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Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Modern Faces by Robin Ashley Jones

May 10, 2018 12:00pm to June 28, 2018 5:00pm

In our third floor gallery space, May 10 - June 28
"I love to paint because of the limitless possibilities you can create. Painting is very important to me because of the culture and being able to participate in it creates complete freedom. The portraits in this exhibition represent the experience of living in a diverse and multi-cultural city and seeing the faces of people from all over the word during everyday interactions.”
Robin has exhibited with Workman Arts for over a decade and has had numerous shows at The Show Gallery in Toronto.
info: deannad@mnjcc.org | 416 924 6211 x250

Toronto Reference Library

Alter Ego: Comics and Canadian Identity

May 12, 2018 9:00am to July 29, 2018 5:00pm

Scott Pilgrim, Captain Canuck, Nelvana, and Kagagi are just a few of the thrilling Canadian comic book heroes you can explore at the free Alter Ego exhibit, on display at the Toronto Reference Library’s TD Gallery from May 12 to July 29. Check out some of Canada’s best biographical and realist comic creators, and learn about the talented Canadians behind many popular superheroes, like pioneering Superman artist Joe Shuster. The exhibit was created by Library and Archives Canada and is presented by Toronto Public Library.

Join us for weekly guided tours, a superhero film series, virtual reality in the gallery, and a special launch event on May 17 with comic creators Chester Brown, Willow Dawson and Jay Odjick. Find out more at www.tpl.ca/tdgallery

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds: Catherine the Great and the Hermitage Museum

May 18, 2018 10:00am to June 22, 2018 10:00am

An imperial residence, a museum, a monument to splendour and opulence—Russia’s Hermitage is more than just a building. In this lively survey of its 250-year history, we'll travel back in time and discuss how this international landmark has reflected St. Petersburg’s development from a swampy backwater into a dazzling imperial capital. Beginning with Peter the Great’s decision to establish a new imperial capital in St. Petersburg, the course will examine how Catherine the Great, a self-proclaimed art and architecture addict, continued Peter’s project of Europeanization and ultimately transformed St. Petersburg into one of the world’s cultural centers. We’ll explore how every subsequent tsar fashioned the Hermitage to suit his political agenda, and how the museum continues to bear witness to Russia’s fascinating and tumultuous history.

This course is led by Julia Zarankin, an award-winning lecturer who has taught on Russian and European culture at Stanford and Princeton, and locally at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Recently awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award from U of T, she holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University.

Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free) 
Single class: $21 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

Sponsored by Hollywood Suite

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Curious Minds: Trudeaumania - Pierre Trudeau and his Century

May 24, 2018 10:00am to June 28, 2018 10:00am

Fifty years ago this spring, Pierre Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada and Trudeaumania swept the nation. Representing a sharp break with Canada’s political past, Trudeau reflected the unconventionality of the Sixties and the convergence of celebrity and politics. Trudeau’s record, however, reveals the political substance beneath his public persona. Over his remarkable fifteen and a half years in office, he led Canada through its greatest constitutional crisis, weathered a period of exceptional social and economic change and advocated strongly for government solutions to pressing national concerns.

Led by John English, an award-winning historian and former federal MP, this course will course will take you on an unforgettable journey through the life and times of a Canadian icon. We'll relive the political excitement of the 1960s and 70s while exploring how and why Trudeau’s image and legacy continue to endure.

The Director of the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at Trinity College, John English is the author of the two-volume biography Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, which was chosen as one of the ten best biographies of the decade in 2010 by Indigo and one of the twenty-five most influential Canadian books by the Literary Review of Canadain 2017.

Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free)
Single class: $21 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

Sponsored by Hollywood Suite

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Photo Exhibit by Tõnu Tormis "On Pärt"

May 25, 2018 12:00pm to September 10, 2018 5:00pm

This photo exhibit by Tõnu Tormis features photographs of the renowned Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The exhibit was opened during Estonian Music Week in May 2018 and will be on display until September 2018.

The exhibit is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, during events, and upon request.

