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The Hidden Life of Trees

A walk in the woods will never be the same. Explore the hidden, social life of trees with renowned forester and author Peter Wohlleben in this dazzling big screen adaption of his worldwide bestseller.
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Some Kind of Heaven
Best of 2021

The palm-tree-lined paradise known as The Villages, America's largest retirement community located in Florida, promises a permanent vacation from the outside world. But for some residents, the fantasy is not all it’s cracked up to be.
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The Conductor

Meet the sorceress at the helm of the symphony: internationally acclaimed conductor Marin Alsop. The vivacious Maestra flips the idea that only men can lead orchestras flat on its head!
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The Lost Leonardo
Best of 2021

Believed to be a long-forgotten masterwork by Leonardo da Vinci, the Salvator Mundi is the most expensive painting ever sold at $450 million. But is it really by Leonardo, or do certain powerful players simply want it to be? Get the inside story in this gripping, real-world art thriller.
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The Truffle Hunters
Best of 2021

Head deep into the forests of Piedmont, Italy with a group of elderly experts and their wily canines as they hunt for the elusive and expensive white Alba truffle.
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Try Harder!

Only the best and brightest attend Lowell High-San Francisco’s most prestigious public high school. Track the college admissions journey of five endearing seniors vying for acceptance into the Ivy Leagues.
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Writing With Fire
Best of 2021

Once upon a time, a female Dalit journalist was an unimaginable thing to be. Meet the revolutionary journalists at the helm of India’s only female-run newspaper helping to shift these deeply-embedded perceptions.
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15 Reasons to Live
I Curmudgeon: The Personal Films of Alan Zweig

The human desire for meaning finds vivid expression in the fifteen vignettes set forth in Alan Zweig’s quietly instructive film about what makes life worth living.
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A Better Man
Spotlight on Ontario

Feminist filmmaker and counsellor Attiya Khan opens a brave conversation with her abusive ex-partner from over 20 years ago.
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A Cops and Robbers Story

As both a former gang member and high-ranking Black NYPD cop, Corey Pegues draws meaningful connections between the police and the policed in this timely doc that highlights the need for racial justice and reform.
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The Act of Killing
Essential Docs

In this groundbreaking and chilling documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, the unrepentant former members of Indonesian death squads are challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies they love.
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All Light, Everywhere
Best of 2021

This Sundance prize winner offers an illuminating investigation of ever-increasing surveillance technologies, exposing the biases inherent in both human perception and the camera lens.
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All the Time in the World
Encore + x Hot Docs

A family disconnects with the modern world to reconnect with each other by relocating to an isolated cabin in the remote Canadian North—spending nine winter months without electricity, running water or a trace of technology.
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Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir
Essential Docs

In this intimate, newly-released portrait tracing her life and career, Amy Tan opens up with remarkable frankness about her painful past, and how writing has helped her heal.
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Ascension
Best of 2021

Probe the paradoxes of modern China’s capitalist enterprise from the bottom up in this masterfully crafted hypnotic marvel, shot in 51 locations across the country
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Bangla Surf Girls
Spotlight on Ontario

Three rebellious working-class teenage girls in Bangladesh escape daily hardships and stifling family lives by riding waves on their surfboards, chasing a fleeting and thrilling sense of freedom.
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Theo Tams: One Last Chance - Free World Streaming Premiere

From growing up gay in Alberta to navigating depression and addiction, Canadian Idol winner Theo Tams opens up about his extraordinary journey with mental health and music.
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The Big Scary "S" Word

Explore the rich history and resurgence of one of the most taboo concepts in American politics: socialism. Featuring Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cornel West, Naomi Klein and more.
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Bill Cunningham: New York
Essential Docs

A chronicle of the elusive, eccentric photographer who documented the intersection of fashion and society for over 50 years.
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Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road

Journey into the career of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson in this chill and intimate portrait full of new and classic tunes, star appearances and, of course, good vibrations.
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The Capote Tapes
Essential Docs

Through never-before-heard audio archives and interviews with Capote’s friends and enemies, this critically acclaimed documentary reveals the rise and fall of one of America’s most influential writers and public figures.
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Connecting the Dots
Spotlight on Ontario

The first-ever documentary of its kind, Connecting the Dots takes on the subject of mental health through the voices of young people around the world.
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The Cool School
Essential Docs

Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville (Won’t You Be My Neighbour?) takes you back to the birth of Los Angeles’ modern art scene in the 1950s. Featuring narration by actor Jeff Bridges, a breezy jazz score, and interviews with Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell, Frank Gehry and more.
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The Corporation
Encore + x Hot Docs

