GAT at Hot Docs | April 23-May 3, 2015
Blue Ice Docs, Indiecan, Kinosmith, Les Films du 3 Mars, Real to Reel, Video Services Corp., and ZED Filmworks.
The Amina Profile –Directed by Sophie Deraspe – Kinosmith/Les Films Du 3 Mars (Canada/UK) (Canadian Premiere)
Official Selection of Sundance 2015
Amina Arraf, an attractive Syrian-American revolutionary, is having an online affair with Sandra Bagaria, a young, brilliant and well-informed Montreal professional. Amina then launches her provocatively named blog, A Gay Girl in Damascus. As the Syrian uprising gains momentum, the blog acquires a huge following. But it’s Amina’s subsequent abduction—carried out in broad daylight in downtown Damascus, allegedly by the Syrian secret police—that sparks an international movement to save her from torture, rape or even death. What starts as a love story, soon becomes a story about an unprecedented media and sociological hoax, infotainment, deceit and betrayal.
SCREENS: Saturday, April 25 – 7:00 pm, TBLB 1 | Monday, April 27 – 1:00 pm, Hart House
Best of Enemies – Directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon – Video Services Corp. (USA) (International Premiere)
Official Selection Sundance 2015, SXSW 2015
In the summer of 1968, dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions: William F. Buckley, Jr., a leading light in the conservative movement, and Gore Vidal, a leftist novelist, polemicist and cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy. The debates were unlike anything TV had ever broadcast, and all the more shocking because it was live and unscripted. Viewers were riveted. ABC News ratings skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born.
SCREENS: Friday, April 24 – 7:00 pm, TBLB 1 | Sunday, April 26 – 3:15 pm, Isabel Bader
Censored Voices – Directed by Mor Loushy – Blue Ice Docs (Israel/Germany) (Canadian Premiere)
Official Selection Sundance 2015, Berlinale 2015
One week after the 1967 ‘Six-Day War’, a group of young kibbutzinks, led by renowned author Amos Oz and Editor Avraham Shapira, recorded intimate conversations with soldiers returning from the battlefield. The Israeli army censored the recordings, allowing only a fragment of the conversations to be published. Censored Voices reveals these original recordings for the first time.
SCREENS: Tuesday, April 28 – 9:00 pm, Isabel Bader | Thursday, April 30 – 6:30pm, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Chameleon –Directed by Ryan Mullins – Blue Ice Docs (Canada/USA/Georgia) (North American premiere)
Official Selection of IDFA 2014
Anas has been called the James Bond of Ghanaian journalism. He’s exposed a sex-trafficking ring by masquerading as a bartender, uncovered deplorable conditions in Accra’s psychiatric hospital, posed as a crown prince in order to bypass a rebel checkpoint. His unorthodox methods are infamous throughout Ghana, but, despite his notoriety, his face is unknown to the public. The film takes us behind the scenes of the Tiger Eye Investigations Bureau hot on the heels of his next big case.
SCREENS: Saturday, April 25 – 5:30pm, Royal Cinema | Sunday, April 26 – 4:30 pm, Scotiabank 3
A Different Drummer: Celebrating Eccentrics – Directed by John Zaritsky (Canada)-Real to Reel (Toronto Premiere)
This is a celebration of those who are truly different from the rest of us and who, according to a 10-year study, live healthier, happier and longer lives. Why is dancing to the beat of our own drum so good for us?
SCREENS: Sunday, April 26 – 8:45pm, TBLB 4 | Tuesday, April 28 – 1:30pm, TBLB 4
How to Change the World – Directed by Jerry Rothwell -Kinosmith (Canada/UK) (Canadian Premiere)
Official Selection Sundance 2015
In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world’s imagination. Using never before seen archive that brings their extraordinary world to life, How To Change The World is the story of the pioneers who founded Greenpeace and defined the modern green movement.
SCREENS: Sunday, April 26 – 1:00 pm, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema | Monday, April 27 – 9:30 pm, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Lowdown Tracks –Directed by Shelley Saywell (Canada) (World Premiere)
Lowdown Tracks tells the story of a disparate group of street musicians. Homeless, home free, or living on the margins, they are the balladeers of the “lowdown” – telling it like it is. They have talent and passion and a different view of society, as seen from the curb. How did they get there, and how do they survive? Toronto musician and activist Lorraine Segato (Parachute Club) has made homeless relief her cause for years. Inspired by field recordings from the Great Depression, she launches a modern day project to record their songs. Shot and recorded from abandoned tracks, beneath bridges, inside shelters, rooming houses, rooftops and alleyways, Lowdown Tracks is both social commentary and a celebration of the power of music and survival.
SCREENS: Saturday, April 25 – 8:30pm, TBLB 2 | Monday, April 27 – 6:30pm, Scotiabank 3
The Messenger –Directed by Su Rynard – International distributor: (Canada) (World Premiere)
A visually thrilling ode to the beauty and importance of the imperiled songbird, and what it will mean to all of us on both a global and human level if we lose them. For thousands of years these incredible creatures have shared their songs with us, and inspired our music and our art. But in our rapidly changing world, they are disappearing.
SCREENS: Tuesday, April 28 – 9:00pm, Scotiabank 4 | Friday, May 1 – 1:30pm, Scotiabank 7 | Sunday, May 3 – 6:30pm, Innis Town Hall
Milk – Directed by Noemi Weis – Indiecan (Canada) (World premiere)
Through an intimate and artistic lens, Milk brings a universal perspective on the politics, commercialization and controversies surrounding birth and infant feeding over the canvas of stunningly beautiful visuals and poignant voices from around the globe. Inspiring, informative, provocative and sensitive, Milk celebrates bringing a new life into this world with a strong call to action and reflection.
SCREENS: Monday, April 27 -6:30pm, Isabel Bader | Wednesday, April 29 – 11:00am, Isabel Bader
The Wolfpack –Directed by Crystal Moselle (USA) (International Premiere)
Official Selection of Sundance 2015, Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity, and imagination with film, which allows them to escape from their feelings of isolation and loneliness. Everything changes when one of the brothers escapes, and the power dynamics in the house are transformed. The Wolfpack must learn how to integrate into society without disbanding the brotherhood.
SCREENS: Friday, April 24 – 6:30pm, TBLB 2 | Sunday, April 26 – 4:00pm, Scotiabank 4