Film festival to run April 17 - 27

“All Together Now,” Adrian Wills’ Canadian feature about Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles-inspired spectacle “Love,” featuring Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono, will world preem at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary film fest, conference and market, running April 17-27.

Fest unveiled its special presentations, Made in Mexico and Spotlight on Iran, on Tuesday with the full slate to be revealed March 18.

“There is a huge curiosity about what life is like in Iran, since most of what we hear is ramped-up political discourse,” says Hot Docs director of programming Sean Farnel, who visited Iran and Mexico last year to attend festivals and meet with filmmakers.

“The cultural ministries in Mexico are realizing docs are a good way to get stories about Mexico out there. We’re used to stories from Mexico told by outsiders, but Hot Docs is presenting voices from within the country.”

Made In Mexico features six docs, including the North American premiere of Juan Manuel Sepulveda’s “The Infinite Border,” about thousands of Central Americans that travel through Mexico to the U.S. each year.

Spotlight on Iran also features six films, including the world premiere of “All My Mothers,” Ebrahim Saeedi and Zahawi Sanjawi’s examination of Saddam Hussein’s campaign against Kurds in Northern Iran.

Other special presentation highlights include the world premiere of “The Forgotten Woman,” from photographer Dilip Mehta, brother of Oscar-nominated Deepa Mehta; the international premieres of Christopher Bell’s look at America’s steroid culture “Bigger, Stronger, Faster,” and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ portrait of African-American celebrity “The Black List”; Canadian premieres of international festival faves “Standard Operating Procedure” (Errol Morris), “Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go” (Kim Longinotto) and “Stranded, I’ve Come From a Plane That Crashed in the Mountains” (Gonzalo Arijon).

Hot Docs 2008 presents more than 150 short and feature docs and includes the Toronto Documentary Forum pitching event, held April 23-24.

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