Hot Docs is a mega annual documentary festival in Toronto, it’s always worth keeping an eye on for upcoming international features.
Stuff like the above. A documentary about two underground techno DJs in Iran and how they are pitted against the regime there. It’s getting an international premiere over the May weekend.
Looking for some film fodder? Well being all Canadian and shit, any doc that has sailed through the festival with funding is archived online and available for public streaming.
There are some acclaimed classics in there. Squeege Punks In Traffic looks at the homeless punk scene of Montreal in the late 1990s. In another, director Eric Denis decides to Punk The Vote and take on the establishment through the ballot box.
Elsewhere, Mexican Director Arturo Pérez Torres has a magical look at how five real-life “social wrestlers” use the celebrity capital of being Lucha Libre wrestlers to fight injustice rather than each other.
There’s hapes of useful discussions archived too. Like this 2012 forum about how documentary film making is really the frontier of investigative journalism.
The search function is a pox, just go explore and report back.