The Canadian Film Fest (CFF) began its 2019 edition this week. This weekend, CFF will present two incredible Homegrown Shorts programmes for the first time. Here, I share with you my thoughts on five of these shorts.
JAYU’s Human Rights Film Festival (HRFF) opens its 7th installment with the powerful documentary TransMilitary, directed by Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson. The film is based on outdated and discriminatory medical policies dating back to World War II, transgender people were banned from serving in the US military until July 2016. READ MORE
TIFF Cinematheque is currently celebrating one of cinema’s most consequential names, Ingmar Bergman. This film retrospective, Bergman 100, offers the opportunity to (re)discover the works of a master so influential, that his impact can not only be seen in the works of auteurs like Andrei Tarkovsky, but also in parodies by SCTV, The Muppets and even The Simpsons.
TIFF Cinematheque programmer James Quandt answers 5 Questions… on Bergman. READ MORE
For the first time, 40 years after her death, the most famous opera singer ever tells her own story – in her own words. Maria by Callas features previously unknown footage, unseen photographs, personal Super 8 films, private live recordings, intimate letters and rare behind-the scenes archival footage for the first time in colour. READ MORE
Filmed during the last 9-10 years, Ontario’s Slater Jewell-Kemker has travelled the world on the front lines of climate change. At 15 years-old, Slater began documenting the rise of the global youth climate movement, which has taken her around the world to UN Climate Conferences and communities on the front lines of climate change. The result is the documentary Youth Unstoppable. READ MORE
Northern France, 1918. World War One is reaching its bloody climax and the end can’t come soon enough for Canadian tunneller Berton (Rossif Sutherland). His superiors, however, need his expertise to get a team of British and American allies inside a secret underground German base. Trench 11 takes you along with Berton deep into the bowels of this underground base unbeknownst of the horrors that await. READ MORE
The 15th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival, co-presented by TIFF and Human Rights Watch, features a diverse lineup celebrating the power individuals can hold in complex social and political situations. This year’s Opening Night film is On My Way Out: The Secret Life of Nani and Popi. The film offers an intimate look at the story of Roman and Ruth Blank. A couple whose experience casts a light on the power and complexity of love, marriage, and deeply held family secrets. READ MORE
Michael Healey’s playThe Drawer Boy translates well to film under Arturo Perez Torres and Aviva Armour-Ostroff‘s direction. Torres and team take us back in time to Huron County, Ontario, 1972. Miles arrives at the farm and home of Angus and Morgan, two aging bachelor farmers. He stays with the two farmers in order to learn about farm life and write a play about it. Their lives are changed dramatically when Miles’ art imitates life, creating a very fine line between truth and fiction. READ MORE
My Enemy, My Brother tells the real-life story of two former enemies from the Iran-Iraq war who become blood brothers for life. Najah Haftlang and Zahed Aboud meet in Vancouver 30 years after Zahed, an Iranian child soldier saves Najah, a wounded Iraqi soldier’s life, they are now about to embark on an emotional journey back to Iraq for the first time in 20 years. READ MORE