Hot Docs: Highlights from North America's Biggest Documentary Film Festival

Better this World dirs. Kelley Duane & Katie Galloway (USA)

After the Continental snooze that was How to Make a Book With Steidle I was ready for a good American thriller. I chose Better This World, a tale of entrapment and a failed justice system so affecting I immediately went to my computer and penned my first letter to a prisoner. (No reply has been received as of yet.) David McKay was arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention for making and possessing Malatov cocktails. The thing is, an FBI informant made him do it! He was just a peaceful protestor before when, at 23, he met Brandon Darby, a government mole styled as a revolutionary who spent six months convincing McKay that violence was the only way to make a difference. This film is a horrifying, anger-inciting indictment of the methods used to find and convict terrorism suspects post-9/11. Trust no one, American friends!


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  • Michael Koh

    Cool trailers bro

  • scin

    love toronto stuff on this site!

  • Erin Pehlivan

    Wow, very impressed to see Hot Docs coverage on Thought Catalog. It's all I read when I worked at the box office this year. Two worlds collide! I definitely agree with choosing RESURRECT DEAD as a highlight. You must see POSITION AMONG THE STARS though, it is probably one of my favourite documentaries of all time. Those were two of my favourites this year. I saw 45 docs in total. Thanks for the coverage!

  • Asdf

    it manages to be boring. all of it. go figure.

    • Alyssa Johnston

      Yeah totally. Fuck everything. The world is so passe.

  • Dan

    lol about it not being hard to make toronto look like a soviet coal town, it does have a high Russian immigrant population actually.

  • adamhump

    thanks for this katie :)

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