Honeyland to highlight Junction North festival in Sudbury

A scene from the documentary Honeyland. Supplied

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It’s that time of year when documentary lovers can rejoice. The Junction North International Documentary Film Festival is back again for its third edition.

The festival is excited to be entering its third year and is expecting to pack the house again for its entire run. 

“We started in modest small rooms — downstairs at the library, at galleries, at schools,” Beth Mairs, Junction North’s honourary chair and founder, said of the festival’s growth. “The audience has always been passionate and dedicated. But last year we were overwhelmed to host doc-lovers at our ‘in-renovations’ space at 162 Mackenzie — with no chairs. So this year should be a treat.”

This year’s festival is comprised of 15 documentary features from about 10 countries, as well as a local documentary shorts program. The lineup includes many Northern Ontario premieres. 

“From the festival’s initial inception, it has been imagined as a downtown festival, and we are so excited to be screening at Indie Cinema on Mackenzie, which is located downtown, in walking distance to so many other great businesses and community partners,” Mairs added.

The lineup includes awards and festival favourites, such as Honeyland, which was recently nominated for two academy awards — best documentary and best international feature. Honeyland will open the festival and offers a visual feast and a poignant lesson in human misbehaviour. It is a compelling character study of the last of the Macedonian wild beekeepers. 

“Junction North is bringing programming to audiences that is insightful, critical, exciting, and hopefully contributes to an expanding world view,” Bennett Malcolmson, festival director, said. “Our world is complex and documentary as a form is uniquely positioned to investigate important subjects with depth and an artistic sensibility.” 

Other festival titles include Midnight Family, a thrilling look at a family-operated ambulance service in Mexico City; The Cave, the Oscar-nominated film about a subterranean hospital operated by female doctors in Syria; and Citizen K, which comes from acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney, who offers a searing look at a key anti-Putin advocate.  

Joanne Vincent and her husband Jean Lalonde attended the festival last year and loved it.

“All of the films were spectacular, had strong views and made us think so much. It’s been a terrific experience,” Lalonde said. 

Maude Bourassa Francoeur also attended the festival last year and said she loved the festival “for what it shows, and the essential conversations it sparks. Meeting around eye-opening docs to learn about hard truths and different realities is a must-do as a cinephile. Plus there’s popcorn.” 

To view the full lineup of films, visit sudburyindiecinema.com. Early-bird all-access passes are available at bit.ly/2Hf7RWD.  

The festival runs from Feb. 27 to March 1. Over the four-night, three-day festival, Junction North presents its programming at the Sudbury Indie Cinema, 162 Mackenzie St.

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