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Picks for Members

Members receive free tickets to these select screenings of Festival programmers picks.

Bronze - 2 free tickets (4 for dual memberships)
Silver - 4 free tickets (8 for dual memberships)
Gold - 6 free tickets (12 for dual memberships)

To claim your free tickets online:

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You can also redeem by phone at 416.637.3123 or in person at the CRAVE Box Office at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (506 Bloor Street West). Tickets available while quantities last.


FRIDAY, APRIL 26


MASSACRE RIVER
D: Suzan Beraza | USA | 79 min
When over 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent are left stateless after the country rules their citizenship invalid, violence and unchecked xenophobia erupts, and one woman rushes to gain legal status to stay with her daughter before the clock runs out. Screening with SCENES FROM A DRY CITY.

FRI, APR 26, 6:15 PM | Scotiabank Theatre 4


HUNTING FOR HEDONIA
D: Pernille Rose Grønkjær | Denmark | 90 min
This fascinating doc follows the historic controversy and renewed enthusiasm over the burgeoning medical practice of deep brain stimulation, where tiny implanted electrodes have a remarkable effect on depression, addiction, stress disorders and more.

FRI, APR 26, 9:00 PM | Isabel Bader Theatre



SATURDAY, APRIL 27


BORN IN EVIN
D: Maryam Zaree | Germany, Austria | 98 min
After discovering she was born in one of Iran’s most notorious torture prisons, and with her mother refusing to speak, the filmmaker sets off to find answers from anyone willing to break decades of silence.

SAT, APR 27, 6:15 PM | Scotiabank Theatre 4


HOPE FROZEN
D: Pailin Wedel | Thailand | 75 min
As scandal swirls around a grief-stricken Bangkok family and their unorthodox decision to cryopreserve their deceased two-year-old daughter, her ambitious whiz-kid brother is consumed with the effort to find the technology that will revive her.

SAT, APR 27, 9:00:00 PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox 2


PROPHECY
D: Charlie Paul | UK | 82 min
From first to last stroke of the paintbrush, watch Scottish painter Peter Howson’s creative process unfold as he brings a massive canvas to life with an epic and apocalyptic work of art.

SAT, APR 27, 9:15 PM | Hart House Theatre



SUNDAY, APRIL 28


SCHEME BIRDS
D: Ellinor Hallin, Ellen Fiske | Sweden, UK | 90 min
A scrappy soon-to-be mother, burning with her generation’s frustration at society’s unrealized promises, struggles to find peace and a future in a fading Scottish steel town rife with gang violence.

SUN, APR 28, 8:30 PM | Scotiabank Theatre 3


SEA OF SHADOWS
D: Richard Ladkani | Austria | 104 min
While harvesting a rare fish in the Gulf of California, reckless poachers are also pushing the world’s most elusive whale to extinction. Follow activists and undercover agents as they fight Mexican cartels and Chinese mafia in a heart-pounding race against greed.

SUN, APR 28, 9:00 PM | Isabel Bader Theatre


MIDNIGHT TRAVELER
D: Hassan Fazili | USA, Qatar, UK, Canada | 87 min
When the Taliban puts a bounty on an Afghan director’s head, he captures on camera his family’s uncertain and dangerous quest for asylum in this account of the love shared between a family on the run.

SUN, APR 28, 9:00 PM | Scotiabank Theatre 4


ILLUSIONS OF CONTROL
D: Shannon Walsh | Canada | 87 min
From nuclear fallout to arsenic-contaminated drinking water, five women across the globe find the means to survive in an apocalyptic world decimated by human activity.

SUN, APR 28, 9:15 PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox 2



MONDAY, APRIL 29


DEAR BROTHER
D: Julia Horn | Germany | 106 min
After a tragic car crash leaves his brother catatonic, a man strives to tether his sibling to life through a one-sided dialogue of music, videos and touch that deepens their bond and reveals the profound mutual value of caregiving.

MON, APR 29, 5:15 PM | Scotiabank Theatre 3


MOONLIGHT SONATA: DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS
D: Irene Taylor Brodsky | USA | 90 min
The filmmaker ushers us through a poignant memoir of her deaf son growing up and her deaf father facing his twilight years, scored by the melancholy notes of Beethoven’s iconic sonata, written when the composer’s own hearing began to fail.

MON, APR 29, 9:00 PM | Isabel Bader Theatre


SHELLA RECORD – A REGGAE MYSTERY
D: Chris Flanagan | Canada | 87 min
When a reggae fanatic unearths a record by a mysterious diva in a Toronto junk shop, his resulting musical obsession drives him on an increasingly desperate quest to Kingston, Jamaica, to track down the song’s elusive singer.

MON, APR 29, 9:15 PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox 2



TUESDAY, APRIL 30


ANIMUS ANIMALIS (A STORY ABOUT PEOPLE, ANIMALS AND THINGS)
D: Aistė Žegulytė | Lithuania | 69 min
Under glass cases, fake foliage and artificial snow, animals are always watching in this complex exploration of the work of taxidermists, hunters, farmers and museum workers, who erase the line between real and artificial, living and dead, kindness and cruelty. Screening with EL HOR.

