Hot Docs Audience Award Rankings: May 3 - ‘Birth of a Family’ Overtakes ‘Rumble’
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:
- Birth of a Family
- Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
- Long Strange Trip
- La Chana
- Muhi – Generally Temporary
- Bee Nation (Profile | review)
- A Better Man
- Strad Style
- Becoming Who I Was
- State of Exception
- Unarmed Verses
- City of Ghosts
- I Am Another You
- Susanne Bartsch: On Top
- The Road Forward