hot docs going on even as we speak

Sacred (screening only Tue 13 June)
Official Selection—IDFA 2016
“Gentle, optimistic, remarkable.” – Variety

Exultant and mind-expanding, Sacred takes you around the world and immerses you in spiritual practices in more than 25 countries. Shot by over 40 filmmaking teams, Academy Award–winner Thomas Lennon orchestrates this immersive and revelatory look at religion in its various forms with a celebratory undertone, offering a refreshingly positive tribute to the universality of faith and belief, whether it’s Buddhist monks in Japan or a woman watering her garden in Vancouver. Visually dazzling, emotionally stirring and gigantic in scope—you’ve never seen anything quite like it.



A Better Man

(screening until June 26, 2017)

“Highly compassionate…A beautiful film.” – The Globe and Mail

We bring back one of hottest tickets at this year’s Hot Docs festival to give Toronto a chance to catch this early favourite. Over 20 years ago, Toronto-based Attiya Khan was in a physically abusive relationship with her then-boyfriend, Steve. Today, she’s a prominent feminist who has worked for women’s shelters across the U.S. and Canada. Khan has teamed with local filmmaker Lawrence Jackman to create a unique documentary that aims to evolve the conversation around domestic abuse. Steve agrees to appear on camera to explicitly discuss the violence he inflicted on Attiya and their troubled relationship. Among this year’s Hot Docs Festival’s most emotionally stunning films, A Better Man takes a brave and open-minded approach to processing trauma and healing.

Directors Attiya Khan and Lawrence Jackman will be in attendance for post-screening Q&As on Friday, June 9 (6:30pm), Saturday, June 10 (6:30pm) and Sunday, June 11 (8:45pm). Professor Judah Oudshoorn will participate in the Saturday, June 10 (6:30pm) Q&A.

Featured guests of Intervention Productions: Aboriginal Legal Services, Canadian Labour Congress, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Counterpoint, Family Service Toronto, OSSTF (Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation), Rainbow Health Ontario, White Ribbon, Woman Abuse Council of Toronto, Women’s Habitat and YWCA Toronto.


and, of course:


Wednesday, June 28, 6:30 PM premiere sold out, sorry

Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms gets six fresh perspectives with In the Name of All Canadians, a compilation of short documentaries commissioned by Hot Docs. From Indigenous rights to the controversial ‘notwithstanding clause,’ participating filmmakers take the Charter’s key tenets off the page and into the lived experiences of the country we call home.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. World premiere media sponsor: Maclean’s.

Tickets for the run of screenings starting on Friday, June 30 have regular pricing:$12 (Members: $8, $5, Free)

La Charte des droits et libertés du Canada sous six nouvelles perspectives dans le film In the Name of All Canadians , une compilation de documentaires courts-métrages commandés par Hot Docs. Des droits autochtones à la controversée « clause nonobstant », les cinéastes participants intègrent les principes clés de la Charte aux expériences vécues dans ce pays qui est le nôtre.Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada et du gouvernement de l’Ontario. World premiere media sponsor: Maclean’s.

Les billets pour la série de projections débutant le vendredi, 30 juin seront vendus au prix régulier de $12 (membres: 8$, 5$, gratuit)

In the Name of All Canadians

B.T.W. donation @ HotDocs IS AN OPTION, too

P.S. oh, and there’s a $2.00 “online fee”

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Indigenous Cultures @ HotDocs – Freebees for Students before 5pm

FROM: IEN list
DATE: April 26, 2017

Movie Screening of the week No.2: Obomsawin’s “My Name Is Kahentiiosta”

As per announced virtual session format July-August, let us start with a 30min movie about an Oka event (1990) participant:

Watch FREE from campus, from TPL

My Name Is Kahentiiosta

NFB blurb:

This documentary short by Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Kahentiiosta, a young Kahnawake Mohawk woman arrested after the Oka Crisis’ 78-day armed standoff in 1990. She was detained 4 days longer than the other women. Her crime? The prosecutor representing the Quebec government did not accept her aboriginal name.

Well, she could not — nor did she want to — present another name.

The Wisdom-for-Change Sessions Continue with “Virtual Doc Screenings”

Meet our featured documentary film makers:

Alanis Obomsawin, of Abenaki descent

YouTube -Dr. Alanis Obomsawin, O.C. – UBC Vancouver 2010 Honorary Degree Recipient

Q: What are your thoughts on Aboriginal filmmaking today? Do you think these films are being used effectively as a tool for social change?

A: A lot of young people are working in film now, and there’s a lot going on in the communities and in the cities. And there’s APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), which shows everyone’s work if it’s broadcast quality. It’s a very exciting time.

Just the fact that APTN exists, and that Aboriginal films air on other channels, proves that storytelling is very much out there. And it does create change. More and more people are watching APTN, even those who are not necessarily First Nations people. They learn so much by watching these different stories. It’s a way of educating.

Full NFB interview: “Alanis Obomsawin Retrospective”

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Audrey Huntley, of Anishinabe descent


When I was 18 years old I went on a two month backpacking trip through Europe that turned into 18 years. I discovered free education in Germany and ended up writing my masters on Native women’s writing as a tool of resistance in decolonisation. After a while I knew that I needed to come back to Turtle Island. I initially was just going to come back for a year but then I ended up in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side and started working with the Aboriginal Women’s Action Network. One of the amazing things we did was the Journey for Justice in 2000. We rafted from Prince George to Vancouver over two weeks and we held focus groups on violence against women and children in communities along the Fraser River.

More at Nobel Women’s Initiative

CfP: Screenings & Presentations for World Wisdom for Social Change events continue in June-August, 2016

post in edit mode

Materials from some of the sessions on March 16, 17, 21, & 22 will be made available on this blog in the near future.

Looks forward to hearing from about what you’d be interested in doing:

  • discussing any of the artists and their documentaries announced below
  • screening other movies that you find especially worth seeing & discussing
  • giving standard academic presentations on topics within the range of the LOWKI theme, for example,
    • single presentations
    • panels or workshops, and similar
  • using more creative formats, for example,
    • art & music immersions
    • dramatizations
  • even informal chats

Please also indicate your availability for any part of

  • June
  • July
  • August