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Behind the Headlines
Includes Q&A

For the first time, cameras embed with the German investigative unit that broke the explosive Panama Papers story, following the journalists' pursuit of the truth behind the political assassination of a Maltese reporter and yet another history-making financial scandal.
Film Info
Runtime:90
Copyright:2021
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:German
English
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Crime & the Justice System
European Cultures & Issues
Media & Journalism
Politics & Political Intrigue
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Daniel Andreas Sager
Producer(s):Marc Bauder
Editor(s):Hannes Bruun
Writer(s):Marc Bauder
Daniel Andreas Sager
Cinematography:Börres Weiffenbach
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Come Back Anytime
Includes Q&A + Curious Minds discussion

Experience a year in the life of a self-taught Japanese ramen master, who considers his legendary noodle shop more than just a livelihood but his life, and his die-hard customers more than just regulars, but true friends.
Film Info
Runtime:81
Copyright:2021
Country Listing:Japan
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:Japanese
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Aging & Mortality
Asian Cultures & Issues
Food & Food Culture
Website:http://comebackanytime.com
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):John Daschbach
Producer(s):Wataru Yamamoto
Editor(s):John Daschbach
Cinematography:John Daschbach
Composer:Brent Lord
Michael Shaieb
Sound Design:Ryotaro Harada
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Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy
Special Screening! Includes Q&A

A cheap, powerful drug emerges during a recession, igniting a moral panic fueled by racism. Acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson explores the complex history of crack in the 1980s.
Film Info
Runtime:90
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:Toronto Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:English
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Addiction & Mental Health
American Culture & Issues
Crime & the Justice System
Politics & Political Intrigue
Race & Racism
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Stanley Nelson
Producer(s):Stanley Nelson
Cameo George
Naimah Jabali-Nash
Keith Brown
Nicole London
Executive Producer(s):Marcia Smith
Editor(s):Lewis Erskine
Cinematography:Eli Gamson
Sound:Benny Mouthon, CAS
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The Death of My Two Fathers
Includes Q&A

A man turns the experience of watching videotapes that his terminally ill father recorded into an unforgettable contemplation of race, death and the importance of family, composed as a letter to his own children.
Film Info
Runtime:84
Copyright:2021
Country Listing:USA
Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:English
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Closed Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Aging & Mortality
Personal Histories
Race & Racism
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Sol Guy
Producer(s):Stine Chrone Moisen
Sol Guy
Travestine Guy - Tuggle
Executive Producer(s):Shoshana Guy
Wolfgang Hammer
Jane Rosenthal
Alastair Siddons
Editor(s):Matthew Cooke
Writer(s):Sol Guy
Matthew Cooke
Shoshana Guy
Cinematography:Rafe Scobey-Thal
Sol Guy
Composer:Joel Shearer
Sound:Andrew Tracy
Andreas Velasquez
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Dirty Tricks
Includes Q&A

At the elite level, bridge—the world's most popular card game—has become a million-dollar cut-throat business. When the best competitive player is accused of cheating, the ensuing scandal confounds experts, criminal science, celebrities and basic belief in this hilarious true-crime thriller.
Film Info
Runtime:100
Copyright:2021
Country Listing:Israel
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:English
Hebrew
Norwegian
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Closed Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Crime & the Justice System
Popular Culture
Sports & Recreation
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Daniel Sivan
Producer(s):Daniel Sivan
Executive Producer(s):Danna Stern
Guy Lavie
Writer(s):Daniel Sivan
Editor(s):Daniel Sivan
Doron Djerassi
Jesse Overman
Supervising Editor(s):James Haygood
Cinematography:Avner Shahaf
Sound:Yoss Appelbaum
Animation:Arik Weiss
Ofir Yeger
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Homeroom
Includes Q&A

