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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.
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Runtime:3
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:Canada
Festival Info
Program Category:Special Presentations
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#BLESSED

Available until June 14
Peer inside C3, Canada’s fastest-growing millennial church, and witness a revelation. With locations multiplying across Toronto, young Pastor Sam deploys Instagram, Christian pop music and on-point fashion to preach the Word to hip souls seeking salvation.
Film Info
Runtime:75
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:English
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Religion & Spirituality
By Program - Sort:Doc Shop
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Ali Weinstein
Producer(s):Cornelia Principe
Executive Producer(s):Nisha Pahuja
Editor(s):Robert Swartz
Writer(s):Ali Weinstein
Cinematography:Jesse McCracken
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499

Available until June 6
Almost five centuries after Cortés conquered the Aztec Empire, a fictionalized conquistador retraces the Spanish army’s route to Mexico City. Through the haunting true stories he encounters, the ghosts of Mexico’s brutal colonial past reverberate.
Film Info
Runtime:88
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Mexico
USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:Spanish
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:International Spectrum
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10-Day
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Rodrigo Reyes
Producer(s):Andrew Houchens
Inti Cordera
Executive Producer(s):Steve Holmgren
Carter Logan
Co-Producer(s):David Felix Sutcliffe
Associate Producer(s):Sam Schild
Consulting Producer(s):Gunter Hanfgarn
Su Kim
David Felix Sutcliffe
Editor(s):Andrea Chignoli
Daniel Chávez Ontiveros
Writer(s):Rodrigo Reyes
Lorena Padilla
Alicia Valencia
Cinematography:Alejandro Mejía
Composer:Pablo Mondragón
Sound:Ricardo Arteaga
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The 8th

Available until June 6
The 8th tells the story of Irish women and their fight to overturn one of the most restrictive laws on abortion in the world. After a 35-year struggle the pro-choice side have to radically shift tactics to try and bring this historically conservative electorate over the line.
Film Info
Runtime:94
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:English
Program Category:Persister
By Program - Sort:10-Day
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Aideen Kane
Maeve O'Boyle
Lucy Kennedy
Producer(s):Aideen Kane
Maeve O'Boyle
Lucy Kennedy
Alan Maher
Executive Producer(s):Lesley McKimm
Gini Reticker
Amy Nauiokas
Abigail Disney
Jess Kwan
Editor(s):Jordan Montminy
Maeve O'Boyle
Composer:Sarah Lynch
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9/11 Kids

Available until June 24
Sixteen schoolchildren were in the room with President Bush when he was informed about the September 11th terrorist attacks. Now in their mid-20s, learn how their lives have unfolded in this fascinating look at race, politics and the post-9/11 American Dream.
Film Info
Runtime:88
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:English
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:America
Black Cultures & Issues
Politics & Political Intrigue
Race & Multiculturalism
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Elizabeth St. Philip
Producer(s):Steve Gamester
Executive Producer(s):Steve Gamester
Betty Orr
Michael Kot
Editor(s):Greg West
Cinematography:Chris Romeike
Sound:Michael Filippov
Ryan Cox
Nick Davey
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All Her Dying Lovers

Available until June 24
A nurse, a Nazi and a fish: this is the incredible tale of a young Czech woman who, in the face of Nazi occupation, trumps the invaders with her unique form of resistance. Her story is given an animated retelling that explores the collision of history, truth and myth-making.
Film Info
Runtime:6
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:Germany
Czech Republic
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:Czech
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Shorts
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Website:https://annabennerstudio.com/All-Her-Dying-Lovers
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Anna Benner
Eluned Zoe Aiano
Producer(s):Linda Dedková
Anna Benner
Martin Hulovec
Composer:Raphael Tschernuth
Sound:Michal Krajczok
Vojtech Knot
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All That I Am

Available until June 24
After surviving sexual abuse and years in foster care, 18-year-old Emilie returns home to her mom and stepsiblings. With sensitivity and patience, a family conversation unfolds about the years of silence and the real reason for their father's imprisonment.
Film Info
Runtime:75
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Norway
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:Norwegian
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:International Spectrum
Film Subjects:Mental Health & Addiction
Children & Youth
Northern Europe
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Tone Grøttjord-Glenne
Producer(s):Anita Rehoff-Larsen
Editor(s):Cathrine Ambus
Writer(s):Tone Grøttjord-Glenne
Cinematography:Egil Håskjold Larsen
Composer:Ola Fløttum
Sound:Håkon Lammetun
Andreas Lindberg Svensson
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Always Amber

