Oscar-nominated composer Volker Bertelmann (aka Hauschka) attended TIFF with two feature films this year – the 2022 German Oscar entry film Edward Berger‘s ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT and Gunnar Vikene‘s WAR SAILOR.
Producer/writer Mary Teegee of Carrier Sekani Family Services and producer/writer/director Matt Smiley, the creative team behind the poignant and essential-viewing documentary FOR LOVE is currently available on Netflix in Canada.
Narrated by music legend Shania Twain, a longtime advocate for children’s rights, FOR LOVE exposes the link between residential schools and the thousands of Indigenous children and youth in Canada’s child welfare system.
Gigi Saul Guerrero is a Mexican filmmaker and actress. She graduated with Honors with a B.A. in Motion Picture Production from Capilano University. Her career started early with several short films including, Dia De Los Muertos, Madre de Dios, and Bestia.
Gigi is also the co-founder of Luchagore Productions, which allowed her to work on projects that were passion projects and hone in her filmmaking style. She gained recognition for creating and directing the 2017 horror web series, La Quinceañera.
Mexican Tzotzil director Xun Sero‘s first documentary feature, MAMÁ (MOTHER), premiered at Hot Docs last month to great reviews. In the film, Xun creates an open dialogue with his mother, Hilda, which allows them to confront their past with honesty while also finding a sense of understanding and forgiveness.
Directors Nicolás van Hemelryck and Clare Weiskopf ask a group of young women to close their eyes and imagine the life story of a fictional classmate named ALIS. Like them, Alis’s story begins on the streets of Bogotá, Colombia where she struggles to survive.
The first documentary from Costa Rica to premiere at Hot Docs, ERNESTO, GRACIAS by Laura Ángel Córdoba is an intimate and poetic family portrait. Córdoba’s film unmasks the stereotypes and misconceptions around autism that have surrounded her family as they fight to create a safe and joyful space for her brother, Ernesto.