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Indian filmmakers planning documentary on mudras

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi, India is joining hands with the Kerala Kalamandalam to make a documentary film on mudras.

Review: ‘The Dog’ led more than a bank robbery Special

‘The Dog’ is the compelling and blunt portrait of an alpha male who gained notoriety when he attempted to rob a bank to finance his lover’s sex-reassignment surgery in 1972.

Review: New on DVD for July 22 Special

This week’s releases include a witty horror picture; a renowned miniseries from the ‘80s; a movie based on a New York Time’s bestseller; and a missed opportunity.

Review: 'Video Games: The Movie' is a doc that needed more time in beta Special

'Video Games: the Movie' is a very informative documentary, but is severely lacking in the substance, education, and fun department.

Review: ‘Manakamana’ is a unique, close-up journey Special

‘Manakamana’ is an ethnographic documentary composed of 11 long takes chronicling the cable car pilgrimage to worship at Nepal’s Manakamana temple.

Moms Determined: Chicago 'Thinking Mom' and 'Thinkers' featured

Autism activist and Chicago Mom Lisa Goes of the Thinking Moms' Revolution or TMR as well as other 'Thinking' Moms in the group have been featured in the introduction of a new documentary film called 'Moms Determined.'

Review: 'Out of Mind, Out of Sight' removes the stigma of mental illness Special

Could you forgive your brother if he killed your mother? What if he did so because he was schizophrenic? John Kastner's 'Out of Mind, Out of Sight' is a moving and empathetic look into a Brockville, Ont. mental institution.

Review: 'The Creator of the Jungle' is an ode to art Special

On a basic level, 'The Creator of the Jungle' is a story about a man who builds huge wooden structures and stars in homemade Tarzan movies. On a thematic level, it's about the unrelenting pursuit of art that lasts.

Review: 'The Overnighters' is a moving story of faith and hypocrisy Special

If you're out of work but could make a six-figure salary elsewhere, would you move? But more importantly, will "elsewhere" be willing to take you in? Jesse Moss takes viewers into Williston, North Dakota in his moving doc, 'The Overnighters.'

Review: 'The Joe Show' may boil your blood Special

Joe Arpaio is probably the most infamous sheriff in all of the United States. Unsurprisingly, 'The Joe Show' feeds well off the controversy to build a portrait of a loved and hated public figure,

Review: 'Point and Shoot' is a thorough adventure Special

At some point in our lives we all wish we were out in the world having adventures. Matthew VanDyke took this to its logical extreme, and 'Point and Shoot' chronicles his transition from adventurer to revolutionary.

Review: Hot Docs makes the world smaller one film at a time Special

Hot Docs Film Festival showcases some of the best documentaries from around the world. We look at ‘Beijing Ants’; ‘The Condemned’; ‘The Engineer’; and ‘No Lullaby.’

Review: Hot Docs explores outsiders in foreign places Special

Nothing makes for more interesting viewing than the clash of two cultures; in 'Wonder World of Ice,' it's a group of Chinese sculptors living in a slow-moving Finnish town. In 'Bugarach,' a French town gets unwanted attention from New Age fanatics.

'Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case' looks at the human behind the artist Special

'Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case' is a new documentary tracing the Chinese artist’s life post-incarceration. Its filmmaker says you don’t have to love Ai’s art to appreciate the story of a human being facing incredible odds.

Review: Hot Docs provides vivid reminders of the world’s darker affairs Special

High-profile subjects are generally included in Hot Docs Film Festival’s “Special Presentations” programme. We look at ‘Concerning Violence’; ‘Silenced’; and ‘Watchers of the Sky.’

Review: 'Hotline' is all about human connections Special

Given the advancement of technology and the state of the modern economy, it seems like the volume of hotline calling should be falling. In fact, call rates are on the rise, and 'Hotline' shows why they're still relevant.

Review: 'Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case' lights fires Special

It's impossible to talk about Ai Weiwei's art on its own. "I'm not a political artist, I'm just political," Ai says at one point in Andreas Johnsen's film, and it perfectly sums up the outspoken artist.

Review: Hot Docs looks at the truth behind the legends of men Special

One of the criteria for inclusion in the Hot Docs Film Festival “Special Presentations” programme is high-profile subjects. We look at ‘Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me’; ‘The Notorious Mr. Bout’; and ‘Whitey: United States of America v. Jame

Review: The world of 'Giuseppe Makes a Movie' is a warped one Special

Giuseppe Andrews made a small name for himself playing parts in films like 'Independence Day' and 'Detroit Rock City' but now creates strange independent films. 'Giuseppe Makes a Movie' follows him as he creates one in two days.

Review: 'Mateo' paints a complex portrait of an American mariachi singer Special

Matthew "Mateo" Stoneman makes a living in Los Angeles as a mariachi singer. As if that wasn't bizarre enough, 'Mateo' tells a globetrotting tale layered with complexity.

Review: 'Stream of Love' shows romance has no age limit Special

"Even an old goat likes a lick of the salt." An old woman says this near the middle of the documentary, and it perfectly sums up the theme of Ágnes Sós' 'Stream of Love.'

Review: ‘Doc of the Dead’ rises to the occasion Special

‘Doc of the Dead’ explores zombie culture through interviews with some of the movement’s most notable contributors and fans.

'Love Me' explores the male search for love, online and overseas Special

Toronto - Internet dating is big business, particularly overseas, where Ukrainian and Russian women sign up in droves to meet American men.

Review: Hot Docs wears a maple leaf on its sleeve in ‘Canadian Spectrum’ Special

Hot Docs Film Festival showcases its homegrown talent in the “Canadian Spectrum” programme. We look at three selections: ‘Everything Will Be,’ ‘Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story’ and ‘The Theory of Happiness’.

Review: ‘Just Eat It’ shows the danger of society’s love affair with food Special

‘Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story’ chronicles one couple’s vow to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food – a pledge that leads to jaw-dropping findings.

Review: Hot Docs is all about 'Love, Factually' Special

Hot Docs Film Festival adds “Love, Factually” to this year’s programme, featuring documentaries about people in love, looking for love and everything in between. We look at three selections: ‘Love & Engineering,’ ‘Love Hotel’ and ‘Love Me'

Review: Ain’t no river wide enough in ‘Love Me’ Special

In ‘Love Me’, single men and women abandon their comfort zones to look for love in a foreign land via international dating websites.

Short Documentary 'Pieces of Madrid' on Spanish social crisis

Madrid - In this short documentary, we learn about the ongoing resistance by the Spanish people to the economic and social crisis, the effects of budget cuts and austerity measures and how people are self-organizing to survive.

Review: Adventure leads to murder in ‘The Galápagos Affair’ Special

‘The Galápagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden’ is the true-crime tale of idealistic dreams gone awry in the strange and alluring landscape of the Galápagos Islands in the 1930s.

Review: Springsteen documentary 'High Hopes' premieres on HBO Special

A new Bruce Springsteen documentary for the album "High Hopes" premieres on HBO on Friday, April 4. Good news for fans of "The Boss" but the film may disappoint the diehards.
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A bin of discarded hummus discovered during 'Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story'
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Zakia is one of the heroes of the Oscar-winning short doc "Saving Face"
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From the short documentary "Egyptian Winter" about the revolution in Egypt.
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A scene from 'The Theory of Happiness'
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Jonathon Narducci's "Love Me" screens as part of 2014 Hot Docs festival.
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Filmmaker Nick Broomfield with a cardboard cutout of his film's subject Sarah Palin
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