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HOT DOCS’ 2011 THEMED PROGRAM WORKERS OF THE WORLD! EXPLORES LABOUR AT HOME AND ABROAD

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Toronto, March 22, 2011 – Hot Docs is pleased to announced that this year’s themed program will examine the world’s labour force and the ups and downs of working culture. Workers of the World! features 15 films that share stories of child miners, a Czech farming village’s war against Hyundai, a community of salvagers tucked away behind the New York Mets’s baseball stadium, the shared tensions of rich Panamanian employers and their long-suffering domestic workers, a Santa school graduate donning the famous white beard to recapture his Christmas spirit, and the true face of the modern lumberjack.

Of the 15 titles featured in Workers of the World!, nine are feature-length, two are mid-length and four are shorts. Three titles will receive their international premiere, six their North American premiere, three their Canadian premiere, and three their Toronto premiere.

The screening times and descriptions for the Workers of the World! program appear below. In many cases, filmmakers will be in attendance for post-screening discussions.

ALL FOR THE GOOD OF THE WORLD AND NOSOVICE
D: Vít Klusák | Czech Republic | 82 min | North American Premiere

A giant Hyundai plant lands smack in the middle of a Czech farming village, much to the locals’ dismay. Despite their resistance, big industry wins out and the fields sprout cars in this humorous, politically charged film.

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 9:45 PM, TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 7:00 PM, THE ROYAL

BECOMING SANTA
D: Jeff Myers | USA | 90 min | International Premiere

Jack becomes Santa Claus in order to recapture his Christmas spirit. He endures beard-bleaching, graduates from Santa school and learns hands-on how much responsibility and chaos surrounds Santa, a rock star to children all over the world.

SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 9:00 PM, ROM THEATRE
MONDAY, MAY 2, 4:30 PM, TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
SUNDAY, MAY 8, 9:15 PM, TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

FOREIGN PARTS
D: Verena Paravel, J.P. Sniadecki | USA | 82 min | Toronto Premiere

Behind the New York Mets’s stadium lies a hidden enclave of junkyards and salvage shops, where cars get stripped, sorted and sold. Uncover the characters who piece together their livelihoods from these wrecks, while struggling against another urban staple – gentrification.

THURSDAY, MAY 5, 7:15 PM, TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX SATURDAY, MAY 7, 7:00 PM, TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

THE FORGOTTEN SPACE
D: Allan Sekula, Noël Burch | Netherlands, Austria | 113 min | North American Premiere

As they trail cargo aboard ships, trains and trucks, author Noël Burch and photographer Allan Sekula capture firsthand workers’ stories of the world’s collapsing freight-transport industries. A moving panorama of the economic casualties of globalization.

FRIDAY, MAY 6, 9:30 PM, ROM THEATRE
SATURDAY, MAY 7, 8:15 PM, TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

KOUNDI AND THE NATIONAL THURSDAY
D: Ariane Astrid Atodji | Cameroon | 86 min | North American Premiere

Responding to the demands of globalization with uniquely African solutions and wry humour, Cameroonian villagers navigate life’s rhythms while working collectively, offering a nuanced portrait of a functioning economy and true democracy.

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 6:15 PM, ROM THEATRE
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 1:30 PM, ROM THEATRE

LIVING SKIN
D: Fawzi Saleh | Egypt | 48 min | North American Premiere

Spend a week with five boys working in the tanneries of old Cairo. Funny, engaging and wise beyond their years, they speak plainly about a life they know is among the worst in the working world.

Screening with GUAÑAPE SUR
D: János Richter | Italy | 23 min | Canadian Premiere

THURSDAY, MAY 5, 9:30 PM, CUMBERLAND FOUR - ALLIANCE CINEMAS SATURDAY, MAY 7, 6:00 PM, TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

THE LUMBERFROS
D: Stéphanie Lanthier | Canada | 71 min | Toronto Premiere

There’s a new breed of lumberjack in Quebec’s boreal forest: latter-day Paul Bunyans who hail from Romania, Mali and Asia. For six months they cut brush, camp it up and slog alongside old-school Quebecois woodsmen.

Screening with WAIDMANNSHEIL ‘HAIL TO THE GOOD SHOOTER’
D: Klaas Boelen | Belgium | 26 min | International Premiere

SUNDAY, MAY 1, 9:30 PM, ROM THEATRE
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 1:30 PM, ROM THEATRE

MAIDS & BOSSES
D: Abner Benaim | Panama | 64 min | North American Premiere

Abuse. No pay. Inability to properly set a table. Rich Panamanian employers and their long-suffering domestic workers take turns describing their shared tensions and conflicts. They may live together, but their realities are worlds apart.

Screening with THREE WALLS
D: Zaheed Mawani | Canada | 26 min | Canadian Premiere

SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 9:00 PM, TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
MONDAY, MAY 2, 1:45 PM, ROM THEATRE

PIT NO. 8 D: Marianna Kaat | Estonia | 95 min | Canadian Premiere

Fifteen-year-old Yura puts his dreams on hold in an emotionally riveting struggle to provide for his sisters the only way possible: illegally, and perilously, mining the remaining scraps in a once-thriving Ukrainian coal town.

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 7:00 PM, CUMBERLAND FOUR - ALLIANCE CINEMAS SUNDAY, MAY 1, 4:00 PM, CUMBERLAND FOUR - ALLIANCE CINEMAS MONDAY, MAY 2, 6:45 PM, INNIS TOWN HALL

RECESSIONIZE! FOR FUN AND PROFIT!
D: Jamie Kastner | Canada | 56 min | North American Premiere

Berlin prostitutes offer eco-discounts; a French hotel promises a “hamster experience”; and Camp Millionaire opens for kids: when times get tough, businesspeople get inventive in this humorous ride exposing the entrepreneurial spirit rising out of the rubble of recession.

Screening with INCIDENT BY A BANK
D: Ruben Östlund | Sweden | 12 min | Toronto Premiere

THURSDAY, MAY 5, 9:45 PM, ROM THEATRE SATURDAY, MAY 7, 6:30 PM, TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX

WADAN’S WORLD
D: Dieter Schumann | Germany | 100 min | International Premiere

As the financial crisis sends shockwaves through European industry, more than 5000 shipyard jobs in a small German town are threatened. Workers and employers spiral through a climate of sadness and malevolence, before ultimately grasping hope.

MONDAY, MAY 2, 6:15 PM, TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 1:15 PM, CUMBERLAND FOUR - ALLIANCE CINEMAS

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Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. From April 28 to May 8, 2011, Hot Docs will present an outstanding selection of over 190 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 Hot Docs Forum, May 4 and 5, and The Doc Shop.

The Hot Docs documentary Box Office, newly located at 131 Bloor Street West, 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 $14 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, a Bloor Cinema All Access Pass is $120, a Premium Pass (one ticket to every screening, excluding those running concurrently) is $190, and a Premium Pass for Two is $300. Free tickets for all screenings before 6 p.m. are available for seniors (60+) and students with valid photo I.D. at the venue box offices on the day of the screening (subject to availability).

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