TIFF's Docs and Contemporary World Cinema programmes announce 35 World Premieres in lineup of 73 titles

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August 17, 2022

TIFF's Docs and Contemporary World Cinema programmes announce 35 World Premieres in lineup of 73 titles

TIFF Industry Conference announces five engaging doc sessions

TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival® is delighted to announce today the 2022 selection for TIFF Docs programme presented by A&E IndieFilms, Contemporary World Cinema programme presented by Sun Life, and an additional title in the Discovery programme. This lineup features titles from over 50 countries from around the world. Additionally, TIFF is excited to announce five doc sessions as part of the 2022 Industry Conference.

“We are so proud of the TIFF Docs and Contemporary World Cinema programmes,” said Anita Lee, Chief Programming Officer, TIFF. “The films reflect the moment we live in and speak to who we are today, including highly anticipated films by veteran filmmakers from around the globe.”


Presented by A&E IndieFilms
* Previously announced

“This year’s TIFF Docs lineup has a wonderful mix of joy, creativity, and ingenuity in the face of adversity,” said TIFF Docs programmer Thom Powers, now in his 17th year overseeing the section. “In recent years, we witnessed numerous films launched from this section into distribution deals and Oscar nominations. This year has a rich crop for both.”

*752 Is Not A Number
Babak Payami | Canada 🇨🇦
World Premiere

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Laura Poitras | USA
North American Premiere

*Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On
Madison Thomas | Canada 🇨🇦
World Premiere

Casa Susanna
Sébastien Lifshitz | France, USA
North American Premiere

Ciné-Guerrillas: Scenes from the Labudovic Reels
Mila Turajlic | Serbia, France, Croatia, Montenegro
World Premiere

*The Colour of Ink
Brian D. Johnson | Canada 🇨🇦
World Premiere

Documentary Now!
Alex Buono, Rhys Thomas, Micah Gardner | USA
World Premiere

*Ever Deadly
Tanya Tagaq, Chelsea McMullan | Canada 🇨🇦
World Premiere

Free Money
Sam Soko, Lauren DeFilippo | Kenya, USA
World Premiere

Mariupolis 2
Mantas Kvedaravičius | Lithuania, France, Germany
North American Premiere

The Grab
Gabriela Cowperthwaite | USA
World Premiere

In Her Hands
Tamana Ayazi, Marcel Mettelsiefen | USA, Afghanistan
World Premiere

*Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues
Sacha Jenkins | USA
World Premiere

Maya and the Wave
Stephanie Johnes | USA
World Premiere

Miúcha, The Voice of Bossa Nova
Daniel Zarvos, Liliane Mutti | Brazil, France
Canadian Premiere

My Imaginary Country (Mi País Imaginario)
Patricio Guzmán | Chile, France
North American Premiere

Patrick and the Whale
Mark Fletcher | Austria
World Premiere

Pray for our Sinners
Sinéad O’Shea | Ireland
World Premiere

Self-Portrait as a Coffee Pot
William Kentridge | South Africa, USA
World Premiere

Theatre of Thought
Werner Herzog | USA
International Premiere

*To Kill a Tiger
Nisha Pahuja | Canada 🇨🇦
World Premiere

While We Watched
Vinay Shukla | UK
World Premiere


On September 13, the Industry Conference will focus on conversations covering both the craft and business of documentary filmmaking. Access to the programming will be available to all press and industry pass holders. For public audiences interested in attending, limited day packages will be made available.

VISIONARIES: Inside the Brain of Werner Herzog
Presented by SHOWTIME®

In his new film Theatre of Thought, Werner Herzog (celebrating his 80th birthday in September) explores the cutting edge of research on the brain. He’s joined by two figures who appear in the film, brain scientist Rafael Yuste and entrepreneur Jamie Davies, to discuss hopes and fears for the future of brain exploration.

