Hot Docs Planner: Best of the Best of the Fest, Part 1
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Hot Docs Planner: Best of the Best of the Fest, Part 1

They say the sun never sets on the game of soccer. Except nobody says that. And except it does.

By this point in the Hot Doc planning process, with only two days left in this year’s festival, it’s hard to recommend new films, being as most of them have already screened. So consider today’s Hot Docs planner (and, it follows, tomorrow’s) a best-of-the-best, cream-o’-the-crop, cock-of-the-walk guide to what’s left in the fest.
Let’s say, for example, that you’ve yet to see David York’s excellent look at Alberta “eco-terrorist” Wiebo Ludwig’s uphill battle against the Canadian oil and gas industry, Wiebo’s War ( 4 STARS ). Well, if that were the case, we’d say, “What the heck are you waiting for? We just used the modifier ‘excellent’ to describe it!” Likewise, if you were to say, “I really like movies about soap operas about soccer in Kenya. But they just don’t make movies like that!” we would respond, “Yes, they do!” It’s called The Team ( 4 STARS ), and it screens today and tomorrow. Finally, if you were to whinge, “Oh me, oh my, not enough movies about the American Civil Rights movement. Boo-hoo-hoo,” we’d say, “What the heck?!” Aren’t you even paying attention? There’s The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 ( 4 STARS ), and it’s great! See? There’s something for everyone. Even you.
For complete coverage, including capsule reviews of most feature films, head over to our handy Hot Docs hub.