Two thought-provoking films coming to the 2019 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

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There Are No Fakes, a journey into the largest art fraud scam in Canadian history and the work of Norval Morrisseau, the Ojibway founder of the Woodland School, premieres April 29

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C2C Communications is thrilled to represent two high-profiled documentaries premiering at the 2019 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Cave 7 Films presents

THERE ARE NO FAKES

A Film by Jamie Kastner

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Hot Docs screenings

World Premiere: Monday, April 29, 6:00 PM at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1

2nd screening: Wednesday, May 1, 8:15 PM at Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 3 

From award-winning director Jamie Kastner and executive producer Mark Anthony Jacobson comes There Are No Fakes, a journey into the largest art fraud scam in Canadian history. 

Musician Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies buys a painting, “Spirit Energy of Mother Earth,” attributed to Norval Morrisseau, the Ojibway founder of the Woodland School. Acclaimed by Picasso and Chagall, Morrisseau is widely recognized to be the world’s first Indigenous art star. But Hearn begins to have doubts about the painting’s authenticity and winds up suing the gallery that sold it to him. 

In short order he finds himself in the middle of a feud between two warring factions of white people, each claiming to be the true defenders of Morrisseau’s legacy. Questioning the authenticity of Hearn’s painting throws into doubt some 3000 Morrisseau-attributed works worth $30,000,000. Epithets are slung, suits and countersuits pile up, rocks are thrown through gallery windows… 

The film follows leads to Thunder Bay, Morrisseau’s birthplace, known for its shameful history of Indigenous-white relations. Then, as Hearn’s court case proceeds, an almost-unbelievable new tale emerges about the origin of the paintings, and the story turns several shades darker. 

Run time: 114 minutes 

Take a look at the trailer HERE

Kitab Productions presents

A KANDAHAR AWAY

A Film by Aisha Jamal

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Hot Docs screenings

World Premiere: Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 PM at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2 

2nd screening: Thursday, May 2, 1:00 PM at Isabel Bader Theatre 

3rd screening: Saturday, May 4, 10:15 AM at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2 

As an immigrant to Canada, Abdul Bari Jamal’s longing for his homeland of Afghanistan is a constant theme in his life. Now living in Toronto, Canada, he never thought he would find a piece of his former home right here in Canada’s heartland. Delighted by his discovery, he decided to buy every member of his family a plot of land in the dwindling farming community of Kandahar, Saskatchewan. A Kandahar Away follows the Jamal family – all born in Kandahar, Afghanistan – on their first family trip to see the land.

As this trip represents the first trip the family has taken together in over ten years, Abdul hopes that it will provide much-needed bonding time. Moreover, he hopes his children will see that there is an equal place for both Canad and Afganistan in their modern lives. For the occasion of the Jamal family’s visit, the 15 remaining residents of Kandahar, Saskatchewan have gathered to welcome the family, as their visit also represents the first-time locals meet a family from the namesake city in Afghanistan. Can his children see as much meaning in this act of tying the two Kandahar's together as their father?

A Kandahar Away captures the interaction of the Jamal family and their urban, immigrant perspective with that of the rural population of Saskatchewan and ultimately paints a varying portrait of what it means to be Canadian.

Run time: 82 minutes 

Take a look at the trailer HERE

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