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Best of Hot Docs Winnipeg

Hot Docs and partners the National Screen Institute, On Screen Manitoba and DOC Winnipeg are pleased to present the Best of Hot Docs, a weekend of documentary screenings at the Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street. The Best of Hot Docs 2014 celebrated the Winnipeg premieres of five outstanding stories, four hits from the 2014 Hot Docs programming lineup and one audience favourite from the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.

Below are the films that screened in 2014.

D: Lina Plioplyte | USA | 72 min

4/4 stars – The Globe and Mail

Seven of New York’s most stylish elderly women are profiled in this invigorating portrait about the intersection of aging and beauty, based on the popular blog by renowned fashion photographer Ari Seth Cohen.

D: Michael Rossato-Bennett | USA | 73 min

“Stirring…magical.” – The Hollywood Reporter

The act of bringing iPods into a nursing home leads to an exploration of the remarkable way music can awaken deeply locked memories and re-start lives that have faded away.

D: Justin Weinstein, Tyler Measom | USA | 91 min

“Absorbing…captivating.” – POV Magazine

Famed magician James “The Amazing” Randi, enraged at seeing self-proclaimed psychics and faith healers using his cherished illusions dishonestly, commits his life to exposing lying profiteers, but ultimately has to confront a secret of his own.

D: Jean-Nicolas Orhon | Canada | 81 min

3/4 stars – The Globe and Mail

Challenging conventional thinking, first-person stories from slum dwellers on four continents and brilliant analysis by such critics as Robert Neuwirth make the case that slums—home to a billion people worldwide—are the solution and not the problem.

D: Jennifer Kroot, Bill Weber | USA | 93 min

“Surprising…moving.” – The New York Times

Star Trek’s inter-galactic helmsman George Takei explores his private and public personas—from being William Shatner’s nemesis to being a gay sex symbol—as he prepares his dream project: a musical based on his childhood inside a Japanese-American internment camp.

The Best of Hot Docs is generously supported by presenting partner City, sponsor Rogers Group of Funds and media sponsor the Winnipeg Free Press.

Doc Soup Dates

The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Documentary Organization of Canada

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