Posts filed under "Documentary"

Hot Docs 2013: High Five: A Suburban Adoption Saga

Posted by Brandy Dean May 4, 2013 0 Comment 6580 views

When childless Canadian couple Cathy and Martin Ward decided to adopt a child, they never dreamed they would up with 5 instead of 1. High Five: A Suburban Adoption Saga chronicles the Ward’s decision to adopt 5 siblings from a Ukrainian orphanage and the financial and emotional sacrifices required to forge a family in this situation. Not surprisingly, […]

Hot Docs 2013: The Unbelievers (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean May 2, 2013 1 Comment 17454 views

The Unbelievers is a love letter to reason and the men – Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss – who are on a kind of world tour to advocate for science and reason. Director Gus Holwerda took the stage prior to the Hot Docs screening that I attended and said that he intended to make a rock and […]

Hot Docs 2013: The Other Shore (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean May 1, 2013 0 Comment 7101 views

In 1974, at the age of 25, Diana Nyad secured a world record when she swam the 22 mile Bay of Naples race in just over 8 hours. She went on to become a marathon swimming superstar, known the world over. But – perhaps only in her own mind – Nyad is most famous for […]

Hot Docs 2013: Fatal Assistance (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean May 1, 2013 0 Comment 6372 views

When a massive earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010 killing 250,000 people and leaving 1.2 million homeless, the world rushed to the country’s aid. From private citizens, NGOs and government aide a torrent of cash and assistance flowed into Haiti. But as Fatal Assistance from Haitian-born director and former Minister of Culture Raoul Peck proves, wherever a lot of […]

Hot Docs 2013: The Great Hip Hop Hoax

Posted by Brandy Dean May 1, 2013 0 Comment 5666 views

You can file The Great Hip Hop Hoax from director Jeanie Finlay under the truth can by way stranger than fiction category. Billy Boyd and Gavin Bain are two Scottish lads with dreams of hip hop greatness. It’s not an uncommon fantasy of the adolescent male but in Billy and Gavin’s case, the boys have real talent. However, […]

Hot Docs 2013: Fuck for Forest (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean May 1, 2013 0 Comment 8167 views

Fuck for Forest is not only the name of Michał Marczak’s documentary, but the actual name of a radical eco-charity. In the name of saving the earth, they, um, fuck. The logical is a bit muddled, but the gist is that they wander about Berlin, recruit strangers to participate (1 in 10 agree, according to group […]

Hot Docs 2013: Aatsinki: The Story Of Arctic Cowboys

Posted by Brandy Dean April 30, 2013 0 Comment 5712 views

Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki are cowboys in Finnish lapland. Well, they tend herds of wild reindeer but I suppose “Reindeer boys” doesn’t have the some ring.  Aatsinki: The Story Of Arctic Cowboys is the story of one year in the lives Aarne and Lasse and their wives and children as they live life well north […]

Hot Docs 2013: Good Ol’ Freda

Posted by Brandy Dean April 29, 2013 0 Comment 6904 views

The moment that I saw Good Ol’ Freda listed in the Hot Docs program, without reading the description, I knew exactly who this doc was about. That’s good ol’ Freda Kelly, once called the luckiest girl in the world by newspapers and teen rags, because she was the secretary to a little band called The […]

Hot Docs 2013: Eufrosina’s Revolution (2013)

Posted by Oubah O. April 29, 2013 1 Comment 4999 views

Eufrosina’s Revolution is a documentary following the determined and ever-defiant Eufrosina Cruz Mendoza, a woman working to correct the wrongs endured by women in indigenous Mexican communities like Santa Maria Quiegolani. Throughout her story, we see a woman with increased conviction despite frequent obstacles and very little means. Eufrosina’s entire life is focused on making positive changes, […]

Hot Docs 2013: Alcan Highway (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 28, 2013 0 Comment 7932 views

Hese is a man with a mission and Alcan Highway is a document of that mission. After purchasing an antique rusty bucket truck in Alasks, he leaves his home in Finland, recruits some buds, and intends to make this contraption into a rolling mobile home. He also aims to park in Vancouver Island, a mere 4000 […]

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