An extensive array of documentaries will be in the limelight during the 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. With 31 feature films (12 of which are world premieres) set to grace screens across the city, the doc slate will be one of the largest in the festival’s history.
Ahead of the September event, realscreen has rounded up available trailers and clips for many of the docs, presented below in the second of two parts running this week. Check out part one of the round-up here.
Today’s installment features trailers for Mina Shum’s debut feature-length doc on Montreal’s Sir George Williams Riot and student uprising, as well as the latest from Jennifer Peedom, Gillian Armstrong and Oscar winners Geeta Gandbhir and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
The trailers follow below, with synopses provided by TIFF:
A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers
Geeta Gandbhir and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, USA/Pakistan, World Premiere
Documentarians Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (the Academy Award-winning Saving Face) and Geeta Gandbhir follow the stories of three Bangladeshi policewomen who served with the UN peacekeeping mission to Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake.
Mina Shum, Canada, World Premiere
In her first feature-length documentary, director Mina Shum (Double Happiness) takes a penetrating look at the Sir George Williams University riot of February 1969, when a protest against institutional racism snowballed into a 14-day student occupation at the Montreal university.
Our Last Tango
German Kral, Germany/Argentina, World Premiere
Documentarian German Kral chronicles the seven-decade career of Argentine tango legends Juan Carlos Copes and Maria Nieves.
Danae Elon, Canada/Israel, World Premiere
Returning to her hometown of Jerusalem with her young family after several years abroad, documentarian Danae Elon offers an intimate, ground’s-eye view of one of the most fiercely contested cities in the world.
The Reflektor Tapes (pictured)
Kahlil Joseph, United Kingdom, World Premiere
Award-winning filmmaker and music-video director Kahlil Joseph follows iconic Canadian band Arcade Fire as they complete their chart-topping 2013 album Reflektor and embark on the North American leg of their new world tour.
Return of the Atom
Mika Taanilla and Jussi Eerola, Finland/Germany, World Premiere
This incisive and often savagely funny documentary chronicles the black comedy of errors that transpired when a remote Finnish island was selected as the site of the first new nuclear power plant in the West following the Chernobyl disaster.
Jennifer Peedom, Australia/United Kingdom, Canadian Premiere
This stunningly shot and nail-bitingly suspenseful documentary follows Phurba Tashi Sherpa as he undertakes his world record-setting 22nd ascent of Mount Everest.
This Changes Everything
Avi Lewis, Canada/USA, World Premiere
Directed by journalist and filmmaker Avi Lewis (The Take) and produced in conjunction with Naomi Klein’s bestselling book of the same name, this urgent dispatch on climate change contends that the greatest crisis we have ever faced also offers us the opportunity to address and correct the inhumane systems that have created it.
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Geneviève Dulude-De Celles, Canada, World Premiere
This feature-length documentary by filmmaker Geneviève Dulude-De Celles offers a candid portrait of the smart, passionate and reflective students at a typical Quebec high school as they reach the end of their teenage years and contemplate the lives that lie ahead for them.
Women He’s Undressed
Gillian Armstrong, Australia, International Premiere
Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong (My Brilliant Career, Little Women) directs this documentary tribute to legendary Hollywood costume designer Orry-Kelly, who won multiple Academy Awards for his work on such classics as An American in Paris and Some Like It Hot.
A Young Patriot
Du Haibin, China/USA/France, Canadian Premiere
This intimate documentary chronicles five years in the life of a young Chinese student, whose fervent idealism and dedication to Mao’s legacy stands in stark contrast to contemporary China’s turn towards state capitalism.
The Toronto International Film Festival takes place from September 10 to 20.