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Welcome to Hot Docs Festival Online

Welcome to Hot Docs Festival Online! To help you prepare for the Festival and test your streaming setup, we have recorded this FREE short three-minute welcome message from Hot Docs executive director Brett Hendrie.
Film Info
Runtime:3
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:Canada
Festival Info
Program Category:Special Presentations
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Boys State - FREE Member Screening

Member Event: June 21, 4:30 PM
In advance of the release of this Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner, Hot Docs Members will be provided an exclusive sneak peek followed by a live Q&A with the filmmakers.
Film Info
Runtime:109
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:English
Program Category:Special Presentations
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Amanda McBaine
Jesse Moss
Producer(s):Amanda McBaine
Jesse Moss
Executive Producer(s):Laurene Powell Jobs
Davis Guggenheim
Jonathan Silberberg
Nicole Stott
Editor(s):Jeff Gilbert
Cinematography:Thorsten Thielow
Composer:T. Griffin
Sound:Mark Roy
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Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management: Coded Bias

Available until June 24
When facial recognition software is used in clandestine surveillance, who does it protect and who is singled out? Scientists, scholars and activists all argue there is a clear racial bias buried in the algorithms, but will the US government take heed?
Film Info
Runtime:83
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:English
Mandarin
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Black Cultures & Issues
Politics & Political Intrigue
Race & Multiculturalism
Science & Technology
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Website:https://www.codedbias.com/
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Shalini Kantayya
Producer(s):Shalini Kantayya
Editor(s):Zachary Ludescher
Alex Gilwit
Shalini Kantayya
Cinematography:Steve Acevedo
Sound:Peter Levin
Barbara Parks
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Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management: The Forum

Available until June 24
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, where the most powerful leaders and thinkers on the planet gather, astonishing conversations unfold between the likes of Al Gore, Jair Bolsonaro and Greta Thunberg during an event with so much at stake.
Film Info
Runtime:92
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Germany
Switzerland
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:German
English
Swiss German
French
Spanish
Indonesian
Chinese
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Activism
Capitalism & Big Business
Politics & Political Intrigue
By Program - Sort:Doc Shop
Big Ideas
Website:https://theforum-film.de/en/
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Marcus Vetter
Producer(s):Christian Beetz
Georg Tschurtschenthaler
Caroline Schaper
Executive Producer(s):Julie Goldman
Chris Clements
Editor(s):Marcus Vetter
André Nier
Ana R. Fernandes
Michele Gentile
Writer(s):Christian Beetz
Georg Tschurtschenthaler
Cinematography:Georg Zengerling
Composer:Marcel Vaid
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Hong Kong Moments

Available until June 24
As pro-democracy protestors battle armed police in the streets of Hong Kong, ordinary citizens take sides. Cameras follow a cop, a paramedic, a tea shop owner and politicians as their city—an outlier of both western and Chinese power—quakes in crisis.
Film Info
Runtime:90
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:Hong Kong
Germany
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:Cantonese
English
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Activism
East Asia
Politics & Political Intrigue
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Bing Zhou
Producer(s):Bing Zhou
Christian Beetz
Executive Producer(s):Ricky Choy
Tuan Lam
Editor(s):Jeff Kwok
Cinematography:Wade John Muller
Xue Ming
Barry Chung
Lin Qian Xia
Christopher Tang
Sida Wang
Key Jamjan Chen
Yi Bing Quan
Composer:Sonic Lee
Sound:Saturday Chu
Lam Yun Kwan
Fun Yiu Ton
Ben
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Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management: iHUMAN

Available until May 31
Take a deep dive into rapidly expanding forms of artificial intelligence, as told by some of the pioneers and experts of the field who reflect on the massive impact these advancements have on our world.
Film Info
Runtime:100
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Norway
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:English
Chinese
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Doc Shop
Big Ideas
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Tonje Hessen Schei
Producer(s):Jonathan Borge Lie
Executive Producer(s):Philippa Kowarsky
Annie Roney
Editor(s):Torkel Gjørv
Cinematography:Henrik Ipsen
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Influence

