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Hot Docs 2020 Overview

Festival:
The 27th Hot Docs

Dates:
May 28-June 6 (some selections until June 24) (online)

About:
North America’s largest documentary event goes online this year, presenting nearly 100 new features to Ontario audiences, including the world premieres noted below. Continue reading

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On DVD: ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND

New to DVD this week:
ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND

Director:
Daniel Roher

World Premiere:
Toronto 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, IDFA, Boulder, Miami Jewish, Calgary

About:
A candid recounting of the history of the legendary music group.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On VOD: ON THE RECORD

photo by Martyna Starosta

Coming to HBO Max today, Wednesday, May 27:
ON THE RECORD

Director:
Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

About:
A groundbreaking investigation of sexual assault in the music industry.

My pre-Sundance doc profile may be found here.

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On DVD: THE PANAMA PAPERS

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, May 26:
THE PANAMA PAPERS

Director:
Alex Winter

Premiere:
Hamptons 2018

Select Festivals:
IDFA, Double Exposure

About:
The behind-the-scenes story of the largest data leak in history, which exposed economic corruption on a global scale.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: MIDNIGHT FAMILY

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, May 26:
MIDNIGHT FAMILY

Director:
Luke Lorentzen

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Nantucket, Hot Docs, AFI Docs, New Directors/New Films, Sheffield DocFest, CPH:DOX, Hong Kong, Cartagena, Ambulante, Guadalajara, Docville, Full Frame, San Francisco, Freep, Doc10, Sydney, Krakow

Notable Recognition:
The doc was shortlisted for the Academy Awards.

About:
A Mexico City family struggles to make a living as ragtag private paramedics, facing cut-throat competition to respond to patients in need of urgent help.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On TV: VIRAL: ANTISEMITISM IN FOUR MUTATIONS

Coming to PBS tonight, Tuesday, May 26:
VIRAL: ANTISEMITISM IN FOUR MUTATIONS

Director:
Andrew Goldberg

World Premiere:
Theatrical release (February 2020)

About:
An investigation of the growth of antisemitism around the world.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: THE TRADE (SEASON ONE AND TWO)

Season Two | photo by Ross McDonnell

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, May 26:
THE TRADE (SEASON ONE AND TWO)

Director:
Matthew Heineman

World Premiere:
Sundance 2018 (Season One) and Sundance 2020 (Season Two)

About:
A gripping docuseries examining complex illegal activities – America’s opioid epidemic (Season One) and human trafficking (Season Two).

I profiled the docuseries before Sundance here and here.

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