Iran, Mexico in Hot Docs spotlight

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TORONTO -- Organizers of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival said Wednesday that they will showcase Iranian and Mexican filmmakers with programs at next year's event.

Hot Docs director of programming Sean Farnel said the current escalation in tensions between the U.S. and Iran was giving documentary makers in that Middle Eastern country fodder for factual films.

"Having visited both Mexico and Iran this fall, it's clear they have thriving documentary scenes with a plenitude of work from both established and emerging filmmakers," Farnel said, without naming filmmakers from either nation that have been invited to show their films in Toronto.

Iran will be the subject of Hot Doc's national spotlight program, while Mexican filmmakers will feature as part of the "Made In ..." sidebar.

The 15th annual edition of the Hot Docs festival is set to run April 17-27.
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