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Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is back in Toronto from April 27 to May 7 for its 24th edition. Among its line-up of 230 titles from 58 countries, 5 French feature films and for the first time 1 French VR experience have been selected :

The Lives of Thérèse by Sébastien Lifshitz

France - 55 min

Approaching the end of her life, one of France’s fiercest feminist and LGBT activists asks for her final months to be filmed so she can confront yet another taboo, aging and death, in this deeply empathetic film.

Screening times :
29/04/2017 4:00 PM        TIFF Bell Lightbox
30/04/2017 9:30 PM        Scotiabank Theatre Toronto 

Mama Colonel by Dieudo Hamadi

France / Democratic Republic of the Congo - 72 min - North American Premiere

For 15 years, a determined female colonel led a unique brigade against sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Relocated to a new city, she must now grapple with the unexpected horrors women faced in a longforgotten war.

Screening times :
30/04/2017 3:30 PM        TIFF Bell Lightbox
1/05/2017 10:00 AM        TIFF Bell Lightbox
6/05/2017 9:15 PM          Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
 

The Fruitless Tree by Aicha Macky

France / Niger - 52 min - North American Premiere

Married but childless—an unacceptable circumstance in Niger—Aicha draws from personal experience to delicately address the taboo of infertility, and the private suffering and public stigma that women like her endure.

Screening times :
2/05/2017 8:30 PM         Innis Town Hall
3/05/2017 3:45 AM         TIFF Bell Lightbox
4/05/2017 3:30 PM         TIFF Bell Lightbox

Zaineb hates the snow by Kaouther Ben Hania

Tunisia / France / Qatar / Lebanon / UAE - 94 min - North American Premiere

When her mother remarries and her newly blended family moves to Canada, a 9-year-old Tunisian girl’s life takes a profound turn as she struggles to find her place and maintain her Muslim identity in a new land.

Screening times :
28/04/2017 6:00 PM        TIFF Bell Lightbox
29/04/2017 1:15 PM        TIFF Bell Lightbox
6/05/2017 8:30 PM          Scotiabank Theatre Toronto

Winnie by Pascal Lamche

Winnie trailer from DOCKDISTRICT on Vimeo.

France / Netherlands / South Africa - 98 min

For decades, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life was under heavy public scrutiny. As her husband Nelson Mandela served out his sentence in prison, Winnie took centre stage before the world as the face of the African National Congress, and met with the challenges of a nation under apartheid in addition to those of a woman in a critical political role. Unflinching in her pursuit of progress and rights for the people of South Africa, history still paints a complex portrait of her, one where many questions linger and heated divisions endure to this day. Through archival footage and intimate interviews from her supporters and detractors, including interviews with Winnie herself, this film attempts to unravel the controversies and get a clearer picture of this singular woman who met the extraordinary challenges of a nation in violent transition head on.

Screening times :
29/04/2017 6:30 PM        TIFF Bell Lightbox
30/04/2017 11:00 AM      TIFF Bell Lightbox
4/05/2017 6:30 PM          Isabel Bader Theatre

Unrest VR by Jennifer Brea and Amaury Laburthe

USA / France / UK - 15 min - Canadian Premiere

Unrest VR is an interactive non-fiction experience inspired by Jennifer Brea’s feature documentary Unrest (Sundance 2017 Special Jury Award). An immersive journey into Jen’s experience of an invisible illness, myalgic encephalomyelitis, the project contrasts the painful solitary confinement of a bedroom world with the kinetic freedom of an inner dreamscape. When you’re too sick to leave your bed, where do you go?

