By Sue Tiffin
Published March 28 2019
In previous years at Doc(k) Day audience members have left the ballroom of the Pinestone connected in some way after having viewed a documentary. Some have gone solo and end up discussing what they’ve seen with fellow film goers next to them while others have made a “girls night” of the occasion and chat after the film with their friends on the way to lunch.
So it’s fitting that an event that brings friends family neighbours and strangers together to connect over documentary films is celebrating a theme of “connections” in the documentary choices this year.
The eighth annual Doc(k) Day an all-day documentary film festival held at the Pinestone features screenings of four films on April 6 with the first starting at 10 a.m. and the last screening at 7:30 p.m. Presented by Those Other Movies the committee chooses the “gems” according to organizer Tammy Rea from all the films they watch in the year opting for documentaries that are moving touching and thought-provoking for their audiences. This year’s line-up includes Three Identical Strangers The Woman Who Loves Giraffes Anthropocene: The Human Epoch and You Are Here .
“We want you to walk out of there at the end of the day with some new friends people you’ve connected to through the screen and a slightly better person” she said. “You know something more you do something more and it might just change the way you see the world a little bit.”
Although guests can pick and choose which documentaries they watch Rea said most guests end up “cocooning” themselves at the Pinestone chatting over lunch and dinner between the thoughtfully scheduled movies.
“The conversation just starts from the minute you get there and just evolves throughout the whole day” she said.
Three Identical Strangers (10 a.m.) offers what Rea called a “biological connection.” The film tells the true story of three strangers who are unaware they were born as identical triplets but are incredibly reunited by coincidence as adults. According to the film summary “[t]heir jaw-dropping feel-good story instantly becomes a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity however the fairy-tale reunion sets in motion a series of events that unearth an unimaginable secret – a secret with radical repercussions for us all.”