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2019 Big Ideas Presented by Scotia Wealth Management

This year’s edition of the Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management offers audiences the opportunity to experience five thought-provoking documentaries.

Following the screening hear, first-hand, from the notable subjects and experts on the issues featured in the films.




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D: Ai Weiwei | Germany | 2018 | 78 min | North American Premiere
Featuring artist, activist and director Ai Weiwei

From Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei comes a powerful work that follows the daily lives of refugees in Europe as they hang in limbo between a disintegrating humanitarian aid system and intensifying nationalism.

Celebrated contemporary artist, activist and director Ai Weiwei discusses the plight of refugees in in Europe, and his mission to ensure their stories are heard.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 6:30 PM | HOT DOCS TED ROGERS CINEMA
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HUMAN NATURE
D: Adam Bolt | USA | 2019 | 107 min | Canadian Premiere
Featuring director Adam Bolt and biochemist Jennifer Doudna

In a brave new world in which science fiction collides with fact and DNA sequences can be edited with ease, this provocative examination forces us to reconsider what it means to be human.

Meet celebrated biochemist and leading figure in the “CRISPR revolution” Jennifer Doudna and Human Nature director Adam bolt, as they discuss breakthroughs in genetic engineering and what these mean not only for the future of medicine and disease, but for the evolution of humanity itself.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 6:00 PM | HOT DOCS TED ROGERS CINEMA
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TOXIC BEAUTY
D: Phyllis Ellis | Canada | 2019 | 90 min | World Premiere
Featuring director Phyllis Ellis, whistleblower Deane Berg, and Drs. Daniel Cramer and Ami Zota

Cancer, diabetes, developmental delays and more—the cosmetics industry’s ugly secrets are exposed through exclusive interviews with scientists, whistleblowers and consumer survivors who raise pressing questions about the true cost of beauty.

Whistleblower Deane Berg, along with Dr. Daniel Cramer of the Harvard Cancer Center and Dr. Ami Zota of George Washington University, join Toxic Beauty director Phyllis Ellis to discuss the public health risks of the beauty products we use daily land the explosive lawsuit that’s bringing them to light.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 6:30 PM | HOT DOCS TED ROGERS CINEMA
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WILLIE
D: Laurence Mathieu-Leger | USA, Canada | 2018 | 89 min | World Premiere
Featuring director Laurence Mathieu-Leger and former NHL player Willie O’Ree

In the midst of the American civil rights movement, Willie O’Ree became the first Black player to skate in the NHL. An inspiration to many, the remarkable story of this recent Hall of Fame inductee’s courage and resilience transcends the sport.

In 1958, Willie O’Ree broke the colour barrier in hockey and went on to become an inspiration for generations of players. He joins Willie director Laurence Mathieu-Leger and some very special guests to discuss his remarkable life and career of his dedication to eradicating racism in the sport he loves.

MONDAY, APRIL 29, 6:30 PM | HOT DOCS TED ROGERS CINEMA
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GORDON LIGHTFOOT: IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND
D: Joan Tosoni, Martha Kehoe | Canada | 2018 | 90 min | World Premiere
Featuring directors Joan Tosoni and Martha Kehoe, and singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot

From a rural Ontario childhood to Greenwich Village of the ’60s, stadium tours of the ’70s and beyond, vivid archival footage helps chart the career of the legendary songwriter as he reveals the inspiration behind his lyrics and longevity.

One of Canada’s most beloved musical icons joins Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind directors Joan Tosoni and Martha Kehoe to share stories about his unparalleled career, his inspired songwriting and his connection to Toronto, the city that loves him back.

TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 6:30 PM | HOT DOCS TED ROGERS CINEMA
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