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From life in a nudist club to the plight of gig economy workers, CBC debuts new films at Hot Docs in April

This year, CBC Docs is bringing ten special films to the virtual film festival

This year, CBC Docs is bringing ten special films to the virtual film festival

For the second year in a row, Canada's premiere Hot Docs festival is going online. There are hundreds of incredible documentaries to choose from, and all of them can be viewed from the comfort of your own couch. Here's where to get your tickets.

CBC Docs is bringing ten very special films to the festival, starting April 29. Watch them online during the Hot Docs festival, or stay tuned for upcoming broadcast dates on the documentary Channel, CBC and CBC Gem. 

Dead Man's Switch: a crypto mystery

Gerald Cotten was the CEO of Canada's cryptocurrency exchange, QuadrigaCX, responsible for over $200 million in assets. While on his honeymoon in India, he died suddenly under mysterious circumstances, leaving investors empty-handed and with a lot of questions. This riveting 21st century crime caper explores human nature, greed and the pitfalls of navigating the Wild West of the unregulated cryptocurrency world. 

Was Gerald Cotten's death the last of his many scams? - Dead Man's Switch: A Crypto Mystery

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A thirty-year-old CEO, responsible for hundreds of millions worth of cryptocurrency, dies unexpectedly, unleashing speculation that his exit was only one of many scams. 2:11

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One of Ours

Josiah Wilson (Laura Perlmutter)

Josiah Wilson was adopted as a baby in Haiti and raised by an Indigenous family in Calgary. His personal journey becomes news when he is refused the right to play basketball — a sport he loves deeply — at an Indigenous tournament. With the support of loved ones, Wilson deals with this hurtful rejection while examining his own identity, and the complex web of relationships within his family and community.


For years, filmmaker Roman Lapshin has been captivated by the mystery surrounding the thousands of paintings created by his grandfather, Vladimir Dvorkin. Going against the wishes of his family, and obsessed with redeeming Dvorkin's name and artistic legacy, Lapshin travels across three continents to confront a powerful man at the centre of this secret. 

Find out more. 

Hell or Clean Water

Newfoundland diver Shawn Bath has devoted himself to cleaning up the ocean one rotting tire at a time. Atlantic harbours have become trash receptacles as people have been disposing of their unwanted garbage with an out-of-sight, out-of-mind attitude over decades of commercial fishing and tourism. Driven by passion, Bath has already removed 15,000 pounds of trash, and with the support of locals and a non-profit group, he works to scale up his operations. 

Find out more

Nude to Me

Three men at Van Tan, Canada's oldest nudist club (Erin Mussolum)

Daniel Berish is seeking a richer understanding of his grandparents — by exploring a naturist club much like the one they visited throughout their lives. Van Tan, Canada's oldest, is a place where members share their love of clothing-free living in the great outdoors, away from prying eyes.

Coming to CBC Gem May 7. Find out more.

The Gig is Up

Through digital platforms like Uber and Amazon, an entire workforce has been created in the lucrative gig economy, with the promise of flexible hours and the chance to be your own boss. From Nigeria to France, The Gig is Up reveals that these dreams have turned into nightmares as billion-dollar enterprises, designed to evade labour laws, treat millions of workers as invisible and disposable. 

Spirit to Soar

Between 2000 and 2011, seven First Nations high school students died in Thunder Bay, hundreds of miles from home. All were forced to leave their families to attend school in an unwelcoming city with little community support. Based on Canadian journalist Tanya Talaga's award-winning book, Seven Fallen Feathers, Talaga returns to her Indigenous roots to talk with family members, Indigenous community leaders and youth, to reveal how an unjust colonial system contributed to so much heartbreak and tragedy.

The following CBC Short Docs will feature at the festival and can be streamed now on on CBC Gem.

Until Further Notice

With his industry in lockdown and no end to the pandemic in sight, Toronto chef Luke Donato teaches a weekly interactive cooking class on Zoom. Family, friends and complete strangers from different time zones and cultural backgrounds come together to find a sense of normality and create one fantastic dish together.

Rockin the Coffin

Cailleah Scott-Grimes's father embarked on an unusual pandemic project; building a coffin. Was this his way of making his family face the truth about the future? A playful, yet serious family discussion about death asks: what happens when we die?

Last Night at the Strip Club

Toronto stripper Andrea Werhun was put out of work by the pandemic lockdown. So, she launched Hire-A-Muse, offering clients everything from topless book readings to making collaborative comics. Her real creative dream? To become a full-time writer. 

Visit CBC Gem to watch the fantastic lineup of films from previous Hot Docs festivals.

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