Monday, April 24, 2023

Hot Docs 2023 runs April 27 to May 7


Opening Thursday  is the always glorious Hot Docs.  This is for me the first indication of what the year will be in regard to documentaries since a lot of films get their start at this love fest of things that are real.  I truly love this film festival as it brings together many of the best docs from the first part of the year together in a smorgasbord of cinematic goodness.

I’m having a blast going through all the films I’ve been sent. The best of that bunch of films are as follows.

EURODONBAS is a look at the Donbras region of Ukraine, particularly its history as the place that was developed by countries other than Russia. It will open your eyes.

CYNARA a murder mystery about a mother accused of killing her daughter an whether she did it or not.

ECHO OF EVERYTHING while nominally about music it speaks volumes about  everything.

WHO'S AFRAID OF NATHAN LAW?  is a look at the leader of the Hong Kong  protests.

UNSEEN is a look at Pedro an undocumented man trying to earn his social work degree. Told in a style that frequently mirrors his limited sight, the film truly puts us in the shoes of someone else for a while.

At the same time the fest is screening some of the many docs I’ve seen in the last year and if you want to see some great stuff you could do worse than wading into any of these films.

20 Days in Mariupoul

EL Equipo

Angel Applicant

Iron Butterflies

Is there anybody out there

Satan Wants you

Smoke Sauna Sisterhood

A Still Small Voice

This World Is Not My Own

Twice Colonized

Do yourself a favor and make the trip to Canada and see some great films.

Buy tickets here and see some movies

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