Conference highlights

Le vendredi 16 octobre, la conférence Docs for Change, tenue au Centre de Conférence Triovest a présenté un groupe de personnes inspirants : intervenants, présentateurs et gagnants du programme Docs for Change.

Tous s’étaient donnés rendez-vous à cette conférence inspirante : agences, professionnels langagiers, travailleurs communautaires chargés à la sensibilisation, cinéastes et amateurs de tous les domaines professionnels.

Nous remercions tous ceux qui ont assisté à la Conférence Docs for change ainsi que tous les présentateurs, animateurs de séances en petits groupes et les magnifiques bénévoles qui ont contribué à créer un événement chaleureux et accueillant. Cliquez sur les liens ci-dessous pour explorer les résultats de cet événement merveilleux.

Docs for Change

Presentation Slides

Click below to view presentation slides from the Docs for Change conference. This includes everything from the welcome remarks to workshops and trainings, as well as a summary for those who missed the event.

Diapositives de présentation

Seminar Stage

Mobile Theatre

Le théâtre ambulant est un guide pratique sur la réalisation d’une projection. Il comprend des questions importantes telles que : comment choisir un documentaire, comment choisir un lieu, comment choisir des panélistes et des conférenciers invités, et comment se préparer à l’avance - de six semaines à la veille de l’événement. Il y a aussi un tableau qui présente tous les documentaires de la vidéothèque, leurs synopsis et leurs liens.

Théâtre ambulant

People attending seminar

Docs for Change Report

Le rapport présente une révision des deux années de Docs for Change : de l’idée, en passant par les préparatifs, les ateliers et conception des deux première années, les membres du panel de conférences et les séances en petits groupes pour enfin finir par l’évaluation de l’initiative. Il comprend tout ce que vous voudriez savoir sur Docs for Change

Rapport de Docs for Change


Conformément à son mandat pour promouvoir le dialogue et l’impact positif sur la communauté, le programme Docs for change a mis en œuvre 11 ateliers qui ont enseigné les outils nécessaires pour organiser avec succès des projections de documentaires et interpeller la communauté dans sa première année. Ces outils comprennent :

  • The basics of good storytelling
  • Identifying good films and analyzing what works in a film
  • Using documentaries to initiate meaningful conversations in our communities
  • Learning how to tell a good story
  • Getting and finding a good story and learning how to tell it using simple audio visual techniques

La quantité de temps nécessaire pour terminer la première année a été d’environ 35 heures. Au cours d’une année, les boursiers :

  • Watched, discussed and critiqued some of the significant Canadian documentaries focusing on newcomer communities
  • Met key filmmakers who will discuss their work and share insider tips about how they made their story come to life.
  • Learned the basics of how to make a mini digital documentary to share with their community.
Team Members

Fellows Intro Tool Kit

Explorez l'Introduction à la trousse d’information des boursiers, qui souligne les principes fondamentaux de la réalisation du bon documentaire social et de leur utilisation pour rassembler la communauté à travers une série de séminaires et d’ateliers.

Intro à la pochette d’information des boursiers

MCIS Staff

Comment pouvons-nous mesurer l’impact des documentaires?

Lisez cet article comportant des données de l’Impact Award Puma sur la façon de mesurer l’impact des documentaires. Il traite de l’excellent travail qui est en cours pour que les problèmes réels qui méritent notre attention soient montrés à l’écran.

Comment pouvons-nous mesurer l’impact des documentaires?

Meeting Discussion

How to Gain the Trust of Your Documentary Subjects

The folks at the International Documentary Association have posted a short interview clip with Malika Zouhali-Worrall, co-director of Call Me Kuchu, talking about gaining trust of your documentary subjects. It’s an important topic for any documentary filmmaker, but particularly those seeking to make advocacy videos, and Ms. Zouhali-Worrall has some points that can be generalized for a lot of different situations

Comment gagner la confiance de vos sujets de documentaire?


Canada Province Map

Canada is the Best Place to Live, but not a Great Place for Everybody

“Canada is definitively one of the best places to live, but this doesn’t mean it is a great place to live for everybody,” says Amar Wala, Director of The SecreTrial 5. Amar Wala also shared his views on the current state of immigration, public policy, and advice to emerging documentary filmmakers with Vivek Vijayapalan, Documentaries for Change.

