Colten Boushie killing inspires Hot Docs opening-night film

Colten Boushie killing inspires Hot Docs opening-night film
The opening-night film of this year’s Hot Docs film fest will be Nipawistamasowin: We Will Stand Up, a study of the Colten Boushie killing and its context in the Canadian west and Canadian history, the documentary festival announced Tuesday.

Boushie, a 22-year-old Indigenous man, was shot dead by farmer Gerald Stanley after an incursion onto Stanley’s property in 2016; the farmer was later controversially acquitted of second-degree murder. Directed by Tasha Hubbard, who previously won acclaim for her film Two Worlds Colliding, about the treatment of Indigenous man Darrell Night at the hands of Saskatoon police conducting one of their now-infamous “starlight tours,” Nipawistamasowin is touted as being “a profound narrative encompassing the filmmaker’s own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a transformative vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands.”

A moment from Nipawistamasowin: We Will Stand Up, a new doucmentary about the Colten Boushie killing.  (

The festival, running April 25 to May 5, also revealed the following films are coming:

Among the previously announced Hot Docs films are movies about singers Gordon Lightfoot and Michael Hutchence, jazz legend Miles Davis, NHL trailblazer Willie O’Ree and famed Swedish author Stieg Larsson.

There’s also American Factory, about the culture clash after an abandoned auto factory in Ohio is reopened by a Chinese billionaire; Cold Case Hammarskjold, which explores the 1961 plane crash that took the life of the United Nations secretary-general; Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story, about the former NBA player turned mental-health advocate now known as Metta World Peace; Framing John DeLorean, about the entrepreneur and would-be ’80s automaker; XY Chelsea, about recently re-jailed U.S. military-secret leaker Chelsea Manning; Ask Dr. Ruth, about the famous sex therapist/media personality Dr. Ruth Westheimer; and One Child Nation, which details the price of China’s infamous 1979 “one-child policy,” introduced to curb population growth; The Rest, directed by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, follows up his 2017 doc Human Flow by revealing the daily lives in limbo of refugees in Europe; I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth Vs. Michelle Carter, a two-part HBO docuseries examining the case of Carter, who was convicted of manslaughter after sending her boyfriend telling him to kill himself, which he did; and Our Godfather, in which the family of a high-ranking Sicilian mob boss comes out of 30 years of hiding to reveal how he helped convict over 400 Mafiosi.

All told the fest says it’s offering 234 films and 18 interdisciplinary projects; the full schedule is now online at
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