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The Hottest Docs

As awards season heats up, Hot Docs brings you a selection of the most acclaimed and awarded documentaries of the year. Plus: meet the makers behind these exceptional films! Select screenings include a live or pre-recorded director Q&A. 
Series runs Starts Saturday, November 19

Opens Sunday, November 20

a family boarding a plane

Last Flight Home

With stunning verité footage, director Ondi Timoner films the final days of her father, who chose to die at age 92 under California’s End of Life Option Act. 

Featuring a pre-recorded Q&A with director Ondi Timoner after the screening.

  • D: Ondi Timoner
  • USA
  • 2022
  • 101 min
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Opens Monday, November 21

a person sitting in front of a circus tent

I Didn't See You There

An unflinching meditation on spectacle shot entirely from the filmmaker’s literal physical perspective, both from his wheelchair and his two feet. 

Featuring a pre-recorded Q&A with director Reid Davenport after the screening.

  • D: Reid Davenport
  • USA
  • 2022
  • 76 min
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Opens Wednesday, November 23

a man listening

Descendant

Meet the descendants of the survivors from the Clotilda, the last ship that carried enslaved Africans to the United States, as they reclaim their story. 

Featuring a pre-recorded Q&A with director Margaret Brown after the screening.

  • D: Margaret Brown
  • USA
  • 2022
  • 109 min
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Opens Thursday, November 24

people protesting

Riotsville U.S.A.

Welcome to Riotsville, a fictional town built by the US military. Using all archival footage, the film explores the militarization of the police during uprisings of the late 1960s. 

Featuring a pre-recorded Q&A with director Sierra Pettengill after the screening.

  • D: Sierra Pettengill
  • USA
  • 2022
  • 92 min
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Opens Sunday, November 27

two children sitting together

A House Made of Splinters

A small group of strong-willed social workers work tirelessly in an in Eastern Ukraine orphanage to create an almost magical safe space for kids to live in. 

Featuring a pre-recorded Q&A with director Simon Lereng Wilmont after the screening.

  • D: Simon Lereng Wilmont
  • Denmark, Ukraine & Sweden
  • 2022
  • 87 min
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Opens Tuesday, November 29

a man sitting at a bar

Navalny

In this riveting and taut political thriller that won the audience award at Sundance, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks out. 

Featuring a pre-recorded Q&A with director Daniel Roher after the Wednesday, November 30, 4 p.m. screening.

  • D: Daniel Roher
  • USA
  • 2022
  • 98 min
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Opens Wednesday, November 30

an illustration of a child in front of a tree

Eternal Spring

Celebrated comic book artist Daxiong revisits the resilient story of when the spiritual group Falun Gong hacked China's state TV to expose brutal repression. 

Join director Jason Loftus for a live post-screening Q&A.

  • D: Jason Loftus
  • Canada
  • 2022
  • 86 min
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Opens Thursday, December 1

a man looking at a bird

All That Breathes

Against the darkening backdrop of Delhi's apocalyptic air and escalating violence, two brothers devote their lives to protect one casualty of the turbulent times: the bird known as the black kite.
  • D: Shaunak Sen
  • United Kingdom, India & USA
  • 2022
  • 97 min
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Opens Friday, December 2

a man looking at the camera

Sidney

An inspirational story from producer Oprah Winfrey, honouring the life and legacy of Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier. 

Featuring a pre-recorded Q&A with director Reginald Hudlin after the screening.

  • D: Reginald Hudlin
  • Canada & USA
  • 2022
  • 111 min
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Opens Friday, December 2

a woman with curly hair and glasses

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

From Oscar-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, this epic and emotional story follows artist Nan Goldin and her fight to hold the Sackler family accountable for the overdose crisis. 

Join P.A.I.N. activists Megan Kapler and Harrison Cullen, who appear in the film, for a post-screening Q&A via Zoom on Friday, December 2, 6:15 p.m.

  • D: Laura Poitras
  • USA
  • 2022
  • 113 min
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Tuesday, December 13, 4:00 PM

a woman getting photographed

Framing Agnes

After discovering case files from a 1950s gender clinic, a cast of trans actors turn a talk show inside out to confront the legacy of a young trans woman in its pages. 

Join director Chase Joynt for a post-screening Q&A via Zoom.

  • D: Chase Joynt
  • Canada & USA
  • 2022
  • 75 min
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Opens Friday, December 9

a man playing the trumpet

Louis Armstrong's Black and Blues

Discover an intimate and revealing look at world-changing musician Louis Armstrong through archival footage and never-before-heard home recordings. 

Featuring a pre-recorded Q&A with director Sacha Jenkins after the screening, moderated by Hot Docs Cinema programmer David Knipe.

  • D: Sacha Jenkins
  • USA
  • 2022
  • 104 min
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