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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2018: Golden Dawn Girls

The women of Greece's controversial Golden Dawn party take centre stage in Golden Dawn Girls. Over the last number of years, the ultra-nationalistic right wing party the Golden Dawn starting gaining more support in Greece, with critics labeling the Golden Dawn as Neo-Nazis. Following the murder of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas, many members of the Golden Dawn, including founder Nikolaos Michaloliakos, to be arrested under the suspicion of founding a criminal organization. This results in the leadership of Golden Dawn to be placed on the shoulders of a daughter (Ourania), a wife (Jenny) and a mother (Dafni).

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Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2018: The Accountant of Auschwitz

The former bookkeeper of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp is placed on trial at the age of 94 in The Accountant of Auschwitz. Oskar Gröning made headlines in 2015 when he was placed on trial for the murder of 300,000 people at the age of 94. This trial was made possible by a new legal prescient that stated that those who worked at Nazi death camps and were aware of what was going on were automatically considered guilty, even if they didn't personally kill anyone.

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Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2018: Mr Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End

The story of one of the most fearless editorial cartoonists is told in Mr Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End. Dwayne Booth, better known by his pseudonym Mr. Fish, has been a freelance editorial cartoonist for 25 years, with his work appearing in publications such as Harper’s Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Truthdig.com. Mr. Fish is not afraid to tread the border of political incorrectness, with his work criticizing both the left and right in equal measure. However, this fearless attitude also makes it hard for Mr. Fish's work to appeal to editors who want just "funny little jokes that offend no one."

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Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2018: The Devil We Know

One of the biggest environmental scandals of all time is unraveled in The Devil We Know. The town of Parkersburg, North Virginia is home to the DuPont chemical company, which is best known for developing Teflon non-stick cookware. However, it is discovered that Teflon's key chemical ingredient C8 is not only responsible for various health issues around Parkersberg, but is also present in the blood of 99% of all Americans.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Sean Kelly

Blindspot 2018: Cult Films of the 1950s to 1970s: Rebel Without a Cause

This month I delve into the film that immortalized James Dean. Jim Stark (Dean) is a rebellious and angst-ridden teen, whose family just moved into town. Jim befriends fellow outsider John 'Plato' Crawford (Sal Mineo) and feels an attraction to local girl Judy (Natalie Wood). However, Jim is targeted by a local gang, whose leader Buzz (Corey Allen) challenges Jim to a "Chickie Run" in the middle of the night. However, it isn't long before things take a tragic turn.

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Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2018: Transformer

A world champion powerlifter's transition from male to female is documented in Transformer. Matt "Kroc" Kroczaleski was a world record holding bodybuilder and marine veteran, who was outed as transgender by a 2015 YouTube video. The outing effectively ends Kroc's powerlifting career, though she begins the process to transition into Janae Marie Kroczaleski. However, with Janae sporting a muscular figure that is not typically female, she will need to take everything she has as a man to become a woman.

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Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2018: Chef Flynn

A young cooking prodigy tries to prove himself in the culinary world in Chef Flynn. In 2008, Flynn McGarry opened a supper club at his home at the age of only ten years old. Flynn's mother Megan is a filmmaker, who has been filming him since he was very young. As Flynn reaches his teenage years, he wishes to be taken seriously as a chef, while also tiring of the constant presence of his mother's camera.

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