HOT DOCS LINEUP INCLUDES PREMIERES OF ‘KILLING PATIENT ZERO,’ ‘TOXIC BEAUTY’

A documentary that aims to clear the name of a Quebecois flight attendant who was known as “patient zero” in the 1980s AIDS epidemic will make its world premiere at this year’s Hot Docs festival.

Killing Patient Zero

TORONTO — A documentary that aims to clear the name of a Quebecois flight attendant who was known as “patient zero” in the 1980s AIDS epidemic will make its world premiere at this year’s Hot Docs festival.

“Killing Patient Zero” is among 15 newly announced special presentations set for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, which runs April 25 to May 5 in Toronto.

Laurie Lynd directed the Canadian film, which looks at “the homophobia behind the headlines” of the epidemic.

Also making its world premiere at the festival is the Canadian doc “Toxic Beauty” by Phyllis Ellis, which looks at “the cosmetics industry’s ugly secrets.”

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The other special presentations are either Canadian, international or North American premieres.

Other titles include “Push” by Fredrik Gertten, in which a newly appointed UN specialist from Ottawa travels from Toronto to cities around the world to look at the issue of affordable housing.

“The Corporate Coup D’Etat” by Fred Peabody is a Canadian doc about democracy in the U.S., while “Knock Down the House” by Rachel Lears follows four women during the 2018 U.S. midterms, including rising Democrat star and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

In “Buddy,” director Heddy Honigmann looks at the complex relationships between service dogs and their owners.

Director Jacqueline Olive “examines the lingering trauma of more than a century of lynching and continued racial violence” in “Always in Season.”

And “Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy” by Elizabeth Carroll is about a 96-year-old chef who’s been dubbed “the Mick Jagger of Mexican cooking.”

The Canadian Press

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