The spectacular rise, and strange legal fiction that make up the modern corporation is the subject of this 26-award-winning blockbuster. Featuring 7 CEOs, 3 VPs, 2 whistleblowers, many activists, and the FBI’s top consultant on psychopaths.
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Dear Future Children
Best of 2021

In the battle for a better world, we’ve got the youth to thank. Winner of the 2021 Hot Docs Audience Award, Dear Future Children is a powerful, humanistic rally cry that affirms our ability to change the course of history.
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The Devil's Horn
Essential Docs

Acclaimed filmmaker Larry Weinstein offers a fascinating look at this beloved and feared instrument alongside riveting tales of history’s greatest saxophone players.
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Fire at Sea
Essential Docs Essential Docs

In this Academy Award finalist for Best Documentary, acclaimed director Gianfranco Rosi (Notturno) uses his skills of quiet observation to shine a unique perspective on the European refugee crisis.
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Flee

Amin, a refugee whose childhood was devastated by forced displacement, cannot escape his past. But this brilliant, Sundance Award-winning hybrid of animation and documentary reveals another possibility: reckoning with it.
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Gunda
Best of 2021

The daily lives of a group of animals on a farm—a mother pig, a one-legged chicken and a herd of cows—are intimately chronicled in this experiential masterpiece produced by Joaquin Phoenix and shortlisted for a 2020 Academy Award.
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I, Curmudgeon
I Curmudgeon: The Personal Films of Alan Zweig

To be negative or not to appear to be negative, that is the question. Alan Zweig enlists a raucous cast of fellow ‘sour, angry, miserablist truth-tellers,’ including Fran Lebowitz, Harvey Pekar and Scott Thompson, to examine the risks of being a naysayer in a society continually pitching the positive.
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iHUMAN
Essential Docs

The rapid rise of artificial intelligence has dramatically altered how we function as a global society. But who really holds the code? Leading AI pioneers help us decipher a roadmap to our future in this eye-opening Hot Docs '20 tech-thriller.
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In Balanchine's Classroom

Relive the glory years of groundbreaking choreographer George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet through five decades of historic dance footage and interviews.
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Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey
On Mindfulness

This intimate portrait centres on B.K.S. Iyengar's legacy and teachings, while illuminating the life-changing holistic methods at the core of his practice.
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Karen Dalton: In My Own Time
This Film Should Be Played Loud

An unsung pioneer of the 1960s New York folk scene, singer Karen Dalton finally gets the recognition she deserves in this rich portrait woven together from her dulcet blues melodies and interviews with loved ones.
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Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl

Marvel at the raw energy of British mid-aughts pop sensation Kate Nash as she performs her signature brand of grrrl punk from LA to London, speaking truth to power along the way.
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Kedi
Animal Magnetism

Roam free with the street cats of Instanbul in this perennial Hot Docs favourite.
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Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story
Essential Docs

Beverly Glenn-Copeland, a Black transgender musician, becomes a cult icon three decades after the release of his album Keyboard Fantasies.
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Kusama Infinity
Essential Docs

Immerse yourself in the dazzling art of Yayoi Kusama in this inspiring documentary on her tumultuous and triumphant journey.
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Laila at the Bridge
Encore + x Hot Docs

Laila Haidari is one self-described badass Afghan woman. She has to be when her work takes her deep beneath Kabul Bridge, to a place where Afghan women and men come to shoot up heroin and forget the hardships of their lives.
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Los Angeles Plays Itself
Essential Docs

Uncover the real city that lives beneath the tinsel in this landmark visual essay on Los Angeles, and how it’s been depicted and mythologized in the movies.
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Lovable
I Curmudgeon: The Personal Films of Alan Zweig

How long have you been alone? Why can’t you find love? Is being solo merely taboo, or is it proof that you’re unlovable? With his signature candour and humour, Alan Zweig reflects on why he is still single at mid-life while boldly challenging the dominant romantic myths and expectations of our culture.
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Love It Was Not

Fascinating witness accounts and meticulous research investigate the unfathomable relationship between a beautiful Jewish prisoner and an SS officer at Auschwitz. Thirty years later, the truth comes for them both at his 1972 war crimes trial.
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Man in the Field: The Life and Art of Jim Denevan

In this graceful study of the balance between solitude and community, artist and chef Jim Denevan roams across the US, transforming landscapes into breathtaking, sustainable dining experiences framed by ephemeral installation art.
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Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present
Essential Docs

