Hot Docs Lineup Includes World Premieres for Trump-Putin, Laquan McDonald Films

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'The Fourth Estate'

North America's largest documentary festival also booked Liz Garbus' 'The Fourth Estate' and 'United Skates' after Tribeca bows.

U.S. presidential and racial politics feature in the first wave of world premieres unveiled for the upcoming Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

The fest on Tuesday said it will debut Jack Bryan's Active Measures, which uncovers Trump-Putin ties dating back to the 1970s that led up to Russian cyber-warfare impacting the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

There also will be a world premiere for Oscar-nominated director Richard Rowley's Blue Wall, which probes the 2014 Chicago police killing of Laquan McDonald and the City Hall cover-up that followed.

Also on tap is the Canadian bow of Maxim Pozdorovkin's Sundance title Our New President, a found-footage documentary that uses Russian propaganda to recount President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, as well as international debuts for two Tribeca titles — Showtime and Liz Garbus' Trump-focused doc series The Fourth Estate, and Tina Brown and Dyana Winkler's United Skates, which looks at modern-day roller rinks.

Also getting world premieres in Toronto's Special Presentations sidebar is Steve Jones and Todd Jones' Andy Irons: Kissed by God, a doc about a three-time surfing champion fighting mental illness; and Daniel J. Clark's Behind the Curve, which focuses on proponents of the Flat Earth conspiracy theory.

The Hot Docs fest, which will make additional lineup announcements in the coming weeks, is set to run April 26-May 6 in Toronto.

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