Hot Docs 2018: Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie

Mattel sets out to do a complete overhaul of its signature Barbie dolls in Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie. Introduced in 1959 by Ruth and Elliot Handler, Barbie is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. However, Barbie has frequent received criticism for portraying an unrealistic thin and blonde female image. In response to […]

Hot Docs 2018: Our New President

The story of Trump’s election is told entirely through Russian propaganda in Our New President. Compiled from material from Russia’s stations Russia-1, Russia TV, and NTV, the media empire of Russia works overtime to sabotage Hilary Clinton, while celebrating Donald Trump. This results in a film about news, which is completely devoid of any true […]

Hot Docs 2018: Shirkers

A Singapore filmmaker revisits a film she made in her youth in Shirkers. When she was 18 years old, Sandi Tan set out to shoot Singapore’s first road movie with her friends Jasmine Ng and Sophie Siddique. The film was directed by Sandi’s enigmatic American mentor Georges Cardona, who would disappear along with the footage after […]

Hot Docs 2018: Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial

A rape victim goes through the process of bringing her sexual assault to trial in Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial. In 2015, Mandi Gray was sexually assaulted by a union leader she was dating from York University. She decides to report the assault to police, but is initially assumed that she […]

Hot Docs 2018: Constructing Albert

Chef Albert Adrià hopes to step out from his more famous brother’s shadow in Constructing Albert. With his restaurant elBulli, Ferran Adrià redefined the world of gastronomy and can be considered one of the greatest chefs in the world. Ferran’s younger brother Albert began as a teenager working in the kitchen of elBulli and follow the closure of the restaurant in […]

Hot Docs 2018: Roll Red Roll

Social media plays a major role in the case of a teenager girl raped in a small town in Ohio in Roll Red Roll. Steubenville is a town in Ohio best known for the local high school football team Big Red. At a party, a teenage girl is raped by members of the team, which causes […]

Hot Docs 2018: Active Measures

The sequence of events leading to Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US Presidential election is broken down in Active Measures. It has been alleged that Russia utilized active measures, a Soviet term for actions of political warfare, to interfere with the 2016 US Presidential election, leading to the election of Donald Trump. This wouldn’t […]

Hot Docs 2018: Bachman

The life and career of Canadian musician Randy Bachman is told in Bachman. Developing a love for music very early on growing up in Winnipeg, Bachman joined Chad Allen & The Expressions in the early 1960s, which evolved into The Guess Who, which generated hits such as “American Woman” and “These Eyes.” After leaving The […]

Hot Docs 2018: Anote’s Ark

The president of the island nation of Kiribati fights for the survival of his people in Anote’s Ark. Kiribati is a low-lying nation in the Pacific, which has been severely affected by the effects of climate change. With rising ocean levels, it is estimated the Kiribati would be no more within a century. It is for this […]

Hot Docs 2018: Believer

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds organizes a music festival in support of LGBTs in the Morman community in Believer. Raised as part of the Morman church, Dan Reynolds begins to have a major crisis of faith involving the church’s strict stance against gay rights, which has contributed to an pandemic of suicides by LGBT youth […]