Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hot Docs Preview: 10 Films to See at Hot Docs

You may have noticed that our postings have been a little light over the past week. This is mainly due to the fact that we have been feverishly working behind the scenes preparing our Hot Docs festival coverage. A week from today Hot Docs will kick off and have many film lovers in a documentary euphoria for eleven straight days. The largest documentary film festival in the world, Hot Docs has screened many iconic and award-winning films over the past 20 years. Films like Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About A Father, The Cove, Senna, Inocente, The Invisible War, and The Imposter all screened at Hot Docs. Here are a few of the films playing at this year’s festival that caught our eye:

A look at how the music-sharing website Napster transformed not only the music industry, but technology as a whole.

The Kill Team
A US Army Specialist deployed to Afghanistan returns home a year later to find that he is now a suspected war criminal.

The Exhibition
Pamela Masik portraits, based on a police poster of 69 missing women, create a huge uproar as twenty-six of her subjects were murdered by notorious serial killer Robert Pickton.

Interior. Leather Bar.
Filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews re-imagine what the deleted scenes from the 1980 film Cruising, which starred Al Pacino, may have looked like in this commentary on society and gay sex.

Gangster of Love
Nedjeljko Babic (aka Gangster) is easily the most notorious and successful operator in Croatia’s matchmaking game. Babic encounters is toughest assignment yet when a single mother, Maya, enlist his services.

NCR – Not Criminally Responsible
Twelve years after being found not criminally responsible for a vicious attack, a man suffering from a mental disorder applys for a conditional discharge from the forensic psychiatric facility where he resides. This does not sit well with his victim who is terrified he will find her again.

The Unbelievers
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss travel the globe engaging in thoughtful dialogue about the importance of science and reason in the modern world.

The Great Hip Hop Hoax
A promising Scottish hip hop act adopt fake Yankee accents and re-invent themselves as California rappers.

The Shebabs of Yarmouk
Five Palestinian refugees living in the 50-year-old camp of Yarmouk in Syria, where rooms are left to leak and living quarters are stack shoddily one upon the other. Despite the conditions, unshakable bonds of friendship are formed, aspirations dashed and frustrations boil over.

Seven Republican leadership hopefuls—Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, Bachmann, Perry, Cain and Paul—engage in a battle of political wits as they try to win the Iowa caucus.

Hot Docs runs from April 25th to May 5th. For the full list of films and ticket information please visit the Hot Docs website


  1. Downloaded, NCR – Not Criminally Responsible, and Caucus all sound like docs I'd be into.

    I believe 12 O’Clock Boys is playing at HotDocs too. It's about a Baltimore street bike gang so I'd be interested in that one as well. Luckily, I think they are playing it at the Maryland Film Festival.

    Anyways, HotDocs sounds great, looking forward to your coverage again this year.

    1. I was fortunate enough to get an advance viewing of 12 O'Clock Boys, so I should have my review of it up later this week. I will say that the film, along with The Wire, has given me some rather interesting insight into a particular side of Baltimore life.

    2. hahaah oh I'm sure... I'll definitely keep my eyes peeled for the review.

  2. Already added a couple of these documentaries to my watchlist on IMDB, now the wait begins till they are more widely available. Looking forward to Downloaded, The Great Hip Hop Hoax and The Unbelievers


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