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Hot Docs Collection Picks

Hand picked by Hot Docs staff, these Festival and Cinema favourites are accessible through various streaming and on-demand platforms such as CBC Gem, Crave, Netflix and Rogers VOD.

93 Queen

93QUEEN

  • USA
  • 90
    Director:
  • Paula Eiselt
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"If you are grateful for the work and sacrifices of first responders, you'll love cheering on Rachel "Ruchie" Freier, a Hasidic mother and lawyer who fights to establish the first all-female EMT force in New York City." – Stephanie McArthur, Senior Industry Programs Manager

The Hasidic neighbourhood of Borough Park, Brooklyn, is home to a chapter of the largest volunteer ambulance corps in the world: the Hatzolah, an organization that steadfastly bans women from joining its ranks. Rachel "Ruchie" Freier, a no-nonsense lawyer and mother of six, attempts to break her community's glass ceiling by creating the first all-female EMT service in the city—risking her reputation and future in the process. With unprecedented access to this highly secluded community, and a non-judgmental perspective on their lifestyle, 93QUEEN shatters stereotypes and teaches an important lesson: It's from within that conservative societies can change.

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

  • USA
  • 87
    Directors:
  • Alan Elliott
  • Sydney Pollack

WATCH ON ROGERS ON DEMAND (CH 100) OR ROGERS IGNITE TV

WATCH ON APPLE TV

"Ninety glorious minutes of watching one of the greatest singers who ever lived wail her face off as she records one of the best gospel albums of all time. I get chills just thinking about it!" – Andrea Smitko, Media Relations Manager

Hailed as “one of the greatest concert films of all time,” the electrifying musical hit of the year returns to our big screen for a limited time. This long-shelved time capsule from Oscar-winning director Sydney Pollack captures the emotional power and transcendent voice of Aretha Franklin as she records her bestselling live gospel album at Los Angeles’ New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in 1972. Aretha’s performance—which includes a stunning rendition of “Amazing Grace”—is electrifying, and will move you to tears.

Apollo 11

Apollo 11

  • USA
  • 93
    Director:
  • Todd Douglas Miller

WATCH ON ROGERS ON DEMAND (CH 100) OR ROGERS IGNITE TV

“Thanks to its trove of rare 70mm footage, this was one of 2019’s most captivating films. But it’s also perfect for this moment—both as a stirring reminder of the hurdles humanity has overcome, and because there’s no better cure for cabin fever than a trip to the moon." – Julian Carrington, Distribution Manager

Soar into space with legendary astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they make history by becoming the first men to step onto the moon. Crafted from a newly restored trove of 65mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, this awe-inspiring cinematic discovery takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission, 50 years later. From the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, vividly experience the momentous days in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

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Bee Nation

  • Canada
  • 78
    Director:
  • Lana Šlezić
WATCH ON CBC GEM

“A warm and heartfelt story showing how practice and perseverance can change the lives of young Indigenous children through something as simple as a spelling bee. Perfect to keep your family entertained!" – Alicks Girowski, Volunteers Manager

Kahkewistahaw First Nation Reserve is a world away from Toronto in so many ways, but for Grade 3 student William Kaysaywaysemat III it’s a journey he’s keen to make to represent his school and community. Through the first province-wide First Nations Spelling Bee, William and many others have an opportunity to compete against the nation’s best. There’s one way to spell success, but many ways to define it. The tensions of the competitions are highly compelling cinema, but the heart of the film lies with the families and teachers. They’ve built an empowering support system, challenging policies of inequity and refusing to limit their children’s options. As Chief Kahkewistahaw Community School principal Evan Taypotat says, “Never judge a person ‘til you’ve walked a mile in their moccasins.” Bee Nation highlights kids who have dedicated themselves to their education in an inspiring story that encourages us all to be our best selves.

