Author: allicinema

School of Hope (2021, Mohamed El Aboudi)

Hot Docs ‘21 Fifteen years of drought has taken a toll on the Oulad Boukais tribe in Morocco. The documentary follows Miloud, Mohamed, and Fatima, young people that have suffered the consequences of global warming. Most nomads have taken their children and left the areas that are drying up. For those that remain, they will … Continue reading School of Hope (2021, Mohamed El Aboudi)

Four Seasons in a Day (2021, Annabel Verbeke)

Hot Docs ‘21 Belgian director Annabel Verbeke received the Emerging International Filmmaker Award at Hot Docs for her second feature. This documentary covers the ferry that traverses the Carlingford Lough back and forth between Northern Ireland (UK) and the Republic of Ireland. Many subjects are interviewed or followed which makes for a diverse representation. However, … Continue reading Four Seasons in a Day (2021, Annabel Verbeke)

Sheona McDonald: Short and Feature at Hot Docs ’21

“Into Light” (2021, documentary short, Sheona McDonald) Prolific Canadian-documentarian Sheona McDonald tackles a mother’s insecurities about her transgender child. For me, there are several things wrong with the approach, focusing on the mother’s point of view. However, the child was so young when the film was made and it took three years to complete this … Continue reading Sheona McDonald: Short and Feature at Hot Docs ’21

‘I’m Wanita’ (2021, Matthew Walker)

Hot Docs ‘21 The documentary chronicles Wanita Bahtiyar’s journey in to record her musically diverse album in Nashville, New Orleans, and Memphis. Wanita is a binge-drinker, cigarette smoker, mother, and Tamworth, Australia’s Queen of Honky Tonk. Born in the wrong era, she channels Patsy Cline with the power and verve of Janis Joplin. Those who … Continue reading ‘I’m Wanita’ (2021, Matthew Walker)

A.rtificial I.mmortality (2021, Ann Shin)

Opening HotDocs ’21, A.rtificial I.mmortality takes a look at achieving immortality through artificial intelligence. While it is personalized – director Ann Shin takes a look at her father who has dementia and what kind of legacy she wants to leave for her daughters – she also films Deepak Chopra, philosopher Nick Bostrom, and two androids. … Continue reading A.rtificial I.mmortality (2021, Ann Shin)