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Another Hot Docs is drawing to a close. <sigh> It's been an insanely busy and exhausting — but, as always, immensely satisfying — 10 days, filled with a slew of docs that squeezed my heart, boil…
Troubled children in Ukraine. A jovial chef on a mission. A director grappling with identity. And a young Buddhist monk who loves metal. No matter which films you see at Hot Docs, you're always guaran…
Director Reed Harkness's Sam Now took more than 20 years to make, and chronicles the experiences of his younger half-brother as he unravels the mystery of his mother's sudden disappearance. We posed o…
From land defenders protecting the environment in the Philippines to social-media influencers navigating a problematic platform, people are making waves in these four wildly different films. Delikado…
These three documentaries don't really have much in common, topic-wise, but they're all great films. Which, I think, is enough of a connection to merit grouping them together. So there. Atomic Hope –…
In Band, director Álfrún Örnólfsdóttir trains her lens on herself, and her fellow Post Performance Blues Band members, as they make a last-ditch effort to hit it big. We posed our Qs à la mode to Álfr…
Look, I *love* documentaries, but that doesn't mean I automatically think every film I see at Hot Docs is amazing. For whatever reason, and notwithstanding the effort that I fully appreciate went into…
In the deeply personal Relative, director Tracey Arcabasso Smith turns the camera on the women in her family to explore the silence and inaction around the sexual abuse she endured growing up. We pose…
For many filmmakers, family — be it the one you're born into, the one you choose or the one you never knew you had — is fertile ground in which to sow powerful stories. Here are five fest docs that do…
In Handle With Care: The Legend of The Notic Streetball Crew, co-directors Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux and Kirk Thomas catch up with the titular Canadian phenoms 20 years after their dazzling skills first w…
Whether they're creating art or pursuing justice — or doing both at the same time — artists and activists have the potential to change the world for the better, as evidenced in these four films. And …
In The Quiet Epidemic, co-directors Lindsay Keys and Winslow Crane-Murdoch examine the controversial history of chronic Lyme disease diagnoses and treatment (or lack thereof) in the United States. We …