Showtimes :
28/04 - 6/05/2017 10:00 AM - 6 PM          Brookfield Place
7/05/2017 10:00 AM - 2 PM                      Brookfield Place

For more information and purchase tickets, please visit www.hotdocs.ca

Bloor Hot Docs 506 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y3, Canada

TORONTO - Hot Docs Film Festival 2017

When
04/27/2017
Where
Bloor Hot Docs
506 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y3, Canada
Hot Docs 2017

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is back in Toronto from April 27 to May 7 for its 24th edition. Among its line-up of 230 titles from 58 countries, 5 French feature films and for the first time 1 French VR experience have been selected :

The Lives of Thérèse by Sébastien Lifshitz

France - 55 min

Approaching the end of her life, one of France’s fiercest feminist and LGBT activists asks for her final months to be filmed so she can confront yet another taboo, aging and death, in this deeply empathetic film.

Screening times :
29/04/2017 4:00 PM        TIFF Bell Lightbox
30/04/2017 9:30 PM        Scotiabank Theatre Toronto 

Mama Colonel by Dieudo Hamadi

France / Democratic Republic of the Congo - 72 min - North American Premiere

For 15 years, a determined female colonel led a unique brigade against sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Relocated to a new city, she must now grapple with the unexpected horrors women faced in a longforgotten war.

Screening times :
30/04/2017 3:30 PM        TIFF Bell Lightbox
1/05/2017 10:00 AM        TIFF Bell Lightbox
6/05/2017 9:15 PM          Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
 

The Fruitless Tree by Aicha Macky

France / Niger - 52 min - North American Premiere

Married but childless—an unacceptable circumstance in Niger—Aicha draws from personal experience to delicately address the taboo of infertility, and the private suffering and public stigma that women like her endure.

Screening times :
2/05/2017 8:30 PM         Innis Town Hall
3/05/2017 3:45 AM         TIFF Bell Lightbox
4/05/2017 3:30 PM         TIFF Bell Lightbox

Zaineb hates the snow by Kaouther Ben Hania

Tunisia / France / Qatar / Lebanon / UAE - 94 min - North American Premiere

When her mother remarries and her newly blended family moves to Canada, a 9-year-old Tunisian girl’s life takes a profound turn as she struggles to find her place and maintain her Muslim identity in a new land.

Screening times :
28/04/2017 6:00 PM        TIFF Bell Lightbox
29/04/2017 1:15 PM        TIFF Bell Lightbox
6/05/2017 8:30 PM          Scotiabank Theatre Toronto

Winnie by Pascal Lamche

Winnie trailer from DOCKDISTRICT on Vimeo.

France / Netherlands / South Africa - 98 min

For decades, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life was under heavy public scrutiny. As her husband Nelson Mandela served out his sentence in prison, Winnie took centre stage before the world as the face of the African National Congress, and met with the challenges of a nation under apartheid in addition to those of a woman in a critical political role. Unflinching in her pursuit of progress and rights for the people of South Africa, history still paints a complex portrait of her, one where many questions linger and heated divisions endure to this day. Through archival footage and intimate interviews from her supporters and detractors, including interviews with Winnie herself, this film attempts to unravel the controversies and get a clearer picture of this singular woman who met the extraordinary challenges of a nation in violent transition head on.

Screening times :
29/04/2017 6:30 PM        TIFF Bell Lightbox
30/04/2017 11:00 AM      TIFF Bell Lightbox
4/05/2017 6:30 PM          Isabel Bader Theatre

Unrest VR by Jennifer Brea and Amaury Laburthe

USA / France / UK - 15 min - Canadian Premiere

Unrest VR is an interactive non-fiction experience inspired by Jennifer Brea’s feature documentary Unrest (Sundance 2017 Special Jury Award). An immersive journey into Jen’s experience of an invisible illness, myalgic encephalomyelitis, the project contrasts the painful solitary confinement of a bedroom world with the kinetic freedom of an inner dreamscape. When you’re too sick to leave your bed, where do you go?

Showtimes :
28/04 - 6/05/2017 10:00 AM - 6 PM          Brookfield Place
7/05/2017 10:00 AM - 2 PM                      Brookfield Place

For more information and purchase tickets, please visit www.hotdocs.ca