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In the Name of All Canadians



Hot Docs is pleased to announce that it will commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation with the commissioning of In the Name of All Canadians, a compilation of six short documentaries inspired by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

A milestone endeavor for the organization, the ambitious initiative marks the first time that Hot Docs has commissioned a film.

From Indigenous rights to multiculturalism to the controversial ‘notwithstanding clause,’ participating filmmakers have each selected a specific aspect of the Charter to explore, looking at how it resonates in the stories of their fellow Canadians. Intended to provoke and spark conversations, each short film will follow its own narrative but all will be stylistically linked to present a cohesive experience for viewers.

At the upcoming Hot Docs Festival, April 27 to May 7, a special event featuring a panel of subject experts will explore themes raised in In the Name of All Canadians, and it will be accompanied by a special release of the film’s trailer.

The film will receive its world premiere on June 28, just prior to Canada Day, at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto, after which it will be toured across the country in special screening events with partner festivals and film organizations. In the Name of All Canadians will also be made available online, joining the Hot Docs Collection on iTunes, and other participating platforms. In the fall, the compilation and accompanying educational resources will be available to teachers as part of Docs For Schools, Hot Docs’ education program that offers over 95,000 students free access to documentaries each year.



This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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