10 queer films to watch (from home) at the 2021 Hot Docs film fest | Blog | Yohomo

The 2021 Hot Docs Film Fest has some impressive LGBTQ+ content (with a world premiere) and they’ve now perfected the home-viewing model and all movies are available to stream from April 29 - May 9.

Single tickets are $13, 5-pack is $55 and 12-pack is $125. Head to the Hot Docs website to grab tickets and check out all the other movies.
We listed all the LGBTQ+ content at this year’s fest, some of them part of some super interesting programs. Check the movies and their trailers below, and start thinking of your favorite at-home popcorn solutions.

Acts of Love (Nightvision program)

When his older boyfriend loses interest in him, filmmaker Isidore Bethel relocates to Chicago and uses dating apps to cast new lovers in an amorphous project about attraction, rejection, compatibility and attachment. This movie is co-presented with Buddies!

Body Politics (Citizen Minutes program)


Black, Queer filmmaker Aisha Fairclough directed this funny and sweet short film “is a glimpse into the journey of educator, activist and eccentric cat-lady turned-politician Dr. Jill Andrew Ontario’s first Black queer MPP.” Andrew, who is also Fairclough’s life partner (!!!) takes her fight for body justice, human rights, representation, access and equity to the legislature as the first queer Black person elected as a member of provincial parliament.

Dark Blossom


We cannot WAIT for this one. Josephine has a tough time making friends in the small town where she grew up. But her loneliness lifts once she starts livestreaming and embraces a “girly goth” alter ego. She clicks with two flamboyant goths online: Jay, a Christian with a skyscraping mohawk, and Nightmare, a gay, half-Pakistani musician. Together, they form a tight-knit trinity of support and share a fascination with death and dark fashion.

Into Light (Clip #3: Grief) from NFB/marketing on Vimeo.

https://vimeo.com/489001085

Into Light
This film follows a mother who embarks on a journey of acceptance and joy while supporting her child’s gender transition in this heartfelt portrayal of single parenting and navigating the complexities surrounding gender and consent.

Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again

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Though Indigenous filmmaker Courtney Montour is family, this movie isn’t LGBTQ+ focused. It is, however a story we cannot ignore. I Am Indian Again is about the BAD ASS Mary Two-Axe Earley who “fought for more than two decades to challenge the discrimination against Indigenous women embedded in Canada’s Indian Act and became a key figure in Canada’s women’s rights movement.”

The Most Beautiful Boy in the World (Artscape)

In 1971, at the world premiere of Death in Venice, Italian director Luchino Visconti proclaimed Björn Andrésen, the film’s teen star, to be “the most beautiful boy in the world.” The moniker made him famous as an adolescent—an idealized erotic fantasy and the prototype for Japanese manga—and unmade him as an adult. Looking back 50 years later, Andrésen revisits his past and displays the trauma of objectification and fame in his everyday behaviours.

Rebel Hearts


OK, ok. This is not a queer film, but it’s a movie and singing nuns! Like Sister Act IRL. Can you even? The nuns of what would become the most (in)famous archdiocese in 1960s Los Angeles weren’t trying to start a revolution, but felt duty-bound to help those who were making real Christian change. Deeply called by the Civil Rights Movement, they marched on Selma, committed to feminism, demanded pay cheques for what had been completely unpaid civil work and denounced the war in Vietnam. A MUST-SEE.

Silent Voice (World Showcase)

Fleeing anti-gay tyranny in Chechnya, Khavaj (pseudonym), a young mixed martial arts fighter, finds himself adrift in Brussels suffering from trauma-induced, psychogenic mutism. An anonymous director (alias Reka Valerik) captures Khavaj’s first few months in exile as he receives support from a Belgian non-profit organization.

Someone Like Me (Canadian Spectrum)

When Kay, a transgender lawyer, decides to lead a group of 11 LQBTQ+ Vancouverites in their mission to sponsor Drake, a queer refugee from Uganda, they never imagined the affecting journey to come. The film captures the group’s struggles with interpersonal relationships, while having to simultaneously face the difficult reality of what it means to support a newcomer for the first year of their life in a strange country

Threshold (International Spectrum)

Filming over three years, Brazilian filmmaker Coraci Ruiz follows the gender transition of her teenage son, Noah. Combining archival home videos and deeply revealing interviews with three generations of family, Threshold is a raw and remarkable window to a family in process.

Zuhur’s Daughters (World Showcase)


This is a WORLD PREMIERE Y’ALL! Teenaged siblings Lohan and Samar, with their family of 14, have fled the war in Syria and the Islamic State to settle in Germany. While each member of the family struggles to find their place in this new country, Lohan and Samar have found a growing freedom to express themselves as transgender. This one’s presented in partnership with The 519.

Check out ALLLLL the films at this year’s fest on their official site, tickets are on sale now!
Lead image for this article is a still from Someone Like Me.

Author:Phil Villeneuve
Published:Apr 16, 2021 at 12:00 PM
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