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Hot Docs 15: The 100 Year Show, A Sinner in Mecca, Speed Sisters

There is a hidden gem of a film called The 100 Year Show. It plays withIt's Me Hilary: the Man Who Drew Eloiseand the teaming of the two short docs is perfect: two artists in their seniors years, one 99 and the other 88 expressing their thoughts about their work. Carmen Herrera, who will be 100 years old on May 15, is a discovery to me, just as she was to the larger art world in the early 2000s. A Latin American woman, whose body of work was finally acknowledged publicly in her 90's, her work should have been known decades ago. As one person in the docs says, she should have been celebrated with other hard-edged painters such as  Frank Stella and Ellesworth Kelly.

It's Me Hilary: the Man Who Drew Eloisedelightfully amuse bouche of a doc because its subject Hilary Knight, the illustrator who drew the 6 year-old character created by author Kay Thompson. Both Thompson and Knight are larger than life which is probably why a severing of the ways lead to Knight not being permitt…

3 For You at Hot Docs '15: Leaving Africa, Milk, Love Between the Covers

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is underway, and I hope that you have had a chance to see what a wide range of subjects fall under that documentary heading. If you haven't here are 3 films films for your consideration.

LEAVING AFRICA  is "a story about friendship and empowerment." Having met and interviewed subjects Riita and Kata, I can testify that these two women truly embody that statement. Their dedication to empowering girls and women through sexual education and gender equality lead to community elevation and change. When  jealous observers strive to halt, their progress, the two women find themselves in an unanticipated battle to reclaim their personal and professional reputations, and even more importantly, their program's funding. With so many negative stories coming out of Africa, it's so refreshing to see a film that documents real change and hope, and nowhere is that so aptly demonstrated that in the life of Daizy and her family. …

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Alucine Film Festival Shines Light on Cuban Filmmakers

Take another look at Cuba through the lens of Cuban filmmakers from across Canada and the diaspora at this year's Alucine Latin Fim + Media Festival. Celebrating its 15th year, the festival shines the spotlight on Cuba with a few short film programmes--one in conjunction with a photographic exhibition. All films will include English subtitles.

Friday, April 3rd, 6:00pm – 7:45pm
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
317 Dundas St. West 
Films Followed by Q & A with the filmmakers
Pay What You Can

This selection of short films will eschew stereotypical views of "Cubanness" while entertaining and elucidating. 

Saturday April 4th, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Theatre Direct / Artscape Wychwood Barns
601 Christie Street, Studio 170
Pay What You Can

Filmmakers, Patricia Pérez and Daniellis Hernandez, graduates of the International Film and Television School, document the lives of Cubans in the diaspora. Pé…