Hot Docs unveils first slate of Special Presentation screenings for 2022 festival

Hot Docs has unveiled the first titles for its Special Presentations program of high-profile documentaries at its 2022 festival, which will once again be held in-person after going all-virtual last year. The festival ...
March 15, 2022

Hot Docs has unveiled the first titles for its Special Presentations program of high-profile documentaries at its 2022 festival, which will once again be held in-person after going all-virtual last year.

The festival runs from April 28 to May 8 in Toronto, and will be available to stream online for Canadian audiences via Hot Docs at Home.

The announced films today include the world premieres for the U.S. doc The Quiet Epidemic, an investigation into Lyme disease, the ticks that carry them and its global spread; the Irish film Million Dollar Pigeons, about competitive pigeon racing; and the Canadian doc The Talented Mr. Rosenberg, about infamous Toronto con man Albert Rosenberg, a.k.a. the Yorkville Swindler.

The line-up also includes the international premiere of I Didn’t See You There, a first-person documentary that reflects on the connection between disability and visibility, which won the directing award in Sundance’s U.S. Documentary Competition this year. Also making their international premieres at Hot Docs are Aftershock, which addresses the U.S. maternal health care crisis through the story of two grieving fathers-turned-activists seeking justice and accountability; The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales, in which filmmaker Abigail Disney explores her own family’s contribution to widespread income inequality in the U.S.; and A Symphony for a Common Man, covering the 2002 ousting of Brazilian diplomat José Bustani as the U.S. entered into war with Iraq.

Fire of Love (pictured), an archival doc about two scientists and lovers researching and documenting dangerous volcanoes that was a 2021 Hot Docs Forum alum project, will also make its Canadian premiere at the festival.

The full slate of Hot Docs films will be announced on March 30. The films included in Hot Docs’ first programming announcement are:

Aftershock | directed and produced by Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee | USA | 2022 | 89 min | International Premiere

The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales | directed and produced by Abigail E. Disney and Kathleen Hughes, produced by Aideen Kane | USA | 2022 | 87 min | International Premiere

Angels of Sinjar directed and produced by Hanna Polak, produced by Simone Baumann | Poland, Germany | 2022 | 109 min | North American Premiere

Boycott | directed by Julia Bacha, produced by Suhad Babaa and Daniel J. Chalfen | USA | 2021 | 74 min | Canadian Premiere

Calendar Girls | directed and produced by Maria Loohufvud, produced by Love Martinsen | Sweden | 2022 | 84 min | Canadian Premiere

Fire of Love | directed and produced by Sara Dosa, produced by Ina Fichman and Shane Boris | USA | 2022 | 90 min | Canadian Premiere

A House Made of Splinters | directed by Simon Lereng Wilmont, produced by Monica Hellström | Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Ukraine | 2022 | 87 min | Canadian Premiere

I Didn’t See You There  | directed by Reid Davenport, produced by Keith Wilson | USA | 2022 | 76 min | International Premiere

Million Dollar Pigeons | directed by Gavin Fitzgerald, produced by Samantha Corr | Ireland | 2022 | 98 min | World Premiere

Pleistocene Park | directed and produced by Luke Griswold-Tergis, produced by Jed Riffe and Maureen Gosling | USA | 2022 | 101 min | North American Premiere

The Quiet Epidemic | directed and produced by Lindsay Keys, directed by Winslow Crane-Murdoch, produced by Daria Lombroso and Chris Hegedus | USA | 2022 | 102 min | World Premiere

A Symphony For a Common Man | directed and produced by José Joffily | Brazil | 2022 | 83 min | International Premiere

The Talented Mr. Rosenberg | directed and produced by Barry Avrich, produced by Courtney Shea, Caitlin Cheddie and Mark Selby | Canada | 2022 | 70 min | World Premiere

TikTok, Boom. | directed and produced by Shalini Kantayya, produced by Ross Dinerstein, and Danni Mynard | USA | 2022 | 91 min | Canadian Premiere

To the End | directed and produced by Rachel Lears, produced by Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, and Robin Blotnick | USA | 2022 | 104 min | Canadian Premiere

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