Our coverage of the 2020 Hot Docs online film festival continues with a look at twelve more documentaries well worth your time and attention.
Our coverage of the 2020 online edition of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival – which kicks off tomorrow – continues with ten more must-see documentaries.
Although it looks like there won’t be any mass gatherings in movie theatres anytime soon, Hot Docs has – like many other film festivals around the globe – found a temporary home online this year until they can start welcoming audiences back for an in house look at some of the best non-fiction programming in the world. Here are our first ten picks on films you need to see at this year’s online Hot Docs Festival.
Joker, director and co-writer Todd Phillips’ dark and violent attempt to tell the origin story of one of the nastiest comic book villains of all time, is, like the character at the centre of it all, hard to define, but leaves an indelible impression.
Roger Waters Us + Them, the latest concert film from the singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and Pink Floyd co-founder, is more or less what one might expect at this point, but the material (both old and new) is delivered with a renewed sense of vigor, purpose, and passion.
A bittersweet and transformative look at a landscape that could forever be altered or lost thanks to a xenophobic campaign promise run amok, the documentary The River and the Wall looks at both the ecosystems that could be destroyed thanks to the building of Donald Trump’s wall along the U.S./Mexico border and the futility of constructing such an edifice in the first place.
Monos, Colombia’s selection for Oscar contention in the Best Foreign Language Film category this year, is one of the few films that could be most adequately described as barbaric without that word taking on a negative connotation.
With his latest documentary, Diego Maradona, filmmaker Asif Kapadia does for deified and vilified footballer what he previously did for Formula One driver Ayrton Senna and pop music superstar Amy Winehouse, with equally eye opening, insightful, and empathetic results.
A satisfyingly twisty and original take on traditional gumshoe and time travel tropes, In the Shadow of the Moon is the rare sort of film that keeps redefining audience expectations while the core story is still unfolding, right up until the final scene.
The unabashedly corny, earnest, and well intentioned Canadian tearjerker The Meaning of Life never rises above its relentlessly manipulative subject matter, but it’s not entirely without merit.