Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide is a pleasing and insightful documentary that gives an overlooked icon in the world of pop surrealism their proper due.
Nathalie Bibeau’s Canadian documentary The Walrus and the Whistleblower (which picked up one of the Audience Award prizes at Hot Docs earlier this year) is the perfect marriage of a cracking legal drama and a vital social advocacy exposee.
An uneven, but impassioned defense of renewable energy, Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip is a documentary made by someone who’s willing to defend what they believe in, but still hasn’t fully figured out quite how they wants to express their opinions.
A decent, but unexceptional primer on the life and works of one of the most exalted American authors of the 20th century, Flannery follows a boilerplate documentary template of talking heads and narrated selections from the CV of its subject to offer up the kind of film that’s best viewed as a basic educational lesson.
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.
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.
While many viewers might already be wary about the contents of their health and beauty care products, award winning Canadian documentarian Phyllis Ellis’ Toxic Beauty is a necessary shock to the system.
Powerlifting champion, former U.S. marine, and parent of three Janae Kroczaleski is no stranger to hard work and adversity, but Canadian filmmaker Michael Del Monte’s documentary about her, Transformer (opening theatrically in Toronto on Friday, October 19), focuses on a lifelong struggle for the former “alpha male” to embrace her true identity.
Hot Docs kicks off its 25th year today (and runs through May 6), and here are 15 films showing during the first few days of the festival that are worth catching and guaranteed to scratch your non-fiction itch.
We talk to Canadian-Nigerian filmmaker Shasha Nakhai about her debut feature documentary Take Light (premiering at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival this weekend), which finds her returning to her hometown of Port Harcourt to take an on the ground look at Nigeria’s ongoing energy crisis.