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Toronto’s documentary film festival runs from April 25-May 5.
Here’s what to see and what to skip.
Hot Docs leaves its teen angst behind this year, marking its 20th year with 205 documentaries screening over 10 days. With 44 world premieres and films from 43 counties, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the choices. Luckily, we’re here to help.
This year’s slate is divided into 11 programmes, and ranges from films on strip clubs (opening night’s The Manor), to dirt bike gangs (12 O’Clock Boys), to eco-sex activists (Fuck For Forrest), to a new film by Alan Zweig and Bill and Turner Ross (River). As always with Hot Docs, there really is something for everyone.
Films will be showing across the city, with major screens including the Isabel Bader Theatre, the Royal, the TIFF Bell Lightbox, and naturally the festival headquarters—and still newly minted!—Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.
The films we’ve reviewed are listed below by title, or for those looking to really cut to the chase, stars. We’ll be adding some more every day, so check back often.
Daytime screenings are free for students (with valid ID) and seniors (60+), subject to availability.
All-access passes are sold out, but 10-ticket packages (for $120) and 20-ticket packages (for $215) are available. There are also a few “All-You-Can-Eat” late-night passes still available $12.40; those get you into to all nine post-11 p.m. screenings.