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This Magazine picks five Canadian flicks to see before Hot Docs ends

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Brave New River

Saturday, May 4 at 3 p.m.

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WHAT: Director Nicolas Renaud takes us to James Bay, where hydroelectric development has been a controversial topic for decades—especially between the government and the Cree there who’ve called the area home for centuries.

WANT MORE? Check out our September 2011 story by Will Braun. In it, Braun tells us why Canada’s $50-billion hydro boom brings environmental perils, too.

When I Walk

Saturday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m.

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WHAT: Filmmaker Jason DaSilva hides nothing in his reflective and inspiring documentation of his seven-year struggle with multiple sclerosis, which he was diagnosed with at age 25.

WANT MORE? Check out our archive of frank, thoughtful, and often funny ThisAbility blogs by Aaron Broverman.

Buying Sex

Sunday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m.

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WHAT: This documentary puts one, big question to the viewer: Does decriminalizing prostitution make for a more just society, or a more unjust one?

WANT MORE? Check out our feature story “Lost girls” by Sinead Mulhern in This Magazine‘s May/June issue. The in-depth investigation into human trafficking along Hwy. 401 in Ontario is on newsstands soon!

NCR: Not Criminally Responsible

Sunday, May 5 at 1 p.m.

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WHAT: There are only rush tickets left for John Kastner’s masterful examination of NCR laws in Canada—through the story of one man who brutally attacked a woman in a shopping mall, the woman, and her family—but it’s worth trying your luck.

WANT MORE? Make sure to pick up the May/June issue of this for a discussion on proposed changes to Canada’s NCR laws. Also, check out our June 2010 story about how the NWT’s prison has become a de facto psychiatric hospital.


Saturday May 4 at 1 p.m.

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WHAT: West Coast actor Babz Chula convinces her friend and director Anne Wheeler to accompany her to India for Babz’s cancer treatments. When they return, they find that Babz’s cancer has spread throughout her body and she doesn’t have much longer to live.

WANT MORE? Look out for our July/August issue, which has a feature on cancer and industry—and explores why we need to change our whole economic structure if we ever want to beat the evil C.

Check out the full schedule for Hot Docs here.

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