TIFF ’16: Doc trailer round-up, part one

Ahead of their premieres at TIFF, realscreen presents the first installment of its two-part doc trailer round-up, featuring entries from Gianfranco Rosi, Otto Bell, Hubert Davis, Pere Portabella and Sergei Loznitsa (Pictured: The Eagle Huntress)
September 6, 2016

The documentary slate at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival will be one of the biggest in the festival’s history, with more than 30 feature films slated to screen. Ahead of next week’s event, which kicks off September 8, realscreen has rounded up available trailers and clips for many of the docs, presented below in the first of two parts running this week.

Today’s installment features trailers for Gianfranco Rosi’s Berlinale-winning migrant film, the feature directorial debut from Otto Bell, and the latest from Pere Portabella, Hubert Davis and Sergei Loznitsa.

The trailers follow below, with synopses provided by TIFF:

All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone
Fred Peabody, Canada, world premiere

A look at the life and work of American journalist, I.F. Stone, who leads a one-man crusade against government deception.

Sergei Loznitsa, Germany, North American premiere

The new film from Sergei Loznitsa (Maidan, The Event) is a stark yet rich and complex portrait of tourists visiting the grounds of former Nazi extermination camps, and a sometimes sardonic study of the relationship (or the clash) between contemporary culture and the sanctity of the site

Beauties of the Night
María José Cuevas, Mexico, Canadian premiere

A group portrait of iconic showgirls who enthralled thousands during the disco-era heyday of Mexico’s burlesque culture.

Bezness as Usual
Alex Pitstra, Netherlands, North American premiere

Filmmaker Alex Pitstra investigates his own roots as the love child of a holiday romance in Tunisia, part of a wider phenomenon in the 1970s wherein young, impoverished Muslim men would target and seduce European women on vacation.

The Eagle Huntress
Otto Bell, USA, Canadian premiere

The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter.

Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare)
Gianfranco Rosi, Italy/France, Canadian premiere

Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the new documentary from Gianfranco Rosi (El Sicario, Room 164) is an on-the-spot document of the European migrant crisis.

Gaza Surf Club

Philip Gnadt and Mickey Yamine, Germany, World premiere

This handsome and heartfelt documentary takes us into the world of Gaza Strip’s surfing enthusiasts, and reveals a resilience pulsing within a beleaguered population.

General Report II. The New Abduction of Europe
Pere Portabella, Spain, North American Premiere

Pere Portabella follows his masterful 1976 documentary General Report — a survey of the Spanish social and political landscape in the wake of Franco — with a sequel that examines contemporary Spain as a microcosm of the economic, political, social, and ecological crises currently affecting Europe.

Giants of Africa
Hubert Davis, Canada, World premiere

Award-winning Canadian documentarian Hubert Davis chronicles the inspirational work of Giants of Africa, a program founded by Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri, which uses basketball to educate and enrich the lives of underprivileged African youth.


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