Hot Docs ’22: 11 films added to Special Presentations slate

Eleven more films were added on Tuesday (March 22) to Hot Docs’ Special Presentations screenings as part of its 2022 festival, including several acclaimed docs that premiered at Sundance and ...
March 22, 2022

Eleven more films were added on Tuesday (March 22) to Hot Docs’ Special Presentations screenings as part of its 2022 festival, including several acclaimed docs that premiered at Sundance and SXSW earlier this year.

The 2022 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival takes place in Toronto from April 28 to May 8 as an in-person event  for the first time in two years, and will also stream online to audiences across Canada via Hot Docs at Home. The 11 films announced on Tuesday join the 15 titles previously announced for the Special Presentations program.

The full list of films to screen at Hot Docs this year, including the opening night film, will be announced on March 30. Ticket packages and passes are currently on sale online. Single-ticket sales for Hot Docs members will open March 30, and will be expanded to the public on April 5.

Make People Better, a documentary from filmmaker Cody Sheehy, will now make its world premiere at this year’s Hot Docs. The doc covers the investigation into a rogue Chinese biophysicist’s disappearance after developing the first designer babies.

Several noteworthy docs will make their international premiere at Hot Docs as well. These include Ron Howard’s We Feed People, about Nobel Peace Prize nominee José Andrés’ work to provide healthy food in disaster zones; Still Working 9 to 5, which examines gender inequality in the workplace since the 1980 release of the comedy 9 to 5; and Sundance U.S. Grand Jury Prize for documentaries winner The Exiles (pictured), which follows documentarian Christine Choy as she explores unseen footage of a documentary she began working on soon after the Tiananmen massacre.

Framing Agnes will make its international premiere at Hot Docs this year as well. The documentary tells the story of a young trans woman who entered a sex-disorders study in 1958 seeking gender-affirming care. The film, which premiered at Sundance in January, was a Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund Awards recipient last year.

The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks, a Blue Ant Studios documentary celebrating the 40-year legacy of the Canadian sketch comedy troupe, will make its Canadian premiere at Hot Docs. Navalny, a film about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny that won the audience award at Sundance, will make its Canadian premiere at Hot Docs as well.

The 11 films added to Hot Docs’ 2022 Special Presentations are:

2nd Chance | directed and produced by Ramin Bahrani, produced by Daniel Turcan, Johnny Galvin, Charles Dorfman, Jacob Grodnik | USA | 2022 | 90 min | Canadian Premiere

The Exiles | directed and produced by Ben Klein and Violet Columbus, produced by Maria Chiu| USA | 2022 | 95 min | International Premiere

Framing Agnes | directed and produced by Chase Joynt | P: Samantha Curley and Shant Joshi | Canada, USA | 2022 | 75 min | International Premiere

The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks | directed by Reg Harkema, produced by Nick McKinney, Kim Creelman | Canada, USA | 2022 | 95 min | Canadian Premiere

Make People Better | directed and produced by Cody Sheehy, produced by Samira Kiani and Mark Monroe | USA | 2022 | 83 min | World Premiere

Midwives | directed and produced by Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing, produced by Bob Moore, Ulla Lehman and Mila Aung-Thwin | Myanmar, Germany, Canada | 2022 | 91 min | Canadian Premiere

My Old School | directed by Jono McLeod, produced by John Archer, Olivia Lichtenstein | UK | 2022 | 104 min | Canadian Premiere

Navalny | directed by Daniel Roher, produced by Odessa Rae, Diane Becker, Melanie Miller, Shane Boris | USA | 2022 | 98 min | Canadian Premiere

The Smell of Money | directed and produced by Shawn Bannon, produced by Jamie Berger | USA | 2022 | 85 min | International Premiere

Still Working 9 to 5 | directed and produced by Camille Hardman and Gary Lane | USA | 2022 | 97 min | International Premiere

We Feed People | directed and produced by Ron Howard, produced by Brian Grazer, Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes, Meredith Kaulfers and Walter Matteson | USA | 2022 | 89 min | International Premiere

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