Yipee! – Hot Docs just released its’ list of 2014 festival films! Having 197 documentaries to choose from can be pretty daunting, that’s why I’m providing my top 10 list of must-see docs. Even if you don’t live in the Toronto area, or can’t make the trek this year, it’s still fun to check out this year’s ‘cream of the crop’ of documentaries. Happy doc picking!
Top 10 Must-See Docs:
1) The Condemned
Hidden in a forest as large as Germany, Russia’s maximum-security prison exclusively for murderers has been impenetrable—until now. With unprecedented access to 260 fearsome killers, The Condemned offers a chilling study of punishment.
2) Mission Blue
The trailblazing career of internationally renowned oceanographer and eco-activist Sylvia Earle is celebrated in this beautifully shot testament to her passionate commitment to saving the world’s oceans and its imperiled inhabitants.
3) Everyday Rebellion
What do topless Ukrainian women, Syrian dissidents and Wall Street Occupiers have in common? A colourful new tactic: creative non-violent protest. See why and how modern pacifism is winning in this slick tribute to disobedience.
4) The Great Invisible
With unprecedented access, this comprehensive documentary utilizes an investigative eye and a humanizing touch to examine the causes and impacts of 2010’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
With no nation coming to Syria’s rescue, two unlikely activists take to the ground with an unthinkable plan: create one free, democratic Syrian village. Intrepid cameras capture their death-defying struggle to map a blueprint for freedom.
An intimate firsthand account of how Russia’s LGBT youth are fighting with extreme courage against President Vladimir Putin’s law forbidding “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors.”
Imagine your job is witnessing war crimes, genocide and acts of terrorism. Intrepid cameras follow human rights investigators in Syria and Libya as they risk everything to expose shocking truths in this Sundance award-winner.
The Wire’s Brandy Burre returns to acting after starting a family, but can she balance the demanding roles of mother, lover, wife and performer? A present-tense portrait of a dying relationship and a woman re-born.
Through the forgotten story of Raphel Lemkin, the inventor of the word “genocide”, Oscar-nominated director Edet Belzberg presents an artistic and
intellectually rigorous film on the history of genocide and those fighting for justice and global action for its victims.
How much would you pay to fall in love? The scams and stereotypes of Ukraine’s mail-order brides and the Western men who seek them get equal exposure in this fascinating look at the modern love industry.
Did I miss any? Know other docs that should be on this list?