April 19

The 2021 Hot Docs Festival will be available for audiences to stream from April 29 to May 9, 2021

The 2021 Hot Docs Festival will be available for audiences to stream from April 29 to May 9
Materials Composed entirely of videos uploaded to social media over the course of 2020, VIRAL tells the story of a rapidly changing world. Through the eyes of 7 protagonists in their early 20’s we follow a new generation, coming to age in unprecedented times. Each of the protagonists has a long cherished dream they plan to accomplish, but as the year unfolds the world around them starts to change dramatically: news of a novel virus emerges, Black Lives Matter Protests take to the streets, the US elects a new president, and an economic crisis is looming on the horizon. As the protagonists try to find their way in this increasingly unforeseeable future, they turn to Social Media to communicate and express themselves, while documenting everything from long distance relationships, to job loss and financial hardships, to surprising political awakenings.
Directed by: Udi Nir and Sagi Bornstein Producers: Christian Beetz, Udi Nir, Sagi Bornstein Runtime: 87 minutes
LA MADRINA: THE SAVAGE LIFE OF LORINE PADILLAMaterialsLa Madrina: The Savage Life of Lorine Padilla is a feature length documentary about a beloved South Bronx matriarch and former “First Lady” of the Savage Skulls gang struggling to remain visible in a rapidly gentrifying community she helped rebuild in the 1980s. With one foot firmly grounded in the outlaw life and the other as an activist and spiritual advisor, Lorine straddles the complexities of multiple worlds. Employing rich never-before-seen archives of the borough that gifted the world both salsa and hip-hop culture, we will go on a complicated and, at times, surreal journey through five decades of Bronx history and resilience in LA MADRINA’s own words.
Written/Directed/Produced by: Raquel Cepeda    Associate Producers: Djali Cepeda, Nicholas PacchianoRuntime: 82 minutes

From delivering food and driving ride shares to tagging images for AI, millions of people around the world are finding work task by task online. The gig economy is worth over 5 trillion USD globally, and growing. And yet the stories of the workers behind this tech revolution have gone largely neglected.
Who are the people in this shadow workforce?THE GIG IS UP brings their stories into the light. Lured by the promise of flexible work hours, independence, and control over time and money, workers from around the world have found a very different reality. Work conditions are often dangerous, pay often changes without notice, and workers can effectively be fired through deactivation or a bad rating. Through an engaging global cast of characters, THE GIG IS UP reveals how the magic of technology we are being sold might not be magic at all.
Directed by: Shannon WalshProducers: Ina Fichman, Luc Martin-Gousset  Runtime: 88 minutes