Hot Docs

This may come as a surprise, but Donald Trump is a bully. A mean spirited megalomaniac who doesn’t give a rat’s ass about anyone but himself and his bottom line. If there’s any doubt in your mind, or if you just want another reason to dislike him, this is the movie for you. Anthony Baxter’s You’ve Been Trumped explores the controversy surrounding Trump’s plans to build a huge, opulent golf course on a scientifically unique spot of land in rural Scotland. The plan for the massive development was originally rejected due to the very legitimate environmental concerns, but in an unprecedented move the Scottish government intervened and gave it the go-ahead. Apparently the economic advantages were just too tempting to give up. The plans would clearly destroy the ecosystem around the UK’s last remaining sand dunes, but no matter – Trump wants to have a luxurious place for him and his uber-wealthy cronies to golf. Doesn’t matter that the land will be forever ruined.

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Does a man who burned down a couple of buildings to try to stop the destruction of the earth really deserve a prison sentence of life plus 335 years? Even though he took great pains to see that no one was in the buildings and no one would be hurt should he still be labeled a terrorist? If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front doesn’t really answer these questions, but no matter what you believe, this movie will pull you kicking and screaming out of your comfort zone and force you to consider the other side of the story. Marshall Curry (Street Fight, Racing Dreams) and Sam Cullman’s documentary follows former ELF member Daniel McGowan as he awaits trial for arson and other crimes he committed in the name of saving the planet. The movie uses Daniel’s story as a jumping off point to explore the Earth Liberation Front and how and why it became such a radical organization.

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Chaz Bono is a pretty regular guy. He plays a lot of video games, he fawns over his pets, he gets into domestic squabbles with his girlfriend, and does pretty much everything else your typical 30 or 40-something guy does. But unlike most men, Chaz is the child of 70s superstars Sonny and Cher and, oh yeah, he was born a woman. Chaz (nee Chastity) grew up feeling like an alien inside of his body. Complicated struggles that lasted throughout his life led him to finally make the decision to transition into a man. As he went through the process he allowed cameras into his home as well as follow him to the various clinics, hospitals and seminars that helped him throughout the process. But this is just the anatomy of the film.

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Anyone who thinks mixed martial arts is just a vicious, bloodthirsty sport where grown men beat the crap out of each other for fun might think differently after seeing Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein’s Fightville, an in-depth and beautifully shot look at the world of MMA through a group of fighters, trainers and promoters in Southern Louisiana. Fightville follows a cast of characters in and around the Gladiators Academy in Lafayette, a small local gym where philosophy-spouting veteran UFC fighter, “Crazy” Tim Credeur trains amateur and rising professional fighters. Far away from the bright lights of the big time promotions like the UFC, the movie takes a look at what essentially amounts to the minor leagues of MMA – where guys are fighting to prove themselves and learn what it takes to become champions. Glamorous it ain’t (the fighters have to mop up their own blood after fights) but what it lacks in luster it makes up for in heart.

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Lauren Flanagan is bringing you reviews from the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. In this installment: exploring the rights of sex workers through the eyes of a former madam.

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Lauren Flanagan is bringing you reviews from the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. In the hot seat: an impartial look at one of the most controversial debates going on in America.

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Lauren Flanagan is bringing you reviews from the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. In this film: babies. That is all.

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Lauren Flanagan is bringing you reviews from the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. This time: a man who’s proved without a doubt that nice guys finish last.

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Lauren Flanagan is bringing you reviews from the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Next up: a movie about a ragtag group of fractured poets who occupy a key battleground in America’s ongoing culture war – the parking lot.

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The Story of Furious Pete

Lauren Flanagan is bringing you reviews from the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. First up: the story of an anorexic turned competitive eater.

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