The Toronto International Film Festival unviled a slew of new titles today including the tTIFF Docs program which will showcase works from such award-winning helmers as Steve James, Raoul Peck, Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and Fisher Stevens. Leonardo DiCaprio collaborated with the latter on climate change call to action, The Turning Point which will have its world premiere in Canada. Netflix has four films debuting in the section: Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer’s Into The Inferno, about the relationship between humans and volcanoes; The Ivory Game, from directors Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson, about African elephant extinction that counts DiCaprio as an executive producer; Amanda Knox, about the American student accused of murder in Italy; and The White Helmets, from the filmmaking team behind Virunga.
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Breakthrough films by emerging female directors include Erin Heidenreich’s Girl Unbound, which profiles Pakistani squash player Maria Toorpakai Wazir; María José Cuevas’ Beauties Of The Night, a look at aging Mexican burlesque stars; and Maya Zinshtein’s Forever Pure, focusing on an Israeli soccer controversy.
Activism and music are strong themes with The 6th Beatle, a portrait of the band’s forgotten manager Sam Leach, among the pics. Toronto runs September 8-18.
The full list of documentaries is below:
The 6th Beatle, dirs: Tony Guma and John Rose
ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail, dir: Steve James
Amanda Knox, dirs: Brian McGinn and Rod Blackhurst
An Insignificant Man, dir: Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography, dir: Errol Morris
Beauties of the Night, dir: María José Cuevas
Bezness as Usual, dir: Alex Pitstra
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, dir: John Scheinfeld
The Cinema Travellers, dirs: Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, dir: Matt Tyrnauer
Forever Pure,dir: Maya Zinshtein
Gaza Surf Club, dirs: Philip Gnadt and Mickey Yamine
Gimme Danger, dir: Jim Jarmusch
Girl Unbound, dir: Erin Heidenreich
I Am Not Your Negro, dir: Raoul Peck
I Called Him Morgan, dir: Kasper Collin
India in a Day, dir: Richie Mehta
In Exile, dir: Tin Win Naing
Into the Inferno, dirs: Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer
The Ivory Game, dir: Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani
Karl Marx City, dirs: Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker
Mali Blues, dir: Lutz Gregor
Politics, Instructions Manual (Política, manual de instrucciones), dir: Fernando León de Aranoa
Rodnye (Close Relations), dir: Vitaly Mansky
The Turning Point, dir: Fisher Stevens
The War Show, dir:
Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life, dir: Fariborz Kamkari
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