continuing :) Viewers’ Choice – Fridays in August 2017

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So, this summer’s VIEWERS’ CHOICE SCREENINGS of topical documentaries are being hosted by UofT’s Robarts Lib

June 30 being on the eve of July 1st, we combined “My Name is Kahentiiosta” from the roster below

with the well-known “William Shatner Sings O Canada” – on the occasion of being distinguished with the Gov Gen of Ca’s Lifetime Achievement Award

YouTube credit: Published by NFB on Jul 26, 2011

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

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Indigenous Cultures @ HotDocs – Freebees for Students before 5pm

FROM: IEN list
DATE: April 26, 2017