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April 26 - May 3

Killing Patient Zero

Hosted by Hot Docs Film Festival

Location

Toronto, ON, Canada

April 26 at 8:30 PM
April 27 at 12:30 PM
May 3 at 2:45 PM

1981: A mere seven years since homosexuality had been de-classified as a mental illness in North America. There was progress and a feeling of gay liberation in the air—and then, suddenly, a new disease was killing gay men. Initially called the “gay plague,” AIDS became a shocking illustration of the entrenched homophobia of the time, with thousands of gay men dying before media attention and medical resources were brought to bear. At the centre of this storm stood Patient Zero, the man accused of spreading AIDS in North America, vilified as the embodiment of gay hedonism and promiscuity. Director Laurie Lynd peels back the layers of homophobia and misinformation to reveal the person behind the epithet, Québécois flight attendant Gaétan Dugas. Based on Richard McKay’s groundbreaking book Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic, this is a fascinating portrait not only of a man, but of a crisis that shocked a community into action.

More information and tickets

April 26, 8:30 PM (closed captions)
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1

SAT, APR 27, 12:30 PM (closed captions)
Scotiabank Theatre Toronto 4

FRI, MAY 3, 2:45 PM (open captions)
Hart House Theatre

Closed captions on April 26 and April 27. Open captions on May 3. More accessibility information is available on the Hot Docs website.

TIFF Bell Lightbox
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible seating. Step-free cinema seating available. All-gender accessible washroom on site. Hearing assist devices for all screenings & assistive devices for screenings offering closed captioning and described sound, subject to availability. Elevator/escalator access to all levels. Service animals welcome. Complimentary tickets for support persons. Hot Docs representatives onsite who can assist patrons in different languages. Accessible parking lot within 200 metres of building. Bike locking posts/racks available. Licensed lounge offering beer & wine that can be taken into cinemas. Water fountain on site.

Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
Wheelchair accessible. Accessing seating. Step-free cinema seating available. All-gender accessible washroom. Assistive devices for screenings offering closed captioning and described sound, subject to availability. Service animals welcome. Complimentary tickets for support persons. Hot Docs representatives onsite who can assist patrons in different languages. Elevator/escalator access to all cinema levels. Accessible public transport & accessible parking lot within 200 metres of building. Bike locking posts/racks available. Licensed lounge offering beer & wine that can be taken into cinemas. Accessible water fountain on site.

Hart House Theatre
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible seating is available. Accessible washroom in the lobby. Assistive devices for screenings offering closed captioning, subject to availability. There are 10 steps to the main entrance. Ramped, accessible entrances are located off Tower Road and Queen’s Park Circle. Elevator travels to the theatre lobby. Service animals welcome. Complimentary tickets for support persons. Hot Docs representatives onsite who can assist patrons in different languages. Accessible parking lot within 200 metres. Bike locking posts/racks available. No food or drink inside theatre – bottled water only. Accessible water fountain on site.