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For Viola

Hot Docs' screening series centering Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC)-led stories and filmmakers, named in honour of Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond. This series seeks to affirm Hot Docs as a space of inclusion for BIPOC creators and audience members alike. To minimize barriers to audience participation, all screenings in this series are free of charge. 

This program is supported by
Donner Canadian Foundation

Friday, September 23, 8:30 PM

a man leaning on a ledge

Spaces for Us

For Viola returns with a pair of acclaimed shorts by multitalented Black artists Topaz Jones and Ian Kamau. Both filmmakers employ the mediums of documentary and hip-hop to reflect on coming-of-age and claiming space within their respective communities.

Post-screening Q&A with We Went Out director Ian Kamau, filmmaker Claire Prieto, musician Clairmont The Second, and Hot Docs' Julian Carrington.

  • D: Simon Davis, Jason Sondock, Topaz Jones & Ian Kamau
  • USA, Germany, France, italy & Canada
  • 2021 & 2022
  • 50 min
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Bonus content

Meet the programmers

Meet our For Viola series programmers:
  • Dawnalda Brennan, Volunteers Operations Coordinator
  • Julian Carrington, Industry Programmer & Distribution Manager
Moderated by Mimosa Khabir

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