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Becoming Bond

  • USA
  • 95
    Director:
  • Josh Greenbaum
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"Used car salesman turned (one-time) 007, George Lazenby was an international man of intrigue in his own right. Turn this playful portrait on tonight for a good laugh, and to relish in the fun and nostalgia of the 1970s." – April Hazan, Director of Development

Lazenby, George Lazenby. The only man to play James Bond just once, George shares the stranger-than-fiction story of how he lucked into the iconic role and later left it behind. Through a playful combination of re-enactments and a stellar sit-down interview, George relates tall tales about his life that could rival any 007 storyline. Born in a small town in Australia with only half a kidney, he wasn’t supposed to live past age seven. But live he did, and how! After discovering girls and the joys of sex in adolescence, he gained a reputation. But all that changed after meeting Belinda, whom he followed to England.… Featured in the re-enactments are Bond girl Jane Seymour as the woman who discovers George, Dana Carvey as Johnny Carson and Jeff Garlin as film producer Harry Saltzman. Hollywood may associate his name with a single, short-lived performance, but George proves he’s his own man.

Biggest Little Farm

The Biggest Little Farm

  • USA
  • 91
    Director:
  • John Chester
WATCH ON NETFLIX

"For my fellow nature lovers out there, this portrait of a couple who pursue their dreams of owning a farm is a ray of sunshine—and a reminder that life always finds a way. Make it a double feature with the short film, Pickle, on Kanopy." – Jessica Gyll, Programming Manager

When the barking of their beloved dog leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice most of us only dream of, trading in the city hustle to live in harmony with the land. But the couple’s naïve ambition of building a sustainable farm takes a series of wild turns as they come to realize that to survive, they will have to reach a deeper understanding of the intricacies of nature, and of life itself. Filled with breathtaking images of plants and animals, The Biggest Little Farm is an inspiring ode to uncompromising idealism and a beautiful homage to the natural world.

Bill Nye

Bill Nye: Science Guy

  • USA
  • 101
    Directors:
  • David Alvarado
  • Jason Sussberg
WATCH ON NETFLIX WATCH ON APPLE TV+

"This doc gives a charming glimpse into Bill Nye’s transition from kid’s TV host to science evangelist. Growing up with Bill, it’s amazing to see this transformation, and how one person with a passion can make a difference in the world." – Lawrence Yee, Senior Sales Coordinator, Sponsorship Marketing

The 1990s TV phenomenon Bill Nye the Science Guy educated and entertained a generation with a mix of facts and zany fun that made learning exciting. Today, the bow-tied Bill Nye has returned to the public eye—but his mission has evolved as the stakes have risen. There’s a dangerous wave of people in power whose fundamental lack of scientific reasoning is causing destruction to the planet we all inhabit. As a public figure, Bill is now taking every opportunity he can to openly call out and debate those who are twisting facts or outright denying them. The Science Guy is back and more vital than ever.

Bombshell

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

  • USA
  • 90
    Director:
  • Alexandra Dean
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“Hedy Lamarr was not only a glamorous Hollywood beauty, but a brilliant inventor who helped revolutionize modern communication. You’ve gotta love the story of woman who becomes a star in order to support her nerdy tech obsession." – Brittany Mumford, Senior Social Media & Promotions Coordinator

Hedy Lamarr’s stint as a Hollywood starlet had her best known for her tabloid scandals rather than her performances—but behind the scenes she was a secret genius inventor changing the course of history. In the 1940s she starred alongside legends like Clark Gable and James Stewart, and infamously had affairs with the likes of Howard Hughes and JFK. Today Lamarr has re-entered public consciousness as a Hall of Fame-inducted inventor for developing a secret radio system during WWII that paved the way for modern Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. Bombshell tells her whole incredible story for the first time.

Brief History Of Time

A Brief History of Time

  • USA
  • 83
    Director:
  • Errol Morris
WATCH ON HOLLYWOOD SUITE

"Before The Theory of Everything, this movie (and book) introduced the world to the brilliance of Stephen Hawking. Take yourself across the universe and deep into the infinitesimal—all from the mind of a man who is isolated in his own body." – Isaac Meyer Odell, Director of Production

Based on cosmologist Stephen Hawking's 1988 bestseller of the same name, this doc is part adaptation about his theories of the universe and part exploration of Hawking's daily life with ALS. Director Errol Morris weaves together interviews friends, family, former classmates and peers, along with creative graphics to visually illustrate Hawking's complex ideas.

