Reviews: @hotdocs 2021 “Death of My Two Fathers” and “The Hairdresser” #HotDocs21

The Death of My Two Fathers is a deeply personal journey of facing that which we often fear most: death and ourselves. By bearing witness to the reality of his father’s life, and death, Sol Guy unpacks the meaning of fatherhood, family, race, and identity to realize that we must all face where we come from in order to be more prepared for who we may become.


I’ve been thinking a lot about what it’s going to be like when I lose my parents. It’s an ache that always finds its way into my throat within seconds of entertaining those thoughts. This film articulates the lead up to the loss of a parent and the remnants that are left after they are gone. A true love letter to parents.

Kathleen is a hairdresser. Always has been, always will be. Even at 83 she is still doing hair. But not in the way you would expect. Her work is special. In this short, poetic documentary, Kathleen reflects upon her experience as we bear witness to her unusual work.


I’ve been watching my elderly father’s hair grow long over this pandemic. It reminded me that he still holds so much health even though he is 81. After watching this film, it made me think more deeply about what he sees when he looks in the mirror. Does he see his younger self embedded in the gray? What does he feel in his aging body? We put so much energy into our youth and staying young and beautiful. Why don’t we celebrate our elderly’s aging beauty with just as much enthusiasm?

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