Jun 08, 2020

By Andy Johnson

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A film about a whistleblower at Ontario’s Marineland aquatic park has won the top prize at Toronto’s Hot Docs Film Festival.

The “Walrus and the Whistleblower,” took the Audience Award.

Among the other winners:

“9/11 Kids,” about the 16 schoolchildren who were with then US president George W. Bush when he received news of the 9/11 attack.

“The Forbidden Reel'” about the rich national cinema in Afghanistan.

“First We Eat,” about a mother that challenges her family to only eat feed grown within 3-hundred kms from their Arctic Circle home.

“There’s No Place Like This, Anyplace” about the impact on the Mirvish Village community of Toronto affected by the closure of Honest Ed’s.

Hot Docs was held online this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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