GAT at Hot Docs representing 9 Dynamic Stories. Starts online May 28

Hot Docs 2020

GAT at Hot Docs 2020
starts online May 28

Starting May 21, ticket package holders and Doc Soup subscribers will be able to book their films, and Hot Docs Members will be able to purchase single tickets.
Single tickets will be on sale to the public May 26.
Tickets: $9 per film ($8 for Hot Docs Members).

 

#BLESSED – Directed by Ali Weinstein
World Premiere
Canada
Trailer: Coming Soon

C3 is an Evangelical church that opened in Toronto in 2013, quickly amassing a large following amongst the city’s young, hip and tattooed. #BLESSED offers an intimate look inside this fast-growing millennial church and follows the process of selling salvation in the 21st century. Pastor Sam and his team grow the church from two locations to three, living out their mission to save as many Torontonian souls as possible.


DOPE IS DEATH
– Directed by Mia Donovan
Canadian Premiere
Canada
Distributor: EyeSteelFilm
Trailer: Coming Soon

In the 1970s, the number of heroin addicts exploded in New York. The Black Panther party saw the epidemic as a form of chemical warfare against the poor and people of colour. The charismatic Dr. Mutulu Shakur (Tupac’s stepfather) heads a core of activists from the Black Panthers and the Puerto Rican Young Lords who occupied an entire hospital in Harlem and gave thousands of people free treatment in the form of acupuncture instead of methadone. Their success was a thorn in the side of Nixon. Mia Donovan weaves fantastic archive footage together with today’s continually inflamed disparity between race and drug abuse in the United States. ‘Dope is Death’ tells a highly up-to-date story about racism, guerilla politics, civil disobedience and an unresolved bank robbery, which may have been a cover-up. The fact that the story is new to most of us is an important part of it. The lines can be drawn all the way down to today, as we begin to realise why we have never heard about it before.



FINDING SALLY
– Directed by Tamara Mariam Dawit
North American Premiere
Canada/Ethiopia/United States
Distributor: Cinema Politica
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/383336742

Finding Sally tells the incredible story of a 23-year-old woman from an upper class family who became a communist rebel with the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party. Her romances and ideals entangled her in the country’s revolutionary fever and landed her on the military government’s most wanted list. She went underground and her family never saw her again. Four decades after Sally’s disappearance, Tamara Dawit pieces together the mysterious life of her Aunt Sally and revisits the Ethiopian revolution and the terrible massacre that followed, during which half a million people died. Her quest leads her to question notions of family, identity, belonging, personal convictions, idealism and political engagement, in a time when Ethiopia may be on the brink of another revolution.

FIRST WE EAT – Directed by Suzanne Crocker
World Premiere
Canada
Distributor: Blue Ice Docs
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/258025860

First We Eat sees Suzanne Crocker, an award-winning filmmaker and retired family doctor, who sets out to feed her family only food that can be grown, raised, gathered, hunted, trapped and fished in and around her community of Dawson City, Yukon, for one full year. She started in mid-summer 2017 researching the wealth of local food options available as well as the challenges and the possibilities for increasing local food security across the Canadian North.

 

INFLUENCE – Directed by Richard Poplak and Diana Neille
Canadian Premiere
South Africa/Canada
Distributor: EyeSteelFilm
Trailer: Coming Soon

Lord Tim Bell softened the images of dictators and made the careers of controversial politicians. He helped the old apartheid rulers in South Africa benefit at the end of the regime and beyond (and later tried to foment a race war there.)  Bell Pottinger, the company he co-founded, was one of the most powerful PR firms of all time — among other things, they created cynical soap operas and commercials to try to convince Iraqis to embrace “regime change.” A founding executive of the legendary ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi, the brash young Lord Bell helped usher in an advertising revolution, kicking off a process that would eventually see his company attempting to change the attitudes and even the behaviour of citizens around the world. But his evolution into the godfather of spin began with his stint as the architect of Margaret Thatcher’s ascent to power as British Prime Minister. His three-time success in getting the “Iron Lady” elected allowed him the confidence of world leaders, and earned him a reputation as the world’s greatest PR “fixer.”

HER MOTHERS – Directed by Asia Dér, Sára Haragonics
World Premiere
Hungarian (full subtitles)
Trailer: Coming Soon

As Hungary’s political climate becomes increasingly radicalized, Virág, a former green politician, loses faith in the democratic parliament of Hungary and retires from politics. She and her musician partner Nóra decide to adopt a child and focus on building a family together. With a sensitive lens and close access, directors Asia Dér and Sári Haragonics follow the two women through their long and ultimately successful adoption process to bring home their young daughter of Roma origin. But tensions begin to rise between the two as Virág thrives in her role as a mother and Nóra struggles to find her place within the family. As the rising tides of hate and homophobia in Hungary begin to overflow into their family, their lives hit a boiling point and they must face the difficult decision of whether to leave their country behind.


MEAT THE FUTURE
– Directed by Liz Marshall
World Premiere
Canada
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/185992031

Chronicling the birth of an industry, Meat the Future is a close-up and personal look at the visionaries who are risking everything to innovate and produce real meat without slaughtering animals and without environmental destruction. It could also prevent zoonotic foodborne disease and the next health pandemic. The prospect
of meat consumption doubling by 2050 is not only sobering, it is a wake-up call for solutions. Compared to conventionally-produced beef, cell-based beef is estimated, at scale, to reduce land use by more than 95%, climate change emissions by 74% to 87%, and nutrient pollution by 94%. Filmed exclusively between 2016 and 2019,
Meat the Future follows the genesis phase of the clean meat movement in America, behind the scenes with its pioneers – they are activists, scientists, researchers, marketers and policy experts, all focused on the goal of an ethical, sustainable and profitable food future.

 

SOFTIE – Directed by Sam Soko
Canadian Premiere
Kenya
Distributor: EyeSteelFilm
Trailer: Coming Soon

Boniface “Softie” Mwangi has long fought injustices in his country as a political activist. Now he’s taking the next step by running for office in a regional Kenyan election. But running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents becomes increasingly harder to combat with idealism alone. And Boniface soon finds that challenging strong political dynasties is putting his family at risk. Director Sam Soko captures a charming idealist’s transformation through his grassroots campaign, while exploring the complexities of balancing Boniface’s deep love of country with the needs of his family. Soko’s film goes beyond politics to reveal what fuels one activist’s need to push for change.

 

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE THIS PLACE, ANYPLACE – Directed by Lulu Wei
World Premiere
Canada
Trailer: Coming Soon

The film follows the historic Mirvish Village community as it looks at the gentrification of Toronto told through the stories of people affected by the closure of the iconic discount store, Honest Ed’s