Occasioned by a retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, Marina Abramovic prepares for one of her most striking performances yet, in which she sits still in a gallery seated across from various spectators one by one, seven hours a day, six days a week.
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Music on Film: My Darling Vivian + Live Music by Miranda Mulholland

Before June there was Vivian. Discover the fascinating untold story of Johnny Cash’s first wife.
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Films Changing the World: My Tree + Q&A

When Jason Sherman discovers a tree planted in Israel in his name 40 years ago now stands at the foot of a decimated Palestinian town, he embarks on a quest to confront the uncomfortable truths stemming from his gift.
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No Ordinary Man

Fusing classic elements of documentary storytelling with contemporary perspectives from leading transgender artists, Canadian filmmakers Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt recast the story of Billy Tipton—the transmasculine jazz musician who passed for cis his whole life.
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Pickle (Short)
Animal Magnetism

Pickle explores the human capacity to care for all creatures throughout their sometimes greatly protracted lives until their occasionally sudden and unfortunate deaths.
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Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché

In the words of riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna, Poly Styrene was a legend with “one of the most original voices ever.” Get to know the Black punk star who helped shape the future of a genre.
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President

Guided by direct, in-the-moment footage that follows Zimbabwe’s corruption-riddled 2018 presidential election, this immersive doc reveals a nation’s steadfast longing for democratic justice.
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The Reason I Jump

Using the ground-breaking insights first revealed in 13-year old Naoki Higashida’s bestselling memoir, this Sundance Award-winning adaptation offers a wondrous cinematic glimpse inside the lives and minds of young non-verbal people with autism.
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Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect
Essential Docs

Rarely has an architect caused as much sensation outside of the architecture community as Rem Koolhaas. This engaging portrait provides full access to the Dutch visionary's process, philosophies and most revered accomplishments around the world, including the Seattle Library and the Casa da Musica concert hall in Porto.
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Hottest Shorts of Hot Docs: A Concerto Is a Conversation

Acclaimed film composer (When They See Us, Green Book, Bridgerton) and jazz pianist Kris Bowers sits down with his 91-year-old grandfather, who reflects on his journey to California from Jim Crow Florida.
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Hottest Shorts of Hot Docs: Broken Orchestra

project that mobilized a community to repair hundreds of instruments for students, in response to funding cuts for music education programs in Philadelphia.
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Hottest Shorts of Hot Docs: GirlsBoysMix

Nine-year-old Wen Long was born intersex. She isn't interested in being a boy or a girl, she's only interested in being herself. Tired of explaining herself, she wishes the whole world understood what intersex was and delivers a powerfully candid and playful lesson about acceptance and education in this challenge of the gender binary.
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Hottest Shorts of Hot Docs: Help, I've Gone Viral

Upon returning home to Norway after a holiday in Indonesia, Audun Kvitland pens an ode to Nasi Padang, West Sumatra's most famous culinary export. He uploads his ditty to YouTube, and much to his surprise, it becomes a viral sensation in Indonesia. A tasty little morsel that unites people through music and food.
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Hottest Shorts of Hot Docs: Svonni vs. the Swedish Tax Agency

A Sámi woman fights for her right to claim a tax deduction against the purchase of a dog. Why the Swedish authorities fail to recognize the dog's use as a reindeer herding tool versus a pet opens up a larger discussion about Indigenous rights and economic discrimination in this humorous takedown of the Swedish government's ignorance of Sámi culture.
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Hottest Shorts of Hot Docs: Wearable Tracy

Beginning in May 2017, Lee Kim crafted a hat out of pipe cleaners every day on the subway ride from the Bronx to Manhattan. Spanning everything from the sublime to the surreal, these jaunty headpieces present an opportunity for Kim to create, connect and spark joy in her community.
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Sunrise/Sunset
On Mindfulness

The daily life of the Dalai Lama is brought home with remarkable intimacy in Sunrise / Sunset.
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The Cola Conquest (3-part film)
Encore+ x Hot Docs

Explore story of Coca-Cola - the 'sublimated essence' of all that American stands for - and the century-long competition with its rival, Pepsi-Cola.
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The Mindfulness Movement
On Mindfulness

There's never been a better time to turn to the power of the present moment.
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The Reason I Jump
Essential Docs

Using the ground-breaking insights first revealed in 13-year old Naoki Higashida’s bestselling memoir, this Sundance Award-winning adaptation offers a wondrous cinematic glimpse inside the lives and minds of young non-verbal people with autism.
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Our Beautiful City: There's No Place Like This Place, Anyplace with Community Panel
Our Beautiful City

