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Special Events

Check out these upcoming special events and screenings at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema!

Friday, April 12, 8:45 PM

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The Fangirl Picture Show presents The Hunger Games Watch Along: Catching Fire Edition

Calling all the girlies on fire who are back in their Hunger Games era! Relive the film that defined YA dystopia in a theatre full of fellow fangirls. 

Hosted by comedian Carley Thorne keeping the energy appropriately chaotic with a special intro, this night is for the fangirls.

  • D: Francis Lawrence
  • USA
  • 2013
  • 146 min
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Monday, April 15, 4:00 PM

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Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened Curious Minds Further Viewing

Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Jason Alexander and more tell the story of one of the truly legendary musicals in the history of Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along

Complement the exciting themes and stories of Michael Rubinoff's Curious Minds series on The Stars of the Broadway Stage with this screening.

  • D: Lonny Price
  • USA
  • 2016
  • 97 min
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Monday, April 15, 7:00 PM

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YA Mega-Star Holly Jackson on The Reappearance of Rachel Price Curious Minds Author Talks

From the author of the multi-million copy bestselling A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series comes the exclusive Canadian launch event for this YA star’s latest novel. 

Moderated by Nita Prose, the author of The Maid, a #1 New York Times bestseller and a Good Morning America Book Club Pick. 

Presented in partnership with Penguin Random House Canada.

Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 PM

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Romance Novel Night with Tessa Bailey and Yulin Kuang Curious Minds Author Talks

Celebrate the rom-com renaissance with two of the leading authors keeping love alive in the twenty-first century. Bring your besties, lovers and beating hearts! 

In conversation with Ameema Saeed, the Books Editor for She Does the City.

Presented in partnership with HarperCollins.

Wednesday, April 17, 3:00 PM

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Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire National Canadian Film Day

We mark National Canadian Film Day with this free screening of groundbreaking documentary that feels just as important today as it was 20 years ago.
  • D: Peter Raymont
  • Canada
  • 2004
  • 90 min
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Sunday, April 21, 1:30 PM

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The Lorax Family Screening

Celebrate Earth Day with Hot Docs and the Ontario Science Centre! Inspire climate action in your young ones with this film based on the Dr. Seuss classic that has inspired generations to speak for the trees.

$7.50 for 12 and under

  • D: Chris Renaud
  • USA
  • 2012
  • 86 min
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Thursday, May 9, 7:00 PM

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Ruth Reichl on The Paris Novel Curious Minds Author Talks

Join bestselling author and beloved former restaurant critic of the New York Times as she unveils her mouthwatering new novel: A dazzling, heartfelt adventure through 1980s Paris. 

In conversation with writer and editor Ceri Marsh.

Presented in partnership with Penguin Random House Canada.

Friday, May 10, 9:00 PM

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Q

Where do we draw the line between love and devotion? This intimate and haunting portrayal depicts the insidious influence of a secretive matriarchal religious order in Lebanon.
  • D: Jude Chehab
  • Lebanon & USA
  • 2023
  • 91 min
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Saturday, May 11, 10:00 AM

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Westminster Dog Show: Canine Celebration Day: Free Live Broadcast

Celebrate hot dogs at Hot Docs! The perfect weekend activity for dog lovers young and old, don’t miss canines of all kinds performing incredible feats on the big screen.

This livestream will be on the big screen from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Stay for the day or pop in at any time. Be sure to book your free ticket in advance!

Sunday, May 12, 2:00 PM

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Mamma Mia Mother’s Day Sing-Along

Put the mamma in Mamma Mia for Mother’s Day and celebrate your motherly figures with a perfect post-brunch sing-along!
  • D: Phyllida Lloyd
  • Germany, United Kingdom & USA
  • 2008
  • 109 min
  • OC
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Sunday, May 12, 5:00 PM

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Bye Bye Tiberias Mother's Day

Filmmaker Lina Soualem captures stories from four generations of daring Palestinian women in her family, including her mother Hiam Abbass.
  • D: Lina Soualem
  • Occupied Palestinian Territory, Belgium, Qatar & France
  • 2023
  • 82 min
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Sunday, May 12, 7:30 PM

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Grey Gardens Mother's Day

Dry clean those fur coats and come down to the cinema for a special Mother's Day screening of the documentary cult classic featuring Big and Little Edie Beale.
  • D: David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde & Muffie Meyer
  • USA
  • 1976
  • 94 min
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Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 PM

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Vertigo The Art of the Title – That’s Saul, Folks!

