Toronto-based film festival Hot Docs has commissioned In the Name of All Canadians — a compilation of six short documentaries inspired by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms in celebration of the nation’s 150 anniversary of Confederation.
Participating filmmakers have selected a specific aspect of the Charter, such as indigenous rights, multiculturalism or the notwithstanding clause. They will explore how these themes resonate in the stories of their fellow citizens.
Each short film will follow its own narrative but all will be stylistically linked to present a cohesive experience for viewers.
Participating filmmakers include: Ariel Nasr (The Boxing Girls of Kabul) and Aisha Jamal; Patrick Reed (Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr) and Andréa Schmidt; Karen Chapman (Walk Good); Jean-François Caissy (La marche à suivre); Janelle and Jérémie Wookey (A Right to Eat); Vivian Belik and Jennifer Bowen-Allen.
This is the first commission for Hot Docs, and when completed, Hot Docs will leverage theatrical, educational and online distribution partnerships and programs to share the series with audiences, domestically and internationally.
The Hot Docs Festival runs April 27 to May 7, this year will feature an event where a panel of subject experts will explore themes raised in In the Name of All Canadians.
The film will have its world premiere on June 28 at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto, Canada, after which, it will be toured across the country in special screening events with partner festivals and film organizations. The feature will also be made available online, joining the Hot Docs Collection on iTunes, and other participating platforms.
The project was been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.