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JANUARY’S DOC SOUP BRINGS TORONTO PREMIERE OF AN AFRICAN ELECTION

FILMMAKER JARRETH MERZ IN ATTENDANCE

Toronto, December 8, 2011 – Hot Docs is pleased to announce that January’s Doc Soup will screen the Toronto premiere of AN AFRICAN ELECTION (D: Jarreth Merz, USA/Ghana/Switzerland, 89 minutes). Called “an edge-of-your-seat thriller” by The Village Voice and a “fleet-footed, engagingly volatile documentary” by The New York Times, AN AFRICAN ELECTION will screen on Wednesday, January 4, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Advance tickets are now available for purchase online at www.hotdocs.ca. Filmmaker Jarreth Merz will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions following the screenings.

AN AFRICAN ELECTION is a suspenseful political drama that tracks the twists and turns of the 2008 presidential election in Ghana, West Africa. Director Jarreth Merz follows the key players for nearly three months providing an unprecedented insider’s view of the political, economic, and social forces at work in Ghana. At stake are the fates of two political parties that will do almost anything to win, in a contest that is always exciting and never predictable. The film builds suspense, taking viewers down the back roads of the nation, capturing the pride and humanity of the larger-than-life politicians, party operatives, and citizens who battle for the soul of their country.

The Doc Soup monthly screening series brings the latest Canadian and international documentaries to the big screen in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. Single tickets for AN AFRICAN ELECTION are $14 and can be purchased in advance at www.hotdocs.ca or at the door on the night of the screening (subject to availability). A limited number of free tickets for the 9:15 p.m. screening will be available to students with proper ID (subject to availability) at the door, on a first-come first-served basis beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Upcoming screening dates for Toronto’s Doc Soup are February 8, March 7, and April 4. Doc Soup titles are announced at least one month prior to their screenings and, whenever possible, guest directors are in attendance.

Hot Docs is pleased to acknowledge Citytv as the Presenting Partner of the Doc Soup series.

Doc Soup Toronto is sponsored by Rogers Group of Funds and Ford.

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Hot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca), North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 19th annual edition from April 26 – May 6, 2012. An outstanding selection of 150+ 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 Hot Docs Forum and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the recently acquired Bloor Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

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