VISIONARIES: What Laura Poitras Learned from Nan Goldin
Presented by SHOWTIME®

Oscar-winning director Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) discusses what she learned over three years in the making of her new film All the Beauty and the Bloodshed. The film profiles the artist Nan Goldin, who has campaigned for museums to disassociate from the patronage of the Sackler family, owners of the opioid company Purdue Pharma.

DIALOGUES: Covering Afghanistan for In Her Hands
Presented by SHOWTIME®
A Share Her Journey initiative generously supported by Betty-Ann Heggie

The new documentary In Her Hands focuses on Afghanistan’s youngest woman mayor, Zarifa Ghafari, during the tumultuous period of the Taliban’s return to power. Filmmakers Tamana Ayazi and Marcel Mettelsiefen share clips while reflecting on the challenges of filming under wartime conditions.

PERSPECTIVES Truth, Lies, and a Million Dollar Board Game
Presented by SHOWTIME®

Filmmaker Vinay Shukla joins to discuss his new film While We Watched, which profiles the journalist Ravish Kumar of NDTV India as he struggles to maintain journalistic independence under death threats. For Shukla’s previous documentary An Insignificant Man, his team created a board game that gained massive support on Kickstarter. He’ll discuss plans to follow that model by pairing a board game with his new film.

PERSPECTIVES DocuMentality: The Growth of a Movement
Presented by SHOWTIME®

DocuMentality is an expanding initiative that seeks to normalize conversations about mental health in the documentary industry and provide best-practice guidance for filmmakers. The project started with efforts in the UK and US. Now, the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) is spearheading a new wave of focus groups with support from the Canada Media Fund. On this panel, audiences will hear from DocuMentality team member Malikkah Rollins and DOC’s Sarah Spring about the past, present, and future of the movement. We’ll also hear from filmmaker Rebeca Huntt describing what she learned about maintaining mental balance in the making of her intensely personal film Beba that premiered at TIFF last year. Moderator: Inney Prakash (Maysles Documentary Center).


Presented by Sun Life

“TIFF’s Contemporary World Cinema Program brings a carefully curated selection of unique stories by established filmmakers and talent with daring visions from all corners of the world,” said Diana Cadavid, International Programmer. “Through an ambitious program of more than 50 films, audiences will have the opportunity to engage with the exciting directions in which cinema can lead our understanding of a wide range of topics and human experiences.”

Charlotte Wells | United Kingdom, USA
North American Premiere

Firas Khoury | France, Palestine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar
World Premiere

Carolina Cavalli | Italy
International Premiere

Youssef Chebbi | France, Tunisia, Qatar
North American Premiere

Makbul Mubarak | Indonesia, France, Singapore, Poland, Philippines, Germany, Qatar
North American Premiere

Beyond the Wall (Shab, Dkheli, Divar)
Vahid Jalilvand | Iran
North American Premiere

*Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Pierre Földes | France, Luxembourg, Canada, Netherlands 🇨🇦
International Premiere

*Bones of Crows
Marie Clements | Canada 🇨🇦
World Premiere

*Coyote (Le Coyote)
Katherine Jerkovic | Canada 🇨🇦
World Premiere

Domingo and the Mist (Domingo y la Niebla)
Ariel Escalante Meza | Costa Rica, Qatar
North American Premiere

El agua
Elena López Riera | Switzerland, Spain, France
North American Premiere

*The End of Sex
Sean Garrity | Canada 🇨🇦
World Premiere

Jerzy Skolimowski | Poland, Italy
North American Premiere

*Falcon Lake
Charlotte Le Bon | Canada 🇨🇦
North American Premiere

Mercedes Bryce Morgan | Canada, USA, Germany 🇨🇦
World Premiere

Godland (Vanskabte Land/Volaða Land)
Hlynur Pálmason | Denmark, Iceland, France, Sweden
Canadian Premiere

The Happiest Man in the World
Teona Strugar Mitevska | North Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, Denmark, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
North American Premiere

The Hotel
Wang Xiaoshuai | Hong Kong
World Premiere

La Jauría
Andrés Ramírez Pulido | Colombia, France
North American Premiere

Life (Жизнь)
Emir Baigazin | Kazakhstan
World Premiere

Oliver Hermanus | United Kingdom
Canadian Premiere

Love and Mathematics (Amor y matemáticas)
Claudia Sainte-Luce | Mexico
World Premiere

