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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.

Review: Hot Docs’ ‘World Showcase’ provides new takes on war & violence Special

War and the effects of violence is of particular interest in this year’s Hot Docs “World Showcase” program, ranging from historical accounts to stories related to recent to headlines to a worldwide concern.

Review: 'Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle' highlights the Taser problem Special

When Tom and Rick Smith invented the Taser M26 model, they had every intention of giving police a non-lethal alternative to guns. As 'Tom Swift and His Electrical Rifle' shows, however, those intentions didn't translate to perfect safety.

Review: 'Placebo' finds no easy antidote at medical school Special

Mixing animation and live-action, 'Placebo' is an undercover documentary that tries to, with some success, bring light to a troubling student culture at India's most prestigious medical school.

Director Heath Cozens talks the power of 'Doglegs' Special

Toronto - Doglegs is a Tokyo wrestling league for disabled fighters, and director Heath Cozens took on the monumental task of translating their experiences in an emotional way. Cozens spoke with Digital Journal on filming, the league's future and much more.

Review: 'Gayby Baby' is a slice of life with a message Special

Though the gay marriage debate has been settled in some places, in Australia it still rages. One documentary examines same-sex parents through the eyes of children.

Review: 'Radical Grace' wants to shake up the Catholic church Special

In 2008, the Vatican, concerned about a "feminist spirit" in U.S. nuns, launched two separate investigations. 'Radical Grace' follows three "radical" nuns as they demand change within the Catholic church.

Review: 'Thank You For Playing' is painful but essential watching Special

When Ryan Green's young son is diagnosed with cancer, he begins to develop a video game based on the highs and lows of his experience.

Review: 'Doglegs' looks at the disabled in an entirely new way Special

A documentary about a Tokyo wrestling league populated with disabled fighters is sure to raise a few eyebrows. But director Heath Cozens empowers this cast of characters and challenges perspectives on the disabled.

Review: Homeless buskers are the endearing subjects of 'Lowdown Tracks' Special

In Toronto, a common pedestrian experience is walking around and ignoring the city's homeless population. 'Lowdown Tracks' looks at several homeless subjects trying to make some money busking.

Review: 'Committed' is about one man's pursuit of showbiz success Special

A documentary nearly a decade-and-a-half in the making, 'Committed' tells the story of a man who wants to be a performer. His life takes an interesting turn when he meets Howie Mandel.

Review: See NYC's 'Cannibal cop' in a different light in 'Thought Crimes' Special

If someone were to go into an online chat room or message board and fantasize about kidnapping and cannibalizing women, but never acts on it, has this person committed a crime?

Review: 'A Woman Like Me' is a unique cancer journey Special

When Alex Sichel found out she had breast cancer — an incurable form, at that — she began to work through accepting her diagnosis with a film mirroring her life.

Review: 'Mussa' is a moving look at African refugees in Israel Special

For a documentary with a mostly silent protagonist, 'Mussa' has a lot to say about Israeli society and the country's attitude towards African refugees.

Review: Hot Docs’ 'Special Presentations' demands your attention Special

Hot Docs’ “Special Presentation” section features several stories from which we can learn and highlights some issues we can still change.

Review: Hot Docs’ 'Show me the Funny' showcases stand-up & sketch comedy Special

Documentaries have a reputation of being serious, but Hot Docs’ “Show me the Funny” program demonstrates they can have a humorous side too.

Review: Hot Docs’ 'Screen on Screen' puts movies at the forefront Special

Film is a medium that can often be self-reflexive, analysing itself and its players. These types of documentaries are slotted into Hot Docs’ “Screen on Screen” program.

Review: Hot Docs’ 'Nightvision' pushes film subjects to the outer limits Special

Hot Docs’ “Nightvision” program is for films that choose to exist outside the box, including those that capture gruelling tests of the human condition and the UN’s official strategy to handle an alien’s arrival.

Review: What’s 'Next' at this year’s Hot Docs Special

Hot Docs’ “Next” program takes fans behind-the-scenes to discover little know secrets about pop culture phenomena, all while being creative themselves.

Review: 'Canadian Spectrum' is Hot Docs’ salute to home Special

Hot Docs shines a spotlight on homegrown documentaries in its “Canadian Spectrum” program, which’s subjects extend beyond the country’s borders.

Op-Ed: The films you should be seeing at Toronto's Hot Docs 2015

North America's largest documentary film festival is slated to hit Toronto from April 23-May 3, and as usual there's a plethora of options. Here are some suggestions on what you should check out.
 

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