An entire culture in Cairo has, for the last century, made a living off of garbage.

A plastic surgeon specializes in re-attaching dozens of human ears each year, which were cut off by kidnappers for ransom.

50,000 children perform gymnastics perfectly in unison, for one guest, who never shows up.

Do these statements sound unbelievable? Perhaps even fictitious? Far from it. These fantastic ideas are a cross-section of the stories being told as part of a celebrated group of documentaries known as Doc Soup. The monthly series is created by the programmers at Toronto's Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival, and is as close to a fool-proof, bang for your film buck as you will find anywhere. Doc Soup is perhaps even more trustworthy in quality assurance than the actual 11-day festival in April, and has become wildly popular because of it.