Three Flemish productions have been invited to Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary film festival. Janet van den Brand’s Ceres, Sahim Omar Kalifa’s Cornered in Molenbeek and Yannis Van den Ecker’s Sons of the Wild will all be screened in Competition in Toronto.

Cornered in MolenbeekCeres is an intimate portrait of four children as they experience the natural cycle of life on a farm. The film explores the world through their eyes and examines their relationship to nature and human society. The documentary was written and directed by van den Brand and produced by the young production company Diplodokus.

Cornered in Molenbeek is a mid-length documentary by Sahim Omar Kalifa, the director of last year’s feature film Zagros and shorts such as Bad Hunter and  Baghdad Messi. Cornered in Molenbeek tells the story of life in the eponymous Brussels municipality in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks and the lockdown of Brussels at the end of 2015. The documentary was initially created as a part of The Paved Road, a five-episode documentary series produced by Zonderling and broadcasted by Acht in 2016.

Finally Sons of the Wild, Yannis Van den Ecker’s 2017 graduation film at RITCS School of Arts, will be competing for Hot Docs Best International Short.

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is the largest documentary film festival in North America with around 200,000 visitors each year. It is also an important meeting point for industry professionals, with a conference programme and market.

Published on Wednesday 21 March 2018

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