#HotDocs22 @hotdocs: The Benevolents (May 7, 2022)

The Benevolents takes us into the world of the Tel-Aide Montreal call centre, as we follow a group of future volunteers who are learning the art of empathetic listening. Through an intimate treatment, the film seeks to recall the importance of vigilant ears in a society of loneliness.

Review: The art of listening is illustrated in this gem of a film. The viewer witnesses how counsellors at Tele-Aide in Montreal create a safe space for individuals to share their stories without interruption. Elements of care such as empathy, respect and availability colours in this black and white documentary through the words of counsellors. Resplendent. Meaningful.

Thirty Four Flavours Rating: 5/5


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