Hot Docs Audience Award Rankings: May 3 - ‘Birth of a Family’ Overtakes ‘Rumble’

Birth of a Family
Courtesy of the NFB


By Pat Mullen

What an amazing year for Indigenous stories at Hot Docs. There’s a shake-up in the Audience Award rankings, but for the third day in a row, a new Indigenous film sits in the top spot. Tasha Hubbard’s deeply moving NFB doc Birth of a Family debuted at #1 following its world premiere on Tuesday. This necessary film sees a family separated by the Sixties Scoop come together for the first time.

Birth of a Family ousted Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World from the #1 spot it held in Tuesday’s rankings, which is a bit of a surprise since the music doc brought the house down with a standing ovation following its final screening yesterday at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Fox Searchlight’s exhilarating and inspiring dance doc Step holds steady at #2.

Birth of a Family also leads the race for the Canadian Audience Award, with Rumble on its heels, followed by Bee Nation, A Better Man and Unarmed Verses. Former Audience Award ratings leader The Road Forward sits at #20.

The Top 20 Films in the hunt for the Hot Docs Audience Award as of May 3 are:

  1. Birth of a Family
  2. Step
  3. Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
  4. Long Strange Trip
  5. La Chana
  6. Dolores
  7. Muhi – Generally Temporary
  8. Unrest
  9. Bee Nation (Profile | review)
  10. A Better Man
  11. Strad Style
  12. Becoming Who I Was
  13. State of Exception
  14. Unarmed Verses
  15. Gilbert
  16. Mermaids
  17. City of Ghosts
  18. I Am Another You
  19. Susanne Bartsch: On Top
  20. The Road Forward

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