'Act of God' opening Hot Docs

Canadian fest kicks off April 30

TORONTO -- The world premiere of Jennifer Baichwal's "Act of God" will open the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on April 30, organizers said Thursday.

The feature doc about the metaphysical effects of being struck by lightning is the follow-up to Baichwal's award-winning 2006 film "Manufactured Landscapes," which portrayed the downside of rising industrialization in China.

Hot Docs also unveiled Canadian premieres for a host of Sundance award winners, which includes "We Live in Public," by U.S. filmmaker Ondi Timoner, British director Havana Marking's "Afghan Star," and "Rough Aunties," by British filmmaker Kim Longinotto.

There's also Canadian bows for Dutch filmmaker Heddy Honigmann's "Oblivion," the Czech film "Rene," by Helena Tretikova, and "The Yes Men Fix the World," from directors Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno and Kurt Engfehr.

Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary festival, will release its full film lineup on March 24.