We’re bringing you an incredible line-up of films fresh from this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Showcasing Canadian and international filmmakers, experience inspiring stories from around the world.
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Opening Night: LET THERE BE LIGHT + Dir. Q&A
Dir. Mila Aung-Thwin & Van Royko
Let There Be Light looks at the most expensive and complex science experiment ever conducted; an ongoing attempt to build an artificial sun on Earth in a bid to create cheap, clean energy. A fascinating epic exploring the mysteries of fusion energy.
BLURRED LINES - INSIDE THE ART WORLD + Dir. Q&A
Dir. Barry Avrich
Lifting the curtain on the provocative contemporary art scene, a glamorous and cut-throat game of genius versus commerce, director Barry Avrich paints a vivid picture of an economy that runs contrary to any rules and regulations.
ASK THE SEXPERT
Dir. Vaishali Sinha
A charming and humorous look at the work of Dr. Mahinder Watsa, a highly popular 93—year-old sex advice columnist who writes for a daily newspaper in Mumbai, despite sex remaining a highly taboo subject in India.
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL + DURANGO (Short)
Dir. Pau Ortiz
A warm yet heartbreaking portrait of Rocío and Ale, teenage siblings who are left alone to grapple with growing up after their mother is held in a Mexican prison on questionable charges. Winner of Best International Feature Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2017.
Dir. Pascale Lamche
Winnie Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguingly powerful contemporary female political figures. Winnie offers a nuanced portrait of a woman condemned for her radical role in the liberation of her South African people under apartheid.
THE ROAD MOVIE + CLEAN HANDS (Short)
Dir. Dmitrii Kalashnikov
The Road Movie is an anarchic and exhilarating journey through Russia edited entirely from dash-cam footage uploaded to YouTube. Hilarious, terrifying and bewildering, all at the same time, it’s a wild ride that you won’t soon forget.
A MOON OF NICKEL AND ICE
Dir. François Jacob
A Moon of Nickel and Ice takes us inside the closed-off Russian city of Norilsk, a place so cold and dreary that teenagers and seniors alike dream of escape. Winner of the Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Awards at Hot Docs 2017.
IN THE NAME OF ALL CANADIANS + Q&A
Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms gets six fresh perspectives in a compilation of short documentaries commissioned by Hot Docs. Filmmakers take the Charter’s key tenets as inspiration, from Indigenous rights to the controversial 'notwithstanding clause'.
The Hot Docs London screening series is in partnership with Bertha DocHouse and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and in collaboration with the Canadian High Commission.