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Award-winning Danish documentaries at Hot Docs Festival in Toronto

Award-winning Danish documentaries at Hot Docs Festival in Toronto
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Toronto’s 2017 Hot Docs Festival will be screening documentaries from all over the world from April 27 to May 7. Hot Docs is the biggest documentary film festival in North America and currently six Danish produced and co-produced documentaries will be screened at the film festival:

Last Men in Aleppo
Screens on April 27 and 28, and May 7
Directed by Syrian Feras Fayyad and co-directed by Danish Steen Johannessen, this film won the 2017 Sundance Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Documentary. The documentary depicts the daily life of the volunteer group The White Helmets and how the volunteers choose to risk their own and their families’ lives to save other people’s lives.


Bobbi Jene
Screens on April 30, May 4 and 6
Danish Elvira Lind directed this documentary about American dancer Bobbi Jene Smith. Lind follows Bobbi Jene for 10 years and documents when Bobbi Jene makes the life-changing decision to leave her starring position at the Israeli dance company Batsheva to pursue a solo career in San Francisco.

Front View of My Father
Screens on May 4 and 5
Divorce ties people into knots that are hard to loosen. With tenderness and humour Danish director Nicoline Skotte Jacobsen shows how a father and daughter meet for the first time in this experimental documentary.

…when you look away
Screens May 3, 4 and 5
When a child insists she’s sometimes human, sometimes animal, her mom – Danish filmmaker Phie Ambo - probes whether alternate consciousnesses are possible. Mind-boggling arguments from leading minds, including the father of string theory and a Buddhist monk, may just alter your thinking.

Mr. Sand
Screens on April 30, May 2 and 6
This dreamy animated documentary about the dangers of early cinema is a co-production between Denmark and Belgium. 

Strong Island
Screens on May 3, 4 and 7
Twenty years after an unarmed African-American was shot during an altercation with a young white mechanic, his brother revisits the circumstances that left his sibling dead and the killer uncharged in this powerful investigation of love, loss and justice. The documentary is co-produced by Denmark and USA.

To find more information on times and prices check the full festival program here.