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: 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 →

In Plain Sight: Hot Docs 2020-Coded Bias

What happens if you want to create a fun project for your MIT class only to find that you don’t exist to your own project? This happened to then graduate student Joy Buolamwini when she wanted to create a facial recognition mirror, the “Aspire Mirror”, that would project fun filters to start your day. Because... Continue Reading →

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