HotDocs 2018 Review – PRIMAS

PRIMAS begins almost exactly like your standard-narrative based coming-of-age drama. Our subject is lying down in a beach, seemingly asleep and very clearly angst-ridden as we see her in scenes to follow. This quirky feeling doesn’t last for long though as we find out said subject is one of two cousins that bond over something […]

HotDocs 2018 Review – POSTINGS FROM HOME

My first ever experience with the mysterious but innovative programme at Hot Docs, DocX, was last night at the Isabel Bader Theatre. For those who aren’t aware, DocX is a programme geared towards the immersive side of documentary storytelling. The programme largely consists of Virtual Reality exhibits and short films, but Kelly O’Brien’s POSTINGS FROM […]

Hot Docs 2018 Review – CIRCLES

I was initially very mixed on the premise of Cassidy Friedman’s CIRCLES, which follows Eric Butler, an Oakland guidance counsellor who has to balance his work and the discipline of his son. While the documentary could have ventured into moving territory or resulting in a story that felt too closed in, thankfully Friedman manages his […]

HotDocs 2018 Interview – WOMEN OF THE VENEZUELAN CHAOS director Margarita Cadenas

“My movie is about five women from Venezuela, from different backgrounds and generations. They draw a portrait of a chaotic society and allow us to take the pulse of a population in distress. It represents a sort of barometer of the worsening critical situation in this Latin American nation.” Director Margarita Cadenas on WOMEN OF […]

HotDocs 2018 Interview: WARRIOR WOMEN directors Christina D. King & Elizabeth Castle

“WARRIOR WOMEN is the story of American Indian Movement leader, Madonna Thunder Hawk, who cultivated a rag-tag gang of activist children, including her daughter Marcy, into the “We Will Remember” Survival Group as a Native alternative to government-run boarding schools. Their deep involvement with The Movement fight for Native rights made them more comrades than […]