TIFF18: Doc Highlights

The TIFF Docs selection at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival was announced today, with the opening film being the World Premiere of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9. The title of the film is both a play on Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 and a reference to the November 9, 2016 election of Donald Trump. You can expect this film to be quite provocative, featuring Moore’s unique brand of left wing humour.

Another highlight of the TIFF Docs selection is the North American premiere of Errol Morris’ American Dharma, which profiles Trump adviser Steve Bannon. The ever interesting Werner Herzog, along with co-director André Singer, returns to TIFF with his new documentary Meeting Gorbachev, featuring intimate conversations with the former Soviet head of state. Another TIFF Docs highlight is Quincy, a profile of legendary music producer Quincy Jones, co-directed by his daughter Rashida Jones, along with Alan Hicks. A TIFF Docs selection wouldn’t seem complete without a new observational piece by Frederick Wiseman, with him returning this year with Monrovia, Indiana, a profile of a small town that tilted the 2016 election. Also in the category of epic length documentaries is the return of filmmaker and historian Mark Cousins with his new film Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema.

Here is the full TIFF Docs line-up:

American Dharma Errol Morris | USA/United Kingdom
North American Premiere

Angels Are Made Of Light James Longley | USA/Denmark/Norway
Canadian Premiere

The Biggest Little Farm John Chester | USA
International Premiere

Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes Alexis Bloom | USA
World Premiere

The Elephant Queen Victoria Stone, Mark Deeble | United Kingdom/Kenya
World Premiere

TIFF Docs Opening Film
Fahrenheit 11/9 Michael Moore | USA
World Premiere

Free Solo E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin | USA
International Premiere

Freedom Fields Naziha Arebi | Libya/United Kingdom/Netherlands/USA/Qatar/Lebanon/Canada
World Premiere

Ghost Fleet Shannon Service, Jeffrey Waldron | USA
International Premiere

Graves Without a Name ( Les tombeaux sans noms) Rithy Panh | France/Cambodia
Canadian Premiere

Heartbound ( Hjertelandet) Janus Metz, Sine Plambech | Denmark/Netherlands/Sweden
World Premiere

Maiden Alex Holmes | United Kingdom
World Premiere

Maria by Callas Tom Volf | France
North American Premiere

Meeting Gorbachev Werner Herzog, André Singer | United Kingdom/USA/Germany
Canadian Premiere

This Changes Everything Tom Donahue | USA
World Premiere

Monrovia, Indiana Frederick Wiseman | USA
North American Premiere

Putin’s Witnesses ( Svideteli Putina) Vitaly Mansky | Latvia/Switzerland/Czech Republic
International Premiere

Quincy Rashida Jones, Alan Hicks | USA
World Premiere

Screwball Billy Corben | USA
World Premiere

TIFF Docs Closing Film
Searching for Ingmar Bergman Margarethe von Trotta | Germany/France
North American Premiere

The Truth About Killer Robots Maxim Pozdorovkin | USA
World Premiere

Walking on Water Andrey Paounov | Italy/USA
North American Premiere

When Arabs Danced ( Au temps où les Arabes dansaient) Jawad Rhalib | Belgium
North American Premiere

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema Mark Cousins | United Kingdom
North American Premiere

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).