Peter Raymont
Executive Producer

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.
Sundance Film Festival Audience Award — Best World Documentary

THE WORLD STOPPED WATCHING(2002-2003)

A feature-length documentary exploring the situation in Nicaragua since it has been ignored and abandoned by the international media and the development community.
Gemini Award, Best Direction in a Documentary Program, 2004

ARCTIC DREAMER: The Lonely Quest of Vilhjalmur Stefansson (2002-2003)

A fascinating exploration of the life of the controversial Arctic anthropologist/adventurer, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, including the fresh perspective of Stefansson's six forgotten grandchildren.
Gemini Award, Best Biography Documentary Program, 2004

Graveyard Shift (2001)

6 part series about the hidden worlds of the night-shift worker.
Gemini Award, Best Photography in a Documentary Programme or Series

RWANDA: IN SEARCH OF HOPE (2001)

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.
Special Jury Award, Gold — Houston International Film Festival 2001

A SCATTERING OF SEEDS: THE CREATION OF CANADA (1997-2000)

39 x 1/2 hour television series featuring individual stories of immigrants who chose Canada as their home.
Gemini Award, Best Music in a Documentary Programme or Series, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 1999
Gold Medal, Best Documentary Television Series, Worldfest Houston, 1998
Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film and Video Festival, 1998

THE NEW ICE AGE: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THE NHL (1997)

A 6 hour television series documenting the behind-the-scenes action of professional hockey.
Gemini Award, Best Sports Programme or Series, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 1999
Gold Medal, Best Sports Documentary, Worldfest Houston, 1998

ABBY I HARDLY KNEW YA (1995)

One-hour personal film on a daughter's search for her derelict father.
Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival, '95
Cork Film Festival Invitational Screening, 1995
Nominated, Best Short Documentary, Genie Awards 1996

AS LONG AS THE RIVERS FLOW (1991)

5-hour documentary film series on native self-government.
Producer's Award, 1991 American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco
Silver Hugo, 1991 Chicago International Film Festival (The Learning Path)
Public Jury Prize, 1991 Nyon Documentary Film Festival (for Tikinagan)
Bronze Apple Award, 1992 National Educational Film and Video Festival
Festival of Festivals, Toronto, 1991
Bilan du Film Ethnographique, Paris, 1992

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (1990)

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.
Sesterce D'Argent (Second prize), Nyon Film Festival, Switzerland, 1990
Special International Jury Award, Leipzig, Germany 1991
Gold Apple National Educational Film Festival, 1991 (Oakland CA.)
Braodcast Award, Yorkton Film Festival 1991
Silver Award, Houston Film Festival, 1992
Toronto Festival of Festivals, 1990
Leningrad Film Festival, 1991
Margaret Mead Film Festival, (NYC), 1991
Festival of the American Indian (NYC), 1991
Nominated for three Gemini Awards including Best Documentary 1992
Broadcast in 9 languages in 11 countries.

THE WORLD IS WATCHING (1988)

Documentary investigation of how news is reported from Nicaragua.
Genie, Best Short Documentary Film: Academy of Canadian Cinema & TV '89
Gold Hugo, Best Social/Political Docuemtnary: Chicago Film Festival '88
Ecumenical Prize/Public Jury Prize: Nyon Film Festival, Switzerland '88
Honourable Mention, Peace Prize Committee: Berlin Film Festival '89
Bronze Apple Award, U.S. Educational Film & Video Festival, '90
Blue Ribbon, American Film & Video Festival, 1989
Special Award, Melbourne Film Festival, 1989
Invitational Screening, Toronto Festival of Festivals, 1988
Invitational Screening, Sydney International Film Festival, 1989
Invitational Screening, Banff Television Festival, 1989
Invitational Screening, 34th Cork Film Festival (Ireland), 1989
Input Conference of Public Television, Sweden, 1990

WITH OUR OWN TWO HANDS (1985)

Documentary on a brigade of Canadian farmers working in Nicaragua.
National Peace Committee Prize, Cracow Film Festival, Poland
Best Documentary, 1986 Alberta Motion Picture Industry Awards
Nominated, Best Documentary, 1986 Canadian ACTRA Awards

MAGIC IN THE SKY (1981)

An investigation of the impact of television on Canada's Inuit people and their struggle to create their own TV Network.
Red Ribbon — American Film Festival 1983
Gold Plaque — Chicago Film Festival 1983
Best Documentary — Canadian Film & TV Awards 1983

GRIERSON'S DOCUMENTARY PHILOSOPHY - THE WORKING CLASS ON FILM (1976)

Pilot for a series of films on the work of John Grierson, "Father of the Documentary Film".
Best Documentary, Blue Ribbon - 1976 American Film Awards.
Best Documentary Under 30 minutes, 1976 Leipzig Film Festival.

 

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