The Salt Spring Film Festival Society screens Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley’s documentary Stories We Tell. In this stunning new film, Polley opens a throbbing vein of her own family history. Crafted over a period of five years in near-complete secrecy, the film falls under the banner of autobiography because it features Polley on camera talking about her own life with members of her real family. Her creative vision blurs the line between documentary and drama.
It’s an intimate story of truth, memory and reconciliation. Polley’s very personal documentary is extraordinary in every way, from its post-modern structure to the raw emotion of its carefully revealed family secrets. It’s one of the best films of 2012.