Batata takes the lead in the race for the Hot Docs People’s Choice Awards

Potato leads the races for the Hot Docs People’s Choice Award and the Rogers People’s Choice Award for Canadian Film. The Noura Kevorkian-directed documentary debuted at number one in today’s update for the audience rankings. Potato is a decade-long longitudinal study of Syrian migrants that observes refugees as they search for work and attempt to rebuild their lives in the midst of a global crisis.

yesterday’s boss, OK! (ASD Group Movie) dropped to ninth place as new films topped the ratings, including Jacquelyn Mills’ Geographies of loneliness, which debuted in second place in the Rogers Prize and fifth overall. Appearing in second place today is Navalnydirected by Daniel Roher, which had its hometown premiere as part of the Scotiabank Big Ideas series. Navalny notably performed to a packed house which greeted Roher, subject Christo Grovzev, and the film’s cast and crew with a standing ovation after the screening. The screening was one of the most enthusiastic receptions I have ever seen at Hot Docs and will be one to watch. Navalny has already won the People’s Choice Award for an American Documentary at Sundance, as well as the distinction as a festival audience favourite.

The ranking of the Public Prize of May 1st is as follows:

  1. Potato
  2. Navalny
  3. american scar
  4. Drifting Togliatti
  5. Geographies of loneliness
  6. daddy can dance
  7. African Competition
  8. silver smell
  9. OK! (ASD Group Movie)
  10. Bigger than the trauma
  11. Penthouse
  12. The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith
  13. In the eye of the storm: the political odyssey of Yanis Varoufakis
  14. Nelly and Nadine
  15. be my voice
  16. And I always sing
  17. Grounding
  18. A history of the world according to Getty Images
  19. Always working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  20. Split at root

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