California Typewriter

California Typewriter

  • USA
  • 103
    Director:
  • Doug Nichol
WATCH ON CRAVE

"Something about Tom Hanks makes me feel like everything is going to be okay. This love letter to the typewriter is a gorgeous meditation on creativity and analog communication. It's also an opportunity to pause and take pleasure in the simple things we normally take for granted." – Alan Black, Managing Director, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Is there a more romantic image of a writer than that of someone hunched over their typewriter passionately working away, the clicks and dings sounding off as they go? Discover extensive collections of trusty typewriters, all carefully selected by brand and generation, curated by those who are not so quick to shrug off old technology. Many artists and writers who still swear by the machine—among them Tom Hanks, John Mayer and the late Sam Shepard—share their thoughts on its value as a tool and source of inspiration. California Typewriter also looks at one of the last surviving typewriter repair shops, run by a man determined to keep the tradition alive.


Do Donkeys Act

Do Donkeys Act?

  • UK
  • 72
    Directors:
  • David Redmon
  • Ashley Sabin

Watch on Rogers on Demand channel (100) or Rogers Ignite TV

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“I have a very close friend who, in my many years at Hot Docs, has only ever been to one Festival film. This one. Why? The inner lives of donkeys as narrated by Willem Dafoe. Resist it. I dare you." – Kait Knyf, Senior Communications Manager

Willem Dafoe narrates this strange and surprisingly beautiful Hot Docs Festival favourite about a group of donkeys recovering from abuse in a sanctuary. In entrancingly rhythmic prose, Dafoe gives a new perspective on the donkey—deterring us from adding human values to their behaviour with subversive and mind-bending words. An attempt to restore dignity to these disparaged animals, Do Donkeys Act? becomes increasingly attuned to their point of view, asking us to try to see the world as they do—to give the donkey its due. Dafoe’s words imbue the film with unexpected emotional resonance and might just give you a newfound sympathy for the donkey.

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Echo in the Canyon

  • USA
  • 90
    Director:
  • Andrew Slater
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“From The Byrds to the Beach Boys, countless musicians would not have existed were it not for Laurel Canyon's thriving music scene. Not only is this film a reminder of the strength of art and community, it’s an excellent sing-along antidote to these days of isolation." – Robin Smith, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Programmer

Travel back to Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s to a pivotal music scene moment and the influential emergence of folk rock. From The Byrds, to The Beach Boys, to Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas, these iconic bands were inspired by The Beatles and then went on to in turn inspire The Beatles—as well as future generations of musicians. Guided by Jakob Dylan, Echo in the Canyon captures this moment of unparalleled creativity and collaboration and features musical performances and original interviews with David Crosby, Norah Jones, Cat Power, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and more.

Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

  • Canada
  • 88
    Directors:
  • Martha Kehoe
  • Joan Tosoni
WATCH ON CBC GEM

“A true highlight of our 2019 festival was premiering this film and welcoming the man himself to Hot Docs. A touching and wonderful portrait of a Canadian legend, with great footage of yesterday’s Toronto." – Brett Hendrie, Executive Director

Explore the career, music, and influence of Canadian songwriting legend Gordon Lightfoot. This sold-out Hot Docs '19 hit candidly takes us from rural Ontario in the 50s and the iconic coffeehouses of Yorkville and Greenwich Village in the 60s, through to Lightfoot’s substance-fueled arena shows of the 70s, and finally to his life today. Featuring interviews with Sarah McLachlan, Alec Baldwin, Rush, and more, If You Could Read My Mind is an intimate examination of the troubadour’s profound relationship to his music and the country he calls home.

Hip Hop Evolution

Hip Hop Evolution

  • Canada
  • 90
    Directors:
  • Darby Wheeler
  • Sam Dunn (co-director)
  • Scot McFadyen (co-director)
WATCH ON CRAVE WATCH ON NETFLIX

"Join famous fans like Dwayne Johnson and treat yourself to this Toronto-produced, Emmy-winning masterclass of a series for a dose of mood-boosting inspiration and education—oh, and a killer soundtrack too. – Sarah Li-Lun MacArthur, Programming Coordinator, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

There’s no doubt hip-hop dominates popular music culture today. Its influences are far-reaching and its performers international superstars. How did this New York house party experiment evolve into one of the most dominant sounds in music? The Banger Films team brings a powerhouse of a film starring hip-hop legends and pioneers to trace the genre’s evolution. Acclaimed Canadian rapper Shad acts as our informed and enthusiastic guide, travelling to the Bronx and Harlem to talk with hip-hop’s originators and biggest stars—Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash, among many others—tracing the music’s development and influences from the underground to the global phenomenon it is today. Fascinating and sometimes surprising, full of music and archival film, Hip-Hop Evolution goes beyond the hype to place hip-hop in the canon of musical history.

