‘Our Dance of Revolution’ Takes Lead in Hot Docs Audience Award Race

Our Dance of Revolution

By Pat Mullen

This year’s Hot Docs horse race is the most unpredictable one yet! In yet another shake-up with a film debuting at #1, Phillip Pike’s Our Dance of Revolution takes the lead in today’s Audience Award update. The doc about LGBTQ activists of colour in Toronto received a rave review from POV’s Susan G. Cole, who wrote, “this is an important, ground breaking movie. See it with an audience that’s bound to be passionate and proud.”

Our Dance of Revolution edges out yesterday’s leader Maxima, which drops to number four as Cold Case Hammarskjöld and Dear Brother take the runner-up spots. Pike’s film also leads the Canadian race ahead of Prey, which holds the runner-up spot, while Willie, about Willie O’Ree, the hockey player who broke the NHL’s colour barrier, debuts in third in the Canadian race and at number eight overall. The film had its world premiere last night in the Scotiabank Big Ideas with O’Ree and the Stanley Cup in attendance. Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind and Killing Patient Zero round at the top five on the Canadian front.

The top 20 features in the Hot Docs Audience Award race as of April 30 are:

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

Visit the POV Hot Docs Hub for more coverage from this year’s festival.