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Stacey Tenenbaum’s documentary Scrap explores objects tossed and found while visiting sites of waste, refurbishment, and upcycling.
Canada selects Eternal Spring, directed by Jason Loftus, as Canada's official submission in the Best International Feature Oscar race.
Sean Stiller's documentary Returning Home follows Orange Shirt Day founder Phyllis Jack-Webstad and considers the environmental impact of colonialism by observing its effect on salmon populations.
An interview with director Shane Belcourt about bringing to the screen musician Tom Wilson's story, journey with his Indigenous identity, and what that says about them as artists.
Patrick Dell observes the art and weight of photojournalism in Shooting War by sharing the experiences of visual reporters who document the atrocities of war.
In Eskape Neary Adeline Hay recounts a journey from Cambodia to France after the fall of the Khmer Rouge with her mother, Thany Lieng.
An interview with The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks director Reg Harkema and producer Nick McKinney on chronicling the iconic Canadian comics.
An interview with Museum of the Revolution director Srdan Keca about his documentary that explores an abandoned monument of hope and the lives of those within.
Bigger Than Trauma is an incredibly moving film, at times difficult to watch, and gives a voice to the women who were ignored and forgotten.
The Thief Collector engages those who are looking to have some fun by playing detective and drawing tenuous conclusions.
Reed Harkness has made a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime film with Sam Now, which is filled with intimate family footage.
Eternal Spring directed by Jason Loftus named the winner of the overall Hot Docs Audience Award as determined by the public votes.
Juan Cifuentes Mera’s Corrupted is a harrowing probe into mental breakdown that plays out in nonstop fragments of consciousness.
Eternal Spring, directed by Jason Loftus, wins the Hot Docs Rogers Audience Award for Canadian film while Okay! (The ADS Band Film) and Unloved are runners-up.
Il Postoo / A Steady Job observes Italy's job market in a state of crisis and asks what it says about society when we afford so little security to frontline workers.
Tito Catacora’s documentary Pakucha pays tribute to the sacred creatures of alpacas and signals the higher power they evoke.
Cathryne Czubek’s Once Upon a Time in Uganda is a tale of tenacity, a tumultuous friendship, and a wild look at Wakaliwood.
In Who We Will Have Been, Erec Brehmer explores the death of his girlfriend, Angelina Zeidler, by reflecting upon photos and videos.
Geographies of Solitude, directed by Jacquelyn Mills, wins Best Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs.
Nasim, directed by Ole Jacobs & Arne Büttner, observes an Afghan refugee and her family as the wait in limbo in a camp in Moria, Greece.
Band is the zany story of Iceland's Post Performance Blues Band and their pursuit of stardom after years of roughing it in dives and near-empty venues.
Matt Sarnecki finds the perfect meeting point between journalism and documentary while exploring the 2018 murder of Ján Kuciak in The Killing of a Journalist.
One of the most beautiful films of this or any year, Skin (Pele) is a city symphony, an evocation of what life is like in Belo Horizonte.
Hot Docs Audience Award race masks the Canadian titles in the race for the Rogers Award going into the festival's final weekend.
Okay! (The ASD Band Film) follows the Toronto-based band of Jackson, Rawan, Spenser, and Ron to learn how music guides their journey with autism spectrum disorder.
Reason is a mystery story with Anand Patwardhan as the detective. It’s the perfect role for a documentarist to play.
Hot Docs Forum announces winners, with $40,000 in first look Pitch Prizes, including The Queendom by Otilia Portillo and Paula Arroio Sandoval.
The Balcony Movie is Paweł Łoziński's view of the COVID-19 pandemic, seen entirely from the vantage point of his apartment's balcony doors.
Who We Will Have Been, directed by Erec Brehmer and his late partner Angelina Zeidler, moves atop the Hot Docs Audience Award rankings.
Blue Island explores what it means (and has meant) to be a Hongkonger over the last 150 years in the shadow of mainland China.
In We Feed People, Ron Howard profiles celebrity chef José Andrés as he strives provides relief to the hungry through World Central Kitchen.
