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Film Festivals

Director Chloé Barreau revisits her past relationships — the good, the bad and everything in between — through candid interviews with her former partners in Fragments of a Life Loved. We posed our Qs …
In Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story, director Charlie Hamilton James documents the life-changing friendship that develops between a Scottish man and the ailing river otter he nurses back to heal…
There’s a wealth of potential documentary subjects in the creative world, and there’s never a shortage of great films about art and artists on offer at Hot Docs (see previously reviewed outstanding 20…
In The Day Iceland Stood Still, director Pamela Hogan revisits the historic women's-rights protest in 1975 and some of the key players who helped bring it about. We posed our Qs à la mode to Pamela, a…
Director Jon Ornoy's Lost in the Shuffle explores both card tricks and the centuries-old murder-mystery secrets behind the images on the court cards in every deck. We posed our Qs à la mode to Jon, an…
Director Tamara Segura travels to Cuba and examines the complicated relationships between her alcoholic late father and the rest of her family in Seguridad. We posed our Qs à la mode to Tamara, and he…
Director Eisha Marjara examines her struggles with body image, an eating disorder, cultural identity, and her relationship with her family in Am I the Skinniest Person You've Ever Seen? We posed our Q…
Documentaries about families are always in abundance at Hot Docs (see: 2023, 2022 and 2019), but this year’s crop of family-focused selections includes four fine films that all involve a child dealing…
Co-directors Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau spent seven years following BASE jumpers all across the globe for their film Fly. We posed our Qs à la mode to the pair, and here’s what they shared! …
In Standing Above the Clouds, director Jalena Keane-Lee tracks the efforts of a group of women leading the movement to protect Hawai'i's Mauna Kea from overdevelopment. We posed our Qs à la mode to Ja…
Director Todd Beiber examines humans' relationships with their feline friends, and the movement to ban the practice of declawing, in American Cats: The Good, the Bad and the Cuddly. We posed our Qs à …
Chances are, if there’s a Hot Docs film about women taking action — be they trailblazers, activists, performers, politicians, athletes... or anything in between, really — it’ll likely wind up on my to…