Previously known as “Real to Reel,” the documentary program at TIFF is going under the more unassuming name of “TIFF Docs.”
I’ve probably made it no secret that I have a growing love of documentaries and it should be said that my favourite film from last year’s festival was a doc.
There is a definitely a wide-variety of interesting subjects covered in this year’s line up of documentaries.
9.79* – Daniel Gordon, United Kingdom
A perfect film for this year, this doc looks at the Ben Johnson controversy at the 1988 Olympics
The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark/Norway/United Kingdom
Executive Produced by Errol Morris, the unrepentant former members of Indonesian death squads are challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies they love.
Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story – Brad Bernstein, USA
A look into the life of the renegade children’s book author.
How to Make Money Selling Drugs – Matthew Cooke, USA
A look into both sides of the war on drugs.
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God – Alex Gibney, USA
A look into the ongoing controversies surrounding pedophilia within the Catholic Church.
Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out – Marina Zenovich, USA
An examination of the Roman Polanski’s 2009 arrest
Storm Surfers 3D – Christopher Nelius and Justin McMillan, Australia
A 3D surfing doc. I’m in!
Those are my documentary highlights. The next wave of TIFF announcements will come next week and will include many of the Canadian films in the line-up.