10 NFB Premieres @ Hot Docs 19

Films Selected For Hot Docs 2019

The-National-Film-Board-of-Canada-NFB-Interactive-Documentary-Convergence-2015-The-Deeper-They-Bury-Me-LIVE-The-Deeper-They-Bury-Me-a-Call-from-Herman-Wallace-Social-Justice-Sankofa-Harry-Belafonte-Angad-Bhalla-Ted-Biggs-Prision-40-Years-of-Solitary-Confinement-Black-Panther-Party-Hermans-House-Documentary-Storyline-Entertainment-NYFF-The-New-York-Film-Festival-Poetic-Animation-Jackie-Sumell-Malik-Yoba-NAACP-Image-Award-Winner-Steven-Hawkins-Thenjiwe-Mc-Harris-Frank-Greene-Gina-Belafonte-Anita-Lee-Original-Perspective-Nicolas-BraultTen National Film Board of Canada (NFB) premieres—including five new feature-length documentaries—are part of a landmark year for the NFB and its co-producers at the 2019 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, April 25 to May 5, 2019.

This stellar lineup showcases the NFB’s contributions to Canadian documentary past and present, with new NFB works joining a special tribute to the trailblazing Studio D, founded 45 years ago—for a total of 20 confirmed titles to date.

Opening Night Film: Tasha Hubbard’s nîpawistamâsowin: WE WILL STAND UP

Two world premieres in Canadian Spectrum: Nance Ackerman, Ariella Pahlke and Teresa MacInnes’ Conviction and Rogério Soares’ River Silence 

Premiering in Silence Breakers: Baljit Sangra’s Because We Are Girls

Special Presentation: John Walker’s Assholes: A Theory

DocX special event: live look at Katerina Cizek’s new interactive doc Supreme Law

Five Feminist Minutes 2019 and a Redux tribute to pioneers in women’s filmmaking.

As part of this special tribute, Hot Docs is premiering Five Feminist Minutes 2019, four new NFB short works inspired by the landmark Studio D series, which had brought together emerging and diverse women filmmakers to help mark the studio’s 15th anniversary. Premiering at the festival and online at NFB.ca are:

  • Radical, a profile of Mary Walsh, the Great Warrior Queen of Canadian comedy, directed by Deanne Foley and written by Mary Walsh;
  • Joyce Wong’s Camera Test, a look at what gets lost when female voices are stymied during the creative process;
  • Lake, in which Cree director Alexandra Lazarowich riffs off classic verité cinema to craft a contemporary portrait of Métis women net fishing in Northern Alberta; and
  • One of the original Five Feminist Minutes filmmakers, Vancouver’s Ann Marie Fleming, is back with Question Period, in which a group of recently settled Syrian refugee women have questions about life in their new home. Redux will also be presenting Fleming’s short film from the original series, New Shoes.

Ontario premiere of Julia Ivanova’s Limit Is the Sky

My Grierson, an illustrated talk with Bill Nemtin

Free and open to the public, My Grierson takes place Wednesday, May 1, from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. in TIFF Bell Lightbox 4. It’s presented in partnership with the NFB and supported by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.


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