Hot Docs International Film Festival begins today and we love this Festival. Highlights for us this year include Whitney “Can I Be Me”, Chasing Coral, Rebels on Pointe, and Birth of a Family.
In honour of Hot Docs 2017 here are some classic doc recommendations from the FLIPsters!
Damien – The Filth and The Fury: A Sex Pistols Film (2000)
“This might be the first documentary that I ever saw and I have watched it over and over and over.” – Damien Nelson
It is an in-depth look into the history of where and what the Sex Pistols came from, including their family life, the political and social landscape of London at that time, and the characters that helped and hindered the band personally and professionally.
Danielle – Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
“I was captivated by this mind-boggling story that has stuck with me.” – Danielle LeSage
This Oscar nominated doc follows the 1980’s police investigation of Arthur Friedman and his son Jesse who taught computer classes to kids in their basement. Considered the first real police witch hunt, both men went to jail after admitting to sexually abusing children. There are fascinating updates after the film’s release involving perjury and forced confessions from some of the alleged victims.
Liisa – Bananas!* (2009)
“After seeing this, I never bought a Dole banana again.” – Liisa St-Aubin
The battle between Dole Food Company and its banana plantation workers in Nicaragua is played out in this doc. The workers sued Dole over alleged cases of sterility and other ailments caused by the pesticide that was used on the plantation. Dole tried to sue the filmmakers for “blatant lies” in the film. You be the judge.
Milusha – An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
“When An Inconvenient Truth came out I was 10 and certainly didn’t understand the impacts or warnings of global warming and climate change. Now that I’m facing the realities of our future on Earth, I’m worried about my-yours-our years to come.” – Milusha Copas
Global Warming is a reality and former vice-president Al Gore wants to tell you about it. This film is credited for bringing real awareness to “planetary emergency”. The sequel, An Inconvenient Sequel, will be out later this year, ’cause it’s not getting any better folks.
Desiree – Thunder Soul (2010)
“This film reminded me of the power that our dedicated and selfless teachers have to change our lives.” – Desiree D’Lima
Kashmere High School Stage Band was an all-black band with a black band leader, Conrad ‘Prof’ Johnson. In the 70’s this was a real rarity. The band won national prestige and numerous championships and recorded eight albums. The film reunites band members 35 years later to play a tribute concert to the man who changed their lives.
Carrie – Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)
“My mom was the coolest on the block and we drove around the neighbourhood in her 2-door Mercury Cougar singing at the top of our lungs to an endless Motown soundtrack.” – Carrie Sager
Standing in the Shadows of Motown recounts the story of the amazingly talented, yet uncredited and unheralded, studio musicians The Funk Brothers, the house band hand-picked by Berry Gordy in 1959. They created beats, recorded albums and performed live for over a decade with Motown artists such as The Temptations, The Supremes, The Miracles, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Mary Wells among others. The film was made to bring these influential players out of anonymity. “Without them, there would be no Motown.” A bonus of the film are live performances interspersed throughout of classic Motown tunes by Me’shell Ndegeocello, Joan Osborne, Ben Harper, Bootsy Collins, and Chaka Khan.