Browsing: Hot Docs

Film Festival Putaparri & The Rainmakers (dir. Nicole Ma, 2015)

Peterson’s coming-of-age documentary chronicles six years in the life of Zachariah Doomadgee, an aboriginal growing up in Sydney, far away from his peoples land claim and culture. His father teaches him about his people, in an effort to maintain the culture, but Zach feels always split between the…

Film Festival City 40 (dir. Samira Goetschel, 2016)

Goetschel’s fascinating documentary takes viewers behind closed doors and into the past of a secret Soviet city, known as City 40, which was built for the purposes of off-the-grid nuclear testing and armament. Central to City 40 is a Nuclear Plant named Mayak, built in the mid-1940s soon after the…

Film Festival hoteldallas_1-1

In the 1980s, Director Livia Ungur was a young child during communist rule in Romania where most of the citizens were exposed to very little western fare. One of the shows that did make it there was the long running American television soap opera called Dallas. Starring Patrick Duffy, Linda Grey, Larry Hagman and others, the show captivated its audiences with its allure of glamour, intrigue, and corruption…

Film Festival nuestro_monte_luna_1-1

One of the great aspects of the documentary feature is in its ability chronicle the lives of people that audiences would regularly be unaware of. A director’s lens will act like a microscope to the world illuminating varied stories such as the lives of the disenfranchised youth of a little town in South America or the narratives of hard working people in Africa that…

Film Festival Chameleon (dir. Ryan Mullins, 2014)

This touching film is a portrait of friendship and courage in the face of adversity. Ugandan Catherine and Finnish Riita, two sixty-something women, work together in a project in Uganda that gives sexual health centre. Both men and women attend the health centre where they learn about the inequalities in their…

Film Festival kc-moh_1-1

I was in my parents’ living room stuffing my face with potato chips when I first heard and saw the video for Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. I almost choked. The punk rock bands that I was heavily in to then, were long gone, so the noise and anarchic imagery coming out of the television spoke to something…