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Human Nature

  • USA
  • 92
    Director:
  • Adam Bolt

WATCH ON ROGERS ON DEMAND (CH 100) OR ROGERS IGNITE TV

“Combining magic and wonderment with very relatable "science-y" science, this doc dives into the social and philosophical questions that must accompany such ground-breaking discoveries as CRISPR." – Dani Barr, Senior Database & CRM Coordinator

One of the most significant breakthroughs in modern history, the discovery of CRISPR has unlocked our ability to manipulate human DNA. The implications of this genetic tinkering could mean the cure and erasure of diseases or, on a broader and more controversial scale, the possibility of shaping children according to predetermined traits. Reaching out to scientists, engineers and people whose lives could be affected, Human Nature offers a wide-ranging and engaging look at the possibilities of designing our future. For the first time in the history of our world, we have the potential to craft our own evolution. But should we?


Its Me Hilary

It's Me Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise

  • USA
  • 35
    Director:
  • Matt Wolf
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"I never really knew of the Eloise books growing up, but hearing the stories of how she came to be as told through the words of illustrator Hilary Knight offers up a lovely insight into art and creativity." – Gabor Pertic, Senior Programming Coordinator and International Programmer

A young, effusive girl with a bright ribbon in her messy hair scours the Plaza Hotel in New York on a quest to know everything about both the hotel and its guests. Shunning any moments of boredom, her name is Eloise—and her iconic image was brought to life by acclaimed illustrator Hilary Knight. The rambunctious and beloved character has maintained a large, multi-generational fan base, including writer/director/actress Lena Dunham, who paid homage to Eloise with her first tattoo. This gesture caught the attention of Knight, who reached out to Dunham and began a unique friendship with her. In It’s Me Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise, Knight opens up to Dunham, and in doing so, reveals the story behind Eloise. Incorporating personal home footage and distinct illustrations, we are invited into this animated world where the art transcends the confines of a page.

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Listen to Me Marlon

  • UK
  • 102
    Director:
  • Stevan Riley
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"Brando's story shows us that even in the direst of circumstances—whether it's in the face of an external force like a virus or in the face of our inner demons—there is the potential to channel our despair into art that is beautiful and meaningful." – Will Di Novi, Special Events Curator, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Often considered the greatest actor of his generation, Marlon Brando had a troubled relationship with both his craft and fame. Behind closed doors, he recorded over 200 hours of private audiotapes over the course of his lifetime—some for self-hypnosis and others as cathartic explorations of his views on his life and career. With highly artistic and beautiful craft, Listen to Me Marlon brings those tapes—and his voice—to life. With full cooperation of Brando’s estate and never-before-seen footage and images, the elusive star gives us insight about his life, from his trouble youth, to his support for civil and Native American rights, to his views on his iconic roles. Penetrating and enlightening, Listen to Me Marlon is a rare chance to hear the movie legend speak for himself as he takes us through his life and work with an unprecedented intimacy.

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Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.

  • USA
  • 92
    Director:
  • Steve Loveridge
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"First, blast 'Paper Planes' on high. Then, watch the exhilarating journey of its boundary-pushing singer in a pop-star portrait unlike any you’ve ever seen." – Brittanie Chandler, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Manager

Drawn from two decades’ worth of personal footage, this Sundance award winner and Hot Docs sensation is a startlingly personal profile of M.I.A., the genre-bending artist and social justice activist whose outspoken rhymes tore up the charts, stoked political fires and captivated fans and critics worldwide. Assembling countless hours of M.I.A.'s own recordings alongside interviews and performances, director and lifelong friend Steve Loveridge chronicles her evolution from refugee immigrant to music star in an exhilarating mash-up that showcases the many sides of a polarizing and fascinating pop culture figure.