Info: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca, t. 416 925 9405

 

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Exhibit by the Estonian Theatre and Music Museum "Arvo Pärt - Renowned and Unknown"

May 30, 2018 12:00pm to September 10, 2018 5:00pm

Arvo Pärt is one of those composers in the world whose creative output has significantly changed the way we understand the nature of music. Since 1976, his unique tintinnabulicompositions have established a new musical paradigm and introduced an approach to composing that he is still using today. And, although there is no school that follows him, nor does he teach, a large part of the music of the second half of the 20th century has been strongly influenced by Pärt’s tintinnabulicompositions. 

The Estonian Theatre and Music Museum first put the exhibition together in 2005 to celebrate the 70th birthday of Arvo Pärt. The current exhibition is based on the updated version made in 2015.

The exhibition presents the most renowned Estonian composer and is a cultural cooperation project celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Estonian Republic in 2018.

The exhibit is on display Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, during events, and upon request.

Info: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca, t. 416 925 9405

 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The Accountant of Auschwitz

June 8, 2018 1:00pm to July 5, 2018 2:00pm

Oskar Gröning, known as the "Accountant of Auschwitz," was charged with the murder of 300,000 Jews. When he took the stand in 2015, at the age of 94, his trial made headlines worldwide. For some, there is no grey area: Gröning was witness and therefore complicit. Others look at a frail man in the last years of his life and see no reason to pursue charges. Is the former SS guard an accomplice to history’s worst genocide, or a scapegoat for a country still desperate to atone for its crimes? On our screen after sold-out screenings at this year's Festival, The Accountant of Auschwitz is a stark reminder that those who forget justice are doomed to repeat it.

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Becoming Who I Was

June 15, 2018 6:30pm to June 21, 2018 1:00pm

Born displaced in Northern India’s Ladakh region, a young boy is discovered to be the reincarnation of an esteemed, high-ranking Tibetan monk. Far from his original monastery, Padma Angdu and his elderly godfather embark on an epic, improbable journey across India to discover his past and take his rightful place in Tibet. An emotionally stirring award-winning documentary, Becoming Who I Was follows them for eight years as Padma prepares for his future as a religious leader. Featuring awe-inspiring, meditative landscapes, this is a moving tale of family bonds, sacrifice and spiritual calling.

In Hindi, Ladakhi and Tibetan with English subtitles

 

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Curious Minds Further Viewing: Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

June 19, 2018 1:00pm to June 23, 2018 1:30pm

Curious Minds - Further Viewing: Dive deeper into the fascinating subjects explored at our Curious Minds Morning Speaker Series.

The luminous Ingrid Bergman had a storied career, starring in classics including Casablanca, Gaslight and Notorious with such renowned directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman, George Cukor and Roberto Rossellini. But there was more to Bergman than her impressive resume. Coming from a childhood fraught with loss, the Swedish-born star was famous for a gentleness of spirit and hardworking ethos off-screen. Scandal followed her marriage to Roberto Rossellini, with whom she had Isabella (whose inspiration brought this film to fruition), Isotta Ingrid, and Renato—but the enduring theme of the film is Bergman’s pure and distinctive charm. Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words is made of stunning home videos, personal letters and family interviews.

Pair with... Curious Minds: Starstruck: Fame and Celebrity in the Modern Age

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Design Canada

June 22, 2018 1:00pm to June 28, 2018 6:00pm

Get transported to the Golden Age of Canadian iconography and meet the innovative artists behind some of our most enduring symbols, from the CBC icon and the CN Railway, to the Roots logo. Charting the transformation of the country from a colonial outpost to a multicultural society, Design Canada shows how graphic design plays a pivotal role in shaping our national identity. Featuring design by Burton Kramer, Rolf Harder, Stuart Ash, Heather Cooper, and interviews with George Stroumboulopoulos, Douglas Coupland, Hannah Sung and more.

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The Cleaners

June 22, 2018 3:00pm to June 28, 2018 8:00pm

Who is behind what is considered “inappropriate” on social media? Silicon Valley outsources hundreds of anonymous “digital janitors” in Manila who screen tens of thousands of posts to determine what we can and cannot see. From war zone photography to pornography, these ghostly content controllers make often personal decisions about what could have societal psychological impacts, what could cause political destabilization and what could incite terrorism. An eerie story of control and censorship that will ring especially true in the Age of Trump and Facebook, this powerful Hot Docs 2018 film explores the lives of the cleaners and those who have been negatively impacted by their questionable decisions to delete.

