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Hot Docs fetes ‘Gaza’

Largest event of its kind sees 300% aud surge

TORONTO — The late James Miller’s “Death in Gaza” took the audience award at the Hot Docs Toronto Intl. Documentary Festival, which wrapped Sunday.

In “Death in Gaza,” a group of Palestinian youths grow up believing the greatest glory is to die a martyr. Miller was shot dead by an Israeli soldier while lensing the documentary.

“His untimely death demonstrates the incomprehensibility of this conflict,” said a Hot Docs release, “and the importance of presenting this story to the world,”

Runner-up was Ali Kazimi’s “Continuous Journey,” which won a special jury prize. Third place went to “Arna’s Children,” which received the international critics’ Fipresci nod.

Organizers reported that approximately 40,000 attended North America’s largest docu festival and market, and advance ticket sales were up more than 300% from last year, when the fest was hit by the city’s SARS scare.

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