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I can't believe a year has gone by since last year's amazing Hot Docs festival. Back as a box office intern (you may catch me at TIFF Bell Lightbox and one day at the Bloor), I have arranged my schedule to stuff in as many documentary films and conference events that I can muster enough energy for. But I know by Wednesday I'll likely choose sleep over one of the amazing Nightvision screenings (my loss). Last night, day one, was the opening night party which was great! Saw many people from a few doc circles and it was a good time overall. I'm writing this, keeping an eye on the time as I know I have to bike over to TBLB for my first shift (let's hope it goes well! TBLB is busy, busy, busy!), but so far I've only seen one film today, but it was a fabulous one at that.
This morning I saw THE LIFER AND THE LADY (1984) follows a convicted criminal serving a life sentence, and his relationship a prison volunteer. Directed by John Kastner, whose film is part of a Hot Docs Retrospective series this year (so go out and see more of his films!), the film also highlights important issues surrounding correctional facilities and certain theories applied in them, many of which are relevant today with the recent goings on at Parliament (I'm not well-versed on these issues unfortunately, but here's a great article from TheStar the retrospective and a bit on this film).
More films, more events, in anticipation of a wonderful Hot Docs!
THE LIFER AND THE LADY (Hot Docs website)
Occasional Hot Docs tweetings: @kathleen_mackey