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This Jewish American Life: Famous Nathan

June 23, 2018 11:00am

This Jewish American Life: From touching family traditions to Hollywood legends, we shine a light on the cultural luminaries and stories of hope and resilience that have shaped the Jewish-American experience—one that reflects the history of an immigrant nation.

Nathan’s Famous has been a Coney Island institution since it was opened in 1916 by Nathan Handwerker. A Polish immigrant who unexpectedly ended up in the spotlight, Handwerker created a hot dog food joint with love and care that became the heart of its neighbourhood. In Famous Nathan, his grandson Lloyd Handwerker documents the remarkable rags to riches story behind the business and its subsequent impact on the community and extended family of Nathan’s Famous. Composed of invaluable archive material, decades of research and insider anecdotes, this infectious documentary gives you a palpable sense of the spirit Handwerker brought to Coney Island. 

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This Jewish American Life: Hava Nagila

June 24, 2018 11:00am

This Jewish American Life: From touching family traditions to Hollywood legends, we shine a light on the cultural luminaries and stories of hope and resilience that have shaped the Jewish-American experience—one that reflects the history of an immigrant nation.

We’ve all heard the infectious Jewish party tune “Hava Nagila” (Let Us Rejoice), a standard at weddings, bar mitzvahs and even baseball games. But how did a song born out of Eastern European folk tradition become such a huge cultural phenomenon? Charting over 150 years of Jewish history, director Roberta Grossman delves into the origins, mystery and significance of this classic song and playfully examines its journey from religious folklore to universal popularity.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

June 29, 2018 6:00pm to July 5, 2018 8:45pm

With a legacy that only continues to grow, designer Vivienne Westwood has gone from igniting the punk movement to redefining British fashion to becoming an outspoken activist. This documentary brings you as close as possible to the fearless icon—although she's characteristically not always on her best behaviour. As Westwood continues to expand her bold vision and battles to maintain the integrity of her brand, she looks back on her journey and greatest accomplishments throughout her groundbreaking career.

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Rock Rubber 45s - Special Guest Bobbito García

June 29, 2018 8:30pm

**Canadian Premiere!**

Join trailblazing DJ, streetballer and Rock Steady Crew member Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love on an autobiographical odyssey through the connectivity of basketball, sneaker lifestyle and music. An authentic NYC culture orchestrater, García emerged from a hard-knock childhood to a self-determined life of passion that has inspired millions and influenced the footwear, hip-hop, and sports industries in the process. Written and directed by García himself, this star-studded doc features interviews with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stevie Wonder, Questlove, Patti Labelle, Spike Lee and more.

Screening followed by live Q&A with Bobbito García, moderated by veteran sports broadcaster Will Strickland.

Presented in partnership with the Bata Shoe Museum and The Broadview Hotel. 

Tickets: $13 (Members: $8, $6, Free)
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Official After Party | DJ sets by Bobbito + La Rumba Buena
Yauca's Lounge | 10:00 PM - 3:00 AM | $10

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Always at The Carlyle

July 6, 2018 4:00pm to July 13, 2018 1:30pm

For nearly a century Manhattan’s most famous and exclusive hotel, The Carlyle, has been the epitome of Upper East Side elegance and a bastion of celebrity culture. Director Matthew Miele (Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, Harry Benson: Shoot First!) brings you inside the hotel's storied walls and reveals some of its greatest tales and secrets. Always at the Carlyle features interviews with the The Carlyle's employees and a star-studded roster of guests who share their favourite stories, including George Clooney, Anjelica Huston, Vera Wang, Anthony Bourdain, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Jon Hamm, and Lenny Kravitz.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The Oslo Diaries

July 6, 2018 6:30pm to July 11, 2018 8:45pm

In 1992, just as Israeli-Palestinian relations were at an all-time low, the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Israeli government took an unprecedented step: They set up secret peace talks in Oslo, Norway. Using extensive archival footage and interviews, this Sundance and Hot Docs favourite takes a rare behind-the-scenes look at the process that resulted in the Oslo Accords, offering a much-needed narrative about the possibility for hope and fair negotiations in the face of present-day tensions in the Middle East.

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Performance on Screen: Swan Lake

July 8, 2018 11:00am

Swan Lake is one of the most beloved canonical masterpieces of ballet and has been part of The Royal Ballet’s repertoire since 1934. This season, Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett has revived the production to rapturous critical acclaim with dazzling new choreography and the unique vision of designer John Macfarlane. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night. Join us for this inspired staging of Tchaikovsky’s immortal classic.

