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Directing Documentary Film

This lecture-based course provides a basic overview from the documentary director’s point of view, guiding participants through the entire process of documentary filmmaking from development to delivery. Participants are given time to discuss proposals, scripts and basic elements of documentary expression, such as interviewing, mise-en-scène, shooting on the fly, and planning for anticipated locations. The course will conclude with a brief overview of the various sources of funding for low-budget documentary in Canada. 

The Introduction to Independent Filmmaking and Camera Theory workshops are recommended as prerequisites. This workshop is recommended as a companion to the Documentary Film Writing, The Art of the Interview, Documentary Film Editing and Producing Documentary Film workshops.​

Prior to the class, please create a profile on Zoom and download the free version of the application. You will receive an email from LIFT with an invitation link to join the workshop one hour before the class begins which will prompt you to open the application or web browser. Please ensure that you log in using a Zoom account with a profile name that appears as the same name registered for the class. If not, for security reasons, you may not be permitted to join. During the workshop, we advise that you keep your microphone on mute to minimize external noise and that you unmute when participating in class discussions. Please also arrive to the session on time for attendance and class participation. ONLINE workshops may be recorded for staff and facilitator assessment. Recorded material will not be made available to participants. Review all workshop policies before registering.


part 1: Mon 14 March 2022, 6 - 9 pm   
part 2: Wed 16 March 2022, 6 - 9 pm   
(Registration deadline is Mon 14 March 5:00 pm)

Instructor: Lia Tarachansky

Lia Tarachansky is an Israeli-Canadian journalist and filmmaker born in the former Soviet Union. She has made several films, including shorts, experimental pieces, and three feature length films. She has worked as a Middle East correspondent, filing dozens of video reports and directing investigative documentaries for BBC World, The Guardian, TeleSUR, and Naretiv Productions. Some of her films won awards and toured globally, others were released on mobile phones and as new media installations. She spends her days filming, designing lesson plans, and reading barely-comprehensible books for her PhD in Cinema & Media Studies. To see her journalism, check out and her films at 

Category: Writing & Directing
Maximum Capacity: 15
6 hours of instruction in 2 parts$100 /member$125 /nonmember