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'Citizenfour' shortlisted for Oscar; 'The Interview' release idea

In the wake of the Sony hack, Edward Snowden and his perils have made the Oscar documentary shortlist. "Citzenfour" is among the list of 15, which will be down to five when nominations are announced in January.

'On and Off the Record' a documentary on Indian music released

Filmmaker Pratik Biswas released his documentary "On and Off the Record," documenting the journey of Indian classical music through the last century.

National Board of Review top prize goes to 'A Most Violent Year'

New York - The National Board of Review has just served up some interesting winners on the road to Oscar glory. Besides a tie for the top acting prize, their best film went to "A Most Violent Year."

Review: ‘The Overnighters’ takes redemption to the extreme Special

‘The Overnighters’ is the captivating story about a series of despondent men trying to turn their luck around in the North Dakota oil fields and the pastor risking everything to help them do it.

Review: ‘Why Horror?’ retorts “why not?” Special

‘Why Horror’ collects a broad range of answers to a question that has been asked of fans countless times, but perhaps with different intentions.

Review: ‘Watchers of the Sky’ argues action over apathy Special

The documentary, ‘Watchers of the Sky,’ examines the history of genocide and the continued efforts of a few individuals to end the cycle of violence.

New yoga documentary to release in December

'Yoga: An Ancient Vision of Life', a documentary on yoga by art historian and filmmaker Binoy Behl will be released in December 2014.

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.
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From the short documentary "Egyptian Winter" about the revolution in Egypt.
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Canada's Idle No More movement filmed in an event in Seattle, Washington, USA
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