Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy gives viewers a candid, frank, and comprehensive whirlwind tour through the life and work of one of the world’s most celebrated (and uncompromising) chefs and cookbook authors.
Existing in the space between philosophy and art, Portuguese filmmaker Tiago Hespanha’s heady and striking documentary Campo is a rigorous look at ritualism, the indifference and boredom it breeds, and our perpetually tenuous place in the universe.
Few films at this year’s festival are as equally inspiring and incendiary as Claudia Sparrow’s profile of Peruvian subsistence farmer Máxima Acuña.
The numerous historical and political details present in On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship, director Karen Stokkendal Poulsen’s look at Myanmar’s tenuous and crumbling democracy, are a lot to take in over a single, tightly packed sitting, but as a representation of an underreported and complex story, it’s certainly commendable.
Director Matt Gallagher takes a poignant, pointed, and impassioned look at one Canadian man’s fight to hold the Catholic Church accountable for sexual abuse with Prey, an unprecedented look at the legal side of prosecuting such charges.
Veteran Canadian director Laurie Lynd (Breakfast with Scot) takes an in-depth look at the panic and misinformation spread within the gay community at the start of the AIDS crisis with the insightful, thought provoking, and empathetic documentary Killing Patient Zero.
Not quite a documentary and not quite a thriller, Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra’s entertaining hybrid experiment The Infiltrators follows a group of young immigrant activists and their ambitious bid to take down a U.S. deportation and detention centre down from the inside.
Deceptively simple in its construction, but unforgettable in terms of its impact, Ubaydah Abu-Usayd and Abderrahmane Hedjoudje powerful and heartbreaking documentary Your Last Walk in the Mosque gives the victims and witnesses of a mass shooting another chance to move towards healing and share their stories of grief, loss, and even hope.
A frightening, effective call to action, anger, and concern, Fredrik Gertten’s look at the global housing crisis in Push should give viewers further pause and a more comprehensive view of an issue that goes well beyond gentrification.
Danish filmmaker Pernille Rose Grønkjær looks at the groundbreaking, misunderstood, and ethically sticky work of neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Heath and his experiments in the field of Deep Brain Stimulation in the curious, informed, and well balanced documentary Hunting for Hedonia.