Hot Docs Daily: Finding the Funk, Anita, Alias
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Hot Docs Daily: Finding the Funk, Anita, Alias

What to watch at Hot Docs as it gets down to the wire.

Get funky with Finding the Funk  Image courtesy of Hot Docs

Get funky with Finding the Funk. Image courtesy of Hot Docs.

It ain’t over until it’s over, and there is still one full weekend of Hot Doc’ing left! First up, get grooving and body-moving with Finding the Funk (stars 3andahalf, 1:30 p.m. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema), a history of the musical genre of funk. Interviewing James Brown, George Clinton, and Sly, the doc looks back at the good old days to see how the genre influenced contemporary tunes.

Today is the last day to see the excellent Anita (4 p.m. Isabel Bader Theatre). Oscar-winning director Freida Mock looks at Anita Hill’s story: the woman who stood up before Clarence Thomas was sworn into the U.S. Supreme court as he had sexually harassed her. In a time when feminism is thought of as a dirty word, this is a powerful testament to recalling why the movement remains important.

Also playing for the last time today is Michelle Latier’s Alias (4 Stars, 8:45 p.m. Scotiabank Theatre). We’ve already suggested checking it out, but we’ll do it again! The doc is a nuanced and beautiful portrait of not only her subjects (rappers from Regent Park), but also this city.

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