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Series 2

In 2023, seven filmmaking teams were selected to create short films for the second series of Citizen Minutes. The films had their world premieres during the 30th anniversary edition of Hot Docs Festival.

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Ancestral Threads

Follow designer Joleen Mitton on her mission to use fashion as medicine for Vancouver’s Indigenous community.

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Fed up with sleepless nights, a couple of activists fight to change Toronto’s outdated noise bylaws.

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Janelle Niles: Inconvenient

Janelle embraces her biracial experience and queer identity, using stand-up to usher in a new era of inclusive, Canadian comedy.

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Loud & Here

With too many cases of sexual violence going unreported or unpunished, 23 teen girls decide to change policy affecting school boards across Quebec.

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Mind Check 1-2, 1-2

Through his vulnerable art, rapper Akintoye inspires young people to use their voices to bring awareness to mental health struggles.

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Rising From the Ashes

Dépanneur Sylvestre in Gatineau, Quebec, reopens using new models of sustainability to stay relevant for another 20 years and beyond.

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Sisterhood Softball

Follow the first all female Muslim softball league in North America as they empower women through sports.

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Impact Survey


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John Choi 최성호 Seong-ho

John Choi 최성호 Seong-ho (he/him) is a Canadian Korean filmmaker, producer and director telling stories for over 25 years. John is a critical thinker who believes in the ability for film to impact positive societal change. He is an advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion, and works to advance the careers of new, emerging film directors through mentorship and guidance in helping them to hone their craft. He is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) and his advocacy work includes the Hot Docs/Netflix Accelerator Program as a mentor working with emerging fellows. He was also selected to contribute to the 2022 Creative Producers Accelerator Think Tank (CPATT) responsible for creating a federal report to surface systemic discrimination witnessed in marginalized BIPOC & disabled groups in the film industry. John was also recently guest panel and juror for the 2022 DMZ Industry Docs Film Festival and juror for 2022 Tokyo Docs Documentary Film Festival. John recognizes how privileged he is to be immersed in the global documentary film community and to be able to support new and exciting talent and stories being told all around the world. 

John’s experience in both scripted films, series and documentaries includes The Eleven A&E's six-part factual true crime series and CBC Docs POV Spaceman. His passion project is the feature documentary film Lost & Found, co-produced by NHK Japan, SBS Australia, Shaw Media, and the doc series YouTube Originals K-Pop Evolution. John’s latest work is Netflix Originals three-part docu-series The Raincoat Killer and the new VICE series, which premiered in August 2022, Dark Side of Comedy.

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Lisa Rideout

Lisa Rideout is an award-winning director who makes character-driven films with a focus on women who have forged their own paths outside of societal norms. She has directed content for NETFLIX, CRAVE, CBC and VICE. Alongside Banger Films and Corus Entertainment, Lisa recently finished directing and producing the documentary feature Sex with Sue about renowned sex expert Sue Johanson. She previously directed an episode for Netflix’s series This Is Pop with Banger Films. Her films have garnered multiple Oscar qualifying awards including Best Short Documentary at the LA Film Festival, Best Documentary Short at the Brooklyn Film Festival, the Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary Short and a Grand Prize at the Rhode Island International Film. Lisa founded her production company Lifted Eyes Media in 2013. She has her MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University and her MA in Critical Media and Cultural Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Lisa is currently represented by Meridian.