Dr. Diaz

A Film by Benoit Desjardins


Dr. Diaz was expelled from his country because of is involvement in the defence of human and environmental rights. He now lives in Canada and works at the General Hospital. In addition to the hours spent in the hospital, he practiced medicine at home helping illegal immigrants. Aware of the dangers that this entails, Dr. Diaz is, nevertheless, unable to remain idle. His life story pushes him to help the needy. In truth, they need as much of him that he needs them.


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    Benoit Desjardins

    Benoit Desjardins is both an anthropologist and filmmaker. He lives and works in Montreal, Canada. His passion for cinema is a direct result of his fascination for the human being. Its main lines of research are in the exploration of perceptions and the relationship to the Other. He graduated from University of Montreal in film studies and he founded, in 2006, Les Productions Perceptions. He has since produced and directed several short films with which he won several awards in Quebec and abroad, while participating in numerous international festivals. In 2012, he co-produced and directed WELCOME YANKEE, a short film with one he participated in more than 60 festivals, winning 9 awards including the «Cinematic Achievement Award» in Thessaloniki, Greece. Meanwhile, he writes and develops short films scenarios untitled DR. DIAZ and IL PETARDO. In 2014, with the support from the director residency program of the Montreal Arts Council, Benoit wrote his first feature film entitled IL PAESANO. That same year, he founded the International short film festival / Longue vue sur le court. Finally, thanks to the support of SODEC, CALQ and NFB, Benoit produced and directed in 2016, the short film DR. DIAZ. Benoit, currently works on securing funding to produce his first feature film called THE DISPLACED which is the continuation of Dr. Diaz.

Awards + Festivals

  • 21st REGARD - SAGUENAY INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Quebec, Canada)March 15, 2017
  • 64th BELAGRADE DOCUMENTARY & SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Serbia)March 30, 2017
    SHORT TO THE POINT MARCH 2017 (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania) June 5, 2017
  • 40th FESTIVAL DU FILM COURT EN PLEIN AIR DE GRENOBLE (Official Selection, France)July 4, 2017
  • 14th INDY FILM FEST 2017 (World Cinema Shorts, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)July 13, 2017
  • 9th LES PERCÉIDES, FESTIVAL INT'L DE CINÉMA ET D'ART DE PERCÉ (Official Selection, Canada)August 23, 2017
  • 2nd SMITA PATIL DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 9, 2017
  • 5th BORREGO SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Borrego Springs, United States)January 11, 2018


Benoit Desjardins
Benoit Desjardins
Benoit Desjardins
Director of Photography
Vuk Stojanovic
Art Direction
Marie-Ève Bolduc et Ana Montalvo
Costume Design
Noémi Poulin
Laurent Bédard
Sound Design
Simon Gervais
Jean-Olivier Bégin


Running Time
26:58 mins
Shooting Format
2K Arri Alexa
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
Stereo 2.0/ Dolby Surround 5.1



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Benoit Desjardins
Montréal (Québec), Canada H4E 3J3