Wakefield Doc Fest
Tickets are $12 each or $40 for a Weekend Pass for four films
New in 2016, WIFF is pleased to announce our first Doc Fest Weekend, a special themed mini-festival of feature-length documentaries taking place September 16 – 18 at Centre Wakefield La Pêche.
Tickets can be purchased online or by phone with a credit card, or in person at Centre Wakefield La Pêche.
Please note that all tickets are general admission. Guests are asked to arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the show to ensure they have time to find a seat before the show. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us 819 459 2025
Learn more about the Wakefield Doc Fest Weekend.
Song of Lahore
Friday, September 16 at 7pm
A feel-good exploration of making music as an act of defiance and the unifying property of love of the arts, from Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (who won her second Academy Award this year) and Andy Schocken. Lahore, Pakistan had a rich musical tradition based on spirited percussion and improvisation before the Taliban’s crackdown on music. Some musicians bravely continue. Izzat Majeed and the master musicians of Sachal Studios use jazz to reach out to the West. When Wynton Marsalis hears their rendition of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five”, he invites them to New York to perform with the Jazz and the Lincoln Center Orchestra.
“… this Pakistani ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ is a testament to the enduring potency of creative expression.”
– Michael Rechtshaffen, LA Times
Saturday, September 17 at 4pm
Kids living in a slum built on a landfill in Paraguay perform in an orchestra made of trash, the Recycled Orchestra. As this group takes its inspiring spectacle of trash-into-music around the world, we follow the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children who are orchestra members. This is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music. Audience awards, SXSW (South by Southwest Film Festival) and AFI (American Film Institute).
“…Landfill Harmonic is a secret treasure… a story of the dull throb of existence gleefully recalibrated by the thundering heartbeat of music.”
– Kate X Messer, Austin Chronicle
I Am The Blues
Saturday, September 17 at 7pm
As the camera glides over bayous, we are taken deep into Mississippi, to the home of the blues and its living legends. One of those legends is Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, long-standing propietor of the Blue Front Cafe. The walls of his juke joint blues institution are plastered with posters featuring the people and shows that have immeasurably influenced music and popular culture worldwide. Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Lazy Lester and their friends guide this musical travelogue from front porches to church halls, sharing stories and sliding their strings to create an authentic and moving tribute to the last of the original blues devils.
” … when the music takes flight, it’s a thing of beauty. Heartache never sounded so good.”
– Chris Knight, National Post
Sunday, September 18 at 4pm
As an Afghani refugee living in Iran without papers, teenager Sonita imagines her ideal parents – Michael Jackson and Rihanna – and dreams of a life other than her own. She desperately wants to be a rap artist and, grabbing the mic, she spits out fiery rhymes in the face of oppressive traditions. She’s living on a different kind of edge and she’s determined her dream will come true.
“Probably because of the uplifting outcome, the director chooses to keep the focus on Sonita’s evolution as an artist. The approach works: to witness Sonita’s rise from timid rapper to empowered activist over a three-year span is thrilling.”
– Nigel M Smith, The Guardian