Available until June 24
Teenage besties Amber and Sebastian are inseparable, exploring gender, queerness and rainbow hair colours together until a love triangle upends everything. Now transitioning solo, Amber comes of age with an inspiring confidence unique to a new generation.
Film Info
Runtime:75
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:Sweden
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:Swedish
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:The Changing Face of Europe
Film Subjects:Children & Youth
Gender & Sexuality
LGBTQ Cultures & Issues
Love & Relationships
Northern Europe
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Hannah Reinikainen
Lia Hietala
Producer(s):Göran Hugo Olsson
Melissa Lindgren
Executive Producer(s):Tobias Janson
Editor(s):Hannah Reinikainen
Lia Hietala
Anton Hemgren
Charlotte Landelius
Cinematography:Lia Hietala
Amber Mastracci
Composer:ShitKid
Sound:Fredrik Stålne
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The Art of Fallism

Available until June 24
Revisit South Africa’s #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall protest movements through the eyes of central activists who shed light on what reporters missed—the crucial work shouldered by women and trans people to ensure the movement championed all.
Film Info
Runtime:74
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Norway
South Africa
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Revisionaries
Film Subjects:Activism
Africa
Black Cultures & Issues
Education
LGBTQ Cultures & Issues
Race & Multiculturalism
Women & Women's Stories
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Aslaug Aarsæther
Gunnbjørg Gunnarsdóttir
Producer(s):Ingvild Aagedal Skage
Wisaal Abrahams
Editor(s):Morten Øvreås
Selim Mutic
Writer(s):Aslaug Aarsæther
Ingvild Aagedal Skage
Cinematography:Pascale Neuschäfer
Jodi Windvogel
Andrew Amorim
Gerald Machona
Sound:Yngve Leidulv Sætre
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At the Bottom of the Sea

Available until June 24
Attended by thousands in Seoul in December 2018, “The Courage to be Uncomfortable” was a demonstration against misogyny, surveillance and widespread sexism within the justice system. In the lead up to the protest, the filmmaker journeys through rural and urban areas, capturing women’s voices in this poetic, experimental film.
Film Info
Runtime:11
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Ontario Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:English
Korean.
Program Category:Shorts
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Caroline So Jung Lee
Producer(s):Caroline So Jung Lee
Editor(s):Caroline So Jung Lee
Writer(s):Caroline So Jung Lee
Cinematography:Caroline So Jung Lee
Composer:Robin Lough
Sound:Caroline So Jung Lee
Doug Paterson
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At the River

Available until June 24
This astute film swings from the calm of a forest stroll to the cacophony of a family in upheaval on the Fourth of July. A perceptive observation of family and landscape in crisis, At the River speaks to the anxieties of middle America at the beginning of the 21st century.
Film Info
Runtime:10
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:English
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Shorts
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):A. Madsen Minax
Producer(s):A. Madsen Minax
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Bare

Available until June 24
Eleven naked men audition, rehearse and perform for the premiere of master Belgian choreographer Thierry Smits’s new contemporary dance piece in this exploration of artistic conflict, gender, taboos and the conceit that the body is the last bastion of personal freedom.
Film Info
Runtime:94
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:Belgium
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:English
French
Dutch
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Gender & Sexuality
Performance & Performers
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Website:http://baremovie.com/
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Aleksandr M. Vinogradov
Producer(s):Aleksandr M. Vinogradov
Thierry Smits
Fabien Defendini
Executive Producer(s):Aleksandr M. Vinogradov
Editor(s):Aleksandr M. Vinogradov
Cinematography:Aleksandr M. Vinogradov
Thomas Szacka-Marier
Jean Counet
Benjamin Wolf
Alyx Ayn Arumpac
Composer:Francisco Lo´pez
Aleksandr Vasilenko
Sound:Freek Vrijhof
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Bible Camp Memories

