‘Maxima’ Holds Lead on Last Day of Hot Docs

Maxima


By Pat Mullen

Maxima knows how to put up a fight! Claudia Sparrow’s film continued to hold the top spot on the Hot Docs Audience Award rankings on the final update of the festival. The film, which follows one Peruvian woman’s fight to keep her land when it is threatened by a gold mine, screens again today. In the POV review of Maxima, Maurie Alioff wrote, “In the end, it’s Máxima Acuña’s presence that gives the film its power. The little woman in the sombrero and poncho whose courage and will to continue her struggle will never be defeated.”

The rankings saw little movement between yesterday and other day given that we don’t know how the Canadian titles are shaking out. The only noticeable jump was for Rachel Lears’ motivating political doc Knock Down the House, which moved up a few slots following an encore screening.

The top 20 features in the hunt for the Audience Award are:

  1. Maxima
  2. Rogers Audience Award Contender
  3. Rogers Audience Award Contender
  4. Ask Dr. Ruth
  5. Gods of Molenbeek
  6. Rogers Audience Award Contender
  7. Rogers Audience Award Contender
  8. Rogers Audience Award Contender
  9. For Sama
  10. Rogers Audience Award Contender
  11. Rogers Audience Award Contender
  12. Knock Down the House
  13. Rogers Audience Award Contender
  14. Kifaru
  15. Last Breath
  16. Sea of Shadows
  17. Seahorse
  18. Dear Brother
  19. After Parkland
  20. Haydee and the Flying Fish

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