Filmmaker, journalist and writer Peter Raymont has produced and directed over 100 documentary films during his 30-year career. His films have taken him to Ethiopia, Nicaragua, India, the High Arctic, and throughout North America and Europe. He is the recipient of 35 international awards including the Canadian Genie for "Best Documentary" for The World Is Watching, a critical examination of the role of the media in Nicaragua. His films have been broadcast on numerous television networks around the world.
His career began at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal where he worked as an editor, director and producer for seven years. While at the NFB, he taught film and video production in the Canadian Arctic. In 1978 Raymont moved to Toronto and established his own independent film and television production company, Investigative Productions. The first project was the 1979 documentary History On The Run, an examination of the work of journalists covering the Canadian federal election campaign.
Many of his documentaries are now produced through White Pine Pictures, in collaboration with his partner Lindalee Tracey.
Some of his most recognized work includes:SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL: THE JOURNEY OF ROMÉO DALLAIRE (2004)
The searing, emotional journey of Canadian Lt-General Roméo
Dallaire, who commanded the U.N. peacekeeping mission to Rwanda
in 1994. 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered
during the Rwandan genocide. This experience led to Dallaire's
own life tragedies as he dealt with the psychological fallout
of witnessing a genocide he was powerless to stop. Filmed
during General Dallaire's first return to Rwanda in April,
2004. Based on his best-selling book of the same title.
A feature-length documentary exploring the situation in Nicaragua
since it has been ignored and abandoned by the international
media and the development community.
A fascinating exploration of the life of the controversial
Arctic anthropologist/adventurer, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, including
the fresh perspective of Stefansson's six forgotten grandchildren.
6 part series about the hidden worlds of the night-shift
1 hour documentary chronicling the journey of thirteen Canadians
as they travel to Rwanda in the aftermath of the horrific
genocide of a million Tutsis.
39 x 1/2 hour television series featuring individual stories
of immigrants who chose Canada as their home.
A 6 hour television series documenting the behind-the-scenes
action of professional hockey.
One-hour personal film on a daughter's search for her derelict
5-hour documentary film series on native self-government.
Documentary investigation of the life and tragic death of
Canada's "model Eskimo", Joseph Idlout, the man on the back
of Canada's two dollar bill.
Documentary investigation of how news is reported from Nicaragua.
Documentary on a brigade of Canadian farmers working in Nicaragua.
An investigation of the impact of television on Canada's
Inuit people and their struggle to create their own TV Network.
Pilot for a series of films on the work of John Grierson,
"Father of the Documentary Film".