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McQueen

  • UK
  • 111
    Directors:
  • Ian Bonhôte
  • Peter Ettedgui

WATCH ON ROGERS ON DEMAND (CH 100) OR ROGERS IGNITE TV

WATCH ON APPLE TV+

"This moving biopic exposes the heart of the late great fashion icon Alexander McQueen, and the fire that fueled his eccentric designs and incredible artistic expression. I recommend it to anyone interested in art, beauty and the human experience." – Dawnalda Brennan, Volunteers Coordinator

A job tailoring men's suits on Savile Row introduced a working-class lad from East London to the world of fashion. For Lee Alexander McQueen, a spark was struck, resulting in the rise of one of the most famous and provocative designers of the 21st century. McQueen took to fashion with a passion that burned bright and hot; his success was fueled by raw talent, enabled by money and drugs, before he inevitably, tragically burned out. The legendary couturier’s story is vividly brought to life via rare archival footage and revealing interviews with his inner circle in this lauded Hot Docs hit from directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui.

Minding The Gap

Minding the Gap

  • USA
  • 93
    Director:
  • Bing Liu
WATCH ON CBC GEM

"Beautifully bridging that gap between childhood and adulthood, this Oscar-nominated film is a personal, coming-of-age look at the legacy of childhood trauma and how we strive for better. A rare gem." – Olena Decock, Industry Programmer, Conference and Funds

For three young men growing up in in Illinois, adulthood and the responsibilities that come with it are quickly approaching. After the carefree summers of their adolescence spent skateboarding around Rockford, the stressors of fatherhood, money, racial tensions, domestic abuse and more start to threaten their decade-long friendship. Filmmaker Bing Liu returns home to reconnect with his two friends, bringing with him footage shot over the course of the last 10 years. Through this personal footage and present-day interviews, Minding the Gap offers a vulnerable and powerfully honest look at the many struggles of growing up and the difficulties of moving forward from heavy pasts into uncertain futures.

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O.J.: Made in America

  • USA
  • 467
    Director:
  • Ezra Edelman
WATCH ON CRAVE

"If you haven't gotten to it yet, there's no better way to spend 467 minutes than by watching Ezra Edelman's five-part doc on O.J. Simpson. Through archives that span decades, the series deconstructs not just the man himself, but the America that made him." – Madelaine Russo, Industry Programmer, Dealmaker

From his Hall of Fame career in the National Football League to his starring role in the trial of the century, the life of O.J. Simpson has had the epic drama of a Shakespearean tragedy. In O.J.: Made in America, a new five-episode, seven-and-a-half-hour documentary series from ESPN, the story of America’s most famous murder trial is finally told in all its violent grandeur. Director Ezra Edelman gains unprecedented access to O.J.’s closest confidants and legal adversaries, home videos shot by his friends and family, and extraordinary archival footage that puts his race-haunted rise and fall in new historical context. Part riveting biopic, part legal thriller, this addictive, binge-worthy series is must-see viewing for fans of true crime hits like Serial and Making a Murderer. Clear out an afternoon, pack a lunch and immerse yourself in one of the year’s greatest pop cultural achievements.

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Pugly: A Pug's Life

  • Canada
  • 44
    Directors:
  • Michael McNamara
  • Aaron Hancox
WATCH ON CBC GEM

“Follow the wonderful stories of three pugs in the care of Toronto's Pugalug Pug Rescue, an amazing network of folks who fight for these squishy-faced dogs when nobody else will. Fun fact: I was so moved from watching this film at our cinema that I adopted its star, Gunner!" – Jenn Shah, Director of Sponsorship Marketing

Pugly follows a year-in-the-life of a group of three rescue pugs, their triumphs and tribulations, and the growing community of people devoted to the “squishy-faced” dog. Despite the head-to-tail health issues common in these breeds, pugs are more popular than ever—and they’re full of surprises. From Helmut, star of Toronto’s monthly Pug Grumble, to Titus, the half-blind dog who will not give up chasing speeding trains, find out why everyone is falling for these loveable little hounds and living the pug life.

