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Hot Docs 2019

Toronto's documentary festival wraps up by bestowing its highest honours on films about activists, including Prey and nîpawistâmasowin: We Will Stand Up Read more

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Yu Gu's doc reveals the financial mistreatment of NFL cheerleaders in a multi-billion dollar business Read more

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Film about the popular Drag Race contestant and folk musician sets up intriguing dramatic tension that doesn't quite pay off Read more

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Shannon Walsh's film about five women dealing with personal and systemic crises is a testament to resilience Read more

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Jeanie Finlay's doc about a pregnant trans man doesn't shy away from complex emotions Read more

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Breezy doc exploring toxic masculinity in Italian culture is valuable for the way it shows how to make arguments that are clear and logical Read more

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Ai Weiwei

Samuel Engelking

In his latest documentary, the Chinese artist and activist captures the political and psychological warfare that's being waged on refugees seeking safety in Europe Read more

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Alexandre O. Philippe marks the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s horror classic with a deep-drive into the famous chestbuster sequence Read more

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Film about competitive creative dog grooming has the feel of a real-life Best In Show Read more

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Doc about jackass YouTube star Max "Adlersson" Herzberg and his loutish friends doesn't provide enough context about its controversial subjects Read more

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Portrait of NBA star's career and life with mental health issues suffers from tonal shifts and digressions Read more

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Film about a visual artist creating a puppet play to deal with his father's Alzheimer's diagnosis is powerful and universal Read more

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Powerful film shows what happens when the war on drugs reaches its logical conclusion Read more

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Rodney Ascher's doc about a deliberately offensive 90s musician named Eldon Hoke ties into the current wave of violence and loathing in the U.S. Read more

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Killing Patient Zero Gaetan Dugas

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In Killing Patient Zero, director Laurie Lynd profiles the Canadian flight attendant who was wrongly blamed for spreading the AIDS virus in North America Read more

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Ingrid Veninger's first feature length doc looks at a pair of constantly performing identical twins who are determined to achieve stardom Read more

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Miles Davis The Birth Of The Cool

Jean-Marie Périer

Stanley Nelson's intricate doc portrait fascinatingly delves into the jazz legend's relationships with women Read more

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Leilani Farha

Hussein El-alawi / Sydsvenskan

Partially shot in Toronto, Push follows the UN's Leilani Farha as she investigates how private equity firms are profiting from the global housing crisis Read more

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Director Charlie Paul stays out of Scots artist Peter Howson's way as he creates a single oil painting Read more

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Tasha Hubbard  nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

National Film Board of Canada

In nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, Cree filmmaker Tasha Hubbard looks at the aftermath of the Colten Boushie verdict and the fight for justice reform Read more

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    Claudia Sparrow's documentary about farmer-turned-water activist Máxima Acuña won the 2019 Hot Docs audience award for a feature film.

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