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Toronto, January 12, 2010 - Hot Docs will celebrate and explore a decade of docs during its 2010 Festival, April 29 to May 9, by looking back on the past ten years of documentary filmmaking with a retrospective, Ripping Reality, aimed at mapping the explosive growth and popularity of non-fiction film during this time.

With input from international documentary programmers, Ripping Reality will present a selection of contemporary films deemed significant over the past decade of explosive growth and development for the documentary form.

“We think the past decade has seen a new wave emerge within documentary culture,” says Hot Docs director of programming Sean Farnel. “Yet unlike other new wave movements in the history of cinema this one remains largely undefined, unheralded. What are its attributes aesthetically, politically and socially? What are its key films and filmmakers? What are the factors behind the explosive growth of documentary filmmaking, festivals and their audiences? These are just a few of the questions with which we begin. But Ripping Reality is not just about looking back, it is about informing and furthering the vitality of documentary through the next decade.”

Intended as a catalyst for further initiatives over the next year, Ripping Reality will afford Hot Docs audiences the opportunity to view significant works of the past decade and discuss the transformation of the medium during this time. Specific titles and programming attached to this retrospective will be announced in late March.

Hot Docs will once again explore the contemporary documentary work of specific nations and regions with its Made In program this year, which will focus 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.

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.

Hot Docs is proud to include Rogers, Telefilm Canada and documentary as its Presenting Partners.

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Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 17th annual edition from April 29 – May 9, 2010. An outstanding selection of 170+ documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Toronto Documentary Forum, May 5 & 6, and The Doc Shop. For more information, please visit

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