matthieu Rytz

Québec | 2018 | In the original English and Gilbertese version with French subtitles - Quebec premiere

What if your country was swallowed by the sea?
The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. While Kiribati’s President Anote Tong races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many Kiribati citizens are already seeking safe harbour overseas. Set against the backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, Anote’s struggle to save his nation is intertwined with the extraordinary fate of Sermary, a young mother of six, who fights to migrate her family to New Zealand. At stake is the survival of Sermary’s family, the Kiribati people, and 4,000 years of ­Kiribati culture.



RIDM + JUIN 2018 - Jeudi 28 juin à 19h au Cinéma du Parc


Romania | 2017 | 83 minutes | Original Romanian version with French subtitles - North-American premiere

The Dead Nation is a documentary-essay, which shows a stunning collection of photographs from a Romanian small town in the 1930?s and 1940?s. The soundtrack, composed mostly from excerpts taken from the diary of a Jewish doctor from the same era, shows us what the photographs do not: the rising of the anti-Semitism and eventually a harrowing depiction of the Romanian Holocaust, a topic which is not very talked about in the contemporary Romanian society.

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Past screenings

RIDM+ MAY 2017: Titicut Follies by Frederick Wiseman

RIDM+ APRILUnder the Sun (Vitaly Mansky)

RIDM+ MARCH: The Sociologist and the Bear Cub - La Sociologue et l'Ourson (Mathias Théry et Etienne Chaillou) 

RIDM+ FEBRUARY: I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck)

RIDM+ JANUARY: The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (Bartek Dziadosz, Colin McCabe, Christopher Roth and Tilda Swinton)

August 2016: Stone Story (Jean-André Fourestié)

June 2016: Eat that question - Frank Zappa in his own words (Thorsten Schütte)

May 2016: Behemoth (Zhao Liang)

April 2016: Of Men and War (Laurent Bécue-Renard)

March 2016Uncle Howard (Aaron Brookner)

February 2016: Those Who Feel the FIre Burning (Morgan Knibbe) + Hotel 22 (Elizabeth Lo)

January 2016: Around the World in 50 Concerts (Heddy Honigmann)+ Le son du silence (Maxim Rheault)

August 2015: Welcome to Leith (Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker)

June 2015Dreamcatcher (Kim Longinotto)

May 2015: How To Change the World (Jerry Rothwell) 

April 2015IRIS (Albert Maysles)

March 2015: Seymour: An Introduction (Ethan Hawke)

February 2015: The Red Army (Gabe Polsky)

January 2015: Waiting For August (Teodora Ana Mihai)

August 2014: Tosca's kiss (Daniel Schmid)

June 2014: Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation With Noam Chomsky (Michel Gondry)

May 2014: Pine Ridge (Anna Eborn)

April 2014: The Unknown Known (Errol Morris)

March 2014: Jodorowsky's Dune (Frank Pavich)

February 2014: Master of the Universe (Marc Bauder)

January 2014When I Walk (Jason DaSilva)

September 2013El Otro Dia (Ignacio Agüero)

August 2013: The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear (Tinatin Gurchiani)

June 2013A World Not Ours (Mahdi Fleifel)

Mai 2013: Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children (Patrick Reed)

April 2013The Sheik and I (Caveh Zahedi)

March 2013The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)

February 2013The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (Sophie Fiennes)

January 2013Photographic Memory (Ross McElwee)

September 2012Planet of Snails (Seungjun Yi)

August 2012Walk Away Renée (Jonathan Caouette)

June 2012BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS* (Fredrik Gertten)

May 2012L'été de Giacomo (Alessandro Comodin)

April 2012Crulic: The Path to Beyond (Anca Damian)

Mars 2012Whores' Glory (Michael Glawogger)

Février 2012Duch, le maître des forges de l'enfer (Rithy Panh)

Janvier 2012Bombay Beach (Alma Har'el)



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