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The King

July 13, 2018 3:45pm to July 19, 2018 6:45pm

Hit the road in Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce and join award-winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki (The House I Live In, Why We Fight) on a musical road trip across America. Much more than a simple tribute to the King, this ambitious documentary looks at his rise and fall as a metaphor for the changing country he left behind, and the transformation of the American Dream all the way up to the age of Trump. From Memphis to New York to Las Vegas, and featuring appearances from Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Mike Myers and more, The King is a rich and moving portrait of America and one of its greatest icons.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Filmworker

July 13, 2018 9:00pm to July 19, 2018 9:00pm

Stanley Kubrick, the most meticulous genius in film history, crafted ambitious masterpieces that pushed the boundaries of the medium—but he also pushed those around him in order to achieve his vision. Meet Leon Vitali, who played Lord Bullingdon in Barry Lyndon and then stepped out of the limelight to become Kubrick’s right-hand man. An unsung hero, Vitali worked tirelessly from the shadows to help make and maintain Kubrick's extraordinary legacy of work. Featuring previously-unseen photos, videos and letters, Filmworker is a portrait of a legend through the unique perspective of one of the people who knew him best.

KUBRICK DOUBLE BILL

On Saturday, July 14, see Filmworker back-to-back with a special screening of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining at 8:30 PM.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The Shining

July 14, 2018 8:45pm

From the great master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick comes one of the most infamous horror movies of all time. Adapted loosely from the novel by Stephen King, Jack Nicholson stars as Jack Torrance, who takes a job taking care of the isolated Overlook Hotel while it suspends operations over the winter. A perfect chance for him to focus on writing his next book and spend quality time with his wife  (played by a brilliant Shelley Duvall) and son... Except that all work and no play make Jack a dull boy. Enigmatic and chilling, The Shining is a masterpiece that never loses its power.

KUBRICK DOUBLE BILL:

On Saturday, July 14 see The Shining back-to-back with Filmworker, a new behind-the-scenes look at Kubrick's career through the eyes of an unsung hero in his shadow.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Swedish-Estonian Folk Music Band Fränder Performing in Toronto

July 16, 2018 9:00pm

Monday, July 16 at 9pm the Swedish-Estonian folk music band Fränder will be performing in Toronto at Burdock Brewery.

More infomation here.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Hitler's Hollywood

July 20, 2018 6:30pm to July 26, 2018 6:30pm

Director Rüdiger Suchsland takes a startling look at Hitler’s Germany through the lens of its greatest propaganda device, the cinema. Between 1933-1945, under the watchful eye of chief propagandist Joseph Goebells, the Third Reich produced over 1000 features—musicals, melodramas, costume dramas—that grew even more lavish as the horrors behind the camera escalated. Featuring extensive footage from key films of the period narrated by actor Udo Kier, Hitler’s Hollywood shows us how the Nazi regime spread their myths, illusions and ideologies through the movie screens and into the minds of millions.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The National: Mistaken For Strangers

July 20, 2018 9:30pm

It’s 2010, and indie rockers The National have reached new heights of success. As the band sets out on their biggest tour to date, frontman Matt Berninger hires his younger brother Tom, a slacker and aspiring horror filmmaker, as a roadie. When Tom unexpectedly shows up camera in hand, he ignores his work, starts filming and creates “the funniest, most meta music movie since Spinal Tap." In anticipation of The National's August 4th concert at Fort York, join us for this endearingly original musical story about family, ambition, and creating something of your own.

8:30 PM: Doors Open 
9:30 PM: Screening

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Letter from Masanjia

July 21, 2018 11:30am to July 26, 2018 9:00pm

When a woman in Oregon opens a box of Halloween decorations and finds an SOS letter penned by a political prisoner from inside a Chinese labour camp, her discovery makes waves across major news outlets worldwide. Meanwhile, the author of letter, Sun Yi, breaks through Internet firewalls to learn about the media attention and joins forces with an underground network of journalists and Chinese dissidents to reveal his entire story. From Peabody Award-winning director Leon Lee, Letter From Masanjiaexposes China's appaling human rights violations through the eyes of Sun Yi, who will stop at nothing to find justice.

