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Cavebirds

Intrigued by her aging father's return to rural Malaysia to launch an edible bird nest farm, a Montreal filmmaker follows him seeking answers and instead discovers truths about home and heritage that help bridge the gap between them.
Film Info
Runtime:81
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:G
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Mandarin
English
Hokkien
French
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Aging & the Elderly
Agriculture & Fishing
Canada
Personal Histories
Southeast Asia
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Emily Gan
Producer(s):Emily Gan
Cinematography:Emily Gan
Thomas Kimmerlin
Composer:Emily Gan
Sound:Christian Olsen
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Conviction

Dreaming of a society that empowers rather than jails the marginalized, a group of incarcerated women in Canada joins forces with an advocacy organization, determined to author their own stories and rebuild their communities from the inside out.
Film Info
Runtime:78
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Advocacy & Activism
Canada
Crime & Justice
Women & Women's Stories
Poverty
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Website:http://www.convictiondocumentary.com
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Ariella Pahlke
Nance Ackerman
Teresa MacInnes
Producer(s):Teresa MacInnes
Annette Clarke
Executive Producer(s):Annette Clarke
Writer(s):Nance Ackerman
Ariella Pahlke
Teresa MacInnes
Cinematography:Nance Ackerman
Sound:Judith Gruber-Stitzer
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The Daughter Tree

In this evocative study of gender in India, where a cultural preference for baby boys has forced a seismic population imbalance, villages cope with their male surpluses and a midwife fearlessly advocates for unborn girls.
Film Info
Runtime:88
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Families & Family Relationships
Gender & Sexuality
Women & Women's Stories
South & Central Asia
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Rama Rau
Editor(s):Rob Ruzic
Cinematography:Nagaraj Diwakar
Composer:Ken Myhr
Sound:Lalit Malik
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Drag Kids

Four precocious preteens perfect their lip synching and runway walks in anticipation of the biggest drag performance of their lives at Montreal Pride, in this fierce and joyous celebration of acceptance and self-discovery.
Film Info
Runtime:80
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:G
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Children & Youth
Gender & Sexuality
LGBTQ Cultures & Issues
Performers & Performance
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Megan Wennberg
Producer(s):Edward Peill
Erin Oakes
Editor(s):Warren Jefferies
Writer(s):Megan Wennberg
Cinematography:Paul McCurdy
Sound:Zan Rosborough
Julia Innes
Petros Kolyvas
Barton Hewitt
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El Toro

Romance and tragedy bind eight siblings who worked together in the '60s at their now-demolished family-run truck stop diner on the outskirts of Winnipeg. Rebuilt as a backdrop for this quirky hybrid doc, the diner infuses their charming story with a surreal nostalgia.
Film Info
Runtime:43
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Toronto Premiere
Rating:G
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Canada
Families & Family Relationships
Food
Labour & Working People
Website:http://eltorofilm.com
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Danielle Sturk
Producer(s):Danielle Sturk
Editor(s):Dany Joyal
Writer(s):Danielle Sturk
Cinematography:Gabriel Levesque
Composer:Lucille Starr
Andrina Turenne
Sound:Danielle Sturk
Dany Joyal
Dioramas:Peter C. Graham
Janelle Tougas
Illustration:Diana Thorneycroft
3D Animation:Stephanein Boulet
Phi Images
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Havana, from on High

Gorgeous cinematography and inspired soundscapes infuse this study of a decaying district in Havana, where chronic housing shortages force residents ever higher into rooftop homes—and into a bird's-eye view of a society in transformation.
Film Info
Runtime:80
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Toronto Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Spanish
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Urban Cultures & Issues
Carribean
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Director(s):Pedro Ruiz
Producer(s):Arantza Maldonado
Editor(s):Pedro Ruiz
Cinematography:Pedro Ruiz
Composer:Jérémi Roy
Sound:René Portillo
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The Hottest August

Amid news of devastating wildfires and hurricanes, rising rents and white nationalist marches, anxious residents of New York City and its outer boroughs ponder an unpredictable and potentially catastrophic future during one steamy summer month.
Film Info
Runtime:95
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Canada
USA
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:America
Ecology & the Environment
Urban Cultures & Issues
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Website:http://www.thehottestaugust.com
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Brett Story
Producer(s):Danielle Varga
Brett Story
Executive Producer(s):Maida Lynn
Sally Jo Fifer
Lois Vossen
Editor(s):Nels Bangerter
Cinematography:Derek Howard
Composer:Troy Herion
Sound:Ernst Karel
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Illusions of Control

