April 19, 2018

20 IDA-supported Films Screening at Hot Docs

The 25th annual Hot Docs Festival is just one week away. If you are headed to Toronto, you can catch a whopping 20 IDA-supported films on the big screen. Our Executive Director, Simon Kilmurry, Director of Programming and Policy, Claire Aguilar, and Filmmaker Services Manager, Toni Bell, will also be in attendance, make sure to say hello!

93Queen

A group of tenacious women are shattering the glass ceiling in their Hasidic Brooklyn neighborhood to create the first all-female volunteer EMS corps in NYC.

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Amal

Adolescence in the time of post-revolution Egypt that’s shifting around an angry teenager who’s’ turning from an infant into a young woman during an extraordinary context of upheaval and violence.

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Bathtubs Over Broadway

When a Late Show with David Letterman writer discovers an old record, it leads to the hysterical revival of "the industrial musical," a ridiculously underappreciated art form that saw the likes of Martin Short, Chita Rivera and more sing the praises of light bulbs and ball bearings.

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Behind the Curve

A rapidly rising number of people are convinced that the Earth is flat. Follow the leaders behind this conspiracy theory du jour as they rally to spread their message, challenge scientific proofs and flatten the globe once and for all.

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The Blue Wall

Oscar-nominated director Richard Rowley offers a searing examination of the police killing of Laquan McDonald, tracing the conspiracy of silence that extended up to the Chicago mayor's office and revealing the journalists, activists and lawyers whose perseverance exposed the truth.

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Circles

A dedicated high school counsellor in Oakland swaps zero tolerance for restorative justice—but the time, energy and emotion he pours into supporting his at-risk students creates a deep rift in his relationship with his own teenaged son.

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Crime + Punishment

Follow 12 NYPD cops as they risk their reputations, careers and safety to blow the whistle on unchecked corruption in the police force and the illegal summons and arrest quotas that target minorities in low-income neighbourhoods.

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The Devil We Know

Citizen activists unravel one of the largest environmental scandals of our time when West Virginian residents discover DuPont has been dumping a toxic chemical into the water supply—one that's now found in the blood of over 99% of Americans.

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The Feeling of Being Watched

When a filmmaker investigates rumours of surveillance in her Arab-American neighbourhood in Chicago, she uncovers one of the largest FBI terrorism probes conducted before 9/11 and reveals its enduring impact on the community.

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I'm Leaving Now (Ya Me Voy)

After scraping by in Brooklyn for 16 years, an undocumented worker plans to return to Mexico, but secret betrayals have warped the family he remembers and an unexpected romance makes him reconsider his path in this deeply intimate story.

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Inventing Tomorrow

Roused by the issues faced by their own communities, brilliant young minds from around the globe gather in Los Angeles for the world's largest high school science fair, tackling environmental crises with ingenuity, inspiration and hope.

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Laila at the Bridge

Roused by the issues faced by their own communities, brilliant young minds from around the globe gather in Los Angeles for the world's largest high school science fair, tackling environmental crises with ingenuity, inspiration and hope.

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Minding the Gap

Escaping their volatile families, three young men in America's Rust Belt form a deep-seated bond over the course of a decade, but it becomes sharply tested by the sudden demands of adulthood and the shared past that still haunts them.

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More Human Than Human

With artificial intelligence potentially on track to surpass human capabilities within the next two decades, one filmmaker tests his own job security by building a robot to replace himself and discovers the truth of what's really at stake.

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Mr. Soul!

Go backstage with the first all-Black variety show broadcast nationally on PBS, and meet its openly gay host, who was instrumental in ushering radical Black talent into American living rooms in the wake of the civil rights movement.

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Netizens

Systematically silenced and terrorized by anonymous harassers, three women—among the many millions for whom the internet is a battleground—attempt to seek justice and spread awareness, taking back their power and their lives in the process.

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Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS

From the US to Africa, the 30-year-old HIV/AIDS pandemic still disproportionately plagues women as its surrounding issues and policies keep them perpetually at risk and sick. Follow the brave women in this rousing film who are fighting to end the crisis.

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Roll Red Roll

When a girl is raped in a sleepy Ohio town by members of the beloved high school football team, a veil of silence, complicity and denial descends until a whistle-blowing blogger exposes the truth, catapulting rape culture into national headlines.

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Witkin & Wiktin

Despite being identical twins, a renowned photographer and his brother, a painter, couldn't be more different. This intensely human story explores their divergent art practices and complex relationship as they reach a crossroads in their lives.

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Won't You Be My Neighbor

Mr. Rogers created a neighbourhood in which he connected with children through honesty, directness and love, while delicately introducing complex social issues. His work continues to resonate today, but have we failed to become the neighbours he hoped for?

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