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Hot Docs Showcase Catalogue

Bring outstanding Hot Docs titles to your community with the Hot Docs Showcase.

Independent cinemas, film societies, student associations, museums, libraries and other non-traditional screening venues can access the catalogue below of high quality Canadian and international documentary films.

For bookings, please email Erin Lau.

Please note: Hot Docs Showcase films are not available for bookings by individuals for private screenings.

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306 HOLLYWOOD

  • USA
  • 94
  • STC
    Directors:
  • Elan Bogarín
  • Jonathan Bogarín

Winner—Emerging International Filmmaker Award, Hot Docs 2018

For over 60 years, Annette Ontell lived in an average house on an average New Jersey street: 306 Hollywood to be exact. When she died in 2011, her two grandchildren—artists and filmmakers Elan and Jonathan Bogarín—faced their grief and the house's toppling contents. Sorting through yellowed tax returns and fantastic taffeta dresses, they realize these items are more than just stuff; they're portals into the very soul of a woman they loved. Treating the place like an ancient ruin, they study each item as if it were a precious relic. From reassembling her belongings in colour-coded tableaux to cataloguing every old toothbrush and Band-Aid, they call on archaeologists, physicists and even a fashion conservator to examine, deduce and reconnect with how their grandmother lived and who she really was. Bringing a Wes Anderson–like whimsy to a CSI-scale investigation, the siblings render a magical recreation of an adored woman. Myrocia Watamaniuk

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THE ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ

  • Canada
  • 80
  • STC
    Director:
  • Matthew Shoychet

Oskar Gröning, known as the "Accountant of Auschwitz," was charged with the murder of 300,000 Jews. When he took the stand in 2015, at the age of 94, his trial made headlines worldwide. The debate around his prosecution is at the centre of this historic yet contemporary look at justice. As survivors travel to Germany to testify, the heinous acts of the Holocaust remain vivid and traumatic. For some, there is no grey area: Gröning was witness and therefore complicit, regardless of his duty to follow orders. Others look at a frail man in the last years of his life and see no reason to pursue charges. Bringing war criminals to justice, with no statute of limitations, asks fundamental moral questions with few simple answers. From Nuremberg to the new alt-right, The Accountant of Auschwitzconstructs a stark reminder that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Alexander Rogalski

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AFGHAN CYCLES

  • USA
  • 90
  • STC
    Director:
  • Sarah Menzies

Susan B. Anthony once said that the bicycle has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. Creating a sense of mobility, movement but most importantly freedom, the bicycle has been a revolutionary vehicle for change throughout history. But in Afghanistan, the stakes are much higher for woman who cycle. While not technically illegal, riding a bicycle in Afghanistan is seen by many as a morality crime that could result in imprisonment or even the loss of life for women who dare to defy this belief. This extraordinary film tells the tale of a cycling group in Bamiyan, spearheaded by one woman who teaches girls to ride as a means of independent transportation and freedom and with dreams to compete nationally. Breaking through their often chaotic and painful daily existence, they find peace and independence in the mountainous province of Bamiyan as they cycle towards a changed and more independent culture for the women of Afghanistan. Heather Haynes

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BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY

  • USA
  • 87
  • STC
    Director:
  • Dava Whisenant

When Steve Young, writer for The Late Show with David Letterman, was looking for strange record albums to mock on a comedy segment, he turned up a few that sparked big audience laughs and a passion that would last over 20 years. Corporate musicals from the 1950s to the 1980s—with titles like Got to Investigate Silicones and Ford-i-fy Your Future—literally sang the praises of everything from petroleum to ball bearings, Broadway-style. Businesses like General Electric and McDonald’s commissioned these full-scale million-dollar productions strictly for their annual conventions, never intending them for public eyes or ears. Hooked on their hilarity and surprisingly high quality, Young not only began collecting the recordings, but also tracked down their singing and songwriting talents: stars like Martin Short, Chita Rivera and Florence Henderson, as well as talents who never became household names. Meeting the unknown stars of an unsung chapter of musical history strikes a personal chord with Young, an artist reflecting on his own limelight-adjacent career. Myrocia Watamaniuk

