Sunday, April 21, 2024

HOT DOCS 2024 Curtain Raiser

Hot Docs starts this week and we are better for it.

The Canadian doc fest is one of the highlights of the year, highlighting any number of documentaries that will be on everyone’s radar come the end of the year.  This is 11 days of really great stuff (I know I've seen a bunch of it).

If you are anywhere near Toronto you need to go and see something or several somethings.  

Because of the way things are falling, and my need to to get ready for a vacation this week I am going to keep this short. However because I want to point you in the direction of some good stuff I’ve got a few recommendations (full reviews will follow):

FRAGMENTS OF A LIFE LOVED is a glorious look at the arc of a life through the director's exes. It will change how you  see yourself and those around you.

SEGURIDAD is the story of a young woman trying to come to terms with her father, her country of birth and life itself. It's going to make you think.

MARCHING IN THE DARK is a bitter sweet tale of a widow forced to rebuild her and her family's life after her husband commits suicide because of the crushing debt he incurs running the family farm. It' story you need to hear.

HELEN AND THE BEAR one of the best romances of the last decade and best films of 2024- that's all you need to know.

BEETHOVEN'S NINE: ODE TO HUMANITY is a celebration of the symphony and humanity. I was moved to tears.

And I want to mention two films I'm not writing full reviews of because I can't get longer pieces that do the film justice - I recommend both of them.

FAMILY TREE is the story of several black families in the American south who are working to save the forest that the own. It's a wonderful tale of families and the communities they belong to doing the right thing and changing the world.

WILFRED BUCK is a portrait of the  legendary First Nations leader -Wilfred Buck. Told in a variety of styles the film is not only just a portrait of the man, but also his world and spiritual view. It’s a stunning film that will open up your mind to a way of life that you probably never considered before- recommended.

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