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“In the Shadows of the Moon” to Open Hot Docs ’07

"In the Shadows of the Moon" to Open Hot Docs '07

Details of the 2007 edition of the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, North America’s largest, were unveiled this week, with 129 films set for this year’s roster. Hot Docs will open April 19 in Toronto with David Sington‘s “In the Shadow of the Moon,” the story of NASA’s Apollo astronauts, told first-hand by the crews themselves with never-before-seen archival footage. Among the documentaries making their world premieres at Hot Docs are: Oliver Hodge‘s “Garbage Warrior,” the story of a visionary American architect who creates eco-friendly homes from refuse; Arne Johnson and Shane King‘s “Girls Rock,” which follows young girls’ liberating experiences at a rock-and-roll music camp; Jamie Kastner‘s “Kike Like Me,” the filmmaker’s idiosyncratic journey through worlds of enthusiastic acceptance and disturbing prejudice; John Zaritsky‘s “The Suicide Tourist,” which examines a Swiss company that offers legally-assisted suicide services to people from around the world; Risa Morimoto‘s “Wings of Defeat,” the story of the few kamikaze pilots who survived their missions, told first-hand; John Philp‘s “Yoga Inc.,” an investigation into the Westernization of the ancient practice of yoga; and Steve York‘s “Orange Revolution,” the story of Ukraine’s nearly-stolen 2004 presidential election. “We’re proud of this spirited, potent programme of terrific international and domestic documentaries,” commented director of programming Sean Farnel in a statement. “Given our position on a busy festival calendar, Hot Docs offers an opinionated summary of the season’s most compelling work, while introducing many remarkable new or overlooked films into the mix.” For more information and a full list of this year’s docs, visit the Hot Docs website. [Brian Brooks]

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