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Hot Docs Review: ‘United We Fan’ Showcases the Joy of the Common Goal

April 27, 2018Rattan Mutti

They say when you love something set it free, and if it loves you it will come back. These are people that took that notion into their own hands and hoped that their voices would be heard by the highest powers. These are people that wanted what they love to be known and heard. These are fans.

Fan culture has risen to an all-time high. Thanks to social media, fans are constantly interacting with each other about their favorite shows, now more than ever. But United We Fan explores how this has been going on since as long ago as the original Star Trek. The documentary does a great job of showcasing the joy and happiness these shows bring to them, and excellently explores how the fans have actually had an impact on the executives in Hollywood. At the same time, it demonstrates that these shows and their characters are something that these people live with, and that will stay with them for a long time to come.

The passion that drives these people is what makes it beautiful. The impact it has on them makes it profound and worth the while. At its core, United We Fan is really just about how a group of people with a common goal can make a really big impact.

United We Fan screens Saturday, April 28th, Monday, April 30th and Thursday, May 3rd at Hot Docs. Its runtime is 1 hr. 37 min.

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