“Bombay Beach” to kick-off RIDM’s ‘Docville’ series

The Montreal International Documentary Festival's monthly screening series will launch on January 26, with Alma Ha'rel's crossover doc Bombay Beach (pictured) being the first selection.
January 5, 2012

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is launching a monthly screening series similar to Hot Docs’ Doc Soup, which will kick-off later this month with a screening of director Alma Ha’rel’s Berlinale favorite Bombay Beach.

Entitled ‘Docville,’ the first edition will take place on January 26 at Montreal’s Cinéma Excentris. Subsequent screenings will take place on February 23, March 29, April 26, May 31, June 28, August 30 and September 27. A pass to attend all eight will be available via the RIDM website for CDN$50, along with individual tickets for Bombay Beach, which will go on sale on tomorrow (January 6).

RIDM executive director Roxanne Sayegh said ‘Docville’ aims to bring in the local documentary community once a month to discover buzz-worthy films from the festival circuit that have yet to screen in the city.

“This will be an opportunity to expand our horizons by reaching a wider public, to encourage the practice of coming out to the theater to see documentaries, and especially to share our passion for cinema all year long with other documentary lovers,” she said.

Bombay Beach premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year and later screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Best Documentary Feature award. It also picked up a special mention for the Special Jury Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest. Directed by Israeli-born, U.S.-based filmmaker Alma Ha’rel, the film is about the Southern Californian community of Southern Bombay Beach and the community of interesting characters that live there.

Read more about the film and watch the trailer here.

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