Hot Docs 2021: One of Ours

Transracial adoption is a difficult road travelled by well-meaning parents and children constantly looking for acceptance. In Yasmine Mathurin's One of Ours, she follows Josiah Wilson, a young Haitian-born Canadian with Native status due to his adoptive father, Don. Josiah's journey of acceptance in the Indigenous community and by himself is spurred by a human... Continue Reading →

Hot Docs 2021: A.rtificial I.mmortality

Making sentient machines, things that don't classify as human but are autonomous, has been technology's biggest quest. We've seen in for years in film:  The Terminator series, Replicas, the TV show Humans, Blade Runner, Westworld, I, Robot, and a slew of others contemplate what a robot, a machine with artificial intelligence, might do if they could... Continue Reading →

Hot Docs 2021: Bangla Surf Girls

From Lawrencetown Beach in eastern Canada, Bondi Beach in Australia, to Senegal and South Africa, surfing is a worldwide sport. While more commonly populated by shaggy young men, women are taking charge and winning on the waves. Marginalized women are also taking their place in the surf with the Black Girls Surf Project, where young... Continue Reading →

Hot Docs 2021: Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché

I first discovered the magic of Poly Styrene a couple of years ago when I watched Fast Color, a 2018 sci-fi film about three generations of Black women with special abilities. The main character Ruth (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), plays an X-Ray Spex song and my partner, a punk rocker for life, recognized the song "Germfree Adolescents."... Continue Reading →

Hot Docs 2021: Subjects of Desire

“Black women have historically been denied the power of beauty,” Ryann Richardson bluntly states. In that moment in time, she was a frontrunner for the 2018 Miss Black America pageant, and she speaks a truth that, in this moment in time, still follows us. Black beauty and culture have been mined for decades, with the... Continue Reading →

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