SOUTH & CENTRAL ASIAN CULTURES & ISSUES
HOT DOCS 2016 (April 28 – May 8)
Hot Docs is pleased to announce the line up of films featuring SOUTH & CENTRAL ASIAN CULTURES & ISSUES at 2016 Hot Docs International Film Festival as follows:
BROTHERS IN THE KITCHEN
D: Cyrus Sundar Singh | Canada | 60 min | World Premiere
This site-specific documentary-hybrid is performed live inside a fully operational restaurant, following the Tamil Sri Lankans who fled brutal civil war and sought refuge in Canada. The story unfolds in the present day, 30 years after 155 Tamils were rescued off the Newfoundland coast.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 8:00 PM at CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION–ANNEX
FIREFLIES IN THE ABYSS
D: Chandrasekhar Reddy | Netherlands, Canada, United Kingdom, India | 2015 | 88 min | North American Premiere
The dangerous lives of labourers making their living in an Indian coal mining boomtown are brought into focus through the indomitable spirit of an 11-year-old boy determined to escape the dark abyss and return to school.
FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 9:00 PM at SCOTIABANK THEATRE | SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 4:30 PM at SCOTIABANK THEATRE
THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED
D: Pieter-Jan De Pue | Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany | 2015 | 87 min | Canadian Premiere
As U.S. troops leave Afghanistan, gangs of organized, savvy and armed young boys take their place. From over seven years of evocative and haunting 16mm footage, this ravishing study of the next Afghan generation awes and shocks.
MONDAY, MAY 2 , 3:45 PM at TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX | WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 12:30 PM at TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX | FRIDAY, MAY 6, 9:15 PM at TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
LEAGUE OF EXOTIQUE DANCERS
D: Rama Rau | Canada | 2016 | 90 min | World Premiere
A dazzling cast of vintage burlesque dancers share candid and sometimes outrageous stories about their lives on stage and off in the heyday of the art, as they prepare for a rare performance for the Legends of Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend.
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 9:45 PM at BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA | FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 1:30 PM at TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
RANDOM ACTS OF LEGACY
D: Ali Kazimi | Canada | 2016 | 77 min | World Premiere
The revelatory and delightful memoir of a Chinese-American family in Chicago, from the Great Depression through the post-war era, is uncovered through rescued home movies which were saved by a dedicated collector in search of their creator’s descendants.
Screening with NO CULTURAL VALUE
D: Mike Maryniuk | Canada | 2016 | 19 min | World Premiere
MONDAY, MAY 2, 9:00 PM at TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX | THURSDAY, MAY 5, 1:30 PM at TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX | SUNDAY, MAY 8, 4:30 PM at INNIS TOWN HALL
D: Nimisha Mukerji | Canada, Germany, France | 2016 | 83 min | World Premiere
America’s oldest living sex icon at 87, Tempest Storm reflects on an extraordinary life, from a rough childhood to international stage and screen stardom, ill-fated affairs with Elvis and JFK and career-crippling backlash for her interracial marriage.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 7:00 PM at TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX | TUESDAY, MAY 3, 1:00 PM at HART HOUSE THEATRE
URMILA: MY MEMORY IS MY POWER
D: Susan Gluth | Germany | 2016 | 87 min | World Premiere
An aspiring lawyer and passionate anti-slavery activist, a young Nepalese woman struggles for self-determination. Having herself been trafficked at the age of six, she now navigates new challenges as the pressures of other people’s expectations grow to dictate her life.
FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 9:30 PM at HART HOUSE THEATRE | SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 10:30 AM at TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX | SUNDAY, MAY 8, 4:00 PM at TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
A WALNUT TREE
D: Ammar Aziz | Pakistan | 2015 | 81 min | North American Premiere
The devastating trauma of displacement is starkly realized in this portrait of an elderly Pakistani teacher who, from his refugee camp, nostalgically longs for a home that may no longer exist, destroyed in the ongoing conflict with the Taliban.
Screening with OUR FILM IS BETTER
D: Ronahi Ezaddin | Iraq, Syria | 2015 | 9 min | North American Premiere
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 6:00 PM at SCOTIABANK THEATRE | THURSDAY, MAY 5, 12:45 PM at SCOTIABANK THEATRE | SATURDAY, MAY 7, 7:15 PM at SCOTIABANK THEATRE
WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS
D: Beth Murphy | USA | 2016 | 89 min | World Premiere
Optimism and excitement fill a remote Afghanistan village’s first school to accept female students—an all-girls institution founded by an inspiring local woman. As U.S. troops depart, the next generation of Afghans study their past and dream of their future.
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 6:30 PM at BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA | THURSDAY, MAY 5, 9:45 PM at HART HOUSE THEATRE | FRIDAY, MAY 6, 9:30 PM at FOX
THE WONDERFUL KINGDOM OF PAPA ALAEV
D: Tal Barda, Noam Pinchas | Israel, France | 2016 | 74 min | World Premiere
Meet Tajikistan’s hilarious answer to the Jackson family. Ruling his celebrated folk music clan with an iron tambourine, the titular patriarch, an ex-wrestler and part-time drunk who micro-manages their fiery performances and even spicier showdowns, faces his toughest challenge—retirement.
Screening with JOE’S VIOLIN
D: Kahane Cooperman | USA | 2016 | 24 min | International Premiere
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 3:45 PM at ISABEL BADER THEATRE | WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 7:00 PM at HART HOUSE THEATRE | SUNDAY, MAY 8, 3:15 PM at THE ROYAL
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