A frightening, effective call to action, anger, and concern, Fredrik Gertten’s look at the global housing crisis in Push should give viewers further pause and a more comprehensive view of an issue that goes well beyond gentrification.
Danish filmmaker Pernille Rose Grønkjær looks at the groundbreaking, misunderstood, and ethically sticky work of neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Heath and his experiments in the field of Deep Brain Stimulation in the curious, informed, and well balanced documentary Hunting for Hedonia.
River Silence, director Rogério Soares’ look at displaced persons from the Amazon Basin, isn’t the most graphic film at this year’s festival, but it’s possibly the most depressing and hopeless.
A wholly original and impactful look at growing up Indigenous in Australia today, Maya Newell’s equally artful and emotional In My Blood It Runs is one of the standout world premieres at this year’s festival.
More of a companion piece and continuation of the work he did on his previous documentary, Human Flow, artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei’s The Rest isn’t any different from his last film, but that also might be what makes it so vital.
Prolific Dutch documentarian Heddy Honigmann’s latest effort, the profoundly moving Buddy, examines the emotional and practical relationships fostered and built between service dogs and the owners that depend on them.
The Miracle of The Little Prince finds Dutch documentarian Marjoleine Boonstra travelling the world to profile dedicated translators who use Antoine de Saint-Exupéry timeless and overwhelmingly emotional novel to help keep dying, frequently less spoken and documented languages alive.
A multilayered look at Indigenous issues in Canada, one family’s painful fight for justice, and emboldened racism in the age of social media, Hot Docs’ 2019 opening film nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up looks at the bigger picture behind one of the most controversial murder trials in recent memory.
Densely packed with the intricate details surrounding Brazil’s current political nightmare (and, by natural extension and comparison, similar governmental scandals playing out around the world), The Edge of Democracy is a lot to take in during a single sitting, but also one of the most vital and cautionary documentaries of the year.
Thrilling throughout, occasionally heartbreaking, and sometimes even darkly comedic, Midnight Family, director Luke Lorentzen’s verite look at Mexico’s broken healthcare system, is a modern day parable about the dangers of increased privatization and the corruption that takes root where governmental oversight used to be.