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BEHIND THE CURVE

  • USA
  • 96
  • STC
    Director:
  • Daniel J. Clark

Centuries ago, many cultures believed the Earth was a flat disc. As scientific thought and technology evolved, the Earth was revealed to be a globe, a view that's widely accepted today—but not by everyone. The flat Earth movement has seen a recent resurgence. These conspiracy theorists deny the scientific model of the globe and join together through conventions, forums and online platforms to discuss their belief system. On the other end of the spectrum, the scientific community aims to counter this resurrected myth, resulting in an ever-growing public battle of conspiracies and anti-intellectualism. Giving a well-rounded look at all sides of the debate, Behind the Curve shows that no matter where you stand on this issue, the conversations and people around it are anything but flat. Gabor Pertic

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CHEF FLYNN

  • USA
  • 83
  • STC
    Director:
  • Cameron Yates

Life as a prodigy can be rough. Flynn McGarry, teen chef and subject of breathless media attention, learns this lesson quickly as the world discovers his boundless talent for creating gastronomic delights far beyond his years. From serving exquisite menus to guests in his living room at 10 to staging under some of the world's top chefs at 15, Flynn is unwavering in his desire to share his culinary skills with increasingly eager diners. But with fame comes attention, not all of it favourable. Flynn navigates an uncertain ascent, documented by his supportive mother's ever-present camera—sometimes to his annoyance. Director Cameron Yates captures lightning in a bottle, melding personal archive with intimate new vérité footage to reveal Flynn's singular focus and deep commitment to his craft. He's a passionate young man on a mission to challenge the hierarchy of the culinary world. Shane Smith

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DON'T BE NICE

  • USA
  • 96
  • STC
    Director:
  • Max Powers

The upstart Bowery Slam Poetry Team, made up of five African-American, Afro-Hispanic and queer poets in their 20s, prepares for the national championships. Mentored by a demanding coach who encourages them to push past their personal boundaries and write from a place of vulnerability, pain and honesty, the poets break down, break through and compose their best work ever. Timely and difficult, their spoken word slays—but will these soul-searching pieces about police violence and the whitewashing of Black culture be able to compete against choreographed crowd-pleasers for the title? Will opting to make a statement instead of a show spell their defeat? An emotional and inspiring film that gives insightful commentary on race, gender, identity and sexual politics in America today, Don't Be Nice is both an absorbing competition doc and a vital writer's workshop that proves once and for all that winning hearts and minds is the ultimate prize. Angie Driscoll

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THE HEAT: A KITCHEN (R)EVOLUTION

  • Canada
  • 71
  • STC
    Director:
  • Maya Gallus

In restaurant kitchens, tight quarters, high pressure and hot tempers combine to create toxic conditions that make it difficult for anyone to survive, let alone climb the ladder to head chef. For women, the situation is even worse. Running a successful restaurant is a daunting challenge, even more so when the odds are stacked against you. But as women take charge at more of the world's top dining establishments, a cultural shift is dismantling the macho environment that made celebrities out of "bad boy" chefs. From New York City's star chefs Anita Lo and Amanda Cohen to the queen of French cuisine Anne-Sophie Pic, seven chefs share their struggles to overcome a system of inequality and harassment while delivering delicious dishes and redefining the dining experience. An appetite for change has taken hold and there's no turning back. Alexander Rogalski

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NETIZENS

  • USA
  • 97
  • STC
    Director:
  • Cynthia Lowen

The internet is the largest public space we find ourselves in—and it has become a battleground. From award-winning director Cynthia Lowen comes an explosive documentary exposing the victims caught between the fight for freedom of speech and high-profile privacy invasion and harassment. Digital abuse, although carried out through the invisibility cloak of the internet, is still abuse and women have had their lives destroyed as a result. Online death and rape threats, privacy violations, stalking, impersonation, non-consensual pornography and more have caused women to silently suffer through lost jobs, thwarted educations and countless hours devoted to containing attacks against a backdrop of mounting legal fees and psychological distress. Anita Sarkeesian (feminist media critic, blogger and public speaker), Tina Reine (activist and survivor), Carrie Goldberg (victims’ rights attorney) and Elisabeth Aultman (producer) courageously tell their stories of confronting and overcoming harassment as they work to transform policy to make the web a safer place. Heather Haynes

