Manifesto Community Projects and Hot Docs are thrilled to present ‘DOCUMENTAL’ - a selection of ten outstanding official selections at this year’s Canadian International Documentary Festival. Featuring the North American premiere of Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me, and world premieres of The Backward Class, Shield and Spear, David & Me, and much more, the films bring to light a myriad of social and cultural issues, pushing boundaries and exploring diverse communities through the lens of film. The 2014 Hot Docs Festival begins April 24 and runs until May 4, taking place at various theatres across Toronto’s downtown core.
"Providing greater awareness and access to and for our community members is what really excites me about this promotional initiative with Hot Docs,” says Dwayne Dixon, Executive Director for Manifesto. “Film remains one of our primary artistic disciplines and this partnership strengthens our mandate to unite, inspire, and empower diverse communities of young people through art and culture. This year's selection of films will not only be monumental, it will be DOCUMENTAL."
Hot Docs Executive Director Brett Hendrie adds, “Hot Docs always strives to share its passion for documentaries with new audiences. Together we hope to inspire diverse communities of young people in Toronto to engage with our Festival and open an exciting new dialogue.”
DOCUMENTAL selections will be offered at a special $10 discount price to the Manifesto community.
HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
Purchase tickets online through the individual film pages which you can view here.
Tickets can also be purchased at the Hot Docs box office - located at 2 Bloor Street West in the Cumberland Terrance (lower level) - for $10 each with presentation of the 'DOCUMENTAL' flyer or PDF print out. Open the PDF here to print and present it at the box office.
Hot Docs also offers free same day tickets for all screenings before 5pm to seniors (60+) and students with valid photo I.D. at the venue box offices (subject to availability).
View the full selection of DOCUMENTAL films below...
Photo: Gebrueder Beetz
Nelson Mandela: The Myth & Me
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Acclaimed filmmaker Khalo Matabane's very personal, award-winning and somewhat controversial doc explores conflicting points-of-view on the truth and reconciliation process, the quality of life in post-apartheid South Africa and Manela's own sainthood status.
Directed by Khalo Matabane
Photo: Markham Street Films Inc.
David & Me
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In 1985, a Brooklyn teen is convicted of pre-meditated murder based on questionable testimonies. A tenacious filmmaker has taken up his cause, presenting compelling new evidence aimed at freeing him after 28 years of incarceration.
Directed by Ray Klonsky and Marc Lamy
The Backward Class
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Intent on breaking out of the cycle of poverty, the Dalit students of Shanti Bhavan school in India prepare to make history by becoming the first from their "untouchable" caste to take high-school graduation exams.
Directed by: Madeleine Grant
The Boy From Geita
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A young Tanzanian boy with albinism survives a brutal attempt to steal his body parts; witch doctors claim a potion made from them will bestow good fortune. The promise of surgery in Canada offers him hope.
Directed by: Vic Sarin
Photo: Lennart Malmer
Visit the Hot Docs page: http://bit.ly/QDBjt3
Following the success of The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, Goran Hugo Olsson explores Africa's independence movements. Based on Frantz Fanon's famous book, The Wretched of the Earth, the film expertly uses archival material and musician Lauryn Hill's voiceover to bring Fanon's text to life.
Directed by: Juan Passarelli and Mathew Charles
Photo: Guerilla Pictures
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In this unflinching look at a fearless man on a macabre mission, El Salvador's only criminologist, Israel Ticas, pursues his life's work of finding hundreds of missing victims of the country's brutal gang war.
Directed by Juan Passarelli and Mathew Charles
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Three exceptional teens engage in a high-stakes fight to stay in school while facing the incredible obstacle of being homeless. Struggling with abandonment, isolation and instability, can they build the future they dream of?
Directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly
Photo: Petter Ringbom
Shield and Spear
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In a country with a turbuent past and an uncertain future, progressive South African artists and musicians test the limits of freedom of expression around issues of race, class and history.
Directed by Petter Ringborn
Photo: Nicolas Reeves
Slums: Cities of Tomorrow
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Challenging conventional thinking, first-person stories from the slum dwellers on four continents and brillaint analysis by such critics as Robert Neuwirth make the case that slums - home to a billion people worldwide - are the solution and not the problem.
Directed by Jean-Nicolas Orhon
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An addict father and a teenaged mother each lose their kids to foster care, but in this rare glimpse inside the American child welfare system, they tirelessly fight poverty, prejudice and crushing bureaucracy for a second chance.
Directed by Stephanie Wang-Breal
More film details and theatre info can be viewed on the Hot Docs website.