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TIFF ’20: Documentary trailer round-up

As the 45th Toronto International Film Festival kicks off, Realscreen has compiled the available trailers and clips offering a preview of this year’s documentary lineup. The festival’s picks comprise 18 non-fiction works covering artistic achievement, journalism, ...
September 10, 2020

As the 45th Toronto International Film Festival kicks off, Realscreen has compiled the available trailers and clips offering a preview of this year’s documentary lineup.

The festival’s picks comprise 18 non-fiction works covering artistic achievement, journalism, immigration and global politics, among other themes.

The selection of trailers includes Michael Dweck and Gregory Kersha’s The Truffle Hunters (pictured), in which a handful of men hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy; Frederick Wiseman‘s City Hall, which documents the efforts by the Boston city government to provide myriad services to a diverse population; and Dieudo Hamadi’s Downstream to Kinshasa (En route pour le milliard), in which the Association of Victims of the Six-Day War fight for recognition of a bloody conflict that took place in the city of Kisangani between two Congolese rebel groups in June 2000.

The trailers follow below, with synopses provided by TIFF:

City Hall
Frederick Wiseman
USA; 275 minutes
TIFF Docs

Master documentarian Frederick Wiseman delivers an epic look at Boston’s city government, covering racial justice, housing, climate action, and more.

David Byrne’s American Utopia
Spike Lee
USA; 105 minutes
Gala Presentations

David Byrne’s American Utopia brings the critically acclaimed Broadway show to TIFF in a one-of-a-kind film directed by Oscar and Emmy-winner Spike Lee. Recorded during its run at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre in New York City, David Byrne is joined by an ensemble of 11 musicians, singers, and dancers from around the globe, inviting audiences into a joyous dreamworld where human connection, self-evolution, and social justice are paramount.

Downstream to Kinshasa
Dieudo Hamadi
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Belgium; 88 minutes
Special Events

Dieudo Hamadi returns to TIFF with his latest portrait of his native Congo, honouring survivors of his country’s Six-Day War in 2000.

I Am Greta
Nathan Grossman
Sweden; 97 minutes
Special Events

In August 2018, Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old student in Sweden, started a school strike for the climate as her question for adults was, “If you don’t care about my future on Earth, why should I care about my future in school?” Within months, her strike evolved into a global movement as the quiet teenage girl on the autism spectrum becomes a world-famous activist. The documentary follows Greta’s heroism and passion in fighting for climate change.

Inconvenient Indian
Michelle Latimer
Canada; 90 minutes
TIFF Docs

Michelle Latimer’s affecting adaptation of Thomas King’s award-winning book explores the cultural colonization of Indigenous peoples in North America.

Notturno
Gianfranco Rosi
Italy, France, Germany; 100 minutes
Masters

Notturno was shot over the past three years along the borders of Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria, and Lebanon. A region where tyranny, invasions and terrorism have fed off each other in a vicious circle, to the detriment of the civilian populations. All around signs of violence and destruction: but in the foreground is the humanity that reawakens every day from a nocturne that seems infinite. 

The Truffle Hunters
Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw
Italy, USA, Greece; 84 minutes
Special Events

Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, 70 or 80 years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle-which to date has resisted all of modern science’s efforts at cultivation.

The Way I See It
Dawn Porter
USA; 102 minutes
Special Events

Former White House chief photographer Pete Souza reflects on the Obama presidency and what it stood for, in this timely, election-year documentary from Dawn Porter (John Lewis: Good Trouble).

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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