Director Leon Lee will join us for a post-screening Q&A on July 22 and 23.

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Anote's Ark

July 25, 2018 6:30pm

The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the pressing dangers of rising sea levels. Against a backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, Kiribati’s President Anote Tong races to find a way to protect his nation from imminent disappearance- while on ground level, a young mother of six seeks to migrate her family to New Zealand. Intimately balancing the personal and the political, Anote’s Ark is a sweeping cautionary tale about the undeniable forces of climate change, and a poignant portrait of a people’s fight for survival.

Director Matthieu Rytz will join us for a Skype Q&A following the screening.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Generation Wealth

July 27, 2018 6:30pm to August 2, 2018 6:30pm

Artist-photographer-filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles_ has made a career chronicling the excesses of America’s image-obsessed culture. In her latest and most epic project to date, she holds up a mirror to the super-rich, brilliantly capturing the human consequences of the bust-or-boom economy. Follow Greenfield on a globe-spanning journey inside the lives of the international wealthy elite—from child beauty queens in Los Angeles to the nouveau riche in Moscow­. The resulting portrait is an entertaining and eye-opening look at the erosion of the American Dream and pervasive influences of materialism, greed and fame.

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McQueen

August 3, 2018 1:30pm to August 15, 2018 8:30pm

A job tailoring men's suits on Savile Row introduced a working-class lad from East London to the world of fashion. For Lee Alexander McQueen, a spark was struck, resulting in the rise of one of the most famous and provocative designers of the 21st century. McQueen took to fashion with a passion that burned bright and hot; his success was fueled by raw talent, enabled by money and drugs, before he inevitably, tragically burned out. The legendary couturier’s story is vividly brought to life via rare archival footage and revealing interviews with his inner circle in this lauded Hot Docs hit from directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

August 3, 2018 6:30pm to August 9, 2018 6:30pm

This sensational exposé gives you view into a secret chapter of Hollywood's Golden Age. Based on his bestselling tell-all memoir, legendary hustler Scotty Bowers chronicles his decades spent as a sexual procurer to the stars. From a gas station on the edge of the studio lots, the dashingly handsome ex-Marine ran a covert matchmaking service, connecting his band of friends to the movie industry's glitterati—many of them gay and closeted. Discover a different side of Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner and more in this fascinating portrait of an unsung legend.

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This is Congo - Films Changing the World

August 13, 2018 6:30pm

Highly immersive and eye-opening, Daniel McCabe’s documentary takes a unique look at the world's longest continuing conflict and those who are surviving within it. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has seen more than five million conflict-related deaths, multiple regime changes and the impoverishment of its people over the past two decades. Following four compelling characters—a whistleblower, a patriotic military commander, a mineral dealer, and a displaced tailor—This is Congo offers an authentic on-the-ground perspective on the complex problems facing this lushly beautiful nation.

Stick around after the film for a Skype Q&A with director, Daniel McCabe.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The Hottest Shorts of Hot Docs 2018 - Member Screening

August 14, 2018 6:30pm

One of our most perennially popular member events, join us for our annual screening featuring the best shorts from Hot Docs 2018. Short films are some of the finest docs we screen at the Festival each year and we've selected seven of our favourites for you in this special program featuring some unforgettable characters.

Post-screening Skype Q&A with Jamie Miller, director of A Prince's Tale, winner of the Best Canadian Short Film Award.

Lotte That Silhouette Girl
D: Elizabeth Beecherl, Carla Patullo | 2018 | USA | 10 mins | G
Before Walt Disney, there was Lotte Reiniger, a trailblazing woman at the vanguard of animation.

Smithy & Dickie
D: Hannah Quinn | 2017 | Ireland | 10 mins | GUntil quite recently, memories and precious moments were tangibly captured in photos, letters and notes. The beginning of Smithy and Dickie's courtship is forever memorialized in a series of sweet missives they wrote each other in the 1940s.

I Love Your Fucking Name 
D: Finn O'Hara | 2017 | Canada | 8 mins | PG
Meet Elizabeth Taylor, Sarah McLachlan and a real-life Peter Pan in this hilarious look at the way some names can't help but be a conversation starter at every single introduction.

Tungrus 
D: Rishi Chandna | 2017 | India | 14 mins | PG
A middle-class Mumbai household is turned upside down by the arrival of a new family member—a cute chick who quickly grows into a hell-raising rooster.

