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Cross-Culture Stories

Cross-Culture Stories, sponsored by Warner Bros. Discovery Access Canada, spotlights underrepresented Canadian documentary filmmakers and brings attention to urgent stories from around the globe. With stirring narratives that range from the killing of a young Cree man in the Canadian prairies to the energy crisis in Nigeria, this Hot Docs members' exclusive film series lifts the voices of diverse Canadian storytellers and serves as proof of the vast filmmaking talent in our country. 

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Series runs October 17 - November 30

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nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

This urgent and powerful film follows the story of the fatal shooting of Colten Boushie, a young Cree man from Saskatchewan, and his family’s tireless pursuit of justice against the legal system that acquitted his killer. 
  • D: Tasha Hubbard
  • Canada
  • 2019
  • 98 min
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Subjects of Desire

From harmful stereotypes and light-skin privilege to hair politics and #BlackGirlMagic, the film explores how Black women have influenced, and been influenced by, modern beauty standards.
  • D: Jennifer Holness
  • Canada
  • 2021
  • 103 min
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Take Light

A chatty electrician and a door-knocking customer service rep show the day-to-day realities of the energy crisis that leaves half of Nigeria’s population without power.
  • D: Shasha Nakai
  • Canada
  • 2018
  • 78 min
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This is Not a Movie

Acclaimed filmmaker Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze) follows veteran British foreign correspondent Robert Fisk as he reports from turbulent war zones across the Middle East.
  • D: Yung Chang
  • Canada & Germany
  • 2019
  • 90 min
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