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Angel Peacock

Peter Svatek
2019 | 25 min


About the film

Clip 1 - The angel peacock

Clip 2 - Living with Daesh

Clip 3 - Why not dance?


Peter Svatek
Director, Producer (Triplex Films)
Photo : Josette Gauthier

Peter Svatek

Born in Prague, Montreal-based Peter Svatek is a visionary director who has written and directed many award-winning documentary and fiction films, including the acclaimed Call of the Wild. He began his career with the National Film Board in the 1970s. He is the co-founder (with Josette Gauthier) of Triplex Films, a successful documentary production company. Prior to Theater of Life, Peter’s most recent documentary feature was Takedown: The DNA of GSP, the story of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, nominated for several 2015 Canadian Screen Awards. Other recent documentaries include Stolen Babies, Stolen Lives (writer/director), highlighting the grown children of women who disappeared during Argentina’s Dirty War, and Targets: Reporters in Iraq (writer/producer). Recent fictional works include the two-part U.S. miniseries Everything She Ever Wanted (director) and The Christmas Choir (director), based on the true story of a man who volunteers at a homeless shelter and forms a choir made up of its residents.

Annette Clarke
Producer (NFB)
Photo : NFB

Annette Clarke

An accomplished producer committed to collaborating with artists to craft transformative stories,  Annette’s select producer credits include The Boxing Girls of Kabul (2011, IDFA and CSA for best documentary short), Hard Light (2012, FIFA Jury Award), Danny (2014, Hot Docs Big Ideas series), 54 Hours (2014, Yorkton Founder’s Award), Gun Runners (2015, Hot Docs), Theater of Life (2016, Berlin), Hand. Line. Cod. (2016, TIFF), Love, Scott (2018, Hot Docs, BFI Flare, Inside Out, One World) and Assholes, a theory (CPHDOX). In addition to Conviction, her current productions reflect on the human condition through the eyes of a twelve year old Yazidi boy arriving in Canada, and inside the lives of resilient women along the Brazilian Amazon. As executive producer for NFB’s Quebec Atlantic studio, Annette envisions a potent and ambitious slate of short form and feature documentaries, animation, and interactive story telling across a rich and large territory.



Dawod Haydar

Written and directed by
Peter Svatek

Director of photography
Marie Davignon

Edited by
Elric Robichon

Sound design by
Mélanie Gauthier

Music by
Jeff Johnston

Produced by
Annette Clarke

Sound recording
Eddie Jeanveau

Imad Jiro
Kamla Khoudeida
Sadet Noori

Daniel Svatek
Lori Heath

Karla Baumgardner

Foley recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Eman Arnaout, Dr. Bhooma Bhayana, Kitra Cahana, Wafa Dawoud, Todd Dickey, Dalia Elbargisy, Perihan El Shamy, Mohamad El Khatib, Mahin Ghasemiyani, Helder Goulart, Jackie J.H. Hoekstra, Sherin Hussien, Shelly Jacobson, Joseph Jilitovich, Sila Joshua, Janet Lee, Amal Mahmoud, Sharif Natheir, Maggie Perquin, Suresh Shrestha, Jennifer Strong, Dr. Javeed Sukhera, Mervat Tadrus, Tola Tesfaye, Simon Webb, Ailene Wittstein, Janice Zolf, The City of London, Ontario, Thames Valley District School Board, Wilton Grove School, John A. Macdonald School, ChildREACH, Big Brothers Big Sisters of London, Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre

Production Supervisor
Roslyn Power

Technical Coordinators
Daniel Lord
Christopher MacIntosh

Digital Editing Technicians
Pierre Dupont
Isabelle Painchaud
Patrick Trahan

Online Editor
Serge Verreault

Title Design
Jacques Bertrand Simard

Isabelle Lussier

Production Coordinators
Mylène Augustin
Larissa Christoforo
Christine Williams

Senior Production Coordinators
Camila Blos
Kelly Davis

Studio Administrator
Leslie Anne Poyntz

Associate Producer
Anne Koizumi

Marketing Manager
Johanna Lessard

Pat Dillon

Legal Counsel
Dominique Aubry

Executive Producer
Annette Clarke

Executive Director, English Program
Michelle van Beusekom

A National Film Board of Canada production

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