2024 Hot Docs Canadian Intern’l Doc Fest to feature seven new works by Toronto directors

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Toronto/CEMEDIA: 2024 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival would reportedly present seven powerful and personal National Film Board of Canada (NFB)  documentaries in Toronto. 

One of the most acclaimed creative centres in the world, NFB. is a public producer and distributor of Canadian content, a talent incubator and a showcase for the country’s filmmakers and artists.

As North America’s largest doc festival, conference and marketHot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival presents over 200 cutting edge films from around the world.

The NFB is also a key driver of Canada’s audiovisual industry and creative economy. NFB productions have won more than 7,000 awards, including 12 Oscars.

A stellar selection of seven films by NFB produced and co-produced documentaries including two world premieres are being presented by 2024 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival from April 25 to May 5 in Toronto.

The two World premieres include A Mother Apart, and  Am I the skinniest person you’ve ever seen? 

In A Mother Apart, Toronto filmmaker Laurie Townshend features a documentary of Jamaican-American poet and LGBTQ+ activist Staceyann Chin as she re-imagines the essential art of mothering.

While in the  Am I the skinniest person you’ve ever seen? a deeply personal short doc,  Montreal director Eisha Marjara features two sisters dieting together, which seemed fun for them, until their project takes a dark turn.

Canadian premieres include: 7 Beats Per Minute in which Mongol Chinese Canadian filmmaker Yuqi Kang follows freediving champion Jessea Lu’s return to the site of her near-death experience, to face the traumas of her past.

The other Canadian premiere Any Other Way: The Jackie Shane Story explores the extraordinary story of a trailblazing Black trans soul singer by Toronto directors Michael Mabbott and Lucah Rosenberg-Lee, as the singer  emerged as a chart-topping ingénue in Toronto, before vanishing on the eve of stardom. 

Seguridad: Once named “Cuba’s youngest soldier” is a publicity stunt in which Newfoundland-based filmmaker Tamara Segura explores her father’s troubled past and its connection to the Cuban Revolution.

Wilfred Buck is a hybrid feature doc by Toronto-based Anishinaabe filmmaker Lisa Jackson’s, featuring charismatic and irreverent Cree Elder Wilfred Buck survives life on the streets to reclaim and share ancient star knowledge and spiritual ceremony.

Hot Docs will screen his 2010 NFB feature documentary, Mighty Jerome to pay special tribute to filmmaker Charles Officer during the Charles Officer Memorial Screening. Charles Officer’s death on December 1, 2023, had been a great loss to the community of Toronto and Canadians.

Founded in 1993 by the Documentary Organization of Canada, Hot Docs — with its mandate is to showcase and support the work of Canadian and international documentary filmmakers and to promote excellence in documentary production — is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing and celebrating the art of documentary and creating production opportunities for documentary filmmakers with a multi-million-dollar production fund portfolio, and fosters education through documentaries with its free program Docs For Schools.

Hot Docs owns and programs the world’s first and largest documentary cinema, the Ted Rogers Cinema located in Toronto, .

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival runs April 25 – May 5 in Toronto.