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Film Festivals

In The Fabulous Gold Harvesting Machine, director Alfredo Pourailly De La Plaza profiles a Chilean son determined to help make precious-metal-mining work — and life — easier for his aging father. We p…
Co-directors Lucas Guilkey and JoeBill Muñoz chronicle the hunger-strike efforts undertaken by California prison inmates to protest solitary-confinement practices in the state in The Strike. We posed …
In The Ride Ahead, co-director and protagonist Samuel Habib expands on his award-winning short film, My Disability Roadmap, to continue his exploration of what it means to live as an adult with a disa…
  In Rouge, director Hamoody Jaafar traces the decades-long basketball dynasty at Michigan's River Rouge High School as a new generation of players shoots for a championship win. W…
In Curl Power, director Josephine Anderson follows the 4KGIRL$, five teenaged best friends in British Columbia in pursuit of a junior curling championship title. We posed our Qs à la mode to Josephine…
In 7 Beats per Minute, director Yuqi Kang profiles free diver Jessea Yu, but finds the boundaries between filmmaker and subject begin to blur. We posed our Qs à la mode to Yuqi, and here's what she sh…
Co-directors Michael Mabbott and Lucah Rosenberg-Lee craft a loving tribute to the life, career and legacy of a trailblazing performer in their film Any Other Way: The Jackie Shane Story. We posed our…
There’s no shortage of fabulous docs to check out at the fest this year. I’ve already posted about the first eight must-sees, and here are eight more I think belong on every Hot Docs festgoer’s to-see…
In Singing Back the Buffalo, director Tasha Hubbard explores the significance of buffalo in Indigenous culture and history, and chronicles the efforts to rematriate, repopulate and restore buffalo her…
In The Here Now Project, co-directors Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel assemble dozens and dozens of videos shot by ordinary people, documenting the devastating effects of climate change as they occur. We p…
Co-directors Aeyliya Husain and Amie Williams chronicle the experiences of four Afghan women, who flee their home country to start new lives in Canada, in An Unfinished Journey. We posed our Qs à la m…
This year, Hot Docs is unspooling some 168 films. Over the past few weeks, I’ve screened 51 of them. FIFTY. ONE. That’s a lot of documentaries. And I’m not done yet! All that doc-watching has left lit…