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Orcas at the Matinée: A Family Affair

  • Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema 506 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y3 Canada (map)

Bring the whole family!

Enjoy some exquisite moments in the ocean…
Children 13 and under FREE with a paying adult.

Two of today’s films are premieres, and the music films didn’t play in theatres:

Fred the Pufferfish | SWITZERLAND
The Story of Birthplace | THE NETHERLANDS
To the Orcas, with Love | CANADA

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Emcee: Dr. Stephen Scharper
Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Fred the Pufferfish
Joel Stutz
SWITZERLAND | 20187 | 1 min
World Premiere

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This whimsical animation by filmmaker Joel Stutz introduces us to Fred, a pufferfish living a cozy life of luxury in his fishbowl. A colourful and playful short that will flip the world upside down in the wake of reckless human behaviour; begging us to contemplate the impact of our actions.


Sil van der Woerd & Jorik Dozy
THE NETHERLANDS | 2018 | 5.5 min


BIRTHPLACE tells the symbolic story of a man arriving on a perfect earth, who encounters his nemesis in the form of ocean trash.

The Story of Birthplace
Sil van der Woerd & Jorik Dozy
THE NETHERLANDS | 2018 | 14.5 min

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The pollution of our oceans is one of the most important stories of our time. Our oceans are under attack by a growing stream of plastic waste; a rapidly growing tumour for which we are responsible. The problem is complex and exists on many levels. THE STORY OF BIRTHPLACE takes viewers on the journey behind the scenes of the making of the music video BIRTHPLACE and shares the filmmakers' passion for getting this story out to the world and the urgency behind its compelling message.


To the Orcas, with Love
Natalie Lucier
CANADA | 2017 | 56 min
Toronto Premiere

What we do to nature, we do to ourselves. A filmmaker’s relationship with orcas inspires her to restore a loving relationship with herself and this remarkable planet. Stories of personal connections with orcas, beautiful cinematography featuring BC’s resident orcas, and an evocative soundscape composed by Jeff Rona provide an uplifting contrast to the environmental challenges we face.


Q & A discussion to follow the screenings.

Please support Ecologos initiatives by purchasing Water Docs T-Shirts ($25) and Water Bottles ($20) available at all Water Docs Film Festival screenings.

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