Date of Lecture: 2003-02-14
Jennifer Baichwal’s most recent film, The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia, is a sensitive and probing investigation of a photographer working in the documentary genre. Shelby Lee Adams, who has been photographing remote rural communities of Appalachia for almost 30 years, becomes the focus of Baichwal’s 2 ½ year documentary project. The film, which recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, investigates Adams’ relationship to both his subjects and his medium – while questioning the role his images play in a broader cultural context.
Jennifer Baichwal was born in Montreal and grew up in Victoria. Her first feature documentary, Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles, won a 1999 International Emmy for best Arts Documentary and Best Biography at Hot Docs. The Holier It Gets, a personal story of a family journey to India received widespread critical acclaim including Best Independent Canadian Film at the Hot Docs 2000 Festival and a Gemini for Best Writing/Best Editing.