I Am Bisha 
D: Roopa Gogineni | 2018 | USA, Kenya | 14 mins | PG
A long-standing civil war and a dearth of media outlets has left the people of Sudan without access to relevant news. Ganja, a young pacifist, finds a novel way to disseminate information.

Carlotta's Face 
D: Valentin Riedl, Friedrich Schuld | 2018 | Germany | 5 mins | G
When Carlotta looks in the mirror, she doesn't recognize the image reflected back at her. This beautifully animated portrait explores the confusion that face blindness causes for a young child trying to make sense of her world.

Prince's Tale 
D: Jamie Miller | 2017 | Canada | 16 min | PG
After surviving a fire that drastically changes his body, a young man makes the bold, life-affirming choice to express himself through his arrestingly beautiful performance art and love for acting.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Three Identical Strangers

August 17, 2018 6:30pm to August 30, 2018 8:45pm

For three teenage boys living in New York in the 1980s, what starts as an uncanny resemblance quickly turns into an extraordinary stranger-than-fiction story. The discovery that Bobby, Eddy and David were triplets separated at birth and adopted by three different families catapults the former strangers to international fame. But their incredible reunion also unlocks a secret that gives this bizarre and charming tale a mysterious and troubling origin story. See one of the most talked-about films of Hot Docs 2018 on our screen after sold-out screenings.

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Bill Cunningham New York - Great Photographers

August 19, 2018 12:00pm

For over 50 years, the late great The New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham took candid pictures of people near his New York studio home above Carnegie Hall, documenting how they dress and assembling a unique portrait of fashion, society and changing times. Known for being private—even monk-like— this documentary shows us the man behind the photos, chronicling his incredible working life and career and acquainting you with the perspective of an artist perpetually in search of beauty.

Admission includes a post-screening discussion with Paul Roth, director of the Ryerson Image Centre.

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Sex and the City and Us: 20th Anniversary Extravaganza

August 22, 2018 6:30pm

Join pop culture commentator and author of the upcoming book Nobody Cares, Anne T. Donahue (Vulture, The Globe and Mail, CBC's q) and bestselling writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong (Seinfeldia), for a nostalgic, behind-the-scenes look at Sex and the City on its twentieth anniversary.

Enjoy cosmos and cupcakes with your friends while reliving legendary moments from the show on our big screen as Donahue and Armstrong explore exclusive new stories from the cast and writers in Armstrong's hotly anticipated new book, Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live and Love.

Learn how a columnist, two gay men, and a writers’ room full of women used their own poignant, hilarious, and humiliating stories to launch a cultural phenomenon—and how this iconic, if sometimes problematic, series endured slut-shaming and a slew of nasty reviews on its way to revolutionizing television for women. 

Doors Open: 5:30 PM - Arrive early for cocktail specials and more.

Presented in partnership with Simon & Schuster Canada. Book sale and signing to follow.

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The Human Scale - Our Beautiful City

August 28, 2018 6:30pm

Our series on the future of Toronto returns with this stunning survey of the world's megacities and the efforts of revolutionary Danish city planner Jan Gehl to re-think and re-design them on a smaller scale: the human scale. Around 1950, Gehl argues, city planning took on a very specific direction: "bird shit architecture." Driven by the rapid influx of cars, cities were designed to look good from a plane, ignoring the needs of humans below. The Human Scale explores how Gehl’s vision of a human megacity—intimate, lively, safe, sustainable and healthy—is being implemented in places like New York, Chongqing, Copenhagen and Melbourne.

Join us for a special Q&A with Gil Penalosa, the chair of World Urban Parks, founder and chair of the non-profit, 8 80 Cities, and the former Commissioner of Parks and Recreation in Bogota, Colombia. One of the world's leading urbanists, Penalosa will help us relate the film back to the civic challenges and opportunities that face Toronto in the 21st century.

