TIFF ’16: “Gringo,” “Terry Kath” join doc roster

Documentaries from Nanette Burstein (pictured, center), Michelle Sinclair (right) and Mohanad Yaqubi (left) are among the films set to have world premieres at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival.
August 23, 2016

Documentaries from Oscar-nominated director Nanette Burstein (pictured, center), first-time filmmaker Michelle Sinclair (right) and Idiom Films’ Mohanad Yaqubi (left) are among the films set to enjoy their world premieres at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Burstein’s Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee, backed by Showtime, will investigate the case of John McAfee, who went from software mogul to “person of interest” in a murder investigation, to a prospective presidential candidate for the American Libertarian Party.

Yaqubi’s Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory will reveal the modern history of Palestine in an attempt to, according to the provided description of the film, “reverse colonial dominance with a mosaic of struggle from the perspective of the colonized.”

Sinclair, meanwhile, will examine the life and untimely death of her father Terry Kath, guitarist and vocalist for the band Chicago, in her directorial debut The Terry Kath Experience.

Elsewhere, TIFF revealed its virtual reality selections for POP VR, which looks to celebrate the evolution of storytelling through innovative and visionary works.

The selected projects will play consecutively to offer audiences the opportunity to experience all works in one sitting.

Among the VR experiences hosting their world premieres throughout the POP VR program – running September 16 to 18, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. EST/PST – is KÀ The Battle Within from Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël and François Blouin, as well as Khushboo Ranka’s Right to Pray.

The gravity-defying KÀ The Battle Within will feature the theatrical production by Cirque du Soleil in which two rival clans from ancient worlds confront one another in a clash of acrobatics and combat.

Ranka’s Right to Pray, meanwhile, takes users to the Western Indian city of Trimbak where a group of female activists fight forces of patriarchy and tradition that bar them from entering into the ancient Hindu temple of Trimbakeshwar.

The Toronto International Film Festival takes place from September 8 to 18.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.