Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival has announced that it will offer students currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution and seniors over 60 years-of-age a selection of films to watch for free during this year’s online festival, available to stream nationwide.
Starting on Friday, April 30, one film will be available each day starting at 10 am to stream on the Hot Docs website at hotdocs.ca, with a limited number of streams available for each film.
Below is the first selection of free Hot Docs films available this Friday.
NIKE’S BIG BET
D: Paul Kemp | Canada | 2021 | North American Premiere
Alberto Salazar was a coaching legend until his recent doping ban shocked the running world. Did his “Just Do It” attitude and questionable practices push the limits of human performance and technology too far?
THE COLONEL’S STRAY DOGS
D: Khalid Shamis | South Africa, Libya, Qatar | 2021 | World Premiere
Recounting his father’s dangerous life as an exile in London with a million-dollar bounty on his head, the director questions the cost of his decades-long opposition to Muammar Gaddafi and eventual return to an unrecognizable Libya on the brink of civil war.
THE STORY WON’T DIE
D: David Henry Gerson | Denmark, Germany, USA | 2021 | World Premiere
A rapper, tortured by Bashar Al-Assad, along with other exiled artists and performers who supported the Syrian uprising, explore resilience and resistance through art, dance and music, while also processing their trauma and love of homeland through creative expression.
FRUITS OF LABOR
D: Emily Cohen Ibañez | USA | 2021 | International Premiere
Working in a food processing plant after class and in the fields on weekends, a California high school senior dreams of graduating while bearing the burden of being the family breadwinner and threats of separation as ICE raids increase in her community.
D: Jennifer Redfearn | USA | 2020 | International Premiere
In the US Midwest, plagued with opioid abuse and rising incarceration rates for women, three unforgettable mothers return home from prison to rebuild their lives after years of separation from their children.
The second group of films will be announced halfway through the festival. To keep up-to-date with all festival information, visit the Hot Docs website at hotdocs.ca.
Part of Hot Docs’ accessibility initiatives, the free students and seniors program is sponsored by CBC Gem.