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Member Screening: A Murder in Mansfield

Acclaimed filmmaker Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, Shut up and Sing) is being recognized with an Outstanding Achievement Award as part of the 25th anniversary of the Hot Docs Festival next month. We’re proud to start the celebration early with the Canadian premiere of her latest film, Murder at Mansfield, for this special member screening. Collier Landry returns to his hometown 26 years after testifying against his father as young boy in the 1989 murder of his mother Noreen Boyle.

West of the Jordan River

This urgent portrait of the Israel-Palestinian conflict takes a cross-section look at the situation today from a multitude of perspectives. Directed by award-winning Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai (Rabin, Free Zone), who returns to the occupied territories for the first time since he made his acclaimed 1982 film, Field Diary. West of the Jordan River shows how people from different sides and angles are working towards peace as conventional politics fail to resolve one of of the world’s foremost and longstanding issues.

Walk With Me

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Walk With Me follows the footsteps of renowned Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, whose teachings have popularized the art of mindfulness worldwide. Giving you a rare glimpse inside the secluded monastery of Plum Village in the South of France, this profoundly meditative documentary captures the daily lives and rituals of Thich Nhat Hanh's community of monks and their pursuit for a deeper connection to themselves and the world. Craving an escape from your busy life and the turmoil that surrounds us?

Learning to See: The World of Insects

Macro photographer Robert Oelman has documented some of the world's most exotic insects in striking detail. Taking you on a journey through stunning rainforests in Columbia, Ecuador and Peru, Oelman magnifies a world we’ve never seen before. Occasioned by a New York gallery show, Learning to See will change the way you think about insects and their relationship to the world we inhabit.

Catwalk: Tales from the Catshow Circuit

Calling all cat people, especially those with a competitive streak! Two fancy felines face off in Catwalk, a funny and moving portrayal of the passionate sub-culture of cat showing. “Cat Fanciers” Shirley and her prize-winning Persian, “Ohh-la-la” (or “La” for short”) takes on Kim’s Turkish Angora, “Bobby”. La is going for one more award on the shelf while Kim is pouring money into ensuring her companion goes home number one. Best in Show meets the Hot Docs favourite Kedi in this cross-country tour of Canada's most charming kitties and the colourful characters who pamper them.

Free Screening: STEP

Going to school and accessing a quality education isn't easy or isn't even an option for some students. Step documents the senior year of a girl's high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. As each one tries to become the first in their families to attend college, the girls strive to make their dancing a success amidst social unrest in their troubled city. 

A post-screening discussion and a live pitch by Toronto teachers to support their classroom projects will follow.


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