A timely look at the gentrification of Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood, told through the stories of those affected by the closure of the iconic bargain store, Honest Ed’s.
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Tiny: A Story About Living Small
Essential Docs

Ever dream of trading in the hustle and bustle for something more… minimal? All over the world, people are happily downsizing their lives to move into houses smaller than the average parking spot.
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Tungrus (Short)
Animal Magnetism

A middle-class Mumbai household is turned upside down by the arrival of a new family member—a cute chick who quickly grows into a hell-raising rooster.
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Umiaq Skin Boat (Short)
Encore+ x Hot Docs

A beautiful and poetic 30-minute film about a group of Inuit elders in Inukjuak, Québec who decide to build the first traditional seal skin boat their community has seen in over 50 years.
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Untying the Knot
Spotlight on Ontario

An empowering exposé of abusive relationships and marriage in Bangladesh— and the courageous women standing up to the social codes that oppress them.
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Vinyl
I Curmudgeon: The Personal Films of Alan Zweig

Zweig’s cult favourite mines the comedy and tragedy of obsessive record collecting. This smart and cranky confessional recognizes the record as an object beyond music, and collecting as a way of searching the heart and mind.
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Walk With Me
On Mindfulness

Follow the footsteps of renowned Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, whose teachings have popularized the art of mindfulness worldwide.
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What Walaa Wants
Spotlight on Ontario

Young Walaa has her sights set on becoming one of the few women to join the Palestinian Security Forces; she has to fight to survive police training boot camp with her wildly rebellious spirit intact.
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When Jews Were Funny
I Curmudgeon: The Personal Films of Alan Zweig

Alan Zweig puts the century’s funniest Jews on the hot seat to answer the question: Are Jewish comics funnier?
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Amazing Grace

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The Magic of the Theatre: Six Great Plays in History
Curious Minds Online Course

Examine six great plays that have left their mark on history, and the ways they can still hold meaning for spectators of our own day.
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Curious Minds: The Great Museums
Curious Minds Online Course

Take a lively tour through the world’s great repositories of art and artifacts, from the Uffizi in Florence and Moscow's Hermitage to the Louvre, the MOMA and more
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Venice: The City of Dreams
Curious Minds Online Course

A magical city that continues to hold a unique place in the cultural imagination, follow Venice through its evolution from maritime republic to a site of pleasure and decadence for generations of visitors.
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The Art of Picasso
Curious Minds Online Course

Examine the extraordinary works and legacy of Pablo Picasso in relation to his artistic influences, the key events and ideas of his time.
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China: Beyond the Headlines
Curious Minds Online Course

Dr. Diana Fu, a dynamic young scholar at the University of Toronto’s Munk School, offers a revelatory portrait of one of the world’s most fascinating countries during a moment of profound transformation.
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The Hidden World of Architecture
Curious Minds Online Course

Canada’s leading architecture critic examines a fascinating, often underappreciated, dimension of our buildings and our cities: the effect they have on our inner thoughts and emotions.
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Beauty and Resilience: Indigenous Art in Canada
Curious Minds Online Course

Explore the many ways Indigenous artists and their visual art traditions have shaped the cultural bedrock of our land in this timely and thought-provoking series led by Dr. Gerald McMaster, one of Canada's most distinguished scholars and curators of Indigenous art.
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Reading the 60s: Writing the Revolution
Curious Minds Online Course

From Susan Sontag to James Baldwin to Philip Roth, explore the revolutionary writers, books and debates that defined the 1960s, a time when authors pushed the boundaries of what we could print, say and think.
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Rome: The Eternal City from Its Mythical Foundation Until Today
Curious Minds Online Course

After his popular series on The Renaissance, University of Toronto's Dr. Kenneth Bartlett returns to explore the rich cultural traditions, the stunning art and architecture, and the dramatic political history of one of the world's most enchanting cities.
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The 1970s: Cold Wars, Hot Art and the Legacy of the Sixties
Curious Minds Online Course

Survey the influential people, movements and ideas that defined the 1970s—an era of new social freedoms, enduring political divisions and lots of unfinished business from the swinging 1960s.
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The Great Singers
Curious Minds Online Course

Ella, Judy, Peggy, Barbra, Nat, Ray. Pianist and music educator Jordan Klapman hosts a virtual music festival celebrating the lives and timeless songs of six of history’s greatest singer-entertainers.
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The Magic of Musicals: Broadway’s Biggest Hits
Curious Minds Online Course