Le Canada est le meilleur endroit pour vivre, mais pas pour tout le monde

Cyber Seniors

Cyber-Seniors le 1er Juin ici à 2015

The screening took place in a small room at the community centre where the seniors meet regularly. As we arrived, we were told the seniors were having a line dancing rehearsal and we might have to start a bit later, so right away it became clear that we were not dealing with stereotyped, sedentary seniors

Cyber-Seniors le 1er Juin ici à 2015


Gestion du diabète avec les changements de mode de vie

On June 17, 2015 the Hub, Mid Scarborough was full of enthusiastic seniors who had a fun filled learning session on managing diabetes with lifestyle changes. On that day, they watched Lalitha Krishana’s documentary “I have a little Sugar” which was arranged by Docs for Change in partnership with the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities

Gestion du diabète avec les changements de mode de vie

Credit Card

The Debt Trap

The Lotherton Pathway community, in which we screened DEBT TRAP by the director David Adkin on May 2nd 2015, is one of the many neighbourhoods in Lawrence Heights supported by North York Community House (NYCH). Just a year apart when Action for Neighbourhood Change (ANC) was introduced at this community in 2007, the documentary director David Adkin started his work dedicated to using documentary as a community development tool. He also used this opportunity to develop a new program to train youth to make their own movies for social change. Coincidentally or not, almost at the same time, ANC at Lotherton Pathway developed a multi-media project for youth as well as other cultural activities and celebrations

Le piège de la dette

Mexican Labour

Yes, They are Human Beings. But…

It would be an understatement if I said that most of the Docs for Change Fellows present on the evening of 24th September were moved by the powerful documentary, El Contrato, by Min Sook Lee.The best part of it was its hard-hitting socio-political presentation which still flowed so smoothly. At the end of the documentary, we Fellows had many queries for the filmmaker and she obliged everyone with her detailed answers, without any air of being such a talented creative personality

Oui, Ils sont des êtres humains. Mais…

Media Coverage

Low Media Capital? Gaps and Opportunities for Citizen Engagement with Documentaries

In 2004 the phrase “citizen journalism”’ made its grand entrance following the aftermath of tsunami in south eastern Asia. Some would argue that citizen journalism is as old if not older than journalism itself but low barriers to portable technologies and social sharing empowered citizens to take back political and documentary storytelling. Greece, Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Hungary, the USA, and most such places in the world with political upheaval and decent broadband are amassing large quantities of content captured by on-lookers. Communities on-lookers are spontaneously gathering around ”individual – without any initial store or political authority – who (can) suddenly acquire status as a significant political actor by acting online”

Low Media Capital? Les lacunes et les possibilités d’engagement des citoyens avec Documentaires


Secret Trial 5- Viewer’s Blog

Docs for Change screening of Secret Trial 5, a documentary by Amar Wala, was held on 1 October at OISE. It was probably just fortuitous that this happened to be the same week that the current Canadian government decide to step up its islamophobic rhetoric in the campaign for re-election and up the ante by backing that rhetoric with actions. Amid the deliberately promoted debate about the niqab (words) the government took action by announcing, on the very day of the screening, that it intended to strip Saad Gaya, a man born in Canada, of his citizenship because he is a convicted terrorist. The following day, Friday, the Minister of Labour and the Status of Women, Kellie Leitch announced that an RCMP tip line had been set up so people could denounce ‘barbaric cultural practices” which were, of course, not defined. However, no one is deceived; it means ‘bad things Muslims are wont to do”. It might have been a coincidence that these events coincided but it was very apt

Secret Trial 5- Blogue du spectateur

Santé mentale

Clara’s Big Ride

There is a silence in the air. For most, this silence is simply the absence of noise, the forgotten rumblings of passing cars, the quaint presence of familiarity, and the buzzing of daily life. For others, the silence is thick, heavy and growing more so by each passing day. These few feel its crushing weight yet cannot unburden themselves for fear of breaking it. Therein lays the problem regarding the stigma around mental illness. This is where Clara’s Big Ride comes into play

La grande randonnée de Clara

Domestic Abuse

Screening of the Documentary “Let’s Talk About It” at North York Community House

The subject of this documentary represents one of the topics mostly feared and avoided as it brings to light the ugliness cast upon a relationship that has turned abusive and harmful. There is also the reverse, when the relationship was forced and abusive from the beginning, but how many of us would like to stop and think about it? It might blacken a sunny day and spoil the mood

Projection du documentaire « Parlons-en » à la North York Community House