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The CanLit Boom: 1950s-1970s - Curious Minds

September 26, 2018 10:00am to November 7, 2018 10:00am

In the mid-twentieth century, Canada experienced a literary explosion unlike anything the country had experienced before. The CanLit Boom changed the literary and cultural face of the country, creating both a national literature and the infrastructure that still supports Canadian writing today. This illustrated course offers an introduction to—or a reminder of—the lives and early works of six of the most prominent writers to emerge in Canada in this period, between the late 1950s and the early 1970s. We’ll explore the streets of Montreal with Mordecai Richler and Leonard Cohen. We’ll relive the bohemian spirit of '60s Toronto with Margaret Atwood. We’ll experience the great writers, stories and characters of CanLit as we’ve never seen and heard them before.

Led by Nick Mount, a professor of Canadian literature at the University of Toronto, winner of the 3M National Fellowship, and author of Arrival: The Story of CanLit.

September 26: Mordecai Richler 
October 3: Marie-Claire Blais 
October 10: Al Purdy 
October 24: Margaret Atwood and key Toronto works of the 1960s October 31: Leonard Cohen
November 7: Alice Munro

Please note, there is no class on October 17

Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free) 
Single class: $21 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

Sponsored by Hollywood Suite

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Inventing Modern Paris - Curious Minds

October 12, 2018 10:00am to November 23, 2018 10:00am

Presenting new material that will delight both newcomers and past attendees of the hit Curious Minds series Learning from Paris, Hot Docs favourite Lisa Pasold examines how scientists, artists, planners, philosophers and performers transformed Paris in the 19th century. We'll brood in gas-lit arcades with moody poet Paul Verlaine. We’ll tour the great fashion houses of the period with the Empress Eugenie. And we’ll stride through the city of the future with best-selling author Jules Verne. Explore how, in the span of a single century, a medieval city became one of the world’s most dynamic metropolises, setting a standard for style and sophistication that continues today.

Led by Lisa Pasold, a Governor General’s Award–nominated writer, journalist (The Globe and Mail, Chicago Tribune) and television host of Discovery World’s Paris Next Stop.

October 12: Inventing architecture
October 19: Inventing science
October 26: Inventing fashion
November 9: Inventing the body 
November 16: Inventing the spectacle
November 23: Inventing the image

Please note, there is no class on November 2.

Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free)
Single class: $21 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

Sponsored by Hollywood Suite

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Joni Mitchell: Words and Music - Curious Minds

October 15, 2018 10:00am to November 26, 2018 10:00am

With a body of work that is original, incisively personal, technically polished, and conceptually deep, Joni Mitchell is one of Canada’s greatest musical artists and one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the last fifty years. Hot Docs favourite Dr. Mike Daley tells Mitchell’s story in detail, exploring her Alberta and Saskatchewan upbringing, her early years in Toronto's burgeoning folk scene, her musical partnerships, and the romantic affairs and marriages that inspired some of her unforgettable compositions. He’ll examine the fascinating life and career of a Canadian icon.

Led by Dr. Mike Daley (Leonard Cohen: Words and Music, The Beatles and their World, Bob Dylan: Words and Music), a music historian and professional musician who has taught at Guelph, McMaster, Waterloo and York Universities.

October 15: Early years in Canada
October 22: Joni's breakthrough
October 29: Rock stardom
November 12: Jazz explorations
November 19: Navigating the changing pop landscape
November 26: Final works and legacy projects

Please note, there is no class on November 5.

Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free)
Single class: $21 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

Sponsored by Hollywood Suite

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Around the World with Art Nouveau - Curious Minds

October 23, 2018 1:00pm to November 27, 2018 1:00pm

*New-Afternoon Course!*

Experience the luxury and decadence of Art Nouveau in this globe-trotting survey of the artistic movement’s most stunning architecture, jewels and decorative objects. Our journey will begin in Paris in 1900 with the Universal Exposition and go on to examine the unique architectural masterpieces of Art Nouveau capitals like Brussels, Paris, Barcelona, Glasgow, Vienna, Moscow and Prague. Learn how the movement’s artists and master craftsmen ushered European society into the modern age.

Led by art historian, fine art advisor and professor at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies, Natalie Ribkoff, whose Around the World with Art Deco series wowed Curious Minds audiences in 2016.

October 23: The style and the age
October 30: Great beginnings in Brussels
November 6: Fabulous French talent from Paris and Nancy
November 13: For the love of Gaudi; Art Nouveau in Barcelona 
November 20: Glasgow and Vienna
November 27: Looking Eastward: Prague, Moscow and St. Petersburg

Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free) 
Single class: $21 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

Sponsored by Hollywood Suite

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