Born in Montréal and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canadian documentarian Jennifer Baichwal’s visually stunning oeuvre is made up of insightful portraits of fellow artists and globe-trotting inquiries into the problems plaguing humanity as a whole—and sometimes, as in her film on photographer Edward Burtynsky, these two strands unite in a single film. Whether focused on a single subject or analyzing phenomena that affect billions, Baichwal never loses sight of the individual, with the result being a body of films that feel simultaneously epic in ambition and surprisingly intimate.
An intimate portrait of the peripatetic American writer Paul Bowles, shot in New York and his adopted home of Tangier.
A stirring, deeply empathetic travelog, moving from China to Bangladesh, inspired by the work of photographer Edward Burtynsky.
Bachwal’s visually ravishing investigation into just what happens when you get hit by lightning.
A lyric documentary about the nature of debut, inspired by Margaret Atwood’s vital nonfiction book Payback.