One of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterworks, featuring a hypnotic opening title sequence created by Saul Bass, with spirographic images by effects artist John Whitney. 

Presented with an introduction by series host Lola Landekic.

  • D: Alfred Hitchcock
  • USA
  • 1958
  • 128 min
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Thursday, May 16, 7:30 PM

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You Never Walk Alone: A Night of BTS Music, Friends and Fanship

Join Lainey Lui, Ann Pornel and Hannah Sung on this Spring Day as they share how their Map of the Soul changed through loving BTS, the biggest band in the world.

Opens Friday, May 17

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Iris Special Tribute

With this classic doc portrait, Hot Docs pays tribute to the inspiring life of iconoclastic fashion maven Iris Apfel, who passed away earlier this year at the tender age of 102.
  • D: Albert Maysles
  • USA
  • 2014
  • 79 min
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Friday, May 17, 9:00 PM

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Crazy Rich Asians Asian Heritage Month

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month by seeing yourself on screen! It’s been just over five years since this powerhouse film changed the game for Asian representation. 

Join Madelyn Chung, founder of the RepresentAsian Project and Stacy Lee Kong of Friday Things, for a special pre-screening discussion.

  • D: Jon M. Chu
  • USA
  • 2018
  • 121 min
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Saturday, May 18, 1:00 PM

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Ponyo Asian Heritage Month | Family Screening

From maestro Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, this dazzling animated film features a symphony of colour and whimsical character design which should not be missed on the big screen. 

The English dubbed version of the film will be presented.

$7.50 for 12 and under.

  • D: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Japan
  • 2008
  • 103 min
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Sunday, May 19, 1:30 PM

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Reason Year of the Vote

Anand Patwardhan’s intimate yet epic film brings us eight stories of injustice in India, the world’s largest democracy, where the battle between faith and reason relentlessly rages. 

In Hindi, Marathi and English, with English subtitles.

Featuring a pre-recorded intro from director Anand Patwardhan.

  • D: Anand Patwardhan
  • India
  • 2018
  • 104 min
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Opens Sunday, May 19

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Invisible Nation Year of the Vote

With unprecedented access to Taiwan’s first female president Tsai Ing-wen, discover a fascinating portrait of Taiwan’s struggle to preserve its hard-won democracy.
  • D: Vanessa Hope
  • Taiwan & USA
  • 2023
  • 85 min
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Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 PM

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Carley Fortune on This Summer Will Be Different Curious Minds Author Talks

Clear your calendars and buckle up for this exclusive first glimpse at the glorious and tantalizing new romance novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author. 

Presented in partnership with Penguin Random House Canada.

Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 PM

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Paige Layle on But Everyone Feels This Way Curious Minds Author Talks

With over two million followers on TikTok, Paige Layle is one of the world’s most influential advocates for a better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Presented in partnership with Hachette Book Group Canada.

Friday, May 24, 9:00 PM

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The Last Year of Darkness Asian Heritage Month | Pride on the Big Screen

Discover a bass-heavy and neon-coloured portrait of the alternative Chinese youth in a country in constant state of change that now threatens the underground club Funky Town.

In Mandarin, with English subtitles.

  • D: Ben Mullinkosson
  • China & USA
  • 2023
  • 95 min

Sunday, May 26, 4:00 PM

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Manufacturing the Threat

Help us shine a light on the murky world of police infiltration, incitement and agent provocateurs in Canada with this groundbreaking film and discussion. 

Join us for an illuminating post-screening discussion featuring director Amy Miller and other special guests.

  • D: Amy Miller
  • Canada
  • 2023
  • 84 min
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Monday, May 27, 7:00 PM

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Kevin Kwan on Lies and Weddings Curious Minds Author Talks // Asian Heritage Month

Join the iconic internationally bestselling author of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy for the exclusive Canadian debut of his new novel: a juicy, hilarious and thrilling comedy of manners. 

In conversation with Shinan Govani, a columnist with the Toronto Star, and long-time observer of all things society and celebrity.

Presented in partnership with Penguin Random House Canada.

Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 PM

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Nahlah Ayed on The War We Won Apart Curious Minds Author Talks

Join award-winning writer and broadcaster Nahlah Ayed, the beloved host of CBC’s Ideas, to discuss her new book: a true story of star-crossed lovers and wartime intrigue. 

In conversation with broadcaster and journalist Anna Maria Tremonti, former host of CBC's The Current and voice of the CBC Podcast, More with Anna Maria Tremonti.

Presented in partnership with Penguin Random House Canada.

Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 PM

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Freestyle Socials

Hosted by The Nature of Things’ Anthony Morgan, 'Lonely No More' unpacks the loneliness epidemic. Movie clips and live interviews dive in to charmingly quirky communities you had no idea existed.

Friday, May 31, 9:00 PM

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Enter the Clones of Bruce Asian Heritage Month

Bring all the slaps, chops, roundhouse kicks and "hi-yah"s to the screen with this wild examination of Bruce Lee mega fandom that spawned its own film genre. 

  • D: David Gregory
  • USA
  • 2023
  • 100 min
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Opens Friday, June 7

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It's Only Life After All Pride on the Big Screen

Fusing decades of home movies with intimate present-day verité, track 40 years of revolutionary music-making with legendary folk-rock band and queer icons Indigo Girls.
  • D: Alexandra Bombach
  • USA
  • 2023
  • 123 min
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Saturday, June 8, 9:30 PM

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Glitter & Doom Pride on the Big Screen

In a fantastical summer romance set to the hits of the Indigo Girls, two young aspiring performers fall in love at first sight.
  • D: Tom Gustafson
  • USA & Mexico
  • 2023
  • 115 min
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Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 PM

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Shortbus Pride on the Big Screen

Join Handsome Johnnie (Boylesque) for an evening celebrating sex-positivity and queerness with John Cameron Mitchell’s heartwarming and shameless film.
  • D: John Cameron Mitchell
  • 101
  • 2006
  • USA
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Saturday, June 15, 9:00 PM

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For Viola: We Will Be Brave Free Screening

Follow the journey of Toronto's 'Good Guise' collective, who are committed to sparking conversations around healthy masculinity through art.

  • D: Chrisann Hessing
  • Canada
  • 2023
  • 78 min
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Sunday, June 16, 1:00 PM

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E.T. the Extra Terrestrial with ROM Family Screening

For space lovers and extra-terrestrial enthusiasts young and old, join Hot Docs and the ROM for a special screening of Steven Spielberg’s heartfelt family masterpiece. 

Presented in partnership with ROM.

$7.50 for 12 and under

  • D: Steven Spielberg
  • USA
  • 1982
  • 115 min
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Thursday, June 20, 7:00 PM

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Better In Every Sense with Dr. Norman Farb and Dr. Zindel Segal Curious Minds Author Talks

Join renowned neuroscientist Dr. Norman Farb and clinical psychologist Dr. Zindel Segal for an evening of conversation and mindfulness, celebrating the release of their new book. 

Presented in partnership with Hachette Book Group Canada.

Friday, June 28, 9:30 PM

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Come do the "Time Warp" again with this cult classic, presented with Toronto's own Shadow Cast who perform their satirical version during the screening.
  • D: Jim Sharman
  • United Kingdom & USA
  • 1975
  • 100 min
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Saturday, July 13, 1:00 PM

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Kiki's Delivery Service Family Screenings

Overflowing with charm, humour and the familiar woes of growing up, spend a summer afternoon reliving this Studio Ghibli classic from two-time Oscar winner, Hayao Miyazaki. 

The English dubbed version of the film will be presented. 

$7.50 for 12 and under

  • D: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Japan
  • 1989
  • 102 min
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Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 PM

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Grand Prix The Art of the Title – That’s Saul, Folks!

"The best film ever made about professional auto racing,” John Frankenheimer’s 1966 achievement features a mesmerizing multi-frame opening sequence from Saul Bass. 

Presented with an introduction by series host Lola Landekic.

  • D: John Frankenheimer
  • USA
  • 1966
  • 176 min
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Sunday, August 11, 1:00 PM

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My Neighbour Totoro Family Screenings

In one of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki’s most beloved classics, adorable sisters Satsuki and Mei move to the Japanese countryside and discover a neighbourhood of playful woodland spirits. 

The English dubbed version of the film will be presented. 

$7.50 for 12 and under

  • D: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Japan
  • 1988
  • 98 min
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