Daily Archives: May 29, 2020

@hotdocs 2020 “All That I Am”

After five years in the foster system, eighteen year old Emilie Andrea returns to her family home to rebuild a fractured relationship with her mother and younger half-siblings. Over the next two years a determined Emilie begins to heal the trauma that haunts her, learns to speak her truth aloud, and takes her first steps towards a self-determined future. Now Emilie must gather the courage to reveal to her half-siblings the reason their father was imprisoned and their sister went away. Told with a commitment to emotional insight and dedication to Emilie’s subjective experience, this is the story of an extraordinarily courageous young woman on the cusp of adulthood finding the voice that was long denied to her.


@hotdocs 2020 “A Colombian Family”

When a peace agreement between the FARC rebel movement and the Colombian government looks like it will put an end to half a century of conflicts, 30-year-old Yira visits her mother Ruby in Colombia after spending 10 years in exile in Cuba. Now a mother herself, Yira wants her mother to join her in exile in Canada, so she can give her daughter the family she never had. With a neglected childhood in the shadow of her parents’ political struggles and persecution, Yira confronts Ruby, who is unable to let go of her political ideals to choose her family. It is not just Yira’s childhood that has been sacrificed, Ruby has also sacrificed her own life and safety to such an extent that she must be constantly protected by armed guards. As the peacetime death toll continues to rise, Ruby is faced with a difficult dilemma. If she chooses her daughter, she gives up on her people.


@hotdocs 2020 “Once Upon a Time in Venezuela”

On Lake Maracaibo, beneath the mysterious silent Catatumbo lightning, the village of Congo Mirador is preparing for parliamentary elections. For streetwise local businesswom- an and Chavist party representative Tamara every vote counts, fought by all means, while for opposition-supporting teacher Natalie, politics is a weapon unsuccessfully attempting to force her from her job. And with her sharp eyes, little Yoaini sees her community sinking from sedimentation, her childhood and innocence with it. How can a small fishing village survive against corruption, pollution and political decay – a reflection of all the flaws of contemporary Venezuela.


@hotdocs 2020 “A Thousand Cuts”


Nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns, more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Journalist Maria Ressa places the tools of the free press—and her freedom—on the line in defense of truth and democracy.


@hotdocs 2020 “iHUMAN”

iHUMAN made its World Premiere at IDFA 2019, and is a thrilling look at the current state of Artificial Intelligence. Hearing firsthand from the leading pioneers on the front lines of this revolution, iHUMAN asks: How this technology is being developed and implemented, and investigates the dilemmas experts face as they drive this technology forward? As machines start to develop and think on their own, award winning director Tonje Hessen Schei asks the question – What is at stake when a few corporations and governments lead the defining experiments of Artificial Intelligence?


@hotdocs 2020 “Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles”


The latest documentary feature by director Laura Gabbert (City of Gold, No Impact Man, Sunset Story), Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles unveils the collaboration between the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and global food sensation Yotam Ottolenghi in their retelling of the rise and fall of Versailles through pastry. Through the discerning and careful eyes of Ottolenghi, a deeper understanding of our world is revealed through food.


@hotdocs 2020 “Love & Stuff”

Seven months after helping her terminally ill mother have a “good death” in home-hospice, filmmaker Judith Helfand becomes a “new old” single mother at 50. Overnight, she’s pushed to deal with her stuff: 63 boxes of her parent’s heirlooms overwhelming her office-turned-future-baby’s room, the weight her mother had begged her to lose, and the reality of being a half century older than her daughter. Told in the first person, in deep consultation with the past — as in 25 years of family footage — LOVE & STUFF explores the transformative power of parenting, our complex and very emotional attachment to stuff, and what it is we really need to leave our children.


#hotdocs 2020 “9/11 Kids”

It’s the most famous whisper in American history. During a press event in a second-grade classroom at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, White House Chief of Staff Andy Card walks up to President Bush and whispers: “A second plane has hit the second tower. America is under attack.” The imagery of the President on camera at the exact moment he learns of a major attack on the country, while in front of a classroom of six- and seven-year-olds, is surreal to watch, even today. These are the final moments of innocence, right before the storm. Now in their mid-20s, those kids, who bore witness to the very moment a new American reality was born, offer a fascinating window into post-9/11 America. Some have joined the military or started their own businesses, while others have fallen on hard times. They are the generation of Google, smart phones and Facebook, but also cyber-bullying, global terrorism, and climate change. 9/11 Kids is the untold story of those students and provides a window into some of the most vital themes of the American experience.