Available until June 24
Fake news, weaponized communication and political interference take centre stage in this story of spin, all charted through the rise and collapse of notorious British public relations and reputation management firm Bell Pottinger.
Film Info
Runtime:106
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:Canada
South Africa
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:English
Spanish
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Capitalism & Big Business
Crime & Intrigue
Journalism & the Media
Politics & Political Intrigue
By Program - Sort:Doc Shop
Website:https://www.influence.film/
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Richard Poplak
Diana Neille
Producer(s):Bob Moore
Neil Brandt
Executive Producer(s):Mila Aung-Thwin
Daniel Cross
Thandi Davids
Editor(s):Ryan Mullins
Writer(s):Richard Poplak
Diana Neille
Cinematography:Glauco Bermudez
Mark Ó Fearghaíl
Composer:Florencia Di Concilio
Sound:Benoît Dame
Catherine Van Der Donckt
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Meat the Future

Available until June 24
Memphis Meats aims to go mainstream with its lab-grown “cultured meat” products, made without killing animals. But in a race to alter diets and save the planet, can this new approach to food win over omnivorous skeptics?
Film Info
Runtime:90
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:English
Telugu
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Animals & Animal Rights
Ecology & the Environment
Rural Life & Agriculture
Science & Technology
By Program - Sort:Doc Shop
Website:https://meatthefuture.com/
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Liz Marshall
Producer(s):Liz Marshall
Executive Producer(s):Janice Dawe
Chris Hegedus
Associate Producer(s):Jessica Jennings
Editor(s):Roland Schlimme
Caroline Christie
Writer(s):Liz Marshall
Cinematography:John Price
Composer:Igor Correia
Sound:Elma Bello
Chris Miller
Michelle Irving
Graham Rogers
Matt Chan
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They Call Me Dr. Miami

Available until June 16
The lure of online celebrity transforms a devoted family man and Orthodox Jew into Dr. Miami, a pop culture sensation celebrated in hip hop and viral memes, who takes plastic surgery marketing to outrageous extremes to feed the non-stop social media beast.
Film Info
Runtime:77
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:English
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Doc Shop
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Jean-Simon Chartier
Producer(s):Jean-Simon Chartier
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Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management: A Thousand Cuts

Available until June 24
Internationally acclaimed press-freedom fighter Maria Ressa must navigate fake news punditry, bomb threats and arrest warrants to chronicle Philippine President Duterte’s extrajudicial war on drugs and weaponization of social media in this urgent report on democracy itself.
Film Info
Runtime:120
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:English
Tagalog
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Big Ideas
Website:https://www.athousandcuts.film
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Ramona S. Diaz
Producer(s):Ramona S. Diaz
Julie Goldman
Chris Clements
Carolyn Hepburn
Leah Marino
Executive Producer(s):Laurene Powell Jobs
Davis Guggenheim
Jonathan Silberberg
Nicole Stott
David J. Cornfield
Linda A. Cornfield
Editor(s):Leah Marino
Cinematography:Gabriel Goodenough
Jeffrey Johnson
Composer:Sam Lipman
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Transhood

Available until June 6
Four transgender youth redefine coming of age over the course of five years in Kansas City. Navigating obstacles and celebrating personal triumphs, their journeys show how gender is reshaping perceptions of “the family next door” in America’s heartland.
Film Info
Runtime:96
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:English
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:10-Day
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Sharon Liese
Producer(s):Sasha Alpert
Sharon Liese
Executive Producer(s):Kimberly Reed
Jonathan Murray
Gil Goldschein
Editor(s):Dava whisenant
Cinematography:Ty Jones
Composer:Nathan Halpern
Chris Ruggiero
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Welcome to Chechnya

Available until June 6
A searing look at current anti-LGBTQ persecution in the Russian republic of Chechnya and the brave LGBTQ activists who risk unimaginable peril to rescue victims from a targeted campaign of torture and brutality.
Film Info
Runtime:107
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:Russian
Chechen
French
English
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:10-Day
Website:https://www.welcometochechnya.com
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):David France
Producer(s):Alice Henty
Askold Kurov
Joy A Tomchin
David France
Executive Producer(s):Joy A Tomchin
Neal Baer
Kevin Jennings
Masha Gessen
Jonathan Logan
Jess Search
Lekha Singh
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Alan Getz
Justin Mikita
Editor(s):Tyler H. Walk
Writer(s):David France
Tyler H Walk
Cinematography:Askold Kurov
Composer:Evgueni Galperine
Sacha Galperine
Sound:Lora Hirschberg
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