Hot Docs 2019: Butterfly

The first female Italian boxer to make the Olympics is left at a crossroads when her dreams are dashed in Butterfly. At only 18 years old, Irma “The Butterfly” Testa makes history when she becomes the first female to make the Italian Olympic boxing team. However, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Testa […]

Hot Docs 2019: Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

The life and career of the Canadian folk singer is revisited in Gordon Lightfoot: If You Can Read My Mind. Growing up in the Ontario city of Orillia, Gordon Lightfoot had his beginnings playing in the coffeehouses in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood. This would eventually lead to him signing with Warner Bros and becoming one of […]

Hot Docs 2019: Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies

The use of propaganda around the world is explored in Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies. From ancient cave paintings to the spread of fake news, propaganda has always been around to exploit your need to believe in something. This film takes a look at many forms of propaganda, ranging from films made during the […]

Hot Docs 2019: Acid Forest

Visitors to an ancient pine forest in Lithuania comment on the destruction caused by the local cormorant population in Acid Forest. Over the past couple of decades, cormorants have made their home in the Curonian Spit, with the bird’s acidic excrement having killed off the 200 year old pine trees in the area. Tourists come […]

Hot Docs 2019: The Magic Life of V

A young Finnish woman attends LARPing events to escape the traumatic events of her childhood in The Magic Life of V. Veera is a young woman from Finland, who is struggling to cope with childhood memories of her alcoholic father, while also caring for her mentally disabled brother Ville. As a means of escape, Veera […]

Hot Docs 2019: Midnight Family

The actions of a family-run private ambulance service in Mexico City is followed in Midnight Family. In Mexico City, there are fewer than 45 government run ambulances for a population of 9 million. This has resulted in a underground network of for-profit private ambulance companies with little or no training or certification. The Ochoa family […]

Hot Docs 2019: The Seer and the Unseen

An Icelandic seer tries to protect a lava rock formation in The Seer and the Unseen. According to the folklore of Iceland, seers are people with “second sight,” who can communicate with elves and other spirits that live among us. Ragnhildur “Ragga” Jónsdóttir is one such person, who has been told by her elf friends […]

Hot Docs 2019: The Hypnotist

The story of Finnish hypnotist Olliver Hawk is told in The Hypnotist. Olavi Hakasalo, better known by his stage name Olliver Hawk, was a hypnotist active in Finland during the 1960s and 1970s. At the same time, the country was run by President Urho Kekkonen, who was in office for 25 years. Hakasalo would frequently […]

Hot Docs 2019: XY Chelsea

A trans whisleblower becomes an activist upon her release from prison in XY Chelsea. Chelsea Manning is a former US Army intelligence analyst, who was charged with uploading over 750,000 documents pertaining to the Iraq War to Wikileaks. In addition, Chelsea decided to come out as a trans woman while she was in the middle […]

Hot Docs 2019: Hunting for Hedonia

The origins and modern reemergence of the process of deep brain stimulation is examined in Hunting for Hedonia. In the 1950s, Dr. Robert Galbraith Heath performed experiments in neuromodulation, trying to seek out the source of pleasure in the brain, also known as hedonia. However, Heath’s methods were shunned by the medical community and he […]