Hot Docs Daily: Free the Mind, Gangster of Love, Blood Brother
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Hot Docs Daily: Free the Mind, Gangster of Love, Blood Brother

As Hot Docs enters its final stretch, here's what to see.

Zen as medicine in Free the Mind  Image courtesy of Hot Docs

Zen as medicine in Free the Mind. Image courtesy of Hot Docs.

Hot Docs day nine and we’re feeling fine! Here’s what to see to keep those nice vibes going.

Kick things off by letting it all go with Free the Mind (stars 3, 6 p.m., ROM Theatre), a doc about how yoga can help vets and kids with PTSD. It’s both a portrait of those suffering from the syndrome and a look into the science of studying the human brain.

Gangster of Love (stars 3, 9 p.m., Scotiabank Theatre) looks at the (hetero) dating game in Croatia and, in the process, proves man-children aren’t only a North American problem. Following matchmaker Nedo as he tries to find a life partner for Maya, the doc falls into some romantic comedy conventions, but is a spirited take on the subject.

Not to harsh the nice buzz we have going, but Blood Brother (stars 2, 9:30 p.m., Isabel Bader Theatre) might not be the best way to end the day. Though it won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance this year, the film is a classic white-guy-doing-good-in-[insert impoverished nation] tale. Here, two young Americans travel to India and find themselves, but also ignore the real stories of the people in front of them.