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5 Hot Docs films to see featuring Black icons during the 2023 festival in Toronto

Group tickets are now available. Individual tickets go on sale April 4.

5 Hot Docs films to see featuring Black icons during the 2023 festival in Toronto

Tickets are officially on sale for access to the Hot Docs Festival, showcasing more than 200 documentaries in one of Toronto’s biggest film events from April 27 to May 7.

The organizers previously announced 24 films featuring high-profile subjects, award-winning films and filmmakers, and more. Single tickets range from $19 to $26, with Hot Docs members paying between $17 and $23.

Organizers of the Hot Docs Festival say there will be online streaming access available to Canadians who can’t attend in person from May 5 to 9. Users can choose from a curated selection of 100 films, they say.

Several Black documentaries will be screened at this year’s festival. Here are five worth checking out:

Black Barbie: A Documentary


It tells the true story of “Black Barbie” from her origins to her contemporary presence in Mattel’s metaverse of dolls. The documentary is directed by Lagueria Davis and produced by Aaliyah Williams.

Invisible Beauty


The story of Black model Bethann Hardison, as she takes us behind the runway and into her life as an agent, activist, and, most importantly, a mentor in the fight for racial diversity. It is directed by Bethann Hardison and Frédéric Tcheng and produced by Lisa Cortés and Paul Dallas.

Love to Love You, Donna Summer


The documentary highlights the life and times of Black disco and R&B singer Donna Summer, whose voice propelled the singer to international stardom. It is directed by Roger Ross Williams and Brooklyn Sudano and produced by Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, Williams, David Blackman, and J. Daniel Torres.

Steph Curry: Underrated


It features an in-depth look at the life of NBA superstar and four-time champion Stephen Curry. Crews follow him as he navigates home life, basketball, business, and more. It’s directed by Peter Nicks and produced by Nicks, Ryan Coogler, Erick Peyton, Sean Havey, Ben Cotner and Marissa Torres Ericson.

Theatre of Violence

It discusses the story of a former Ugandan child soldier of the Lord’s Resistance Army, led by the notorious Joseph Kony. He is facing trial in The Hague and details the defence his lawyer crafts, questioning how to deal with systemic failure and trauma.