‘Eternity Never Surrendered’ Takes Top Spot in Hot Docs Audience Award Race


By Pat Mullen

Here’s a shocker! Mr. Rogers doc Won’t You Be My Neighbor? didn’t take the top spot in the latest update for the Hot Docs Audience Award race. Morgan Neville’s film still sits at a respectable 4th place. It’s important to remember that voting only has a 12-hour window. (I tried to vote for it at 7:30am this morning and missed my chance.) Vote before going to bed!

However, the doc in the top spot is sleeper hit Eternity Never Surrendered by Mexican director Daniela Rea Gómez. The film about loss, violence, and grief screens again today at 3:30 PM. Yesterday’s #1, Exit Music, drops to #5.

On the Canadian front, Transformer continues to hold steady at the top of the pack with NFB doc First Stripes entering the race at #6.

The top 20 docs in the race for the Audience Awards are:

  1. Eternity Never Surrendered
  2. Transformer
  3. Gurrumul
  4. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
  5. Exit Music
  6. First Stripes
  7. Global Family
  8. The Game Changers
  9. Letter from Masanjia
  10. The Silence of Others
  11. McQueen
  12. Don’t Be Nice
  13. Warrior Women
  14. People’s Republic of Desire
  15. Three Identical Strangers
  16. The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret
  17. I, Dolours
  18. Mr. SOUL!
  19. United Skates
  20. Dreaming Murakami

Hot Docs runs April 26 to May 6. Please visit hotdocs.ca for more info.

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