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Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

  • USA
  • 98
    Director:
  • Matt Tyrnauer
WATCH ON BELL WATCH ON CRAVE

"Male hustlers and old Hollywood? Stop! Let me grab the popcorn. Perhaps not everyone's cup of tea, but if you're looking for someone to spill it, Scotty is the guy for you." – Jonathan Da Silva, Director of Communications

This sensational exposé gives you view into a secret chapter of Hollywood's Golden Age. Based on his bestselling tell-all memoir, legendary hustler Scotty Bowers chronicles his decades spent as a sexual procurer to the stars. From a gas station on the edge of the studio lots, the dashingly handsome ex-Marine ran a covert matchmaking service, connecting his band of friends to the movie industry's glitterati—many of them gay and closeted. Discover a different side of Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner and more in this fascinating portrait of an unsung legend.

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Shirkers

  • USA, Singapore
  • 96
    Director:
  • Sandi Tan
WATCH ON NETFLIX

“One of the first films I saw at Hot Docs, Sandi Tan's Shirkers resonates with an incredible soundtrack, haunting footage, and a gripping story about confronting the ghosts of our past." – Byron Letourneau-Duynstee, Donor Development Coordinator

An inspired labor of love for zine-making teens Sandi Tan, Jasmine Ng and Sophie Siddique, Shirkers was a Singapore-made 1992 cult classic—or it would have been, had the 16mm footage not been stolen by their enigmatic American collaborator Georges Cardona, who disappeared. More than two decades later, Tan, now a novelist in L.A., returns to the country of her youth and to the memories of a man who both enabled and thwarted her dreams. Magically, too, she returns to the film itself, revived in a way she never could have imagined.

Suited

Suited

  • USA
  • 74
    Director:
  • Jason Benjamin
WATCH ON KANOPY

"Clothing is about much more than fashion, as the tailors at Bindle & Keep know all too well. They serve a clientele of gender non-conforming customers who share their stories and their lives, in an inspiring doc that is both heartwarming and stylish!" – Shane Smith, Director of Programming

Clothes have a profound impact on how we see ourselves and navigate the world, no matter how we gender-identify. Welcome to Bindle & Keep, a Brooklyn tailoring company that fills a niche making custom suits for gender-nonconforming and transgender clients. Founder Daniel Friedman originally planned to make his fortune tailoring suits for wealthy Wall Streeters, but it was the smart (and snappily suited) Rae Tutera, born Rachel, who expanded the company’s reach to those who have a hard time finding suiting from more traditional sources. The film introduces us to several Bindle & Keep clients as they select their fabric, cut and colour while sharing what it’s like to live as transgender or gender non-conforming in America today. From the fear of being found out, to losing job opportunities, to finding love and the perfect wedding suit, their personal stories underscore how notions of fashion, appearance and identity are profoundly intertwined.

Virunga

Virunga

  • UK
  • 92
    Director:
  • Orlando von Einsiedel
WATCH ON NETFLIX

"Virunga reveals the moments of peace and humour that can exist in the most trying of times. This multi-award winning doc will steal your heart and strengthen your resolve to fight for a brighter future. I promise you will feel ALL the feelings." – Adam Kirkham, Associate Director of Sponsorship Marketing

The world’s last remaining mountain gorilla population lives in the forested depths of the Virunga National Park in eastern Congo. A Belgian conservationist has been tasked with protecting the gorillas. With his team of Congolese rangers, he attempts to safeguard this UNESCO World Heritage Site against the many people and organizations who want to control the lucrative natural resources under its ground. Director Orlando von Einsiedel takes us into the park at a time when the Congo’s largest rebel group declares war on the government army. Virunga shows us the personal experiences of the park staff as they bravely prepare to protect everything they’ve worked so hard for against a resurgence of wars that have been going on for decades. It’s an investigative and human portrait of one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth and its inhabitants.

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Three Identical Strangers

  • USA
  • 96
    Director:
  • Tim Wardle
WATCH ON BELL FIBE TV WATCH ON CRAVE

“In one of the most unforgettable docs I've ever seen, three college-aged men discover they are long lost identical triplets separated at birth. Just try to stop talking about this film after watching." – Chris McDonald, President, Hot Docs

For three teenage boys living in New York in the 1980s, what starts as an uncanny resemblance quickly turns into an extraordinary stranger-than-fiction story. The discovery that Bobby, Eddy and David were triplets separated at birth and adopted by three different families catapults the former strangers to international fame. But their incredible reunion also unlocks a secret that gives this bizarre and charming tale a mysterious and troubling origin story. See one of the most talked-about films of Hot Docs 2018 on our screen after sold-out screenings.

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