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HOT DOCS CELEBRATES SOUTH AMERICAN FILMMAKING WITH MADE IN

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Toronto, March 23, 2010 – Hot Docs will once again explore the contemporary documentary work of thriving filmmaking cultures with its Made In program, which will focus this year on films from South America. Showcasing the finest in non-fiction cinema from this vibrant and artistically-rich region, Made In South America will feature a selection of films that champion the strength and vivacity of South America’s documentary film community.

Of the 12 films in the Made In program, 10 are feature-length and two are short films. One title will receive its world premiere, one its international premiere, three their North American premiere, six their Canadian premiere, and one its Toronto premiere.

Past Made In programs explored national and regional cinemas from such places as South Korea (2009), Mexico (2008), Brazil (2007), Japan (2006), and South Africa (2004), have offered Hot Docs audiences revealing glimpses into the dynamic social, political, economical and cultural issues facing those societies, and have contributed a unique dimension to the Festival’s programming.

Screening times and descriptions of films in the Made In South America program appear below.

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D: Felipe Braga, Eduardo Hunter Moura | Brazil | 98 min | North American Premiere

This mesmerizing story penetrates Antonio Tenorios’ experiences as a blind professional judo athlete as he prepares to compete for his fourth Paralympic gold medal in Beijing, revealing the emotional, mental, and physical endurance of this tender fighter.

Screening with
GERAL
D: Anna Azevedo | Brazil | 15 min | World Premiere

Monday, May 3
6:30 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

Wednesday, May 5
1:00 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

Sunday, May 9
9:15 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

BEYOND IPANEMA
D: Guto Barra | Brazil, USA | 87 min | Canadian Premiere

The samba and bossa nova’s eclectic rhythms have inspired everyone from David Byrne to M.I.A. and everything from marching bands to jazz. This electrifying sonic journey explores the innovation and influence of Brazilian music across the globe.

Saturday, May 8
9:15 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

Sunday, May 9
7:00 p.m.
Royal Cinema

CITIZEN BOILESEN
D: Chaim Litewski | Brazil | 93 min | Canadian Premiere

Through the extraordinary story of executed Dutch executive Henning Boilesen, the political and economic ties between business and the armed forces are revealed as they confront urban guerrillas in the days of Brazil’s military dictatorship.

Friday, Apr 30
10:00 p.m.
Royal Cinema

Sunday, May 2
4:00 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

COOKING UP DREAMS
D: Ernesto Cabellos | Peru, Brazil | 75 min | Canadian Premiere

This sensual and evocative film travels into the kitchens of Peru’s coast, mountains, jungle, and beyond as famous chefs, farmers, and humble families share ingredients, ancient recipes, and dreams of Peru’s place in the culinary revolution.

Screening with
GREEN SEA
D: Ignacio Busquier | Argentina | 14 min | International Premiere

Friday, Apr 30
6:30 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

Saturday, May 1
1:30 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

EYES WIDE OPEN - EXPLORING TODAY’S SOUTH AMERICA
D: Gonzalo Arijón | France | 110 min | Toronto Premiere

In this epic journey, Uruguayan filmmaker Gonzalo Arijón travels across the continent uncovering its current social and political progress. After 500 years of exploitation and repression in the region, Arijón presents an empowered voice of a new South America.

Thursday, May 6
9:30 p.m.
ROM Theatre

Saturday, May 8
2:00 p.m.
ROM Theatre

MY LIFE WITH CARLOS
D: German Berger | Chile, Spain, Germany | 85 min | North American Premiere

In this gripping personal story, the filmmaker returns to Chile 30 years after the murder of his father Carlos, a victim of Pinochet’s Death Convoy, to commemorate his father’s life and to unite the broken family his death left behind.

Friday, May 7
6:30 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

Sunday, May 9
6:30 p.m.
Innis Town Hall

THE PEDDLER
D: Eduardo de la Serna, Lucas Marcheggiano, Adriana Yurcovich | Argentina | 84 min | Canadian Premiere

Daniel Burmeister is a one-man, full-service, travelling production company. Visiting Argentine villages, he barters for lodging and food in exchange for directing a feature film starring the locals. His DIY style yields hilarious results and a truly unforgettable community experience.

Monday, May 3
6:45 p.m.
Innis Town Hall

Wednesday, May 5
1:15 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

SINS OF MY FATHER
D: Nicolas Entel | Colombia | 93 min | Canadian Premiere

How should Sebastián Marroquín, son of Pablo Escobar – the ruthless, feared and revered Colombian drug lord – lay his father’s ghost to rest? In this riveting documentary, featuring never-seen-before footage, Marroquín breaks his silence and embarks on a journey of reconciliation.

Monday, May 3
10:00 p.m.
Royal Cinema

Wednesday, May 5
4:45 p.m.
Innis Town Hall

STOLEN LAND
D: Margarita Martinez, Miguel Salazar | Colombia | 73 min | Canadian Premiere

Embedded on the frontlines with Nasa leader Lucho and his fiercely proud people, the director captures their against-all-odds struggle to reclaim their ancestral land, confronting the Columbian government’s brutal paramilitaries with non-violent resistance.

Saturday, May 1
9:15 p.m.
Innis Town Hall

Monday, May 3
4:30 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

THEY COME FOR THE GOLD, THEY COME FOR IT ALL
D: Pablo D’Alo Abba, Cristián Harbaruk | Argentina, Chile | 81 min | North American Premiere

This provocative and engaging documentary examines the burden and benefits of multi-national mining, focusing on the Argentinean town of Esquel, where the residents are conflicted over a lucrative bid from Canadian company Meridian Gold.

Thursday, May 6
7:15 p.m.
Innis Town Hall

Saturday, May 8
4:00 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

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Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. From April 29 to May 9, 2010, Hot Docs will present an outstanding selection of 170+ documentaries from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions, market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Toronto Documentary Forum, May 5 and 6, and The Doc Shop.

The Hot Docs documentary Box Office (55 Avenue Road, 2 blocks north of Bloor St. W., lower level of Hazelton Lanes) is open for advance ticket and pass sales. Tickets can be purchased in person, online at www.hotdocs.ca, or by phone at 416-637-5150. Single tickets to screenings are $12 each. Late night screenings (after 11 p.m.) are $5 each or $10 for an All-You-Can-Eat Late Night Pass (one ticket to each screening). A Festival Pass (10 tickets) is $98 and a Premium Pass (one ticket to every screening, excluding those running concurrently) is $180 ($300 for two passes). Free tickets for all screenings before 6 p.m. are available for students and seniors (subject to availability) with valid photo ID at the venue box offices on the day of the screening.

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