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Review: ‘Chef Flynn’ is a delectable look at a child prodigy Special

‘Chef Flynn’ chronicles the exceptional real-life accomplishments of a young man who’s earned the opportunity to cook alongside the world’s best chefs before his 19th birthday.

Review: Hot Docs doesn’t want anyone left in the dark on these issues Special

Hot Docs knows the importance of documentary-filmmaking and activism, so they’re highlighting a few important issues at this year’s festival.

Review: Hot Docs world showcase is a brief journey to the other side Special

The world showcase at Hot Docs invites audiences to experience how other people live via documentaries that endeavour to portray honest fragments of real-life.

Review: Hot Docs special presentations creates real world connections Special

The special presentations section of Hot Docs looks at two very popular pastimes with mass appeal: food and video games.

Review: ‘78/52’ invites Hot Docs audiences into the shower with Hitchcock Special

Hot Docs presents ‘78/52’, a fascinating analysis of the famous and often replicated shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’.

Review: ‘A Better Man’ is one of Hot Docs’ most stirring films Special

‘A Better Man’ is an inspirational depiction of restorative justice as a former couple invites Hot Docs audiences to revisit their abusive past with them.

Review: Hot Docs’ ‘PACmen’ expands on craziness of the 2016 US election Special

In a Hot Docs program called “Democrazy”, ‘PACmen’ explores the political influences and blunders of American political action committees during the recent election.

Review: ‘Recruiting for Jihad’ is an eye-opening Hot Docs selection Special

‘Recruiting for Jihad’ introduces Hot Docs audiences to a Norwegian Islamist who uses his well-honed people skills to enlist soldiers for ISIS.

Review: ‘Playing God’ is a tough job at Hot Docs Special

The Hot Docs selection ‘Playing God’ looks at the unenvious job of putting a dollar value on the loss of life and justifying the difference in amounts.

Review: Nothing is too taboo in Hot Docs’ ‘Ask the Sexpert’ Special

‘Ask the Sexpert’ is a charming film screening at Hot Docs about a nonagenarian who writes a sex advice column in India.

Review: ‘Shingal, Where Are You?’ brings faces of genocide to Hot Docs Special

Hot Docs selection ‘Shingal, Where Are You?’ follows an Iraqi Yazidi family displaced by Daesh, trying to negotiate the safe return of their kidnapped daughter.

Review: ‘Ramen Heads’ takes soup to a new level at Hot Docs Special

Foodies can add “slurpability” to their vocabularies after watching the world premiere of the Japanese documentary ‘Ramen Heads’ at Hot Docs.

Review: Hot Docs pay tribute to director & servers everywhere with ‘Dish’ Special

The enlightening 2010 documentary, ‘Dish — Women, Waitressing & the Art of Service’, is screening in a tribute to Canadian filmmaker Maya Gallus at Hot Docs.

Review: Hot Docs finds happiness in less than 60 minutes Special

In these polar opposite Hot Docs selections, “The Pursuit of Happiness” can be summed up for its subjects in less than an hour.

Review: Hot Docs makes ‘em laugh Special

Hot Docs lightens the mood with a couple of comedic selections in its “Special Presentations” section, featuring innovators from the screen and stage.

Review: There’s no two films alike in Hot Docs’ World Showcase Special

Hot Docs’ “World Showcase” includes a variety of selections that provide a glimpse of significant and/or interesting events from around the world.

Review: Canada brings a woman’s perspective to Hot Docs Special

Two films in Hot Docs’ “Canadian Spectrum” explore women’s participation in war, past and present, voluntary and involuntary.

Review: Transgender women look within for 'The Pearl' Special

Coming out as a transgender man or woman isn't easy in any circumstance, but 'The Pearl' follows four people who came out as trans women later in life.

Review: Fraud meets the wild world of wine in 'Sour Grapes' Special

When something gets popular enough, it seems to invite a number of eccentric personalities and its market becomes an elite club. 'Sour Grapes' zooms in on the lucrative wine market and a fraud that shakes it to its core.

Review: Cheerleading is pain and personal struggle in 'Cheer Up' Special

Finland's worst cheerleading team, located in the Arctic circle, try really hard but never win competitions. Years of inspirational sports films seem to dictate where this documentary should end, but that's not the story at all.

Review: 'God Knows Where I Am' is a poetic ode to a struggling woman Special

For four months, a woman suffering from mental illness and expelled from New Hampshire's mental-health system lived in a little-used New Hampshire home, surviving on apples and rainwater.

Review: Found footage morphs into something sinister in 'Fraud' Special

It's only natural that since the advent of YouTube, any type of footage feels like fair game to upload to YouTube. One man's YouTube videos, however, reveal something sinister.

Review: Hot Docs provides new perspectives on familiar subjects Special

Werner Herzog returns to Hot Docs with a 10-part reflection on the internet, which will screen next to the latest explorations of scientology and abortion law in the U.S.

Review: 'How to Prepare For Prison' is an intense tearjerker Special

Most people can't imagine what goes through someone's mind when they are facing a prison sentence. 'How to Prepare For Prison' follows three people who are in that exact situation.

Review: 'Girls Don't Fly' is a complex tale of passion and colonialism Special

A group of girls in Ghana are training to become pilots, under the tutelage of a British man who started his school as a charity. But something insidious worms its way through this uplifting narrative.

Review: Not all Hot Docs’ films are traditional documentaries Special

“Nightvision” is the Hot Docs programme designed for festivalgoers seeking films that deal with outside of the box subjects.

Review: 'In the Shadow of the Hill' gives a voice to Brazil's favelas Special

'In the Shadow of the Hill' feels like it should be some kind of Orwellian fiction — it details a place where police make residents feel less safe all in the name of "pacification."

Review: Control is a major theme at Hot Docs 2016 Special

“Command + Control” is an intriguing programme at Hot Docs that includes in-depth investigations, which explore the effects of various forms of domination.

Review: 'Nuestro Monte Luna' is a coming-of-age film with bullfighting Special

'Nuestro Monte Luna' is ostensibly about bullfighting, but the film manages to be about so much more as it details the lives of the people in a small Colombian town.

Review: 'TransFatty Lives' is an artist's journey with ALS Special

Patrick O'Brien, up until 2005, was known for his weird art films and projects, but it's all put in jeopardy when he finds out he has ALS.
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Joe Zambito in  How to Prepare For Prison
Joe Zambito in 'How to Prepare For Prison'
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 Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case  profiles the Chinese artist from 2010 to 2012.
'Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case' profiles the Chinese artist from 2010 to 2012.
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A scene from 'Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You'
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Jonathon Narducci s  Love Me  screens as part of 2014 Hot Docs festival.
Jonathon Narducci's "Love Me" screens as part of 2014 Hot Docs festival.
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A scene from 'Vivre Riche'
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Dr. Mahinder Watsa is the subject of  Ask the Sexpert
Dr. Mahinder Watsa is the subject of 'Ask the Sexpert'
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A scene from 'Fear Itself'
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A scene from 'A Woman Captured'
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A scene from 'Vivre Riche'
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A still from the film We Are Legion about the Anonymous hacktivists
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A scene from 'Credit for Murder'
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Scene from 'Gayby Baby'
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A scene from Jonathon Narducci's "Love Me" screened at 2014 'Hot Docs Festival' in Toronto
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A scene from 'Crime + Punishment'
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A pic of the prison from The Guantanamo Trap, a documentary film about the famed Cuban detention centre.
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Scene from 'Lowdown Tracks'
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