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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 September 30

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Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam

Follow Michael and his kindred spirits as they travel across the U.S. challenging Muslims and non-Muslims with punk anthems. Their spiritual odyssey then leads them to Pakistan, where they bring punk to the streets of Lahore and reconnect with Islam in a bold new way. 

Pair your viewing with exclusive Q&A with director Omar Majeed and subject of the film, Basim Usmani. 

  • D: Omar Majeed
  • Canada
  • 2009
  • 80 min
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Becoming a Queen

Follow Toronto's nine-time Queen of Carnival, Joella Crichton, as she prepares to compete for a historic 10th crown in a joyful celebration of family and Toronto’s Caribbean community. 

Pair your viewing with an exclusive Q&A with director Chris Strikes in conversation with the Queen of Carnival herself, Joella Crichton. 

  • D: Chris Strikes
  • Canada
  • 2021
  • 90 min
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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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