Burlesque documentary kicking off Toronto's Hot Docs film fest
Leanne Elnicki, Canada AM
Published Tuesday, March 22, 2016 12:52PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, April 27, 2016 9:20AM EDT
A Canadian-made documentary exploring the golden age of burlesque is promising to kick-off Toronto's Hot Docs Film Festival next month with "fun and feathers."
The program for the festival was announced Tuesday, and the coveted opening night spot goes to director Rama Rau's "League of Exotique Dancers.” The film celebrates pioneering burlesque entertainers from the 50s and 60s who are invited to shimmy one more time at the 2015 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender in Las Vegas.
"It's about time we celebrated our bodies in mainstream media," an enthusiastic Rau told the media and industry insiders on hand for the news conference at the Bloor Cinema, while also touting the documentary's all-female crew.
In fact, Hot Docs organizers said 40 per cent of the documentaries that will be shown at the film festival are made by women.
In all, 232 documentaries from 51 countries will be screened at the 11-day festival.
Hot Docs runs from April 28 to May 8.