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Toronto's Hot Docs and Bertha DocHouse Partner for Hot Docs London, 21 - 24 September

Friday 18 August, 2017

Toronto’s Hot Docs and Bertha DocHouse have partnered to present Hot Docs London, a special screening series showcasing critically acclaimed documentaries from this year’s Hot Docs Festival, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. The series will feature ten titles, including seven features, two shorts and the short doc compilation In the Name of All Canadians, which was commissioned by Hot Docs to commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial. With the generous support of Canada House, Hot Docs London will run from September 21-24 at Bertha DocHouse, the UK’s first cinema devoted to documentary film.  

“We’re very excited to be bringing some of the most buzzed about films from this year’s Hot Docs to London, especially because it gives us the opportunity to partner with the terrific team at the Bertha DocHouse,” said Hot Docs Executive Director Brett Hendrie. “They’re truly doc lovers through and through, and we look forward to putting on a great show for London audiences.”

“We are thrilled to bring this selection of films from the Hot Docs Festival 2017 to our London cinema,” said Elizabeth Wood, director of Bertha DocHouse. “It's an honour to partner with this great Festival, which continues to be a flagship in the art of documentary, and bring to UK audiences a taste of their best Canadian and international feature docs. We at Bertha DocHouse look forward to the event with anticipation.”

“The Canadian High Commission here in the UK is very proud to be able to support the innovative and captivating world of documentary filmmaking,” said High Commissioner Janice Charette. “It is especially rewarding to share some of Canada’s vibrant filmmakers from Hot Docs with London audiences as part of our celebrations of Canada 150. I know you will not be disappointed in the talent on offer.”

Hot Docs London will include the following films:

Thursday, September 21


(D: Mila Aung-Thwin, Van Royko | Canada | 2017 | 80 min | UK Premiere)

After many failed attempts, a massive push is now underway to crack the holy grail of energy. Scientists are working to build a small sun on Earth, which would unleash perpetual, cheap, clean power.

Director Mila Aung-Thwin will be in attendance for post-screening Q&A.


Friday, September 22


(D: Barry Avrich | Canada | 2017 | 80 min | UK Premiere)

Damien Hirst’s record-breaking 2008 Sotheby’s auction signaled that despite banks faltering and stocks plunging, contemporary art seemed impervious to turbulent market forces. Dealers, collectors and artists share their trading secrets of these colourful commodities.

Director Barry Avrich will be in attendance for post-screening Q&A.


Saturday, September 23


(D: Pau Ortiz | Spain | 2017 | 68 min | UK Premiere)

Their mother sentenced to prison, two teenaged Honduran immigrants unable to work in Mexico suddenly become the sole providers for their younger siblings, and must watch their adolescent dreams fade while struggling with the burden of adult responsibilities.

Screening with: DURANGO

(D: Matt Sukkar | USA | 2017 | 15 min | European Premiere)



(D: Vaishali Sinha | USA | 2017 | 75 min)

Sex may be taboo in India, but millions in Mumbai religiously read an outrageous sex advice column written by a 90-year-old doctor. Watch him prescribe pleasure, consent and gender equality in strong doses. Side effects include: laughter, controversy.



(D: Pascale Lamche | France, Netherlands, South Africa | 2016 | 98 min)

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguingly powerful female political figures in modern history. Her rise, reckoning and legacy as “the mother of the nation” are detailed in this compelling film.


Sunday, September 24


(D: Dmitrii Kalashnikov | Belarus, Russia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia | 2016 | 67 min)

Jaw-dropping dash-cam footage captures an unbiased look at Russia through the lens of its traffic. Major accidents, forest fires, car chases and heated violence offer a collage of chaos and bewilderment reflective of the country itself.

Screening withCLEAN HANDS

(D: Lauren DeFilippo | USA | 2016 | 10 min | European Premiere)



(D: François Jacob | Canada | 2016 | 110 min)

Explore the tragic history of Norilsk, a major Russian mining centre in the Siberian Arctic, through the eyes of the weary miners and restless teenagers seeking to escape its desolate wind-battered landscape awash with industrial pollution.



(D: Ariel Nasr and Aisha Jamal; Patrick Reed and Andréa Schmidt; Karen Chapman; Jean-François Caissy; Janelle & Jérémie Wookey & Annick Marion; Vivian Belik and Jennifer Bowen-Allen | Canada | 2017 | 88 min | European Premiere)

Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms gets six fresh perspectives with In the Name of All Canadians, a compilation of short documentaries commissioned by Hot Docs. From Indigenous rights to the controversial 'notwithstanding clause,' filmmakers take the Charter's key tenets off the page and into the lived experiences of their fellow Canadians.

Director Aisha Jamal will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.



Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 24th annual edition from April 26-May 6, 2018. An outstanding selection of over 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and the Doc Shop. Hot Docs owns the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

Bertha DocHouse is the UK's first cinema dedicated solely to documentary. Based at Curzon Bloomsbury in Central London screening the best new releases, festival favourites, retrospective titles and curated seasons, Bertha DocHouse provides an exciting platform for documentary filmmakers and nurturing a new generation of doc lovers. With a programme packed with filmmaker Q&As, masterclasses, discussions, special events and an online hub accessible from anywhere in the world, Bertha DocHouse is the home of documentary.