This post wraps up my overview of docs that have caught my eye in this year’s Hot Docs, one of the largest and most influential non-fiction events in the world. I’ll be heading up to Toronto on Tuesday, and the following, together with those noted in my earlier post are docs I’m hoping to see:
Hot Docs traditionally selects a country or region for a special programmatic focus. This year, seven feature docs are featured in the Made in Southeastern Europe strand, including Greek economic crisis doc KRISIS. Other titles that have my attention are Albania’s NOT A CARWASH (pictured), Bulgaria’s MY MATE MANCHESTER UNITED, and Serbia/Germany’s DRAGAN WENDE – WEST BERLIN.
Art, music, and culture are central to the fourteen films of the Next section, which includes SXSW jury winner BEWARE OF MR BAKER and the engaging developmentally challenged band portrait THE PUNK SYNDROME. Also here are BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING, SHE SAID BOOM: THE STORY OF FIFTH COLUMN, GARDEN IN THE SEA, and AIDA: A NATURBAL-BORN ARTIST (pictured). I’m also intrigued but wary of the Rick Springfield focused AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART, and confess to having little interest in seeing ventriloquist doc HER MASTER’S VOICE until it won an audience award at SXSW.
Special thematic section Rise Against includes ten doc features about various protest movements or activism worldwide, from Slamdance/SXSW Anonymous doc WE ARE LEGION to IDFA/Sundance Palestinian/Israeli conflict doc 5 BROKEN CAMERAS. I’m most hoping to see NESSA, ONE FINE DAY (pictured), and UNITED IN ANGER: A HISTORY OF ACT UP.
Finally, new section Nightvision features films that subvert the notion of documentary in creative ways, making this an incredibly tempting semi-genre strand that should win over audiences, such as the incredibly appealing women’s wrestling doc GLOW: THE STORY OF THE GORGEOUS LADIES OF WRESTLING. Here, I’m planning to watch FINDING TRUELOVE, RADIOMAN, LOVE STORY, and THE MECHANICAL BRIDE (pictured).