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THIS MOUNTAIN LIFE

  • Canada
  • 77
  • STC
    Director:
  • Grant Baldwin

At once alluring and intimidating, the Coast Mountains have served as a muse for artists and explorers for centuries. The stories of unique individuals who have devoted their lives to British Columbia's rugged terrain elevate Grant Baldwin's film to the next level, while his breathtaking cinematography and brilliant aerial imagery capture the wonder and scale of this magnificent landscape that soars from sea to sky. A daughter and her 60-year-old mother's arduous 2,300-kilometre trek to Alaska is the thread that binds these intimate portraits together. Moving from nail-biting to inspiring, the story of an avalanche disaster juxtaposed with the devoted residents of a remote monastery illuminates the humanity to be found amidst these geographic giants. As diverse as their backgrounds and motivations are, they are bound by a common passion. They can imagine no other place on Earth to call home. After being immersed in their lives, it's difficult not to feel the same. Alexander Rogalski

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TRANSFORMER

  • Canada
  • 78
  • STC
    Director:
  • Michael Del Monte

Winner—Hot Docs Audience & Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Awards

Matt "Kroc" Kroczaleski was a world-record weightlifter with lucrative sponsorships. As a US Marine and bodybuilder, he was a poster boy for masculine body image. But in the summer of 2015, he was publicly outed as transgender—and quickly dropped by sponsors, banned from competing and renounced by his parents. Matt's dual life came to an end as she made the decision to transition to Janae. Wearing makeup while pumping iron and looking for outfits that complement her muscular 250-pound frame, Janae is surrounded by her admiring sons and supportive friends. But it's her emotional, rather than physical, transformation that's truly the heart of this film. Her vulnerability is balanced by strength, her confidence tempered by concern for others. Her openness to documenting the sometimes painful process of letting go captures a timely story of finding acceptance for being who you are. Alexander Rogalski

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UNITED SKATES

  • USA
  • 86
  • STC
    Directors:
  • Dyana Winkler
  • Tina Brown

Roller rinks across America have provided the African American community with a safe space for family and tradition since before the civil rights movement. They've even been credited with the career breakthroughs of influential artists like Queen Latifah, N.W.A. and Dr. Dre. Every city's rink scene has its own signature moves, Baltimore is home to Snapping, Detroit has Open House and in New York/New Jersey they skate in trains and trios. Despite the continued closures of these cultural landmarks, the community adopts a "have wheels, will travel" attitude, twisting and turning their way to national skate parties. Strap on your wheels and get ready be moved by the love and spirit of a community working to preserve their culture.

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WARRIOR WOMEN

  • USA
  • 67
  • STC
    Directors:
  • Christina D. King
  • Elizabeth A. Castle

Through the figure of Lakota activist and community organizer Madonna Thunder Hawk, this inspiring film traces the untold story of countless Native American women struggling for their people's civil rights. Spanning several decades, Christina D. King and Elizabeth A. Castle's documentary charts Thunder Hawk's lifelong commitment, from her early involvement in the American Indian Movement (AIM), to her pivotal role in the founding of Women of All Red Nations, to her heartening presence at Standing Rock alongside thousands protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. She passed her dedication and hunger for change to her daughter Marcy, even if that often meant feeling like comrades-in-arms more than mother and child. Through rare archival material—including amazing footage of AIM's occupation of Wounded Knee—and an Indigenous style of circular storytelling, Warrior Women rekindles the memories and legacy of the Red Power movement's matriarchs. Charlotte Selb

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