The resilience and optimism of Oakland High School's 2020 senior class is captured in verité footage and social media videos as they confront anxieties over test scores, growing demands for social justice and the unprecedented uncertainty of a rapidly spreading pandemic.
Film Info
Runtime:90
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:English
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:American Culture & Issues
Children & Youth
Education
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Peter Nicks
Producer(s):Sean Havey
Executive Producer(s):Laurene Powell Jobs
Davis Guggenheim
Nicole Stott
Jonathan Silberberg
Jen Rainin
Tony Hsieh
Mimi Pham
Roberto Grande
Editor(s):Kristina Motwani
Rebecca Adorno
Cinematography:Sean Havey
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Hysterical
Includes Q&A

Hysterical is a backstage pass into the lives of the hilarious, boundary-breaking women shattering stand-up comedy's glass ceiling. Featuring Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster, Marina Franklin, Nikki Glaser, Jessica Kirson, Iliza Shlesinger, Sherri Shepherd and more. Premiering on FX Canada this summer.
Film Info
Runtime:88
Copyright:2021
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:English
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
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Film Subjects:Musicians & Performers
Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Andrea Nevins
Producer(s):Rebecca Evans
Carolina Groppa
Ross M. Dinerstein
Executive Producer(s):Andrea Nevins
Ross Girard
Jim Serpico
Jessica Kirson
Editor(s):Dava Whisenant
Andrea Lewis
Cinematography:Carmen Delaney
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In the Same Breath
Includes Q&A

Nanfu Wang's (director of One Child Nation, winner of Sundance's Grand Jury Prize) searing investigation into COVID-19's origins and spread exposes not only a global crisis of misinformation, but the leadership that misled the world about a still-unfolding emergency.
Film Info
Runtime:95
Copyright:2021
Country Listing:USA
China
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:English
Chinese
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Closed Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Asian Cultures & Issues
Health & the Pandemic
Media & Journalism
Politics & Political Intrigue
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Nanfu Wang
Producer(s):Nanfu Wang
Jialing Zhang
Julie Goldman
Christopher Clements
Carolyn Hepburn
Executive Producer(s):Nancy Abraham
Lisa Heller
Editor(s):Nanfu Wang
Michael Shade
Sound:Ron Bochar
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Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management // Mau
Live Q&A on May 5, 7pm ET

Revolutionary Canadian designer Bruce Mau reveals truths that have shaped his long and expansive career, from designing sustainable platforms to social movements. His way of seeing could be just what's needed in this critical time in history.
Film Info
Runtime:76
Copyright:2021
Country Listing:Austria
USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:English
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
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Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management
Hot Picks
Special Events
Film Subjects:Hot Picks
Art & Design
Ecology & the Environment
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Benji Bergmann
Jono Bergmann
Producer(s):Karol Martesko-Fenster
Executive Producer(s):Leslie Iwerks
Editor(s):Mo Stoebe
Cinematography:Stefan Wuernitzer
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Misha and the Wolves

Misha Defonseca's 1997 Holocaust memoir about escaping the Nazis as a seven-year-old girl on foot across Europe with a pack of wolves took the world by storm. But when Hollywood comes knocking, an even more audacious story and darker deceptions come to light.
Film Info
Runtime:88
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:UK
Belgium
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:English
French
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:European Cultures & Issues
Jewish Interest
Popular Culture
War & Conflict
Website:http://www.metfilmsales.com/misha-and-the-wolves
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Sam Hobkinson
Producer(s):Jürgen Buedts
Poppy Dixon
Al Morrow
Matthew Wells
Gregory Zalcman
Executive Producer(s):Mandy Chang
Vesna Cudic
Thomas Høegh
Stewart Le Maréchal
Jonny Persey
Martin Pieper
Hayley Reynolds
Adrian Sibley
Barbara Truyen
Writer(s):Sam Hobkison
Editor(s):Peter Norrey
Cinematography:Will Pugh
Composer:Nick Foster
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Nike's Big Bet
Includes Q&A

Alberto Salazar was a coaching legend until his recent doping ban shocked the running world. Did his "Just Do It" attitude and questionable practices push the limits of human performance and technology too far?
Film Info
Runtime:80
Copyright:2021
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:English
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Capitalism & Big Business
Popular Culture
Sports & Recreation
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Paul Kemp
Producer(s):Corey Russell
Paul Kemp
Executive Producer(s):Jonathan Ford
David Walmsley
Editor(s):Michael Del Monte
Lewis Gordon
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Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management // Playing with Sharks
Live Q&A on May 2, 7:00 PM

