How Oscar-Winning Filmmaker Barbara Kopple Got Her Start

May 1, 2018 10:01 am Last Updated: May 1, 2018 10:01 am

Two-time Oscar-winning American documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple has her sights set on Canada. On Thursday, May 3, she’ll speak onstage in Toronto as part of her outstanding achievement award retrospective at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Her upcoming film looks at families from Syria and Iraq who have come to Canada courtesy of sponsors here. “I wanted to do a film that was about immigration,” Kopple, who lives south of the border, said in a recent interview in Toronto.

“And I wanted to do it through the eyes of kids.”

Kopple said she’s already shot the film and is nearly finished it. The story focuses on Camp Pathfinder in Algonquin Park, where boys from the Syrian and Iraqi families she follows were able to attend thanks to their sponsors.