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Hot Docs 2019 reviews

Winnipeg director Danielle Sturk's doc is a charming and meticulously constructed little film Read more

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Fascinating film looks at the connection between two complex humans trying to make connections with robots Read more

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David Hambridge's doc about the final years of the world's last male northern white rhino is devastating Read more

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Ai Weiwei's powerful film looks at refugees from Syria and Afghanistan in Europe Read more

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Heddy Honigmann's simple and elegantly structured film looks at six very different people and their canine companions Read more

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Marcela Arteaga takes a daring and dreamy approach to drug-war-related violence near the Mexico-Texas border Read more

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Doc about mafia informant Tommaso Buscetta has a powerful subject, but it's weakened by odd filmmaking choices Read more

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Without editorializing, film offers straightforward and unadorned interviews about 2017's Quebec City mosque shooting Read more

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Jacqueline Olive's film about the possible lynching of a 17-year-old African-American football player doesn't probe deep enough Read more

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Merata How Mum Decolonised the Screen

Staff New Zealand Herald

This loving portrait of the first female Maori filmmaker is a must-see Read more

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Baljit Sangra's film examines how secrets and abuse are perpetuated by toxic masculinity Read more

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Soccer-loving young women face down societal barriers with fierceness and humour in this apt-but-familiar film Read more

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Sundance-winning film impressively draws upon several documentary techniques to powerfully capture the impact of intergenerational trauma Read more

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Julia Ivanova's fascinating if unsurprising film revisits the subjects of her 2007 documentary about gay dads, Fatherhood Dreams Read more

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Doc about the lives of movie and TV extras wastes its potentially intriguing subject Read more

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Matt Gallagher's doc about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is intriguing because it focuses on a local case Read more

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Laurie Lynd's film about the Air Canada flight attendant who was vilified and wrongly considered the epicentre of the AIDS epidemic is infuriating and heartfelt Read more

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Festival's powerful opening film provides an intimate look at Colten Boushie and his family's fight for justice Read more

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Moving film looks at the relationship between employees at a South Korean zoo and the animals in their care Read more

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Petra Costa's look at attacks on Brazil's last two democratically elected presidents sheds light on the country's recent political turmoil Read more

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