Thursday, March 19, 2015

                                                    The 22nd Hot Docs, Toronto
                  North America’s largest documentary festival,
 conference and market
                                                         April 23–May 3, 2015
HOT DOCS complete MADE IN INDIA selection

Toronto Hot Docs Made In India program this year will showcase the region’s finest contemporary non-fiction cinema, Made in India offers a selection of nine films that celebrate the country’s contribution to the documentary art form.

“We’re extremely excited to be showcasing Indian documentary filmmaking this coming year,” said Hot Docs’ director of programming Charlotte Cook. “Over the years we have seen remarkable work from India and are looking forward to celebrating a country with an incredible cinematic legacy.”

In the past, this section explored national and regional cinemas from such places as Denmark (2014), Poland (2013), Southeastern Europe (2012), Italy (2011), South America (2010), South Korea (2009), Mexico (2008), Brazil (2007), and Japan (2006), offering Hot Docs audiences revealing glimpses into the social, political, economic and cultural issues facing those societies, and have contributed a unique dimension to the Festival’s programming.

Made in India program is given below.

D: Spandan Banerjee | India | 2015 | 75 min | World Premiere 
With stunning visuals, this creative travelogue visits India’s big cities and small tourist towns, exploring the nation’s history through the once-robust community of tour guides who have been rendered jobless with the advent of audio guides and apps.

Screening with PANCHAGAVYA
D: Hana Kitasei, Shriya Pilgaonkar | India, USA | 2014 | 15 min | World Premiere

D: Samarth Dixit, Jessica Sadana | India | 2014 | 89 min | North American Premiere
Established in 1929, the legendary Prabhat Film Company broke boundaries, made national stars and gave India a film industry lauded by international audiences. This nostalgic ode shines the spotlight on those pioneers, paying tribute to the origins and art of cinema.

D: Abhay Kumar | India | 2014 | 96 min | Canadian Premiere 
A moment of transitory madness that nearly cost the director’s brother his arm sparks this surreal exploration of life inside India’s most prestigious medical school: a place where isolation and intense academic pressure often drive students to despair.

D: Parvez Sharma | Saudi Arabia, India, USA | 2015 | 80 min | World Premiere
A devout gay Muslim man living in New York risks his life on a perilous pilgrimage to Mecca, hoping to find the answer to a burning question: is it possible for someone like him to be a good Muslim?

D: Saumyananda Sahi | India | 2014 | 67 min | North American Premiere 
Education is experiential for children attending the alternative Sita School in a small Indian village. A year in the life of the students and teachers showcases its holistic approach to learning that emphasizes creativity and social interaction.

Screening with SILENT VOICES
D: Pritha Chakraborty | India | 2014 | 26 min | North American Premiere 

D: Anuj Adlakha, Farha Alam | India | 2014 | 75 min | North American Premiere
High in the Himalayas, three boys are united as “chosen ones” by the local ancient deity. This coming-of-age tale sees them navigate outside influences, social conditioning and their own identity issues carrying the weight of a god on their shoulders.

Screening with IMRAAN, C/O CARROM CLUB
D: Udita Bhargava | Germany, India | 2014 | 14 min | North American Premiere

The 22nd Hot Docs presents an outstanding selection of 210 documentaries from Canada and around the world 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, Hot Docs Deal Maker and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

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