• Fruits of Labor

    Fruits of Labor

    SXSW watch

    POV Acquires Fruits of Labor out of SXSW Film Festival
    also playing at Hot Docs through the end of today

  • School of Hope

    School of Hope

    Hot Docs ‘21

    Fifteen years of drought has taken a toll on the Oulad Boukais tribe in Morocco. The documentary follows Miloud, Mohamed, and Fatima, young people that have suffered the consequences of global warming. Most nomads have taken their children and left the areas that are drying up. For those that remain, they will have to drive 40 km (25 miles) for water, while their children will have to walk several miles to and from school. Fatima’s burden is…

  • Four Seasons In A Day

    Four Seasons In A Day

    Hot Docs ‘21

    Belgian director Annabel Verbeke received the Emerging International Filmmaker Award at Hot Docs for her second feature. This documentary covers the ferry that traverses the Carlingford Lough back and forth between Northern Ireland (UK) and the Republic of Ireland. Many subjects are interviewed or followed which makes for a diverse representation. However, it also limits the personable aspect as sometimes we do not get enough screen time with certain people in order to get to know their…

  • Mau

    Mau

    Hot Docs ‘21

    “The way we will change the world is by leadership, by design, by inspiration.”

    This documentary explores designer Bruce Mau in way that’s intriguing, even if you’re not familiar with the design world. He’s straightforward, honest, and a total visionary. If everyone imagined the world to be a better place in the same way Mau did, we’d honestly have a perfect society. He was hired to redesign Mecca after 700 people were trampled.

    “Think like you are…

  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines felt very contrived to me with the storyline. However, there was some great animation (including some slick streets later in the film) and great acting as well. I sort of saw the Katie memes before I saw the film. I didn't feel much of a connection because that, the dad storyline, and the LGBT relationship at the end seems thrown in to serve political correctness and the "cool factor" (neither of which really go hand…

  • Princess

    Princess

    With this film and Slalom, I feel it's completely unnecessary that the filmmakers feel they have to show children being abused to such a degree. I'm here for baby Shira Haas only.

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  • Light from Light

    Light from Light

    Marin Ireland was great in this film. It's not a full-fledged horror film, but it's spooky and atmospheric. Definitely recommended.

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  • My Dog Stupid

    My Dog Stupid

    It is a good point that if you are willing to kill cows and chickens, why not dogs and perhaps humans? Go vegan.

    Vegan alert:
    -Henri (Yvan Attal) curses out dog
    -A character says it's okay to kill dog because they eat chicken, beef, etc.
    -Man on the beach wants the dog put down

  • A Goofy Movie

    A Goofy Movie

    Rhyming “Trophy” with “Catastrophe” = hard no

    Vegan alert:
    A character overdoes it with cheddar spray

  • Writing With Fire

    Writing With Fire

    Hot Docs '21

    Khabar Lahariya is a newspaper in Uttar Pradesh, India, created by a group of Dalit women. Journalists interview woman who talk about re-occurring rapes and illegal mines, among other things. India is one of the most dangerous places to practice journalism with over 40 journalists killed since 2014. This documentary asks the hard questions all within the confines of dealing with the caste system and misogyny. Yet the Dalit women at Khabar Lahariya are triumphing with over 151 million views on their YouTube channel.

    Vegan points:
    Protecting holy cows for Hinduism

  • Look at Life
  • Bank Job

    Bank Job

    ★★★★½

    Hot Docs ‘21

    One of the most important documentaries you could see this year explores the relationship between everyday people and the banking industry. The system is meant to keep workers in debt and it doesn’t even stop when they have passed on. UK filmmakers Daniel Edelstyn and Hilary Powell explore the financial situations that have had a global impact. Despite a high rate of employment, workers are cursed by low wages and high housing costs. Big banks were bailed…