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Muskoka Chautauqua and Hot Docs Partner for 2023 Muskoka Summer Screening Series

Muskoka Chautauqua and Hot Docs are proud to announce an outdoor, evening documentary film series in Muskoka, curated by Hot Docs, as part of Muskoka Chautauqua’s Windermere Festival of the Arts this August. The series will feature four films from the 2023 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Sunday, August 6 - 8:30pm
Seniors in their sixties and beyond make a splash as they hold back the hands of time and celebrate the beauty, strength and joy they have found in synchronized swimming. With bedazzled bathing suits and an upbeat attitude, these athletes won’t waste a moment as they seize every opportunity their golden years provide.

Monday, August 7 - 8:30pm
There are trees that have stood for thousands of years in Canada’s Pacific Northwest. These old-growth forests have a priceless value economically, culturally, and environmentally, yet their existence is in peril. In the past one hundred years, reckless forestry practices have decimated these towering pillars and now our dependence on lumber has reached a point of reckoning.

I'm Just Here for the Riot
Tuesday, August 8 - 8:30pm
The violent mob that erupted on June 15, 2011, after the Vancouver Canucks Game 7 Stanley Cup loss caught the world’s attention—partially because it appeared un-Canadian, mostly because it became known as the “first smartphone riot.” A shame first, ask questions later society has real-life consequences in this critical look at a technology that has outpaced our understanding of how best to use it.

Without Precedent: The Supreme Life of Rosalie Abella
Thursday, August 10 - 8:30pm
Looking back on an illustrious career that included being the first Jewish woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada, it is clear that Abella's vision for an inclusive, diverse, and equitable Canada resonates to this day. Former prime ministers, family and those whose lives were forever changed by her judgements speak to an individual who earned the respect of a nation.

Muskoka Chautauqua co-founder Gayle Dempsey says, "We are thrilled to have partnered with Hot Docs for the past three years. We work closely with Hot Docs programmers to select each film specifically for our Muskoka audience, and our unique setting. This year we celebrate active aging with Unsyncable, reflect on sustainable forestry with Silvicola, consider the impact of social media with I’m Just Here for the Riot and celebrate a Canadian hero with Without Precedent. There is truly something for everyone in this year’s program."

This year’s selections continue to celebrate Canadian filmmakers. Some of the screenings will be proceeded by a short Q&A featuring a speaker associated with the documentary.

Tickets are available now and can be reserved at

The 2023 Muskoka Chautauqua Arts & Culture Festival runs August 4 to 13. The festival site and 'Theatre in the Woods' is located at 1039 Golf Avenue in the historic village of Windermere.

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