‘Butterfly’ Soars to #1 in Hot Docs Audience Race


By Pat Mullen

Another day, another leader! Today’s Hot Docs Audience Award rankings shake-up puts Butterfly in the #1 spot. The doc directed by Alessandro Cassigoli and Casey Kauffman tells the underdog tale of a young woman in Italy fighting to realize her dream of being a boxer. Butterfly was in fifth in yesterday’s rankings but jumped up after votes trickled in for the top four with yesterday’s leader Our Dance of Revolution dropping to fifth place and runner up Cold Case Hammarskjöld falling off the chart entirely. Butterfly has its second screening today, May 1.

Taking the lead in the top spot for the Rogers Audience Award for favourite Canadian film is Chris Flanagan’s groovy music doc Shella Record – A Reggae Mystery. The film sits above Our Dance of Revolution, Prey, and Willie, while Jamie Kastner’s There Are No Fakes creeps into fifth. Shella, Dance, and Fakes all screen again today.

The top 20 features in the race for the Hot Docs Audience Award are:

  1. Butterfly
  2. Dear Brother
  3. Maxima
  4. Shella Record – A Reggae Mystery
  5. Our Dance of Revolution
  6. Prey
  7. Willie
  8. Ask Dr. Ruth
  9. Una Primavera
  10. There Are No Fakes
  11. For Sama
  12. Killing Patient Zero
  13. Last Breath
  14. nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up
  15. Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind
  16. Kifaru
  17. Knock Down the House
  18. Sea of Shadows
  19. #Female Pleasure
  20. Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts

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