TIFF ’17: Doc trailer round-up, part one

An extensive slate of documentaries will be in the limelight during the 42nd edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, with more than 23 feature films set to screen across the city. Ahead ...
September 5, 2017

An extensive slate of documentaries will be in the limelight during the 42nd edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, with more than 23 feature films set to screen across the city.

Ahead of the festival, which kicks off Sept. 7 and runs until Sept. 17, 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 Sophie FiennesGrace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, a portrait of the seminal new wave artist; Violeta Ayala’s Cocaine Prison, documenting the drug trade from within one of Bolivia’s most infamous prisons; and Emmanuel Gras’s 2017 Cannes Critics Week-winner Makala (pictured), which chronicles a Congolese farmer earning his living by making and selling charcoal.

The trailers follow below, with synopses provided by TIFF:

Black Kite
Directed by Tarique Qayumi
Canada, Afghanistan, World Premiere

Against oppression, change, and seismic political shifts, a father and his daughter find solace in the seemingly clandestine act of kite flying, in the latest by Afghani filmmaker Tarique Qayumi.


Cocaine Prison
Directed by Violeta Ayala
Australia, Bolivia, France, USA, World Premiere
Filmed in Bolivia — including inside the notorious San Sebastian prison — over five years, Violeta Ayala’s latest film provides a ground-level view of the international drug trade through the eyes of its foot soldiers: a drug mule, his sister, and a cocaine worker.


Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
Directed by Sophie Fiennes
United Kingdom, Ireland, World Premiere

Filmed over the course of a decade, the new documentary from director Sophie Fiennes (The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology) offers a stylish and unconventional look at the Jamaican-born model, singer, and New Wave icon.


Living Proof
Directed by Matt Embry
Canada, World Premiere

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, documentarian Matt Embry takes viewers on a transnational journey — from Italy to Canada, and from the lab to the home — in order to examine the politics of the condition.

Long Time Running

Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier
Canada, World Premiere

Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier capture the emotional and powerful 2016 final tour by Canadian rock icons The Tragically Hip.


Lots Of Kids, A Monkey, And A Castle
Directed by Gustavo Salmerón
Spain, North American Premiere

Spanish actor Gustavo Salmerón steps behind the camera to capture the winsome eccentricities of his extraordinary mother Julita, who had three dreams: having lots of kids, owning a monkey, and living in a castle.


Directed by Emmanuel Gras
France, North American Premiere

Director Emmanuel Gras won the Grand Prix at Cannes Critics Week for this sensitive portrait of an independent Congolese labourer struggling to support his family.


Of Sheep and Men
Directed by Karim Sayad
Switzerland, France, Qatar, World Premiere

Sixteen-year-old Habib dreams of training his prized sheep to become a fighting champion and middle-aged Samir just wants to sell enough sheep before Eid to make ends meet, in this emotive profile of two men in an impoverished Algerian community.

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