Michelangelo Frammartino's Il Buco ponders the intangible mysteries of existence as curious researchers explore caves with wonder.
Boylesque, directed by Bogna Kowalczyk, profiles Andrzej Szwan, who performs as Poland’s eldest drag queen Lulla La Polaca at 82 years young.
Batata is an extraordinary film because Noura Kevorkian stuck with it, even as the human drama changed, and the politics of the situation became more dire and complex.
In the beautifully shot Shelter, Tess Girard returns to Horning’s Mills, the small town in Ontario where she spent so much of her time while growing up.
Inspired by Sable Island and its one constant human inhabitant Zoe Lucas, filmmaker Jacquelyn Mills has constructed a work of art with Geographies of Solitude.
Animated documentary Eternal Spring is the new leader in the Hot Docs Audience Award rankings with the May 4th update.
Nathalie Bibeau discusses her true crime mini-series The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith and injecting nuance into a genre that audiences have seen many times before.
Just Animals directors Saila Kivelä and Vesa Kuosmanen discuss their film about animal rights and an activist's ability to inspire change.
In Silent Beauty, Jasmín Mara López confronts the sexual abuse she faced at the hands of her grandfather and uncovers a dark family secret.
Ketevani Kapanadze discusses the documentary How the Room Felt and entering the intimate safe spaces of queer people in Georgia.
Hot Docs Audience Award race sees Shane Belcourt's Beautiful Scars, about rocker Tom Wilson and his journey with his Mohawk roots, debut in first.
Relative's exploration of so-called less violent sexual assaults and how they’re managed makes for a unique entry into the documentary canon.
Hunting in Packs observes how three women--Michelle Rempel Garner, Pramila Jayapal, and Jess Phillips--navigate the "old boys' club" of politics.
Barri Cohen's Unloved: Huronia's Forgotten Children is a personal study that confronts a legacy of abuse and injustice in an Ontario institution.
In Rojek, Zaynê Akyol offers a haunting and poetic interrogation of the violence waged on Syria by ISIS and looks the beast in the eye.
Director Andrew Moir and producer Michelle Serieux discuss their film Don't Come Searching and using the COVID-19 pandemic to find the true heart of their story.
Deconstructing Kare is also an invitation to take responsibility and to become more active in the fight against racism.
Noura Kevorkian's documentary Batata holds strong in Hot Docs Audience Award race, while Chase Joynt's Framing Agnes debuts at number two.
The Art of Silence is a fitting celebration of an artist who could bring joy and meaning to the lives of many around the globe without saying a word.
Make People Better is an intriguing examination of a scientist who was hung out to dry by a community who helped elevate him in the fist place.
Category: Woman has subjects who are passionate advocates, its story is infuriating and it has an undeniable power of its own.
In Queer My Friends, a filmmaker chronicles her friend's coming-out story and turns the camera on herself to consider how tradition stifles us.
Eternal Spring is an animated documentary in which Chinese artist Daxiong revisits his participation in a 2002 hijacking of a TV station.
Batata, directed by Noura Kevorkian, debuts in first place in the Hot Docs Audience Award rankings while Navalny comes in at number two.
With its keen observational style, 5 Dreamers and a Horse is a lyrical vision of the deep-seated need for hope, for something aspirational.
A beautifully layered work, Meeting Point captures the importance of understanding the various ways the past shapes a family’s present and future.
An interview with How Saba Kept Singing director Sara Taksler on filming the extraordinary life of Holocaust survivor David Wisnia.
Ketevan Kapanadze's documentary How the Room Felt intimately occupies the safe spaces queer people create for themselves in Georgia.
An interview with Jackie Torrens on Bernie Langille Wants to Know What Happened to Bernie Langille and investigating family stories through miniatures.
For Your Peace of Mind, Make Your Own Museum, directed by Pilar Moreno and Ana Endara, vividly captures the artistic spirit of Senobia.
This House gives its victim a voice in death through Miryam Charles' assured filmmaking style and hybrid approach to true crime.