From filming Jaws' near-lethal live scenes to saving a great white with her bare hands, underwater filmmaking legend Valerie Taylor faces her biggest challenge yet: fighting to conserve the world's remaining sharks.
Film Info
Runtime:91
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:Australia
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:English
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Special Presentations
Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management
Hot Picks
Special Events
Film Subjects:Hot Picks
Ecology & the Environment
Films & Filmmakers
Sports & Recreation
Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Sally Aitken
Producer(s):Bettina Dalton
Executive Producer(s):Alan Erson
Anna Godas
Oli Harbottle
Paul Wiegard
Editor(s):Adrian Rostirolla
Cinematography:Nathan Barlow
Michael Latham
Judd Overton
Toby Ralph
Ron Taylor
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Rebel Hearts
Includes Q&A

A group of pioneering nuns in 1960s Los Angeles stood up to the patriarchy in such revolutionary ways, demanding pay cheques, marching on Selma and making political pop art, they would change Catholicism and the face of faith forever.
Film Info
Runtime:103
Copyright:2021
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:English
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Activism
Faith & Spirituality
Women & Women's Stories
Website:http://rebelheartsfilm.com
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Pedro Kos
Producer(s):Shawnee Isaac-Smith
Kira Carstensen
Judy Korin
Executive Producer(s):Ethan Goldman
Abigail E. Disney
Adrienne Becker
Christy Spitzer Thornton
Quiet
Meadow Fund
Nancy Stephens
Rick Rosenthal
Tony Hsieh
Co-Executive Producer(s):Roberto Grande
Bryn Mooser
Justin Lacob
Kathryn Everett
Mimi Pham
Nina Fialkow
Kristin Ólafsdóttir
Geralyn White Dreyfous
Lyn Davis Lear
Regina K. Scully
Emma Ho
Associate Producer(s):Gabriella Ortega Ricketts
Laurine DiRocco
Writer(s):Erin Barnett
Shawnee Isaac-Smith
Pedro Kos
Editor(s):Erin Barnett
Yaniv Elani
Pedro Kos
Ondine Rarey
Cinematography:Emily Topper
Clay Westervelt
Sound:Lawrence Everson
Animation:Una Lorenzen
Brandon Blommaert
Una Lorenzen
Motion Graphics:Emma Berliner
Daniel Claridge
Juan Delcan
Spencer Haley
Olivia Sebesky
Hanbi Sung
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The Return: Life After ISIS
Includes Q&A

This provocative doc reveals the deeper stories that drove several women to uproot their lives in the West and join ISIS in Syria. Now, infamous and reviled in the media, they yearn for absolution and the homelands that bar their return.
Film Info
Runtime:90
Copyright:2021
Country Listing:Spain
UK
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:English
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Faith & Spirituality
Middle Eastern Cultures & Issues
War & Conflict
Women & Women's Stories
Website:http://www.metfilmsales.com/the-return
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Alba Sotorra Clua
Producer(s):Alba Sotorra Clua
Vesna Cudic
Carles Torras
Executive Producer(s):Sam Collyns
Poppy Dixon
Jack Oliver
Editor(s):Michael Nollet
Xavi Carrasco
Cinematography:Lara Vilanova
Gris Jordana
Núria Roldós
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Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm
Includes Q&A

Featuring candid interviews with rock legends Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne and Liam Gallagher, this is the unlikely tale of how two Welsh brothers turned their dairy farm into one of the most successful recording studios of all time.
Film Info
Runtime:91
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:UK
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:English
Accessibility:Open Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:European Cultures & Issues
Musicians & Performers
Popular Culture
Website:http://rockfieldfilm.com
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Hannah Berryman
Producer(s):Catryn Ramasut
Executive Producer(s):Kimberley Warner
Julian Carey
Keith Potter
Editor(s):Rupert Houseman
Cinematography:Patrick Smith
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The Rossellinis
Includes Q&A