TUE, APR 30, 12:30 PM | Scotiabank Theatre 4


DADDY AND THE WARLORD
D: Shamira Raphaëla, Clarice Gargard (co-director) | Netherlands | 53 min
Haunted by her father’s secretive past, a journalist goes on a challenging journey through postwar Liberia to uncover his ties with infamous war criminal Charles Taylor, and risks shattering forever his image as her hero. Screening with MY FATHER’S SON.

TUE, APR 30, 5:15 PM | Scotiabank Theatre 3


LIFE IS A BELIEF
D: Han Xiao | China | 106 min
Although their paths may never cross, the lives of two men from Foshan, China, mirror one another in their struggle for love and family. Facing separation, poverty and illness, their plights unfold side by side in this epic journey into the depths—and limits—of love.

TUE, APR 30, 5:30 PM | Innis Town Hall


ISIS, TOMORROW. THE LOST SOULS OF MOSUL
D: Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio Romenzi | Italy, Germany | 80 min
Renowned journalists return to Mosul in search of the most dangerous weapon created by three years of ISIS occupation: children. Chilling interviews with radicalized and traumatized youths reveal how deeply the seeds of war are sown.

TUE, APR 30, 6:45 PM | Hart House Theatre


SEARCHING EVA
D: Pia Hellenthal | Germany | 84 min
Refusing to fix her own identity and career in permanence, the enigmatic protagonist of this thoroughly millennial character study proves through selfies, sex scenes and social media that online, you can be everything and nothing at once.

TUE, APR 30, 8:00 PM | Scotiabank Theatre 3


BOJAYÁ: CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE
D: Oisín Kearney | UK, Ireland | 80 min
Through the eyes of a survivor of one of the worst massacres in the 50-year conflict between the Colombian military and FARC guerillas, discover the darker reality that lingers beneath the veneer of recent peace talks.

TUE, APR 30, 9:15 PM | Hart House Theatre


PICTURE CHARACTER
D: Ian Cheney, Martha Shane | USA | 84 min
Explore the evolution of emojis, the colourful and creative pictorial language that surged from a simple set of icons to a swiftly evolving linguistic phenomenon that is reshaping how we communicate.

TUE, APR 30, 9:30 PM | Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema



WEDNESDAY, MAY 1


UNA PRIMAVERA
D: Valentina Primavera | Austria, Germany, Italy | 80 min
When a woman finally leaves her 40-year abusive marriage, her filmmaker daughter begins a video diary of her emancipation. What emerges is a startling image of modern Italy, where cultural machismo still privileges “the family” above women.

WED, MAY 1, 4:00 PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox 2


I LOVE YOU, NOW DIE: THE COMMONWEALTH VS. MICHELLE CARTER
D: Erin Lee Carr | USA | 140 min
This two-part HBO docu-series dives past the headlines and into the ethical morass of the case of Michelle Carter, who faces the prospect of jail time after coercing her boyfriend into suicide via text, blowing open troubling questions of how we communicate in the digital age.

WED, MAY 1, 5:15 PM | Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


OUR TIME MACHINE
D: S. Leo Chiang, Yang Sun | China, USA | 80 min
Before a Peking Opera director succumbs to Alzheimer’s, his son seizes one last chance to connect, racing against time and fading memories to collaborate with him on a haunting and magical stage performance based on their lives.

WED, MAY 1, 6:15 PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox 1


RECORDER: THE MARION STOKES PROJECT
D: Matt Wolf | USA | 87 min
For three decades, a reclusive activist meticulously recorded 24-hour news cycles every day until her death. Now uncovered, her archive of 70,000 VHS tapes reveals a subtle form of resistance and an obsession that nearly tore her family apart.

WED, MAY 1, 9:00 PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox 2


LORD OF THE TOYS
D: Pablo Ben Yakov | Germany | 95 min
A 20-year-old in Germany collects hundreds of thousands of YouTube followers by way of cracking offensive jokes, getting drunk and humiliating others on video in this dystopian sketch of a generation who never knew the world without social media.

WED, MAY 1, 9:00 PM | Scotiabank Theatre 4


BEYOND THE VISIBLE – HILMA AF KLINT
D: Halina Dyrschka | Germany | 93 min
Over a century after her first boldly colourful painting, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint is finally taking her rightful place in history as a pioneer of abstract art—but why has the art world been so reluctant to recognize her?

WED, MAY 1, 9:15 PM | Hart House Theatre



THURSDAY, MAY 2


THE WORLD OR NOTHING
D: Ingrid Veninger | Canada | 84 min
Armed with a cellphone, a laptop and elaborate dance moves, determined twin brothers migrate from Cuba to Spain in pursuit of internet stardom in this tender look at millennial celebrity, brotherly love and the cost of realizing dreams.

