For the past 20 years, Hot Docs has brought a wealth of documentary film to Toronto. From the raw to the informative to the boundary-pushing, no matter what your taste in docs, there’s something for you at the festival, which runs from April 25th-May 5th at various locations around the city. We feel almost spoiled by the amount of amazing work there is to see. It’s one of those cultural events that makes us truly grateful to live in this city. Below, our top picks from the amazing slew of female-directed pieces showing at this year’s festival.
This doc follows the only four doctors in the US still performing third-trimester abortions after the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller.
Anita Hill brought sexual harassment to national attention when she testified against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. In this doc by Oscar winner Freida Mock, Hill speaks about the experience for the first time on film.
Fri, Apr. 26, 8:30 pm. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. SOLD OUT.
Sat, Apr. 27, 1:30 pm. Isabel Bader Theatre. SOLD OUT.
Sat, May 4, 4 pm. Isabel Bader Theatre. Buy tickets.
Canadian actress Babz Chula seeks cancer treatment at an ayurvedic clinic in India. The experience rejuvenates her spirit, but when she comes back to Canada, she learns she only has weeks to live.
Director Kelly O’Brien’s “cinematic journal” of the life of her second son, born with extensive brain damage.
Screenings (Just As I Remember):
Sat, Apr. 27. 7:30 pm. TIFF Bell Lightbox 4. SOLD OUT.
Mon, Apr 29, 4 pm. TIFF Bell Lightbox 3. Buy Tickets.
Chambermaids at the rent-by-the-hour El Passajero Motel talk love and life in between cleaning up the remnants of their guests’ trysts.
Two women who were raised in a Tennessee commune called The Farm return to a past they’ve spent years hiding, and chart the success and failure of the social experiment where they were raised.
Using hidden cameras, this doc follows two North Korean women living in China as they try to flee to Thailand and escape deportation.
The story of a homeless mother struggling on the streets of New York City.
A documentary on riot grrl Kathleen Hanna, legendary singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. WE ARE SO EXCITED.