Join Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated producer of Come From Away Michael Rubinoff for an insider’s guide to the biggest Broadway shows in history, from West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof to Dream Girls and Les Mis.
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The Age of Reinvention
Curious Minds Online Course

Explore the cultural and political changes that emerged in the wake of WWII, and in the shadow of the Cold War, with Curious Minds favourite, Dr. Peter Harris.
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Beethoven: Maestro for the Ages
Curious Minds Online Course

On the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, explore the life, times and music of the legendary composer.
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Private Homes, Public Lives: Houses of Cultural Icons
Curious Minds Online Course

From the aromatic kitchens of Julia Child to the mid-century modernist rooms of Frank Lloyd Wright, this series from architectural expert John Ota uses the houses of some of history’s most celebrated figures to explore the meaning of home.
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Rebel Paris: Creative Explosions & Revolutionary Dreamers
Curious Minds Online Course

Meet the rebellious spirits and renegade thinkers who have shaped the City of Light throughout history.
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The Treasures of South Asia
Curious Minds Online Course

A fascinating journey through the history and art that flourished in the South Asian kingdoms from the16th to 18th centuries.
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Black Mother Black Daughter
For Viola

Black Mother Black Daughter explores the lives and experiences of black women in Nova Scotia, their contributions to the home, the church and the community and the strengths they pass on to their daughters.
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The Many Sides of Tony: Laurie Woolever on Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography
Curious Minds Author Talk

Join Laurie Woolever, one of Bourdain’s most intimate confidantes, for a behind scenes look at the life and enduring legacy of the cultural tastemaker and her new book on his life, Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography.
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Adventures in France: Bill Buford on the Joys of French Cuisine
Curious Minds Author Talk

Bestselling food writer Bill Buford offers the inside dish on the art of French cooking and cuisine, and the valuable lessons he learned in writing Dirt, his anticipated follow-up to the bestselling classic, Heat.
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A Living Legacy: MSNBC’s Eddie Glaude on James Baldwin
Curious Minds Author Talk

Join Princeton historian and MSNBC commentator Eddie Glaude for a timely look at the legacy of the late great public thinker James Baldwin—and how his life and work can serve as a powerful guide for our moment of social change.
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The 1619 Project with Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times

Nikole-Hannah Jones reframed the public’s understanding of the legacy of slavery in America with her award-winning 1619 Project. Recently named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people, she joins us to discuss her essential new collection of essays and fiction based on the project, featuring contributions from Ibram X. Kendi, Barry Jenkins, Wesley Morris and more.
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Salman Rushdie on the Languages of Truth
Curious Minds Author Talk

Join us for an evening of mind-expanding conversation with the Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie whose latest collection of non-fiction, Languages of Truth, solidifies his place as one of the most original thinkers of our time.
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On Animals with The New Yorker’s Susan Orlean
Curious Minds Author Talk

The beloved New Yorker writer and bestselling author of The Orchid Thief joins us to discuss her latest collection of stories, On Animals, a lifetime of musings, meditations, and in-depth profiles about the animal world.
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20 Questions with... Merk Nguyen & Nyge Turner (ADULT ish)
Watch on demand from January 27-February 28

Merk Nguyen and Nyge Turner are California-based co-hosts of ADULT ish, a culture and advice podcast designed for #Adulting. ADULT ish is a YR Media podcast.
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André Picard, Katie Engelhart and Paul Wells on Aging with Dignity
Curious Minds Author Talk

It took the pandemic to open our eyes to society’s systemic neglect of our elders. Is it time to reimagine the systems that support them? In conversation with Maclean's’ Paul Wells, The Globe and Mail’s André Picard and veteran journalist Katie Engelhart will help us reassess how we approach life’s final chapters, drawing from their important new books, Neglected No More and The Inevitable.
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After the Fall: Obama Adviser Ben Rhodes on The Future of Democracy
Curious Minds Author Talk

Why is democracy so threatened in America and around the world? And what can we do about it? Help find the answer with former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes who’s recently released new book, After The Fall, draws inspiration from the politicians, activists and dissidents fighting for a more just and democratic world.
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What's Next for America? The New Yorker's Evan Osnos on Joe Biden
Curious Minds Author Talk

As President Biden enters his first term in office, join The New Yorker's Evan Osnos for a timely look at the man and his moment in history, as outlined in his anticipated new biography, Joe Biden.
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