Love Life
Koji Fukada | Japan, France
North American Premiere

Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Antonio Lukich | Ukraine
North American Premiere

*The Maiden
Graham Foy | Canada 🇨🇦
North American Premiere

Manticore (Mantícora)
Carlos Vermut | Spain
North American Premiere

Tearepa Kahi | New Zealand
International Premiere

My Sailor, My Love
Klaus Hӓrӧ | Finland, Ireland
World Premiere

Donald Shebib | Canada 🇨🇦
World Premiere

*North of Normal
Carly Stone | Canada 🇨🇦
World Premiere

The Origin of Evil
Sébastien Marnier | France, Canada
North American Premiere

Plan 75
Chie Hayakawa | Japan, France, Philippines, Qatar
North American Premiere

Return to Dust
Li Ruijun | China
North American Premiere

Cristian Mungiu | Romania, France
North American Premiere

*So Much Tenderness
Lina Rodriguez | Canada 🇨🇦
World Premiere

Ulrich Seidl | Austria, France, Germany
World Premiere

Darlene Naponse | Canada 🇨🇦
World Premiere

Huang Ji, Ryuji Otsuka | Japan
North American Premiere

*The Swearing Jar
Lindsay MacKay | Canada 🇨🇦
World Premiere

The Umbrella Men
John Barker | South Africa
International Premiere

Under the Fig Trees
Erige Sehiri | Tunisia, Switzerland, France, Qatar
North American Premiere

Valeria Is Getting Married
Michal Vinik | Israel
North American Premiere

Victim (OBEŤ)
Michal Blaško | Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Germany
North American Premiere

Vicenta B.
Carlos Lechuga | Cuba, France, USA, Colombia, Norway
World Premiere

War Sailor (Krigsseileren)
Gunnar Vikene | Norway, Germany, Malta
International Premiere

We Are Still Here
Beck Cole, Dena Curtis, Tracey Rigney, Danielle MacLean, Tim Worrall, Renae Maihi, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Richard Curtis, Chantelle Burgoyne | Australia, New Zealand
International Premiere

Matt Smukler | USA
World Premiere

Winter Boy (Le Lycéen)
Christophe Honoré | France
World Premiere

The Worst Ones
Romane Gueret, Lise Akoka | France
North American Premiere

Nandita Das | India
World Premiere


Presented by Dyson

Miles Warren | USA
World Premiere

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TIFF is a not-for-profit cultural organization with a mission to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival® in September; TIFF Lightbox, which features five cinemas, learning and entertainment facilities; and the innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $200 million CAD. TIFF Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel, and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation, and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.

TIFF is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, Visa, and BVLGARI®, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada, and the City of Toronto.

TIFF is grateful for the generous support of the 2022 festival from the Government of Canada through FedDev Ontario and Telefilm Canada.

TIFF Docs programme is made possible through the generous sponsorship of A&E IndieFilms.

About A&E IndieFilms
A&E IndieFilms develops, commissions and co-produces feature films, specials and event series for A+E Networks. Founded in 2005, A&E IndieFilms has become a beacon for world-class documentary filmmakers and a trusted collaborator in creating award-winning content with unprecedented access to remarkable stories. Since its inception, the company has built a reputation for brave storytelling and a prestigious track record with commercial audiences, major film festivals and critics’ awards alike. A&E IndieFilms roster includes a number of award-winning films including the 2020 Academy Award®-winning film for Best Documentary Short Subject, Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl) from Carol Dysinger.

Contemporary World Cinema programme is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Sun Life.

TIFF Industry programming is generously supported by Major Supporters Ontario Creates and Telefilm Canada.

TIFF gratefully acknowledges UPS as the Official Presenting Sponsor of the Opening Night Film and Party and the Industry Centre supporter.

TIFF Discovery programme is generously supported by Dyson.

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