Soldiers from Another Country: an interview with Island Soldier filmmakers Nathan Fitch and Bryan Chang

The nation of Micronesia, a country made up of numerous tiny islands in the Pacific, has always had a complicated history of independence and occupation, the perils of which are laid bare in director Nathan Fitch and producer Bryan Chang’s eye opening documentary Island Soldier, which makes its international premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto this week.

Crafting the impossible: a chat with ‘Strad Style’ filmmaker Stefan Avalos and subject Danny Houck

An unlikely inspirational story, the documentary Strad Style, which screens twice more at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival this week and has been charming audiences around the world since its premiere earlier this year, shows viewers just how hard it is to make a violin, but also how much harder it can be if you’re ambitious and like to procrastinate a lot.

Start the revolution: an interview with ‘Hobbyhorse Revolution’ director Selma Vilhunen

For her latest feature film, Hobbyhorse Revolution (which makes its North American premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto this week) Oscar nominated Finnish filmmaker Selma Vilhunen turned her attention to an unusual, growing, fun, and empowering subculture of teen hobbyhorse enthusiasts who take everyday toys and turn them into tools for a unique hobby.

Hot Docs Hot Tips – Day 3 – Saturday, April 29

The first of two weekends at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (running to May 7th) brings even more high profile film premieres that showcase some of the best non-fiction filmmaking in the world, special events galore, and plenty of opportunities to learn things you never knew before. Saturday’s stacked Hot Docs schedule is no exception, so here now are five things that you won’t want to miss at the festival today, all but one of which has a distinctly Canadian connection.

Work and Play: a talk with ‘The Workers Cup’ filmmaker Adam Sobel

For his debut feature, filmmaker and journalist Adam Sobel set his lens upon the set up for one of the biggest events in the world. For The Workers Cup, screening this week at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto, Sobel looks at migrant workers in Qatar who are working to build the infrastructure and stadiums needed for the country to host the esteemed World Cup in 2022.

Keeping up with Ken: an interview with ‘Playing God’ director Karin Jurschick

For the documentary Playing God, making its world premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival this week, German documentarian and journalist Karin Jurschick takes a close look at American lawyer Ken Feinberg, who has one of the hardest jobs in the world: determining financial compensation for victims and claimants who have been through unspeakable tragedies.

Hot Docs 2017 Hot Tips – Day 2 – Friday, April 28

Following last night’s opening night festivities, the 24th annual Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (running through May 7th) kicks into high gear today with the first full day of programming, and a lot of high profile festival premieres. Looking for some suggestions? Here are a few films we’ve been able to catch already that should be on your radar, even if you aren’t able to catch them at the festival today.