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Ginger Nation

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5:00 PM

TIFF Bell Lightbox - Cinema 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON
www.tiff.net

Redheads are hot. Television series such as Riverdale and CBC’s Anne are filling our screens with images of ginger glory. But gay Toronto comic Shawn Hitchins has made flame-haired world domination his mission for years.

Ginger Nation documents Hitchins’ humourous and heartfelt one-man show of the same name as the affable entertainer recounts his experience as a sperm donor to his lesbian friends. Hitchins’ spunky storytelling effortlessly weaves tales from his adolescence and
his brushes with celebrity as a stand-up comic with bizarre tales of turkey basters and masturbating in increasingly suspect bathrooms.

But Hitchins also reveals an unexpected and touching vulnerability as he examines what it means, as a gay man, to become a biological father, fearful that his ginger DNA will produce a child who experiences the same isolation that Hitchins did when he was growing up.