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CP 10 Year Anniversary

September 18, 2013 - May 31, 2014

“In an age of corporatized, individualized media consumption, it is a political act to choose to share a film experience with other people in the same physical space. The Cinema Politica Network keeps alive the act of watching documentaries as an active, interactive, meaningful human experience.” Mark Achbar, Director of The Corporation and Manufacturing Consent.


Cinema Politica, Canada's only independent political documentary screening network, is celebrating its 10th anniversary (pictured is the CP Concordia audience showing "ones" and "zeros" at a September 2013 screening).

Since starting at Concordia University in Montreal in 2003, the network now includes almost 100 chapters, 75 of them across Canada. From campus theatres to community halls, they show ground-breaking political documentaries that engage, enlighten and inspire.

Screening over 200 films and reaching more than 50,000 viewers per year, the network has become a vital platform for independent documentaries across Canada and internationally. The network's success has helped bridge the gap between art and activism, and shows that the public still craves thought-provoking documentary.

“We've grown organically over the last decade to become a diverse network of film lovers and activists who work to educate and inspire change in their communities,” said Svetla Turnin, co-founder and Executive Director of Cinema Politica. “This is in large part thanks to the tireless work of independent filmmakers, and to the volunteers across the country who organize screenings.”

CP 10 Year Stats

As cuts to public funding for documentary filmmaking persist in Canada, the network's success shows that there is no shortage of audiences for engaged documentary films - just a shortage of outlets.

“At a time of decreasing venues, funding support and forums for independent documentary, 10 years on, we're proud to be providing an alternative, viable and vibrant space for independent political documentary,” said Cinema Politica co-founder and Director of Programming Ezra Winton.

Celebrations and special events are planned throughout the year, including the launch of Screening Truth to Power, a book bringing together critical essays on political cinema and art by renowned professor John Downing, award-winning Canadian filmmaker Shannon Walsh, and Steve James, director of the ground-breaking docs Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters, among others. Also coming are an anniversary celebration in Montreal, and a series of 10th anniversary screenings featuring special guests that will be announced over the coming months.

More than a screening network, Cinema Politica also works to engage audiences in social issues and strengthen independent filmmaking in Canada. Past screenings include presentations and Q&As with directors from around the world, ranging the US-based Yes Men to Anand Patwardhan, India's most celebrated documentary filmmaker, to home grown cinema luminaries like Alanis Obomsawin, Mark Achbar and Elle Flanders.


Check out the POV Magazine article about CP below.

POV Article on CP10


  • Launched the “Adopt a Doc” program, which has successfully raised funds for The Secret Trial 5, a documentary on anti-terrorism laws in Canada that goes into production this fall.
  • Established the “Alanis Obomsawin Award for Community and Resistance” and gave the first award to Toronto filmmaker John Greyson for his commitment to political filmmaking and his activism in the queer community, and who is currently in prison in Egypt, where he was arrested on his way to Palestine to explore a new documentary possibility.
  • Created a unique public directory of 50 Canadian independent filmmakers at, featuring bios, film clips and exclusive interviews.
  • Organized national screening tours with films such as The Coca Cola Case and You Don't Like the Truth: Four days inside Guantanamo, as well as partnered for national campaigns, like the “Back the Tap” screening tour with the Council of Canadians, Sierra Youth Coalition and CUPE amongst others.


 For interviews about Cinema Politica's 10th anniversary, contact Executive Director Svetla Turnin at

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