Hot Docs Audience Award Rankings for April 30 see Okay! (The ASD Band Film) in first place, followed by Crows Are White and Fire of Love.
Bernie Langille Wants to Know What Happened to Bernie Langille is a true crime mystery that uses miniatures to get to the root of the affair.
Gavin Fitzgerald's Million Dollar Pigeons is one of the most engaging and unconventional sports films you will see this year.
Who expects a lesbian love story to begin in a concentration camp? Nelly & Nadine surprises by finding love in the unlikeliest of places.
Daniel Roher gains extraordinary access to Russian politician/political prisoner Alexei Navalny.
Canada’s finest documentary festival is back : Marc Glassman offers Hot Docs highlights including Zero Position,
In Fashion Babylon, Gianluca Matarrese captures the last days of Paris's haute couture scene by observing influencers like Violet Chachki.
Mila Aung-Thwin wins the Don Haig Award at Hot Docs. The award recognizes the Midwives producer for a history of work and mentorship.
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The Changing Face of Europe includes Just Animals, How the Room Felt, Bigger Than Trauma, and Atomic Hope as docs personal and political.
thoughtful and effective film, Desert Space understands that the most profound connections are not found in the stars, but closer to home.
Courtney Stephens' found footage film Terra Femme is an unforgettable cinematic experience that defies easy categorization.
Just let Jennifer Rainsford's All of Our Heartbeats Are Connected through Exploding Stars wash over you.
Sean Wang’s A Marble Travelogue tackles environmental degradation, the complex nature of globalisation and the increasing homogenization of culture.
Director Frankie Fenton discusses his Hot Docs premiere Atomic Hope: Inside the Pro-Nuclear Movement and a controversial side of the climate change debate.
An interview with Geographies of Solitude director Jacquelyn Mills about documenting the Zoe Lucas with the natural elements of Sable Island.
Into the Weeds director Jennifer Baichwal on telling the story of Dewayne Lee Johnson, the Monsanto company, and its collective stakes.
Still Working 9 to 5 filmmakers Gary Lane, Larry Lane, and Camille Hardman discuss the enduring legacy of 9 to 5 in the lens of #MeToo.
Hot Docs 2022 guests include The Kids in the Hall, Jay Baruchel, Michelle Rempel Garner, Abigail E. Disney, and filmmaker Christine Choy.
Hot Docs 2022 highlights include Fire of Love, Navalny, Framing Agnes, I Didn't See You There, Midwives, The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales, Gabor, and more.
Hot Docs' The Changing Face of Europe, a partnership with European Film Promotion, spotlights diverse snapshots from the continent with global perspectives.
Joannie Lafrenière captures Hungarian-Canadian photographer Gabor Szilasi with an appropriately curious eye.
Raymonde Provencher is the subject of Hot Docs 2022 Focus On retrospective for her career documenting urgent human rights stories with compassion and care.
Erin Lau and Paul Lewis to serve as interim co-executive directors as Heather Conway transitions to advisory position.
Hot Docs announces 35 projects to compete in this year's Deal Maker program, which will feature online pitch sessions on the industry side.
Hot Docs Industry programming features Christine Choy and a spotlight panel on the findings of racial disparity at BC's Knowledge Network.
Hot Docs 2022 line-up includes the opening night selection of Jennifer Baichwal's Into the Weeds and the premiere of Barri Cohen's Unloved.
The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks is a fun documentary by Reg Harkema that explores this history, highs, and lows of the comedy group.
Sundance winners Navalny, The Exiles, Midwives, and Framing Agnes are among the 15 new Special Presentations titles announced by Hot Docs.
Highlights from POV Magazine's 116th issue, featuring Hot Docs '22 selections, archival docs and the elements, diary docs, b-ball, and more!
Hot Docs announces 2022 Forum pitch projects, including new documentaries from Bob Moore, Brett Story, Reid Davenport, and Sam Soko.
Hot Docs unveils first special presentations titles for 2022 including Fire of Love, The Talented Mr. Rosenberg, and I Didn't See You There.