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Hot Docs London

Bertha DocHouse
Curzon Bloomsbury
The Brunswick Centre
Standard with Q&A
21 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
Next event: 21 Sep 2017
21 Sep 2017
22 Sep 2017
23 Sep 2017
24 Sep 2017

From 21 - 24 Septmber, we'll be bringing you an incredible line-up of films fresh from this year's Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Including eight features, two shorts and four Q&As (!), Hot Docs London will showcase both Canadian and international filmmakers, offering you the chance to experience inspiring stories from around the world. Take a look at the full programme below ...


Opening night film: Let There Be Light + Dir.Q&A
THU 21 SEPT - 18:30
Let There Be Light looks at the most expensive and complex science experiment ever conducted; an ongoing attempt to build an artificial sun on Earth in a bid to create cheap, clean energy. A fascinating epic exploring the mysteries of fusion energy. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with co-director Mila Aung-Thwin, and drinks reception.

Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World + Dir. Q&A
FRI 22 SEPT - 18:30
Lifting the curtain on the provocative contemporary art scene, a glamorous and cut-throat game of genius versus commerce, Barry Avrich paints a vivid picture of an economy that runs contrary to any rules and regulations. The film will be followed by a Q&A with director Barry Avrich.

Ask the Sexpert
SAT 23 SEPT - 16:00
A charming and humorous look at the work of Dr. Mahinder Watsa, a highly popular 93—year-old sex advice columnist who writes for a daily newspaper in Mumbai, despite sex remaining a highly taboo subject in India. 

The Other Side of the Wall + Durango (short)
SAT 23 SEPT - 18:00
A warm yet heartbreaking portrait of Rocío and Ale, teenage siblings who are left alone to grapple with growing up after their mother is held in a Mexican prison on questionable charges. 

Winnie + Dir. Q&A
SAT 23 SEPT - 20:30
Winnie Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguingly powerful contemporary female political figures. Winnie offers a nuanced portrait of a woman condemned for her radical role in the liberation of her South African people under apartheid. We'll be joined by director Pascale Lamche following the film for a Q&A.

The Road Movie + Clean Hands (short)
SUN 24 SEPT - 16:00
The Road Movie is an anarchic and exhilarating journey through Russia edited entirely from dash-cam footage uploaded to YouTube. Hilarious, terrifying and bewildering, all at the same time, it’s a wild ride that you won’t soon forget. 

A Moon of Nickel & Ice
SUN 24 SEPT - 18:00
A Moon of Nickel and Ice takes us inside the closed-off Russian city of Norilsk, a place right out of a dystopian sci-fi novel with its freezing temperatures and toxic pollution.

Closing night film: In the Name of All Canadians + Dir. Q&A
SUN 24 SEPT - 20:30
Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms gets six fresh perspectives in a compilation of short documentaries commissioned by Hot Docs. Filmmakers take the Charter’s key tenets as inspiration, from Indigenous rights to the controversial 'notwithstanding clause'. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Aisha Jamal, co-director of The Long Way Home.


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The Bertha DocHouse, located inside Curzon Bloomsbury is the UK’s first dedicated documentary cinema. Our programme celebrates the depth and breadth of the documentary form with films from the UK release calendar as well as titles without distribution, festival favourites and a strong range of themed seasons and retrospective screenings.