The Canadian War Museum and the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival present cutting-edge documentaries and thought-provoking discussions with special guests.
The Canadian War Museum is proud to launch a new partnership with Hot Docs — North America’s largest documentary festival — featuring cutting-edge films from across Canada and around the world. Each screening will be followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A with a special guest, exploring the film’s themes. Join us for two thought-provoking evenings of documentary film and conversation. The inaugural season will feature:
The Last Animals
Tuesday, June 5, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
There are only two northern white rhinos left on Earth. Slaughtered for the alleged medicinal qualities of their horns — with the black-market value of rhino horn exceeding that of cocaine — these animals are teetering on the brink of extinction. Elephants in Central Africa risk a similar fate, due to global demand for jewellery and carvings made from their tusks. Filmmaker and photojournalist Kate Brooks tells the story of the courageous individuals working against time, and against increasingly dangerous criminal syndicates, to save the planet’s last animals. From rangers and military soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who risk their lives fighting poachers, to a zoo in the Czech Republic that goes to all lengths to keep the northern white rhinos alive, to an FBI-like investigator in Seattle who tracks the DNA of seized ivory, extraordinary work is being done. But will it be enough?
Tuesday, May 1, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
In the aftermath of 9/11, award-winning Getty Images conflict photographer Chris Hondros became driven by a commitment to capturing the agony of war. A sensitive photojournalist, he worked with purpose and demonstrated an immense tolerance for personal risk and sacrifice, before being fatally wounded by a mortar attack in 2011. He daringly covering more than a decade of conflict across Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His drive to share the perilous reality of confrontation on the front lines is most evident in his powerful and intimate imagery. Directed by author and longtime friend Greg Campbell, Hondros is a moving retrospective testimonial that ventures beyond the photographer’s definitive combat work to lay bare the backstories and personal connections behind his most influential photos. Featuring sweeping on-the-ground archival footage, interspersed with Hondros’s own recordings and candid interviews with colleagues, friends and family, this film illustrates in touching detail the legacy of this trailblazing photojournalist.
FILMS ARE IN ENGLISH ONLY
Q&A is in English with simultaneous French translation.
Presented by the Canadian War Museum in partnership with the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and with the support of the Embassy of The United States, Ottawa.