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Toronto International Film Festival 2011 - Documentaries Program

A List of Documentaries Playing at Toronto International Film Festival 2011


The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, taking place from September 8 to 18 in Toronto, Ontario. This year's documentaries program features a number of highly anticipated premieres of films by major filmmakers, including Wim Wenders, Werner Herzog, Jessica Yu, Jonathan Demme, Alex Gibney and Nick Broomfield, among others.

Here's a list of documentaries on the TIFF 2011 program:

  • Pina - Wim Wenders, shooting in 3D, follows dancer/choreographer Pina Bausch and her company, Tanztheater Wuppertal, to various outdoor locales to capture the unusual style and remarkable vibrancy of her repertoire. Beautifully shot, and genuinely representative of Bausch's brilliantly inventive work. - Canadian Premiere
  • This is not a Film - The Islamic Republic Court in Tehran sentenced filmmaker Jafar Panahi to imprisonment for six years and banned him from writing and making films for 20 years. While under house arrest, Panahi and his associate, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, made this film covering what a day in the filmmaker's life is like. - Toronto premiere
  • Arirang - South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-Duk treats documentary filmmaking as his own personal therapy, using the medium to examine the emotional breakdown he suffered when a leading actresses was almost killed while making one of his films. - American Premiere
  • The Boy Who Was King - Bulgarian filmmaker Andrey Paounov profiles Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha who became Bulgaria's tsar at age 6, then was exiled during years of communism and returned to be elected Prime Minister. A most interesting life! - World Premiere
  • Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope - Morgan Spurlock again sets out to present himself as a famous interpreter of popular culture, this time within the context of Comic-Con San Diego, the annual freewheeling comics convention attended by more than 100,000 industry players and fans. Others on screen with Spurlock include comic-makers Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Frank Miller, Matt Groening and others. - World Premiere
  • Crazy Horse - Using his classic verite style, filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes us into the audience and backstage at Paris' famous cabaret, Crazy Horse, which ranks along with the Eiffel Tower and Louvre as the City of Light's top tourist attractions. The Crazy Horse boasts it has the world's greatest, chicest nude dancing. You can judge that for yourself, as Wiseman follows the grueling rehearsals, backstage preparations and performances for a new show, Désirs. - North American Premiere
  • Dark Girls - Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry investigate why issues and biases based on the color of skin persist and affect the lives of millions of women of color. - World Premiere
  • Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell - Filmmaker Rithy Panh continues his investigation of genocide in Cambodia. Between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge regime caused the death of some 1.8 million people, representing one-quarter of the population of Cambodia. Rithy Panh first explored the legacy of Cambodia's genocide with S21, the Khmer Rouge Killing Machine. This captivating new documentary continues Panh's investigation with a portrait of Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, the man responsible for running the notorious S21 prison. - International Premiere
  • Gerhard Richter Painting - Corinna Belz gains unprecedented access to the studio of artist Gerhard Richter and uses verite to explore his work and delve into the mysteries of his creative process. - International Premiere
  • Girl Model - Ashley Sabin and David Redmon follows the journey of nadya, a 13-year-old-girl who is uprooted from the Siberian countryside and placed into the high pressure realm of modeling in Tokyo. How close does this come to child trafficking? - World Premiere
  • I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful - Jonathan Demme reveals the life and times of Carolyn Parker, the last person to leave her neighborhood as Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans and first to return to the flood-devastated community. Parker's a remarkable character who shares her memories of her childhood in segregated New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, her teen years on the front lines in the 1960s Civil Rights movement and, in her later life, an outspoken voice in the fight for every New Orleanian's right to return home after Katrina. - North American Premiere
  • In My Mother's Arms - Iraqi filmmakers Atia Al Daradji and Mohamed Al Daradji follow Husham who cares for 32 children at a small orphanage in Baghdad's most dangerous district, and must find a new place to house them when the landlord gives two week notice that the boys must move. - World Premiere
  • Into the Abyss - Werner Herzog investigates a triple homicide case in Texas, interviewing those involved, including a 28-year-old convict scheduled to die within eight days of appearing before his cameras. - World Premiere
  • Last Call at the Oasis - Interviewing a wide range of experts and activists, and the engaging actor Jack Black for comic relief, Jessica Yu deals with issues concerning the global water crisis, pointing to USA water consumption as a big part of the problem. - World Premiere
  • The Last Dogs of Winter - New Zealand filmmaker Costa Botes follows Brian Ladoon who, since 1976, has braved the elements and the bureaucracy to maintain a breeding colony of Canadian Eskimo Dogs (Quimmiq), an endangered breed. - World Premiere
  • The Last Gladiators - Alex Gibney profiles Chris "Knuckles" Nilan, NHL player for the Montreal Canadiens who retired in 1992 and has had to learn a new and gentler way of life. - World Premiere
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