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The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on Tuesday unveiled its full lineup for this year’s edition, to feature 230 films from 58 countries, of which 48 percent will be directed by women.
North America’s largest documentary festival will open with a world premiere of Lana Slezik’s debut feature documentary, Bee Nation, a film about an indigenous spelling bee. Other docs to unspool in Toronto this year include a world premiere for Pre-Crime, Matthais Heeder and Monika Hielscher’s film about algorithms used to predict future crimes; Nick Broomfield’s Whitney. “Can I Be Me,” to debut at Tribeca; Matthew Heineman’s City of Ghosts, a film about Iraqi citizen journalists from Amazon Studios; and For Ahkeem, Landon Van Soest and Jeremy Levine’s coming-of-age portrait of a black teenager against the backdrop of the 2014 Ferguson uprising.
Politics dominates elsewhere in the film selection, with international debuts for Joe Berlinger’s Intent to Destroy, about the Armenian Genocide; Alex Gibney’s No Stone Unturned, which reopens a Northern Ireland murder case; Greg Campbell’s Hondros, about a war photographer killed in combat; and Lana Wilson’s The Departure.
The Big Ideas sidebar will screen the Sundance title Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press, by director Brian Knappenberger; David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg’s Bill Nye: Science Guy, which bowed at SXSW; Netflix’s and director Joe Piscatella’s Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower, another Sundance title; and director Kate Brooks’ The Last Animals, set to debut at Tribeca.
Hollywood-themed docs include Alexandre O. Philippe’s 78/52, which dissects the infamous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and debuted in Sundance; and Hulu’s Becoming Bond, a portrait of George Lazenby, who played the iconic role of James Bond just once.
And the Democrazy program includes Scott Harper’s You’re Soaking in It, about advertising in the age of algorithms; the Slamdance opener What Lies Upstream, Cullen Hoback’s film about West Virginia water contamination; SXSW’s Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web, a portrait of digital pirate Kim Dotcom; and Meuthen’s Party, a film about ultra nationalist right-wing parties in Germany.
Hot Doc’s 24th edition will run from April 27 to May 7, 2017.
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