This week, CUFF.Docs, Calgary’s Documentary Film Festival returns to Calgary (naturally) and this time, it’ll feature 12 amazing international feature films, in a variety of genres, subjects and documentary styles. All the screenings take place at The Globe Cinema and there really is something for everyone. With lots of films to choose from, I wanted to highlight some of the ones I’m looking forward to the most.
Sunday, November 22nd at 7:00pm
This documentary, which follows the everyday lives of the sex offenders living in a trailer park as they struggle to reintegrate into society, will likely be tough to watch. But until I saw the moving trailer, I didn’t even know something like this existed. The film has already played some of the world’s biggest film festivals and will surely leave you with some heavy things to think about and maybe reconsider. Maybe.
Welcome to Leith
Friday, November 20th at 7:00pm
The trailer for this film is so haunting, it seems almost unfathomable that it’s a documentary and not something written by Stephen King. Welcome to Leith chronicles the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. It’s the ultimate tale of “Not in My Backyard” and with good reason. it’s something that could happen in really any small town. It looks gripping and even a little terrifying.
Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
Thursday, November 19th at 7:00pm
Okay, so my first two picks are a little dark, so I’ll lighten it up with this one, which looks like a lot of fun, especially if you’re a fan of Indiana Jones. The film is about two 11 year-old boys who all the way back in 1982 re-create a shot for shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. How they did that at 11, is fascinating. How they did it with so little techonology? Now that’s just cool. The only problem? The final scene was never shot. So after their original footage went viral, they got back together to shoot the final scene. This looks like such a good time!