TIFF ’18: Doc trailer round-up, part two

As we approach the start of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, realscreen has collected all available trailers and clips of this year’s feature documentaries (see part one of the ...
August 30, 2018

As we approach the start of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, realscreen has collected all available trailers and clips of this year’s feature documentaries (see part one of the ’18 trailer round-up here).

With 27 documentary features announced as part of TIFF Docs, the following are a few examples of what you can expect to see during the Canadian festival, which runs from Sept. 6 to 16.

Today’s batch of trailers and clips includes Astra Taylor’s What is Democracy?, a far-reaching look at the history of democracy and its place in the present day; Vitaly Mansky’s Putin’s Witnesses, about the rise and two decades-long rule of Russian President Vladimir Putin; and Sharkwater Extinction (pictured), the late filmmaker and conservationist Rob Stewart’s follow-up to his 2006 investigation of the illegal shark fin trade.

The trailers follow below, with synopses provided by TIFF:

Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz
Barry Avrich
Canada; World Premiere; 83 minutes

Barry Avrich returns to the festival with a fascinating portrait of Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg Trial prosecutor, who continues to wage his lifelong crusade in the fight for law and peace.

Putin’s Witnesses
Vitaly Mansky
Latvia, Switzerland, Czech Republic; International Premiere; 102 minutes

Through testimonies from Gorbachev, Yeltsin and the current Russian president himself, Vitaly Mansky tells the story of how Putin rose to power and held his position for nearly two decades.

Billy Corben
USA; World Premiere; 105 minutes

Billy Corben’s true-crime dramedy investigates the MLB’s infamous doping scandal involving a nefarious clinician and his most famous client: the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez.

Searching for Ingmar Bergman
Margarethe von Trotta
Germany, France; North American Premiere; 99 minutes

In honor of groundbreaking director Ingmar Bergman’s centennial, Margarethe von Trotta presents a detailed account of his life and his impact on filmmaking through excerpts of his work and interviews with family and contemporaries.

Sharkwater Extinction
Rob Stewart
Canada; World Premiere; 88 minutes

Late filmmaker and conservationist Rob Stewart’s last documentary is a thrilling exposé on the illegal shark-fin industry and a rousing call to save an imperiled animal from the edge of extinction.

The Stone Speakers
Igor Drljaca
Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina; World Premiere; 92 minutes

Festival veteran Igor Drljaca returns with his first documentary feature, a visually sumptuous piece which oscillates between sly humor and trenchant analysis while exploring unusual tourism-related attempts to resuscitate economies in Bosnia and Herzogovina and the surrounding Balkan region.

What is Democracy?
Astra Taylor
Canada; North American Premiere; 107 minutes

A vast, timely, and often chilling investigation into the idea and practice of democracy, ranging from Ancient Greece and Renaissance Europe to civil rights, fears of voter fraud and the spectre of authoritarianism.

What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?
Roberto Minervini
Italy, USA, France; North American Premiere; 123 minutes

Shot in luminous black and white, the latest from Roberto Minervini (The Other Side) delves into the everyday lives of Black Americans fighting for justice and survival in the summer of 2017, weaving masterfully between four wrenching storylines in New Orleans and Jackson County, Mississippi.

When Arabs Danced
Jawad Rhalib
Belgium; North American Premiere; 84 minutes

Writer, director, and journalist Jawad Rhalib presents a timely exploration of Muslim identity in relation to artistic expression and harmful stereotypes, through archival footage, interviews and evocative performances.

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