Welcome to the Belleville Downtown DocFest 2021 Virtual Festival!
Explore our on-demand catalog here and pre-order your films so you won't miss them.
Playing March 5th-8th
Fri Mar 5th
Call Me Human is a journey in direct cinema and animation in the imagination - and in the real world - of the worlds of the Innu woman of letters Joséphine Bacon. Between heaven and earth, city and territory, traditional spirituality and Catholicism, between memory of the past and its contemporary expression.
53 min | 2020 | Canada
Call Me Human & Rematriate: Passing the Seeds
Opening Gala (7pm)
Playing March 6th-9th
Saturday Night Feature
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
A celebration of Linda Ronstadt ’s remarkable musical career beginning with the Stone Poneys (1965-68), through her breakthrough solo album Heart Like a Wheel (1974), later ventures into jazz, Broadway, and traditional Mariachi music up to her retirement in 2009. Her powerful and expressive voice shines through it all.
Coming Sat Mar 6th
Playing March 7th-10th
Sun Mar 7th
The Australian Dream uses the remarkable and inspirational story of AFL legend and passionate advocate for Indigenous causes, Adam Goodes, as the prism through which to tell a deeper and more powerful story about race, identity and belonging.
106 min | 2020 | Australia
The Australian Dream & The Trip
Sunday Night Feature
Billie & The Commodores Orchestra: Dance of the Decades
Crafted from extraordinary unheard interviews, and restoring key performances into color for the first time, BILLIE is the story of the singer who changed the face of American music, and the journalist who died trying to tell it.
Coming Sun Mar 7th
Playing March 8th-11th
Mon Mar 8th
Single women in China come under strong pressure to marry young or face the consequences of being considered a "leftover” woman. This film follows three single women as they try to define love on their own terms and find a partner who supports their goal.
85 min | 2019 | Israel, United States
Left Over Women & Where Were You?
Monday Night Feature
Playing March 9th-12th
Tue Mar 9th
n October 1970, members of the Front de Liberation du Québec kidnapped minister Pierre Laporte, unleashing an unprecedented crisis in Québec. Fifty years later, Felix Rose tries to understand what led his father and uncle to commit these acts. The film revisits key events in Quebec history and provide some perspective on the unprecedented crisis.
129 min | 2020 | Canada
The Rose Family
Tuesday Night Feature
The Mole Agent
Part comedy, this charming film set in Chile tells the story of Sergio, a 83-year old widower hired by a private investigator to monitor the care of an elderly patient in a retirement home. Sergio’s increasing involvement in the lives of other residents in the home makes for a touching film on the nature of aging and friendship and our treatment of the elderly.
Coming Tue Mar 9th
Playing March 10th-13th
Wed Mar 10th
The iconic Merce Cunningham and the last generation of his dance company is stunningly profiled in Alla Kovgan's documentary, through recreations of his landmark works and archival footage of Cunningham, John Cage, and Robert Rauschenberg.
93 min | 2019 | United States, Germany, France
Cunningham & A Long Way To Kansas
Wed Mar 10th
Amidst the global uprising against police violence, No Visible Trauma is a searing investigation of the Calgary police. From the kidnapping and beating of a young African immigrant, to a “wellness check” turned fatal, the film exposes extreme police brutality and a justice system that refuses to hold officers accountable.
99 min | 2020 | Canada
No Visible Trauma
Wed Mar 10th
The searing documentary Welcome To Chechnya chronicles the current anti-LGBTQ campaign raging in the Russian republic of Chechnya and shadows the LGBTQ activists who risk unimaginable peril to rescue victims from a targeted campaign of torture and brutality.
108 min | 2020 | United States
Welcome To Chechnya
Wednesday Night Feature
Playing March 11th-14th
Thu Mar 11th
An affectionate, behind-the-scenes look at the New York rare book world and the fascinating characters who inhabit it. Featuring interviews with prominent dealers, collectors, auctioneers, and writers, the film is both a celebration of the book and a reflection on its likely future. After the credits run, watch for Fran Leibowitz describing what happened when she loaned a book to David Bowie.
96 min | 2019 | United States
Thu Mar 11th
For more than 40 years, journalist Robert Fisk has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world.This Is Not a Movie captures Fisk in action—feet on the ground, notebook in hand, as he travels into landscapes devastated by war, ferreting out the facts and firing reports back home to reach an audience of millions.
109 min | 2019 | Canada, Germany
This Is Not A Movie