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'Let There Be Light' | Courtesy of Bertha DocHouse
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UK's First Cinema Dedicated to Documentaries to Host Hot Docs Series

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Film Editor
Updated: 23 August 2017
London is set to host Hot Docs, a series of documentaries showcasing the best films screened at North America’s largest non-fiction festival. The season will be held at Bertha DocHouse from September 21–24.

The series will feature 10 films in total, screened over the course of three days, and will include seven feature films, two short documentaries and In the Name of All Canadians – a compilation of six shorts all themed around the 150th anniversary of Canada’s unification.

'Road Movie' | Courtesy of Bertha DocHouse
Road Movie | Courtesy of Bertha DocHouse

‘We’re very excited to be bringing some of the most buzzed about films from this year’s Hot Docs to London, especially because it gives us the opportunity to partner with the terrific team at the Bertha DocHouse,’ said Hot Docs executive director, Brett Hendrie.

‘They’re truly doc lovers through and through, and we look forward to putting on a great show for London audiences.’

In the Name of All Canadians is a specially commissioned film to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial.

'Let There Be Light' | Courtesy of Bertha DocHouse
Let There Be Light | Courtesy of Bertha DocHouse

Highlighting the Canadian influence on the festival, High Commissioner Janice Charette added: ‘The Canadian High Commission here in the UK is very proud to be able to support the innovative and captivating world of documentary filmmaking. It is especially rewarding to share some of Canada’s vibrant filmmakers from Hot Docs with London audiences as part of our celebrations of Canada 150. I know you will not be disappointed in the talent on offer.’

There will also be Q&A sessions with the films and a full list can be found below.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Opening Film

LET THERE BE LIGHT + Q&A

dir: Mila Aung-Thwin, Van Royko | Canada | 2017 | 80 min | UK Premiere

After many failed attempts, a massive push is now underway to crack the holy grail of energy. Scientists are working to build a small sun on Earth, which would unleash perpetual, cheap, clean power.

Director Mila Aung-Thwin will be in attendance for post-screening Q&A.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

BLURRED LINES: INSIDE THE ART WORLD + Q&A

dir: Barry Avrich | Canada | 2017 | 80 min

Damien Hirst’s record-breaking 2008 Sotheby’s auction signalled that despite banks faltering and stocks plunging, contemporary art seemed impervious to turbulent market forces. Dealers, collectors and artists share their trading secrets of these colourful commodities.

Director Barry Avrich will be in attendance for post-screening Q&A.

'Blurred Lines' | Courtesy of Bertha DocHouse
Blurred Lines | Courtesy of Bertha DocHouse

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL

dir: Pau Ortiz | Spain | 2017 | 68 min | UK Premiere

Their mother sentenced to prison, two teenage Honduran immigrants unable to work in Mexico suddenly become the sole providers for their younger siblings, and must watch their adolescent dreams fade while struggling with the burden of adult responsibilities.

Screening with:

DURANGO

dir: Matt Sukkar | USA | 2017 | 15 min | European Premiere

ASK THE SEXPERT

dir: Vaishali Sinha | USA | 2017 | 75 min

Sex may be taboo in India, but millions in Mumbai religiously read an outrageous sex advice column written by a 90-year-old doctor. Watch him prescribe pleasure, consent and gender equality in strong doses. Side effects include: laughter, controversy.

WINNIE

dir: Pascale Lamche | France, Netherlands, South Africa | 2016 | 98 min

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguingly powerful female political figures in modern history. Her rise, reckoning and legacy as ‘the mother of the nation’ are detailed in this compelling film.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

THE ROAD MOVIE

dir: Dmitrii Kalashnikov | Belarus, Russia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia | 2016 | 67 min

Jaw-dropping dash-cam footage captures an unbiased look at Russia through the lens of its traffic. Major accidents, forest fires, car chases and heated violence offer a collage of chaos and bewilderment reflective of the country itself.

Screening with:

CLEAN HANDS

dir: Lauren DeFilippo | USA | 2016 | 10 min | European Premiere

A MOON OF NICKEL AND ICE

dir. François Jacob | Canada | 2016 | 110 min

Explore the tragic history of Norilsk, a major Russian mining centre in the Siberian Arctic, through the eyes of the weary miners and restless teenagers seeking to escape its desolate wind-battered landscape awash with industrial pollution.

Closing Film

IN THE NAME OF ALL CANADIANS + Q&A

dir: Ariel Nasr and Aisha Jamal; Patrick Reed and Andréa Schmidt; Karen Chapman; Jean-François Caissy; Janelle & Jérémie Wookey & Annick Marion; Vivian Belik and Jennifer Bowen-Allen | Canada | 2017 | 88 min | European Premiere

Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms gets six fresh perspectives with In the Name of All Canadians, a compilation of short documentaries commissioned by Hot Docs. From indigenous rights to the controversial ‘notwithstanding clause,’ filmmakers take the Charter’s key tenets off the page and into the lived experiences of their fellow Canadians.

Director Aisha Jamal will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

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