French doc to open Hot Docs festival at Toronto on 29 April

MUMBAI: The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival will open on 29 April with Babies a French documentary by Thomas Balmes at Toronto it is understood.

The documentary made by Focus Features revolves around four babies - in Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco and Tokyo - as they take their first steps.

The opening night will also see the Canadian premiere of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn‘s Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, a portrait of the popular Canadian rock band Rush.

The festival will also screen Steven Soderbergh‘s documentary And Everything is Going Fine which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival and Alex Gibney‘s Casino Jack and the United States of Money, a portrait of jailed Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

The festival will also screen 12th & Delaware, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing‘s report from the front line of the US abortion debate and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, an all-access portrait of the American comedy legend by filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg.

Space Tourists, a look at super-rich space travelers by Swiss director Christian Frei, and Josh Fox‘s Gasland a probe into the current U.S. natural gas drilling boom will also be screened.

The Toronto festival will have in all 166 documentaries from 41 countries in its 11-day run till 9 May.

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