© 2018 by Janet Best

Voice From a Church

A devoted member of an Anglo-Catholic church talks about how he first came to the church, what it means to him, the value of its liturgy and language and the nature of its community. Throughout there are scenes from church services.

Documentary    16:25

Filmed, edited and directed by Janet Best

Wonder and Amazement -
Rita Briansky on Her Life in Art

Artist Rita Briansky has had her paintings displayed in many museums and galleries. Growing up in a small lumber town in Northern Ontario and then in Montreal, Rita was always a loner and non-conformist. Now at 92, she is still searching, innovating, and creating art as well as teaching and inspiring seniors in their art.

Played at the 2018 Toronto Jewish Film Festival

Documentary    39:49

Directed by Janet Best and Dov Okouneff

The Dust of His Feet

The story of an eccentric poet musician and his passionate student in Bangladesh. The folk musician and song writer Matal Rajjak Dewan is remembered in all his complexity by his student Abdul Hai Dewan who carries on his legacy.

Played at the 2011 Documenting Bangladesh Film Festival

Documentary 1:03:46

Filmed, edited and directed by Janet Best

A New Life on the Land: Jewish Farmers in Canada

As told on camera by early settlers, their children and grandchildren, this is a story of Jews who came to farm Canadian soil. It's about escape from poverty and oppression in Eastern Europe, of first winters living in underground shelters, of clearing the land and bringing in first crops, of community get-togethers and singing. From the West to Quebec and Ontario, it is an ongoing story of Jewish farming in Canada.

Played at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival (May 2014),  Bucharest Jewish Film Festival (November 2014) as well as in Montreal, Ottawa and Durham, North Carolina.

Documentary film  56 min.
Producer & Director – Dov Okouneff   

Co-director, Editor & Camera – Janet Best

Norman Hall

Norman Hall started out as a successful Ottawa businessman but after a mental breakdown he decided he wanted to become an artist.  He moved to the Riviera and lived the life of the artist, producing thousands of paintings and drawings. But despite his life long effort he never became known. The film explores this life through the reminiscences of his friends and family.

Documentary film 28 min.

Directed, shot & edited by Janet Best

Videographe co-production