This spring’s Hot Docs Film Festival line-up has been released! There’s the funny, the riveting and the inspirational, so, to save you time from sifting through over 200 docs, check out the top 10 docs to watch list below. Get your tickets online at hotdocs.ca before they’re sold out! This year’s festival runs from April 23rd to May 3rd.
Happy Festival Docs Lovers!
1) Drone – Director: Tonje Hessen Schei
A penetrating investigation into the War on Terror’s defining weapon—the armed drone— featuring incisive analysis from pilots, military experts and powerless bystanders who live in fear of becoming the collateral damage of this high-tech weaponry.
2) Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi – Director: Neal Broffman
The potential and perils of online vigilantism and crowdsourcing are starkly realized for a family searching for their missing son, when the theory that he is a terrorist behind the Boston Marathon bombings goes viral.
3) Pinocchio – Director: André-Line Beauparlant
The director’s con-artist brother sits imprisoned in Brazil, facing deportation to Canada. He’s an elusive world traveler, a skilled liar and manipulator, both charming and charismatic. How do you trust someone who feels no obligation to the truth?
4) Above and Below – Director: Nicolas Steiner
From the tunnels below the Las Vegas strip to simulated missions to Mars in the Utah desert, Above and Below is a strikingly beautiful exploration of people inhabiting unusual spaces that almost offers a glimpse into an apocalyptic world.
5) Drawing the Tiger – Director: Ramyata Limbu, Amy Benson, Scott Squire
A desperately poor Nepalese family rests their hopes on the narrow shoulders of their studious daughter who attends school on scholarship, but when she doesn’t return home, their dreams of a brighter future dim under the harsh realities of survival.
6) (DIS)HONESTY – The Truth About Lies – Director: Yael Melamede
Lying gets easier the more you do it—that is, until you get caught! That’s just one of the conclusions from this fascinating and insightful study on honesty. From marketing scams to financial corruption, the “fudge factor” is explored in all its forms.
7) For Grace – Director: Kevin Pang, Mark Helenowski
From inspiration to opening night, For Grace follows renowned American chef Curtis Duffy as he strives to overcome adversity in his personal life to build his dream restaurant.
8) A Woman Like Me – Director: Alex Sichel, Elizabeth Giamatti
When filmmaker Alex Sichel is diagnosed with terminal cancer, her survival instinct resorts to storytelling, conjuring a fictitious version of herself, played by Lili Taylor, to navigate her tumultuous journey in this exceptionally creative, funny and moving documentary-drama hybrid.
9) The Amina Profile – Director: Sophie Deraspe
Lesbian eroticism, the Arab Spring and a suspicious abduction turn an online love affair between a Montreal woman and the writer of the popular blog A Gay Girl in Damascus into an international thriller about identity.
10) Tig – Director: Kristina Goolsby, Ashley York
In 2012, comedian Tig Notaro took to the stage and opened her act with “Good evening, I have cancer.” A testament to her defiant spirit and incredible humour in the face of adversity, Tig follows the year after her groundbreaking set.