In this fascinating look inside a complicated cinema dynasty, the eldest grandson of Roberto Rossellini, one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, picks up the camera for himself and explores his family history.
Film Info
Runtime:99
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:Italy
Latvia
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:Italian
English
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:European Cultures & Issues
Films & Filmmakers
Personal Histories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Alessandro Rossellini
Producer(s):Raffaele Brunetti
Writer(s):Andrea Paolo Massara
Alessandro Rossellini
Davis Simanis
Editor(s):Ilaria de Laurentiis
Cinematography:Valdis Celminš
Sound:Stefano Varini
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The Sparks Brothers

Acclaimed filmmaker Edgar Wright’s charming love letter to innovation, music and two rebel artists takes us on a mood-elevating musical odyssey guaranteed to delight the faithful and create a whole new fanbase for this uniquely talented duo.
Film Info
Runtime:140
Copyright:2021
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:English
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Musicians & Performers
Popular Culture
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Edgar Wright
Producer(s):Edgar Wright
Nira Park
George Hencken
Laura Richardson
Archive Producer(s):Kate Griffiths
Associate Producer(s):Leo Thompson
Editor(s):Paul Trewartha
Cinematography:Jake Polonsky
Music Supervisor(s):Gary Welch
Animation:Joseph Wallace
Greg McLeod
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Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management // Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street
Live Q&A on April 30, 7pm ET

Featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, this inspiring journey takes us inside the minds and hearts of Sesame Street creators, artists, writers and educators, who together established one of the most influential and enduring children's programs in television history.
Film Info
Runtime:107
Copyright:2021
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:English
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Special Presentations
Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management
Hot Picks
Special Events
Film Subjects:Hot Picks
Children & Youth
Education
Media & Journalism
Popular Culture
Website:http://www.streetgangmovie.com
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Marilyn Agrelo
Producer(s):Trevor Crafts
Ellen Scherer Crafts
Lisa Diamond
Writer(s):Michael Davis
Editor(s):Ben Gold
Seth Skundrick
Cinematography:Luke Geissbühler
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Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management // Subjects of Desire
Live Q&A on May 6, 7pm ET

A much-needed deconstruction of race and the power of beauty, this thought-provoking doc lifts up the experiences of Black women in a moment when beauty standards are undergoing a cultural shift towards embracing Black aesthetics and features.
Film Info
Runtime:103
Copyright:2021
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:English
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Special Presentations
Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management
Hot Picks
Special Events
Film Subjects:Hot Picks
Popular Culture
Race & Racism
Women & Women's Stories
Website:http://subjectsofdesire.com
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Jennifer Holness
Producer(s):Jennifer Holness
Sudz Sutherland
Executive Producer(s):Jane Jankovic
Writer(s):Jennifer Holness
Editor(s):Lawrence Jackman
Cinematography:Iris Ng
Ricardo Diaz
Sound:Tim Lue
Edward O'Connor
Jeffrey Reyes
Richard Gott
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Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Includes A Conversation with Questlove

In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record—created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion.
Film Info
Runtime:117
Copyright:2021
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:English
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Program Category:Special Presentations
By Program - Sort:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Race & Racism
Popular Culture
Musicians & Performers
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
Producer(s):Joseph Patel, p.g.a.
Robert Fyvolent, p.g.a.
David Dinerstein, p.g.a.
Executive Producer(s):Jen Isaacson
Jon Kamen
Dave Sirulnick
Jody Allen
Ruth Johnston
Rocky Collins
Jannat Gargi
Beth Hubbard
Davis Guggenheim
Laurene Powell Jobs
Jeffrey Lurie
Marie Therese Guirgis
David Barse
Ron Eisenberg
Sheila Johnson
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
Co-Producer(s):Cora Atkinson
Inuka Bacote-Capiga
Gregory A. Thomson
Co-Executive Producer(s):Jonathan Silberberg
Nicole Stott
Archive Producer(s):Lizzy McGlynn
Associate Producer(s):Ashley Bembry-Kaintuck
Cherice Hunt
Zarah Zohlman
Editor(s):Joshua L. Pearson
Cinematography:Shawn Peters
Music Supervisor(s):Randall Poster
Production Manager(s):Corey DeStefano
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