August 16: Free Outdoor Screening of I Am The Blues, a film by Daniel Cross

I AM THE BLUES takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. The film visits blues musicians rooted in the genre’s heyday, many in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil’ Buck Sinegal and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.
Watch I Am The Blues for free at Place de la Paix, 1182 Boul St-Laurent (entry on St Catherine and René Lévesque)I Am The Blues
a film by Daniel Cross
106 minutes


CHINA NOW: Independent Visions (Montreal Tour)

China Now: Independent Visions is a touring festival showcasing some of best recent works in Chinese independent cinema—including illuminating documentaries, brilliant experimental and animated shorts, and spellbinding fiction features. China Now is curated by Cinema on the Edge, a collaboration formed by three of Chinese independent cinema’s most committed supporters: producer and distributor Karin Chien, critic and curator Shelly Kraicer, and filmmaker and anthropologist J.P. Sniadecki.

Montreal events are organized by Joshua Neves and Peter Rist, and sponsored by the Concordia Documentary Center, the Global Emergent Media Lab, The Cinematheque Quebecoise, Visions, the East Asian Studies Students Association and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Mcgill University.


CHINA NOW: Independent Visions – Montreal Schedule

CONCORDIA University

Visual Arts Building 114 – 1395 René Lévesque Ouest 

March 11, 7pm   Female Directors (Yang Mingming, 2012, 43 min) and Egg and Stone (Huang Ji, 2012, 98 min)

March 12, 7pm   A Filmless Festival (2015, 80 min)

 *Discussions with festival curator Shelly Kraicer after both screenings

GEM Lab, Faubourg building 630.15 – 1250 Guy Street

March 15, 5pm   Stratum 1: The Visitors (Cong Feng, 2013, 127 min) + discussion w/ Joshua Neves

J.A. DeSève Cinema, Library Building – 1400 De Maisonneuve Ouest

March 19, 6pm   Cut Out the Eyes (Xu Tong, 2014, 80 min) + Spark (Hu Jie, 2014, 101 min)

MCGILL University

SSMU Building, Lev Bukhman Room – 3480 McTavish Street, Mcgill University

March 12, 7pm   The River of Life (Yang Pingdao, 2014, 101 min)

Cultural Studies Screening Room (Rm 101) – 3475 Rue Peel                 

March 16, 7pm   Satiated Village (Zou Xueping, 2011, 88 min)

March 23, 6:30pm  Around that Winter (Wang Xiaozhen, 2013, 96 min)


Cinémathèque Québécoise – 335, boul. De Maisonneuve Est

 April 1, 7 pm     Female Directors (Yang Mingming, 2012, 43 min) +

                              Listening to Third Grandmother’s Stories (Wen Hui, 2012, 75min)

April 2, 5 pm     Animated Shorts Program

              9 pm      Experimental Short Film Program

April 3, 7 pm     Emperor Visits Hell (Li Luo, 2012, 67 min)

April 4, 7 pm     Yumen (Huang Xiang, Xu Ruotao, and J.P Sniadecki, 2013, 65 min)

                9 pm    The Dossier (Zhu Rikun, 2014, 129 min) + Discussion with the Director 

April 5, 7 pm     People’s Park (J.P Sniadecki and Libbie Cohn, 2012, 78 min)

April 6, 9 pm     Yumen (Huang Xiang, Xu Ruotao, and J.P Sniadecki, 2013, 65 min)

*All screenings at Concordia and Mcgill are free to public. Screenings at cinematheque will charge regular fee, please check more information on

A Master Class with Sean McAllister in collaboration with Cinema Politica



The Movie: Monday, February 1st at 7pm in H-110, Concordia University, 1455 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal.

Screening of A SYRIAN LOVE STORY presented by Cinema Politica

The Master Class: Saturday February 6th, 12:00 noon – 2:00 PM in EV 1.615, Concordia University, 1515 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal.

The Concordia Documentary Centre (CDC) is proud to present a Master Class by documentary filmmaker Sean McAllister. This event will be preceded by the screening of McAllister’s A Syrian Love Story as part of Cinema Politica’s program of events.

In this Master Class held at Concordia, award-winning documentary filmmaker Sean McAllister will engage in a dialogue about his international filmmaking practice, which has broached extraordinary events in the lives of protagonists in locations across the globe, including Britain, Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Japan, Yemen, and Syria.

Known for his unflinching ability to enter into dangerous and uncomfortable situations, McAllister’s experience and approach will provide master class attendants with exceptional insights into the ethics, politics and practical challenges of global approaches to documentary filmmaking.

CDC Master Class with Sean McAllister (director of A Syrian Love Story)

For more information about Sean McAllister and his work:

Social Realism and the kitchen sink

After leaving school at 16 Sean McAllister worked in a series of low-paid low-skilled factory jobs in his hometown of Hull before finding a camera and filming his way into the National Film and Television School (NFTS), graduating in 1996. Since then he has made films for both the BBC and Channel 4; working in the UK and internationally. His candid, frank films depict with extraordinary intimacy the lives of ordinary people who are struggling to survive but who are survivors; intelligent and resourceful people caught-up in a world of political turmoil and personal conflict.

In 2005 his remarkable film ‘The Liberace Of Baghdad‘ about Iraqi pianist Samir Peter won the Special Jury Prize (World Documentary) at the Sundance Film Festival.

Sean is much more than a dispassionate fly-on-the-wall observer of other peoples’ lives, there is a fly-in-the-soup (Vérité) approach to his film-making, he becomes involved, he intervenes, he asks the questions which often provoke his subjects (and himself) into insights, thoughts, and realisations which they never knew they had.

From his early films Working For The Enemy (1997) and The Minders (1998) (both nominated for a Royal Television Society Awards), to his more recent successes, such as his Sundance Jury Prize-winning (2005) film The Liberace Of Baghdad, plus Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate, ‘The Reluctant Revolutionary‘ and now A Syrian Love Story Sean’s work continues to inspire, to surprise and to fascinate audiences.

“My duty as a filmmaker is to get beyond the performance” – Sean McAllister

“One of the most brave and powerful filmmakers around.” Michael Moore

“Sean McAllister makes filming look easy.” – Nick Fraser

More Links:

A great piece about Sean McAllister:

Sean McAllister’s filmography:

A brief write up about Sean McAllister’s awards:


A Talk with Toby Lee (NYU) About “The Sensory Ethnography Lab”

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 5pm in the FB 630.15 (Global Emergent Media Lab)

1250 rue Guy, Montreal, QC, H3H 2T4

“The Sensory Ethnography Lab: Community of Practice, Space of Play”

Since its inception in 2006, the Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL) at Harvard University has produced a body of non-fiction media work that has been met with both wide acclaim and marked criticism. In this talk, Toby Lee presents a critical overview of the Lab and its work — attending to questions of aesthetics, ethics, politics and practice — and reconsiders the value of a space like the SEL for the fields of documentary, anthropology, and the visual arts, as well as institutions of higher education.

Toby Lee is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies at NYU. She holds a PhD in Anthropology and Film & Visual Studies from Harvard University. Her research interests include visual and media anthropology; the anthropology of cultural institutions; cultural citizenship; film festival studies; expanded documentary. A practicing artist, she works across a variety of media including video, installation, performance and drawing.

**This talk is sponsored by the Global Emergent Media Lab and the Concordia Documentary Centre!The-Sensory-Ethnography-Lab-Community-of-Practice-Space-of-Play/cd23/56842fe00cf21caddb9bbfc2