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Toronto Watch: Docs Alert

by Anne Thompson
August 26, 2009 8:49 AM
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There's a plethora of strong docs in the Toronto line-up this year. I am most looking forward to:

Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags. Director Marc Levin (Slam) is an ace filmmaker/reporter who always delivers a compelling political POV, whether it's street poets or a look at the past and present in New York's garment district.

Capitalism: A Love Story. Michael Moore never fails to provoke, educate and entertain. This movie about Wall Street greed couldn't be more timely.

Videocracy. Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is a fascinating global power monger. I want to know: is his media empire evil? Swedish American filmmaker Erik Gandini checks it out.

Good Hair. Jeff Stilson and Chris Rock explore the nitty-gritty of our culture's warped take on nappy hair.

Neil Young Trunk Show. I never miss a Jonathan Demme music doc on Young. It's like butter.

Waking Sleeping Beauty. Vet Disney animator Don Hahn looks at some pivotal times at Disney animation.

IndieWIRE rounds up the Toronto docs programming and events.


  • Liam | September 2, 2009 8:38 AMReply

    Out of these, I'd like to see Capitalism and Videocracy. My wife wants to see Waking Sleeping Beauty in the worst way.

  • Noah Harlan | August 27, 2009 2:01 AMReply

    I'm biased but Raphael Nadjari's 'History of Israeli Cinema Parts 1 & 2' is getting it's North American premiere at Toronto and is a must-see.

  • Harald | August 27, 2009 1:18 AMReply

    I just want to point out what I assume is a tiny typo. The director of Videocracy is Erik Gandini and he is Swedish-Italian.

    Thanks for a great blog!

  • Andoni | August 26, 2009 9:23 AMReply

    Sounds like a great little lineup of docs there. Good Hair sounds oddly intriguing, hope it's funny.

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