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Spotlight on Alberta

Over the past decade, Alberta has become one of Canada’s cultural epicenters. Take a trip out West and discover some of the most exciting filmmakers and insightful docs to come out of the province in the first of a new streaming series spotlighting docs from across the country.

Streaming from January 28 - March 25, this free series available exclusively to Hot Docs Members. Join now for as little as $4.99 a month.

This program is supported by Calgary Economic Development Film Commission, Edmonton Screen Industries Office, and the Government of Alberta, in partnership with DOC Alberta.


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Underneath the layers of Alberta’s booming oil sands industry, a mental health crisis has been bubbling for a decade. Men living and working on the patches open up about the emotional cost of digging for oil, confronting the biggest obstacle to recovery: asking for help.

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John Ware Reclaimed

  • 2020
  • 72
  • PG
  • Cheryl Foggo

Follow filmmaker Cheryl Foggo on her quest to re-examine the mythology surrounding John Ware, the iconic Black cowboy who settled in Alberta in the wake of the American Civil War.

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nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

  • Canada
  • 98
  • PG
  • Tasha Hubbard

A grieving family's pursuit of justice becomes a flashpoint of the inequity and racism in the Canadian legal system after the killer of Colten Boushie, a young Cree man in Saskatchewan, is acquitted of murder charges.

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Shorts Program: Fast Horse & Lake

  • Canada
  • 19
  • Alexandra Lazarowich

This short-film double-bill features the captivating and intimate work of up-and-coming Cree director Alexandra Lazarowich whose docs Fast Horse and Lake garnered buzz at the 2019 Hot Docs and Sundance festivals.

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