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Hot Docs Festival to open with ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’

April 23, 2012

Still from the documentary ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.’ — AFP picStill from the documentary ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.’ — AFP picLOS ANGELES, April 23 — The 19th edition of Hot Docs or Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, North America’s largest documentary festival, presents more than 150 films from around the world, April 26 — May 6 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Opening night, the screening will be Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, directed by Alison Klayman, about China’s renowned artist and activist. This film follows his art, politics and humour, revealing an indomitable spirit and inspiring talent.

Categories of films include activism, popular culture, poverty, war, fashion, sexuality, travelogs and terrorism. Asian cultures and issues are divided into East, Central and South Asia.

Two films that premiered at Sundance get their Canadian debut, including the antipated China Heavyweight, directed by award-winning Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze), which follows a master coach in central China as he recruits poor rural teenagers and turns them into Western-style boxing champions.

Indie Game: The Movie, directed by James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot, looks at the underdogs in the video game industry, capturing these developers and artists’ vulnerability and obsessive quest.

In addition to film screenings, conference sessions and market events are geared for documentary filmmakers. Among the speakers is director Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for Superman, An Inconvenient Truth), speaking on social action cinema.

http://www.hotdocs.ca/. — AFP-Relaxnews

 

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