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Doc Soup

We're thrilled to open Hot Docs Festival's 30th anniversary year with yet another outstanding edition of our popular Doc Soup series! 

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  • Watch in cinema, online or both! Each subscription includes an in-cinema screening with reserved seating on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, plus online streaming from Thursday to Sunday.
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Single tickets: Single tickets for in-cinema screenings will be on sale one month before each screening. Tickets subject to availability.

Screenings & Streaming Windows: 
  • October 5, 6:30 PM & October 6, 9:15 PM // streaming October 6-9
  • November 2, 6:30 PM & November 2, 8:30 PM // streaming November 3-6
  • December 6, 6:30 PM & December 7, 6:30 PM // streaming December 8-11
  • January 11, 6:30 PM & January 12, 6:30 PM // streaming January 12-15
  • February 1, 6:30 PM & February 2, 6:30 PM // streaming February 2-5
  • March 1, 6:30 PM & March 2, 6:30 PM // streaming March 2-5
  • April 4, 6:30 PM & April 5, 6:30 PM // streaming April 6-9

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Series runs October 2022 - April 2023

April 4 & 6 // Streaming April 6-9

a man looking to the left

April // Subject

Consider the good, the bad and the complicated experience of sharing one’s life on screen, through the participants of five acclaimed documentaries.  

Co-director Camilla Hall (via Zoom) and producer/film subject Margie Ratliff will participate in a post-screening Q&A.

  • D: Jennifer Tiexiera & Camilla Hall
  • USA
  • 2022
  • 93 min
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Past Films

a building with boats in front

October // The Perfect Story

This riveting, intimate look at the relationship between a foreign correspondent and a young Somali refugee explores the psychological toll of the stories we tell.

To expand on the themes raised in the film, the screening will be followed by a special curated panel led by director Michelle Shephard and featuring special guests.  
  • D: Michelle Shephard
  • Canada
  • 2021
  • 74 min
a panther running through the jungle

November // Path of the Panther

Drawn in by the haunting specter of the Florida panther, photographer Carlton Ward finds himself on the front lines of an accelerating battle between forces of renewal and destruction that have pushed the Everglades to the brink of ecological collapse.

Director Eric Bendick will be in attendance for a live post-screening Q&A.

  • D: Eric Bendick
  • USA
  • 2022
  • 88 min
a woman with a microphone

December // Omara

From Cuba to Japan, the Grammy-winning star singer of Buena Vista Social Club sets out to tell her story. Filled with her beloved hits and new compositions as well, the film pulls back the curtain on Omara’s previously private life. 

Director Hugo Perez will be in attendence for a live post-screening Q&A.

  • D: Hugo Perez
  • USA & Cuba
  • 2021
  • 76 min
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people protesting

January // Battleground

This urgent and timely window into the intersection of abortion and politics in America follows three women who lead formidable anti-abortion organizations. 

Director Cynthia Lowen will be in attedance for a post-screening Q&A.

  • D: Cynthia Lowen
  • USA
  • 2022
  • 105 min
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a woman writing

February // Hidden Letters

Offering a unique lens through which to view women's equality, this fascinating film delves into a shared secret language among Chinese women called Nushu. 

Director Violet Du Feng will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

  • D: Violet Du Feng
  • Co-director: Zhao Qing
  • China, USA, Norway, Germany
  • 2022
  • 86 min
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two men playing guitars

March // Dusty & Stones

A hero's journey told through country music across the American South, following a determined duo of struggling singers from the tiny African Kingdom of Eswatini. In English and SiSwati with English subtitles.

Director Jesse Rudoy will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

  • D: Jesse Rudoy
  • USA & Swaziland
  • 2022
  • 83 min
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