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Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2017

Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, will present its 24th edition from April 27 to May 7, 2017, presenting 200+ films from across the globe and welcoming hundreds of international filmmakers and industry delegates to Toronto! Screenings will be held at theatres including the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Scotiabank Theatre, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto Centre for the Arts, Innis Town Hall, Isabel Bader Theatre and Hart House Theatre.

Hot Docs ticket packages, passes and single tickets are on sale now!

CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY

Once our neighbour here in the Annex, Jane Jacobs played an integral role in making sure Toronto looks and feels the way it does today; her successful opposition to the Spadina expressway helped ensure the city was for people first, and cars second. But before she moved to Toronto, Jacobs stood up to the rapid urbanization in New York City. Her 1960 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities criticized modern planners reconfiguration of cities.

VANCOUVER: NO FIXED ADDRESS

Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and often ranks as one of the most "livable"—but for whom? With the third least affordable housing market in the world, the city has found itself obsessed with housing, perhaps not unlike Toronto is increasingly finding itself. Building condos as commodities and evicting tenants (even, recently, seniors from a retirement home), residents meanwhile protest class disparity and try desperately to curb rampant homelessness.

Ballet on Screen: JEWELS

Divided into three distinct and stunning movements, Jewels exemplifies the range and vision of George Balanchine, perhaps the finest ballet choreographer in history. 'Emeralds' draws on the French Romantic music of Gabriel Fauré, 'Rubies' on Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York, and finally 'Diamonds' brings things to a close with grandeur and elegance, set to Tchaikovsky's Third Symphony. A late piece by Balanchine first performed in 1967, this groundbreaking abstract three-act ballet was the first of its kind.

CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY

The world is still catching up with the genius of legendary jazz musician John Coltrane. A visionary who transformed the world of music by pushing the very boundaries of the genre, he was able to transcend barriers as a commercial artist who created revolutionary sounds. The soft-spoken Coltrane rarely did any radio interviews, but here Academy Award–winner Denzel Washington brings his words to life through readings and reflections from Bill Clinton, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, Common, Cornel West and more.

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