Rama Rau’s League of Exotique Dancers to open Hot Docs ’16

Other Canadian titles making their world bows include Matt Gallagher's How to Prepare for Prison and John Bolton's Aim For The Roses. (Exotique Dancers pictured.)
League of exotique

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has revealed its 232-doc lineup for 2016, including an opening-night world premiere for Rama Rau’s League of Exotique Dancers (Canada), as well as world bows for more than a dozen other Canadian titles.

Rau’s doc will open the festival with an industry-only screening on April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, followed by an opening night public screening immediately afterwards at 9:45 p.m.

The festival’s Canadian Spectrum competition program will see 16 world premieres, including John Bolton’s Aim For The Roses, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk, Hsiung’s The Apology, Danic Champoux’s A Centre-sud Tale, Christy Garland’s Cheer Up, Zayne Akyol’s Gulistan, Land of Roses, Anjali Nayar’s Gun Runners, Matt Gallagher’s How to Prepare for Prison and Sebastien Rist and Aude Leroux-Levesque’s Living With Giants. Min Sook Lee’s Migrant Dreams, Chase Joynt’s Between You and Me, John Walker’s Quebec My Country Mon Pays, Ali Kazimi’s Random Acts of Legacy, Mike Maryniuk’s No Cultural Value and Nathan Drillot and Jeff Petry’s Wizard Mode will also make their world premieres in the program.

In the World Showcase program there are world premieres for Canadian docs The Gatekeeper from director Yung Chang, Frame 394 from Rich Williamson and copro Aida’s Secret (Israel/U.S./Germany/Canada) from Alon Schwarz and Saul Schwarz.

The DocX Program, which features “documentary work that lives outside of the traditional format,” will include the world premiere of Cyrus Sundar Singh’s Canadian doc Brother in the Kitchen. Also appearing in the section is Matthew Johnson’s Operation Avalanche (U.S./Canada) and interactive installation Ascent: Eagle Island, a collaboration between Mobio Interactive and the CFC Media Lab.

In the Artscapes program, there are four world bows for Canadian docs, with Sarah Race’s Barbarian Press, Peter McCormack’s Spirit Unforgettable, Paige Gratland and Sam McWilliams’ Bootwmn and Lana Slezic’s Andy Barrie: The Voice make there world bows.

The International Spectrum, also a competitive program, includes Juan Mejia Botero and Jake Kheel’s Death By A Thousand Cuts (U.S./Dominican Republic), Mike Day’s The Islands and the Whales (U.K./Denmark), Jonny von Wallström’s The Pearl of Africa (Sweden), Catalina Mesa’s The Infinite Flight of Days (France/Columbia) and Alma Har’el’s LoveTrue (U.S.).

Among the docs to screen in the Scotiabank Big Ideas Series are Ezra Edelman and Robert Lipsyte’s O.J. Simpson: Made in America (U.S), Ben Nabors’ The Happy Film (U.S), Joe Berlinger’s Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (U.S) and producer Sam Tabet and director Deborah S. Esquenazi’s Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four (U.S) will all screen, in addition to Tiffany Hsiung’s The Apology.

This is Hot Docs 2016′s third lineup announcement, with Darby Wheeler’s Canadian doc Hip-Hop Evolution previously being named to the Special Presentations program. Also set to screen in the program is Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s Sonita, Brendan Byrne’s Bobby Sands: 66 Days, Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen’s Audrie & Daisy, Jared P. Scott’s The Age of Consequences, Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross’ Contemporary Color and Jerry Rothwell and Reuben Atlas’ Sour Grapes.

The festival runs from April 28 to May 8 in Toronto.