Toronto International Film Festival Announces Documentary Lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival's® 2017 documentary programme presents a distinct collection of works from award-winning directors with an increased number of World Premieres and potential awards contenders. The TIFF Docs section will
open with Sophie Fiennes' Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami, a film that captures the legendary performer on and off stage.

The lineup features celebrated filmmakers, including Morgan Spurlock, who reignites his battle with the food industry in Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!; Brett Morgen, with his portrait of primatologist Jane Goodall in Jane; Greg Barker, who grants viewers unprecedented access into President Barack Obama's foreign policy team in The Final Year; Frederick Wiseman, who takes us behind the scenes of a New York institution in Ex Libris - The New York Public Library; and Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, who follow three Hasidic Jews who attempt to enter the secular world in One of Us. The TIFF Docs Programme is made possible through the generous sponsorship of A+E IndieFilms.

"Resistance is a key theme in this year's documentaries," said TIFF Docs Programmer Thom Powers. "We pay witness to rebels challenging the status quo in art, politics, sexuality, religion, fashion, sports and entertainment. They speak powerfully to our times as audiences seek inspirations for battling powerful and corrupt systems." The theme of resistance plays out in a diverse range of films, including Jed Rothstein's The China Hustle, executive produced by Alex Gibney and Frank Marshall, which confronts a new era of Wall Street fraud; Matt Tyrnauer's Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, which profiles the sexual TABOO breaker Scotty Bowers; Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman's Silas, which portrays Liberian activist Silas Siakor; and Erika Cohn's The Judge, which follows the first female Shari'a judge, Kholoud Al-Faqih, practicing law in the West Bank.

We gain insights into high-profile figures in the worlds of entertainment and sports in films such as Chris Smith's JIM & ANDY: the Great Beyond - the story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman featuring a very special, contractually obligated mention of Tony Clifton, which examines Jim Carrey's immersion into the role of Andy Kaufman; Lili Fini Zanuck's Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, which delivers the definitive BIOGRAPHY of the rock legend; and Jason Kohn's Love Means Zero, which investigates the controversial tennis coach Nick Bollettieri and his history with Andre Agassi.

Several films deepen our understanding of black cultural figures, including Sam Pollard's Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me on the complex career of the multi-talented Rat Pack performer; Kate Novack's The Gospel According to André on the trend-setting
fashion writer André Leon Talley; and Sara Driver's BOOM FOR REAL The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat on the formative years of the acclaimed artist.

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