Hot Docs 2019: Inside Lehman Brothers

The events resulted in the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, kickstarting the 2008 financial crisis, is examined in Inside Lehman Brothers. Lehman Brothers was the fourth largest financial institutions in United States. However, a series of shady and possibly fraudulent business dealings resulted in the company eventually declaring bankruptcy, resulting in a financial collapse. A number […]

Hot Docs 2019: The Corporate Coup D’état

The rise of corporatism in the United States is examined in The Corporate Coup D’état. Canadian political philosopher John Ralston Saul once wrote that “we are in the midst of a coup d’état in slow motion,” in regards to corporate interests influencing the government. However, it turns out that the coup was not in slow […]

Hot Docs 2019: One Child Nation

The longterm effects of China’s one-child policy are examined in One Child Nation. From 1979-2015, China tried to control its population by instilling a policy stating that families could only have one child. Growing up in China, fimmaker Nanfu Wang never thought twice about the policy and even felt embarrassed by the fact that she […]

Hot Docs 2019: Framing John DeLorean

The story of John DeLorean is told in a very meta fashion in Framing John DeLorean. Featuring a combination of documentary and a fictionalized narrative, John DeLorean (Alec Baldwin) was a auto engineer who hit it big at General Motors, when he helped to construct the Pontiac GTO. Living a playboy lifestyle, DeLorean married top […]

Hot Docs 2019: The Hottest August

Filmmaker Brett Story takes an observational look at life in New York City during the month of August 2017 in The Hottest August. In the summer of 2017, New York City was adjusting to to having Donald Trump in the White House and the ever-present threat of climate change. Various people are interviewed about their […]

Hot Docs 2019: Picture Character 🖼 🔣

The ever-increasing popularity of emojis are examined in 🖼 🔣 (Picture Character). Created in 1997 by Shigetaka Kurita, emoji is translated from 🇯🇵 into “picture character.” While the original set of emojis had 176 characters, there are now over 1000, which are defined by the Unicode Consortium in Silicon Valley. Every year, countless people campaign […]

Hot Docs 2019: Toxic Beauty

The use of dangerous chemicals by the cosmetics industry is exposed in Toxic Beauty. Beauty products are a multi-billion dollar industry. However, cosmetic companies receive minimal government regulation, resulting in toxic chemicals being present within beauty products. Examples of this include the talc in baby powder being linked to ovarian cancer and the cosmetic preservative […]

Hot Docs 2019: Mystify: Michael Hutchence

The life and career of the late INXS frontman is revisited in Mystify: Michael Hutchence. In the mid-1980s, the Australian band INXS hit it big with their breakthrough 1987 album “Kick.” However, fame wasn’t as easy thing for frontman Michael Hutchence to handle. Featuring voice-over interviews with his INXS bandmates and ex-girlfriends, including Kylie Minogue […]

Hot Docs 2019: Willie

A grassroots campaign begins to get the first black NHL player into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Willie. In 1958, Willie O’Ree broke the NHL’s colour barrier when he was called up to play for the Boston Bruins. Despite their not being a day going by where he was the recipient of racist remarks, […]

Hot Docs 2019: Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played with Fire

The story of the journalist best known for writing the “Millennium” trilogy of novels is told in Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played with Fire. Released posthumously, Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” series, beginning with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” have gone on to sell ninety million copies worldwide. However, long before that, Larsson was a […]