Friday, April 29, 2016

Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2016: Chasing Asylum

The mistreatment of refugees seeking asylum in Australia is revealed in Chasing Asylum. Australia has some of the harshest asylum policies in the world, with the country being ranked 67th in refugee intake. With politicians in the country determined to stop "illegal asylum seekers" from arriving to Australia via boat, those seeking asylum are sent to detention centres on the islands of Nauru and Manus, where the conditions are much worse than the countries these asylum seekers are leaving from.

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Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2016: Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

Werner Herzog examines our increasingly technology dependent world in Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. It is hard to remember a world without the Internet. First created at UCLA in 1969 as a means of connecting with distant computers, the Internet has become ingrained into every aspect of human society. Despite the many advantages that this brings, there are also many aspects of this connected world to be wary of.

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Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2016: The Slippers


The cultural impact of the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz is explored in The Slippers. While gathering items for MGM's famed 1970 auction, costumer Kent Warner discovered the original ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, which sold at the action for $15,000 and was later donated to the Smithsonian Museum. However, the story doesn't end there, since it turns out that there were multiple ruby slippers, which moved throughout the years to multiple different collectors.
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Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2016: Wizard Mode

An autistic man strives to be a pinball champion in Wizard Mode. Robert Gagno is one of the world's best pinball players, who dreams of one day being the best in the world. Robert also happens to be a man on the autistic spectrum, which results in many challenges in his life, such as finding employment or a relationship. Despite his challenges, Robert plays his way to the world's largest pinball tournament in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2016: O.J.: Made in America

The rise and fall of O.J. Simpson is told in the five part documentary O.J.: Made in America. Football player Orenthal James Simpson rose to super-stardom in the 1970s, as the star running back for the Buffalo Bills. "The Juice" would later parlay his fame to other aspects of pop culture, such as becoming the spokesman for the Hertz car rental company and co-starring in The Naked Gun. However, Simpson had a dark side, with him repeatedly being accused of domestic abuse and he infamously was arrested in 1994 for the brutal murder of his ex-wife Nicole.
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2016: Unlocking the Cage

A lawyer fights for the rights of autonomous animals in Unlocking the Cage. Animal rights lawyer Steven Wise has committed his career to ensuring that animals receive the same level of rights as humans, focusing on intelligent animals, such as apes, elephants, and dolphins. Teaming with the Nonhuman Rights Project, Wise and his team file habeas corpus lawsuits in defense of Chimpanzees in captivity, with the ultimate goal to have them located to a sanctuary with more appropriate living conditions.

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Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2016: Contemporary Color

David Byrne presents a performance combining colour guard routines and live music in Contemporary Color. Ten high school teams from across North American have been gathered together to perform their color guard dance routines, which utilize timed rifle tosses and flag spins. The routines are accompanied by live performances my various recording artists, including St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, and David Byrne.

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