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Canadian Arts Are Alive

Hot Docs has proudly partnered with contemporary arts organizations to celebrate the inspiration and innovation of living Canadian and Indigenous artists. In this collaboratively curated series, get a taste of exciting contemporary art with specially selected documentaries, then delve deeper into creative conversations with exclusive pre-recorded Q&As with the artists themselves.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts


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Series runs Until July 31

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Brown Town Muddy Water

Winnipeg’s main street near the Forks, was forever shaped by the Indigenous musicians including the late Percy Tuesday, Errol Ranville and Billy Joe Green. The professional musicians that grew up on this notorious strip paved the road to success for future Indigenous artists. 

Follow your viewing with a Q&A with director Jesse Green and his father, legendary musician, Billy Joe Green. 

  • D: Jesse Green
  • Canada
  • 2015
  • 52 min
  • Closed Captions
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Still Max

Facing a cancer diagnosis, renowned artist Max Dean asks, "How do we fix ourselves?" Discarded animatronics and wild imagination drive this vivid journey of resilience and creativity in the face of illness.

Be sure to check out a special recorded Q&A with Max Dean as he delves into the documentary and his practice, moderated by artistic director of PAVED Arts, David LaRiviere.

  • D: Katherine Knight
  • Canada
  • 2021
  • 79 min
  • Closed Captions
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More Than Dance, We Are A Movement

From Canada’s leading Indigenous contemporary dance company, experience stunning live performances of two of Red Sky Performance’s award-winning works: Trace and Miigis.  

Followed by an exclusive Q&A with filmmaker and artistic director of Red Sky Performance, Sandra Laronde, where she discusses her creative process, Indigenous dance, and her illustrious career spanning more than two decades.

  • D: Sandra Laronde
  • Canada
  • 2021
  • 85 min
  • Open Captions
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