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Batata Holds Top Spot in Hot Docs Audience Award Race

Framing Agnes debuts at number two.

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Batata keeps in the top spot in the race for the Hot Docs Audience Award. The film by Noura Kevorkian stayed atop the lists for the Hot Docs Audience Award and the Rogers Audience Award for Canadian Film after debuting in the number one spot yesterday. Batata is a film ten years in the making that observes Syrian refugees as they forge new lives amid a global migration crisis.

Debuting in the runner-up spot today is Chase Joynt’s groundbreaking study of transgender narratives and history, Framing Agnes. The hybrid film uses performance to revisit controversial gender studies of 1960s that viewed transgender experiences through a narrow heteronormative lens. Yesterday’s runner-up Navalny took a sharp dive down to thirteenth place, while former leader Okay! (The ASD Band Film) held its ninth spot after dropping yesterday.


The Hot Docs Audience Award rankings for May 2 are:

  1. Batata  
  2. Framing Agnes
  3. Tolyatti Adrift
  4. Sam Now
  5. Sexual Healing
  6. Aftershock
  7. American Scar
  8. The Artist’s Daughter, Oil on Canvas
  9. Okay! (The ASD Band Film)
  10. How Saba Kept Singing
  11. Bigger than Trauma
  12. We Feed People
  13. Navalny
  14. Category: Woman
  15. Attica
  16. In the Eye of the Storm: The Political Odyssey of Yanis Varoufakis
  17. Boycott
  18. The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith
  19. Joyce Carol Oates: A Body in the Service of Mind
  20. Smell of Money

Pat Mullen is the publisher of POV Magazine. He holds a Master’s in Film Studies from Carleton University where his research focused on adaptation and Canadian cinema. Pat has also contributed to outlets including The Canadian Encyclopedia, Paste, That Shelf, Sharp, Xtra, and Complex. He is the vice president of the Toronto Film Critics Association and an international voter for the Golden Globe Awards.

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