This weekend, celebrate culture in your neighbourhood with award-winning docs at your local revue cinema. Hot Docs is the coolest thing this city has got going for it, and in these dark fall nights, we can’t think of a better thing to do than watch a compelling doc and follow it up with a terrific meal for meaty discourse. What’s even better? These three brave and powerful flicks are directed by female filmmakers. Get inspired, learn something new and ask yourself tough questions.
Free screenings take place Friday, September 30, at the Regent (551 Mount Pleasant Road); Saturday, October 1, at the Royal Cinema (608 College Street); and Sunday, October 2, at the Revue (400 Roncesvalles Avenue). Free tickets will be available at the venue beginning one hour before the scheduled screening.
D: Linda Goldstein Knowlton | USA | 94 min
Winner – Hot Docs Sundance Channel People’s Choice Award, Hot Docs 2011
After adopting her own daughter from China, Linda Goldstein Knowlton follows four remarkable Chinese-born adoptees as they come of age between two cultures. Each girl seeks her roots and her own future in inspiring ways.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY
D: Shelley Saywell | Canada | 90 min
Winner – Best Canadian Feature, Hot Docs 2010
The tragic murder of Mississauga’s Aqsa Parvez is featured in this powerful and sensitive investigation into the killing of young girls in the name of family honour in North America. Heartbreaking stories expose the beliefs used to justify violence against women
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
AT NIGHT, THEY DANCE
D: Isabelle Lavigne, Stéphane Thibault | Canada | 80 min
Winner – Special Jury Prize (Canadian Feature), Hot Docs 2011
Masters of direct cinema, these award-winning filmmakers sweep you into the chaotic and dangerous whirl of a clan of belly dancers in working-class Cairo whose art is in danger of disappearing
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2