THU, MAY 2, 3:00 PM | Hart House Theatre


THE BOOK OF THE SEA
D: Aleksei Vakhrushev | Russia | 85 min
From the critically acclaimed Russian-Indigenous director comes a breathtakingly cinematic film that weaves rich animation of Inuit stories within a vérité tale of traditional whale hunters on the Bering Strait’s isolated west coast. Screening with AND THAT IS HOW THE RIVERS CAME TO BE.

THU, MAY 2, 8:45 PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox 2


GODS OF MOLENBEEK
D: Reetta Huhtanen | Finland | 73 min
Growing up in Brussels’ infamous Molenbeek district, a trio of curious six-year-olds grapple with oversized questions of religion and faith in a frightening adult world of subway bombings and police patrols.

THU, MAY 2, 8:45 PM | Scotiabank Theatre 13


XY CHELSEA
D: Tim Travers Hawkins | UK | 91 min
After her 35-year prison sentence is commuted by President Obama, former military intelligence analyst and whistleblower Chelsea Manning prepares to leave a military prison and transition to her new life as a free woman.

THU, MAY 2, 9:00 PM | Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


ANBESSA
D: Mo Scarpelli | Italy, USA | 85 min
Displaced from their farm, a mother and her precocious 10-year-old scavenge on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital. When encroaching condominiums further threaten them, the youngster taps into the fierce power of his own imagination to battle forces beyond his control.

THU, MAY 2, 9:00 PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox 3


WHO LET THE DOGS OUT
D: Brent Hodge | Canada | 60 min
The catchy hook of Baha Men’s 2000 hit single asks an age-old question, and this hilariously earnest doc asks many more, taking a wild ride through eight years of a man’s runaway obsession with the song and its much-disputed origins. Screening with LIFE IN MINIATURE and MEMORY VIDEO.

THU, MAY 2, 9:30 PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox 1



FRIDAY, MAY 3


WILLIE
D: Laurence Mathieu-Leger | USA, Canada | 89 min
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.

FRI, MAY 3, 10:15 AM | TIFF Bell Lightbox 1


N. SCOTT MOMADAY: WORDS FROM A BEAR
D: Jeffrey Palmer | USA | 85 min
The life and career of Pulitzer Prize–winning Kiowa author N. Scott Momaday, one of Native America’s most celebrated literary figures, is explored in this spiritual journey through the expansive landscapes of the West and New Mexico.

FRI, MAY 3, 6:00 PM | Scotiabank Theatre 3


A HAUNTED PAST
D: Fatma Riahi | Qatar | 90 min
In this solemn portrayal of a family broken by war, an embittered Tunisian father is left alone to raise his three teenage daughters after he is released from prison on charges of terrorism following the 1990s Bosnian War.

FRI, MAY 3, 6:15:00 PM | Scotiabank Theatre 13


“I TOLD MY MUM I WAS GOING ON AN R.E. TRIP…”
D: Lindy Heymann | UK | 42 min
Fusing tough subject matter with wicked humour and inventive spoken word, this thought-provoking performative doc stages four young actresses playing interchangeable roles to recount real-life abortion experiences. Screening with EGG and LA BONITA.

FRI, MAY 3, 9:00 PM | Scotiabank Theatre 13


THE WANDERING CHEF
D: Hye-Ryeong Park | South Korea | 90 min
In this heartwarming ode to family and the healing power of food, Korean celebrity chef Jiho Im mourns the death of a beloved maternal figure in the only way he knows how: cooking 108 delectable dishes over 24 hours.

FRI, MAY 3, 9:30 PM | Isabel Bader Theatre



SATURDAY, MAY 4


HAYDEE AND THE FLYING FISH
D: Pachi Bustos | Chile, Brazil | 73 min
Forty years later, a Chilean woman who was obscenely tortured under Pinochet’s regime awaits a potentially historic court verdict and a chance to begin healing unimaginable wounds.

SAT, MAY 4, 5:30 PM | Scotiabank Theatre 8



SUNDAY, MAY 5


THE HYPNOTIST
D: Arthur Franck | Finland | 72 min
In Cold War–era Finland, a famous hypnotist cultivated a wildly successful celebrity status—and didn’t stop there. His audacious involvement in covert ops and high-level politics lands him in desperate straits in this meditation on the power of suggestion. Screening with NYCTOPHOBIA.

SUN, MAY 5, 6:15 PM | Hart House Theatre


CONFUCIAN DREAM
D: Mijie Li | China, USA | 86 min
An aimless young wife and mother in China discovers Confucianism and becomes a zealous convert, intent on planting a seed in her impressionable four-year-old and resistant husband—but will her new values die on the vine?

SUN, MAY 5, 9:00 PM | Scotiabank Theatre 13


SHOOTING THE MAFIA
D: Kim Longinotto | Ireland | 94 min
Racing from murder scene to murder scene on her Vespa, an indomitable photographer wages a one-woman war against the Sicilian mafia in the 1980s, exposing vicious crimes to help end their reign of fear.

SUN, MAY 5, 9:15 PM | Isabel Bader Theatre

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