Available until June 24
He didn’t fit in at school—but maybe he would at bible camp? Damien revisits the summers of his youth, including past traumas with oblivious camp counsellors, fresh air, nature, evangelical Christianity and, worst of all, a cabin full of other 13-year-old boys.
Film Info
Runtime:14
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Ontario Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:English
Program Category:Shorts
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Damien Ferland
Producer(s):Damien Ferland
Writer(s):Damien Ferland
Cinematography:Dylan Baillie
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Bile

Available until June 24
Intertwining a range of both historical and family footage, the director, seeking answers for her own ailments, reflects on how people have looked at their bodies and illnesses throughout the centuries in this experimental essay on disease and health.
Film Info
Runtime:64
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Belgium
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:English
Russian
Dutch
French
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Markers
Film Subjects:Families & Family Relationships
Health & Medicine
Western Europe
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Ira A. Goryainova
Producer(s):Peter Krüger
Editor(s):Ira A. Goryainova
Writer(s):Ira A. Goryainova
Cinematography:Patrick Stevens
Composer:hypnoskull
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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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Breaking the Silence

Available until June 24
An Indigenous woman leaves her Emberá Chamí community for Bogotá as she grapples with her experience of female genital mutilation. Joining forces with a new friend, they return to engage with other Indigenous women about the tradition and enact change.
Film Info
Runtime:83
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:Colombia
Bolivia
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:Embera
Spanish
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Persister
Film Subjects:Gender & Sexuality
Indigenous Cultures & Issues
Latin America
Women & Women's Stories
By Program - Sort:Doc Shop
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Priscila Padilla
Producer(s):Laura Coronado Delgado
Executive Producer(s):Gustavo Pazmin
Priscila Padilla
Editor(s):Ximena Franco
Priscila Padilla
Writer(s):Priscila Padilla
Cinematography:Viviana Gomez
Yvette Paz
Composer:Sol Okarina
Sound:Vladimir Diaz
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Broken Orchestra

Available until June 24
Inventively peppered with elements of animation, this film profiles the educators and advocates of the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra—a project that mobilized a community to repair hundreds of instruments for students, in response to funding cuts for music education programs in Philadelphia.
Film Info
Runtime:12
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Toronto Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:English
Program Category:Shorts
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Website:https://www.topic.com/broken-orchestra
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Charlie Tyrell
Producer(s):Julie Baldassi
Executive Producer(s):Mona Panchal
Anna Holmes
Ryan Chanatry
Editor(s):Michael Barker
Writer(s):Josef Beeby
Charlie Tyrell
Cinematography:Chet Tilokani
Composer:Colin Sigor
David Lang
Sound:Joe Coupal
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The Brother

Available until June 24
During his waking hours, Kais is in his bed or mobility device, completely dependent on his devoted family for round-the-clock care. At night, he dreams of himself as a manga character, starring in a story of love and bravery that mirrors the selflessness of his parents and siblings.
Film Info
Runtime:28
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Ontario Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:French
Japanese
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Shorts
By Program - Sort:Doc Shop
Website:https://jeremiebattaglia.com/fr/projets/le-frere/
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Jérémie Battaglia
Producer(s):Amélie Lambert Bouchard
Editor(s):Andrea Henriquez
Writer(s):Jérémie Battaglia
Cinematography:Jérémie Battaglia
Composer:Anais Larocque
Sound:Marie-Pierre Grenier
Isabelle Lussier
Jérémie Battaglia
Lenny Fontaine
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Bulletproof

Available until June 6
From homecoming parades and basketball games to lockdown drills and active shooter workshops, the landscape inside the American education system has drastically transformed. Can everyday high school rituals still exist alongside the new normal of fear and anxiety?
Film Info
Runtime:85
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Language:English
Program Category:International Spectrum
By Program - Sort:Doc Shop
10-Day
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Todd Chandler
Producer(s):Danielle Varga
Todd Chandler
Executive Producer(s):Sally Jo Fifer
Lois Vossen
Editor(s):Todd Chandler
Shannon Kennedy
Cinematography:Emily Topper
Composer:Troy Herion
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Canadian Spectrum Shorts Program

Available until June 24
A selection of Canadian short films including Hollies Dress, Nancy's Workshop, Invasion, and Jo.
Film Info
Runtime:76
Copyright:2020
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
By Program - Sort:Shorts
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