From the tale of three separated identical siblings to a scientist’s work with giraffes, Haliburton’s eighth annual Doc(k) Day is bringing stories about connections April 6.
The annual documentary festival will be hosted at the Pinestone Resort with four movies on offer.
Organizer Tammy Rea said this year’s slate is themed around connections, from the biological to the ones we make with our planet.
“There is a thought that the documentary is the true Canadian art form and we feel that telling stories is something Canadians do well,” Rea said. “Documentaries have become a really wonderful story vehicle.”
The slate includes The Woman Who Loved Giraffes, the story of Canadian biologist Anne Innis Dagg and the struggles she faced researching the animals in South Africa. Both Dagg and director Alison Reid will also be in attendance to discuss the film.
“What I love about Doc(k) Day is you don’t just watch a movie by yourself at home. You watch it with a group and go through this whole experience together,” Rea said.
Other films include Three Identical Strangers about the reunion of three identical siblings separated at birth and You Are Here: A Come Far Away Story about the Newfoundland town that helped Americans stranded after 9/11. ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch offers a glimpse of how humanity is impacting the planet. The film also features designs by artist and Haliburton School of Art and Design professor Barr Gilmore, who will be on hand to discuss it.
“It really is the new world, you’re going to be hearing over and over,” Rea said. “Scientists are saying humans have really changed the planet.”
Day passes for the event are $30 or $10 at the door for a single movie. In honour of 15-year-old Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg, students also get a half-price discount for the two afternoon films.
“Our winter has been long. It’s time to spend a nice, intimate day together and just share some stories,” Rea said. “Make some connections.”
Tickets are available at dockday. brownpapertickets.com