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In-Cinema Courses

Dive into a diverse range of subjects presented by experts at Hot Docs’ wildly popular lecture series—now back in-person with enhanced safety precautions in place.

Course registration: $69 (Members: $60, $48, Free)

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Health & Safety 

Your comfort and safety is of the utmost importance to us. We have put the following enhanced measures in place for Curious Minds courses:

Registration to all our indoor courses will be limited to 50% of the cinema's total capacity, even in the situation that government authorities increase theatre capacities. This is to maintain generous physical distancing between all guests at all time. We recommend reserving your seats in advance. 

Proof of full vaccination (with QR code) along with a government-issued photo ID will be required upon entry

Food & drink service will not be available, and no outside snacks will be permitted. Course registrants must wear a mask that covers their mouth, nose and chins at all time during their visit. 

View Hot Docs Cinema's Health and Safety Guidelines >>

Not ready to come back? Browse our library of virtual on-demand courses >>

Wednesdays, May 25 – June 29, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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American Utopias: Pop Music at the Movies

Join film critic and author Adam Nayman (Politics at the Movies) as he traces the evolution of the classic American movie musical from its origins up to the present, exploring the new popular music forms—rock, pop, disco, and more—that have flourished on the big screen.
Led by Adam Nayman
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Mondays, May 30 – July 4, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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The Art of Living: The History of Interior Design

In this new series from Curious Minds favourite Barbara Isherwood (The Great Photographers, The Art of Picasso), we’ll trace the history of interior design from the ancient world to the present, assessing the fascinating, often dazzling, designs that have flourished along the way.
Led by Barbara Isherwood
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Tuesdays, June 14 – July 19, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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Treasures of the Modern Silk Routes

Using rich archeological and archival materials, this series will explore how the fabled silk routes impacted artworks and cultures around the world from the 7th Century onwards–with effects that can still be felt today.
Led by Professor Sudharshan Durayappah
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Thursdays, June 16 – July 21, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

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Florence: Cradle of the Renaissance

In this new series from Dr. Kenneth Bartlett (Venice: The City of Dreams, Rome: The Eternal City), we will explore the magical city of Florence and discuss how it gave birth to the Renaissance, inspired generations of artists, and sparked ideas that still reverberate today.
Led by Dr. Kenneth Bartlett
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