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Hot Docs Daily: Alias, Chimeras, NCR: Not Criminally Responsible

We're feelin' doc, doc, docs!

Mr  Knia in Alias  Image courtesy GAT Media

Mr. Knia in Alias. Image courtesy GAT Media.

Who says Sunday is the day of rest? Well, a lot of people and some couple hundred years of history, but that doesn’t apply at Hot Docs! Today we suggest starting things off by keeping it local with Michelle Latimer’s Alias (4 Stars, 1 p.m., Scotiabank Theatre). Set in Regent Park and following a group of aspiring rappers and their promoter, the documentary is an observational and beautiful portrait of the subjects and our city.

Staying in the vein of docs on art, though here a very different kind, Mika Mattila’s Chimeras (stars 3andahalf9) is playing at 1:30 p.m. today at the Scotiabank Theatre. Examining the contradictions in contemporary Chinese art, the film follows two artists: the well-established Wang Guangyi and an emerging presence, Liu Gang. Allowing the art and the artists to speak for themselves, Mattila’s camera steps back and observes, offering a contemplative work on a complex subject.

Moving things closer to home again, NCR: Not Criminally Responsible (stars 3andahalf9, 9:30 p.m., Isabel Bader Theatre) takes on the age-old—and with Richard Kachkar’s trial, timely—topic of how to deal with mental illness in the justice system. After attacking and nearly killing Julie Bouvoir in 1999 in Cornwall, Sean Clifton was sentenced to jail, despite suffering from an untreated mental illness. Finding him 12 years on, John Kastner’s film delves into the complicated realm of forgiveness and recovery, navigating between Bouvoir and Clifton’s perspectives.

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