Trouble – Hot Docs 2020

A filmmaker seeks to reconnect with her estranged Northern Irish father in Trouble. Mariah Garnett travels to Vienna to meet her father David, who she hasn’t seen since she was two years old. Growing up in Belfast at the height of The Troubles, David was the subject of a 1971 BBC news story, solely for […]

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The Dakota Entrapment Tapes – Hot Docs 2020

A college student is forced to become a confidential informant for law enforcement in The Dakota Entrapment Tapes. In May 2014, 20-year-old college student Andrew Sadek is reported missing and is found dead two months later. In the ensuing investigation, it is discovered that Andrew found himself in the middle of an aggressive war of […]

Eddy’s Kingdom – Hot Docs 2020

“Canada’s First Terrorist” tells his side of the story in Eddy’s Kingdom. Eddy Haymour immigrated to Canada from Lebanon in the 1950s and found success as an entrepreneur. Acquiring Rattlesnake Island in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Eddy’s ultimate dream was to open a theme park called Moroccan Shadou. However, Eddy was accused of […]

Shoot to Marry – Canadian Film Fest 2020

A lonely and heartbroken man uses the filming of a documentary to meet women in Shoot to Marry. Steve Markle is a middle-aged man, who becomes extremely heartbroken when his longtime girlfriend Amy breaks up with him after he proposes to her during Christmas. Desperate to meet the true love of his life, Steve begins […]

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Clapboard Jungle – Canadian Film Fest 2020

Full Disclosure: I have personally known Justin McConnell since 2012 and I was an Indiegogo contributor for this documentary Filmmaker Justin McConnell uses his own experiences as a jumping-off point for a discussion on how the independent film business works in Clapboard Jungle. It has been Justin McConnell’s dream of breaking into the film business since […]

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Coded Bias – Hot Docs 2020

The biases present in machine learning algorithms are examined in Coded Bias. While working on a project in the MIT Media Lab, computer scientist Joy Buolamwini discovered that facial-recognition software was unable to identify her face, as an African-American female, unless she put on a white mask. Upon further examination, Joy learns that the training […]

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#Blessed – Hot Docs 2020

An evangelical church in Toronto develops a connection with millennials in #Blessed. C3 is an Evangelical church that began in Australia and has grown to 500 churches around the world. The Toronto branch of C3 was formed by Pastor Sam and his wife Jenn in 2013 and over the last number of years the congregation has […]

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Shut Up Sona – Hot Docs 2020

An Indian pop singer finds herself subject to a misogynistic backlash in Shut Up Sona. Sona Mohapatra is an Indian pop singer, who gets into trouble when she receives a letter accusing her of insulting Islamic Sufi practices by wearing “objectionable, body revealing, obscene apparels” in a music video of her singing an 800-year-old song […]

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Stateless – Hot Docs 2020

Winner—Hot Docs Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Documentary Those of Haitian descent within the Dominican Republic find themselves stripped of their citizenship in Stateless. Since colonial rule, there have been racial tensions between the nations of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, both of which share the island of Hispaniola. In 2013, the Dominican Constitutional Court […]