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The Hottest Shorts of Hot Docs 2022

Our annual showcase of the Hot Docs Festival's best, most crowd-pleasing short films is now streaming.

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Series runs August 31 - October 31

person under water

Bad at This

In this whimsical story of a young man who embraces failure, abandons self-judgment and has no qualms about sucking at a hobby he loves, we consider the rewards of pushing back against a culture that values perfection and performance above all else.
  • D: Jessie Posthumus
  • Canada
  • 2021
  • 6 min
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The Communion of My Cousin Andrea

For Andrea, a thing without sparkles is not a thing! When her cousin and filmmaker Brandán Cerviño helps her edit a video of her first Holy Communion, they add just the right amount of sparkle, bling and sass, as well as a serious side of philosophy: does God exist?

In Galician with English subtitles.

  • D: Brandán Cerviño
  • Spain
  • 2021
  • 13 min
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BBQ at Josée and Serge's

Serge was born visually impaired, but that did not stop him from racing cars or mastering the art of the barbecue. Josée lost her sight over the years while raising children and growing the best Lebanese cucumbers in town. Under the summer sun, the couple talks about love, freedom and grilled chicken skewers.

In French with English subtitles.

  • D: Alexandre Sarkis
  • Canada
  • 2022
  • 7 min
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Her Scents of Pu-Er

Master Tseng, the first woman tea master in China's history, takes us on an aromatic journey steeped in history. We travel though her delicate and timeless world as she unlocks and shares with us the secrets of Pu Er, tea's holy grail.

In French with English subtitles.

  • D: Anna-Claria Ostasenko Bogdanoff
  • France
  • 2021
  • 17 min
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I Am Trying to Remember

Gholam has been erased. All that remains is a 1988 photo with his face scratched out. As filmmaker Pegah Ahangarani discovers, dissidents disappeared in alarming numbers in the difficult years after the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Their stories can only be recreated by seeking out the places filled with their absence.

In Farsi with English subtitles.

  • D: Pegah Ahangarani
  • Czech Republic & Iran
  • 2021
  • 15 min
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