From nuclear fallout to arsenic-contaminated drinking water, five women across the globe find the means to survive in an apocalyptic world decimated by human activity.
Film Info
Runtime:87
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
Japanese
Chinese
Spanish
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Ecology & the Environment
Women & Women's Stories
Website:http://illusionsofcontrol.com
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Shannon Walsh
Producer(s):Andréa Schmidt
Shannon Walsh
Executive Producer(s):Patrick Reed
Editor(s):Hart Snider
Writer(s):Shannon Walsh
Cinematography:Pablo Alvarez-Mesa
Composer:Owen Pallett
Sound:Eugenio Battaglia
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nipawistamasowin: We Will Stand Up

A grieving family's pursuit of justice becomes a flashpoint of the inequity and racism in the Canadian legal system after the killer of Colten Boushie, a young Cree man in Saskatchewan, is acquitted of murder charges.
Film Info
Runtime:98
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
Cree
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Canada
Crime & Justice
Families & Family Relationships
Indigenous Cultures & Issues
Race & Racism
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Tasha Hubbard
Producer(s):Bonnie Thompson
Tasha Hubbard
George Hupka
Jon Montes
Executive Producer(s):David Christensen
Kathy Avrich-Johnson
Janice Dawe
Editor(s):Hans Olson
Writer(s):Tasha Hubbard
Cinematography:George Hupka
Composer:Jason Burnstick
Sound:Evan Rust
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Our Dance of Revolution

Protest and passion ground this long-overdue look at Toronto's Black LGBTQ community, featuring a rousing oral history of struggle and triumph from four decades of local legends and freedom fighters.
Film Info
Runtime:102
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Advocacy & Activism
Black Cultures & Issues
Canada
LGBTQ Cultures & Issues
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Website:http://www.ourdanceofrevolution.com
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Phillip Pike
Producer(s):Phillip Pike
Editor(s):Eugene Weis
Cinematography:Jack Weisman
Composer:Gavin Bradley
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A Place of Tide and Time

The old guard of a remote fishing village in eastern Quebec fight for their traditional life and livelihood after the cod industry's collapse, while their teenage children embrace exile as their only chance at happiness.
Film Info
Runtime:78
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:G
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Agriculture & Fishing
Canada
Labour & Working People
Website:http://www.aplaceoftideandtime.com
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Sébastien Rist
Aude Leroux-Lévesque
Producer(s):Jean-simon Chartier
Editor(s):Andréa Henriquez
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Prey

This riveting story of deceit, corruption and vindication follows a survivor of sexual abuse as he and his lawyer take on the Catholic Church in an Ontario court.
Film Info
Runtime:85
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:R
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Canada
Children & Youth
Crime & Justice
Religion & Spirituality
Survivor Stories
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Matt Gallagher
Producer(s):Cornelia Principe
Matt Gallagher
Nick Hector (co-producer)
Editor(s):Nick Hector
Cinematography:Matt Gallagher
Composer:Justin Small
Ohad Benchetrit
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River Silence

As construction of one of the world's largest dams destroys the Amazon's ancient ecosystems and displaces tens of thousands, the filmmaker offers a potent and lyrical plea for those brutalized for the sake of rampant development.
Film Info
Runtime:90
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:G
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Brazilian Portuguese
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Capitalism & Big Business
Ecology & the Environment
Indigenous Cultures & Issues
Latin America
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Rogério Soares
Producer(s):Bob Moore
Annette Clarke
Editor(s):Ryan Mullins
Cinematography:Glauco Bermudez
Aldo Oviedo Tejo
Composer:Nicole Lizée
Sound Design:Benoît Dame
Jérémie Jones
Catherine van der Donckt
Location Sound:Catherine Van Der Donckt
Victor Arturo Jaramillo Quevedo
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Shella Record – A Reggae Mystery

When a reggae fanatic unearths a record by a mysterious diva in a Toronto junk shop, his resulting musical obsession drives him on an increasingly desperate quest to Kingston, Jamaica, to track down the song's elusive singer.
Film Info
Runtime:87
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:G
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
Jamaican Patois
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Black Cultures & Issues
Music & Musicians
Mystery & Intrigue
Popular Culture
Carribean
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Chris Flanagan
Producer(s):Chris Flanagan
Executive Producer(s):Matthew Bate
Herbie Miller
Editor(s):Sonia Godding Togobo
Cinematography:Graeme Mathieson
Sound:Lucas Prokaziuk
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The World or Nothing

Armed with a cellphone, a laptop and elaborate dance moves, determined twin brothers migrate from Cuba to Spain in pursuit of internet stardom in this tender look at millennial celebrity, brotherly love and the cost of realizing dreams.
Film Info
Runtime:84
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:G
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Spanish
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Families & Family Relationships
Performers & Performance
Popular Culture
Technology & Culture
Carribean
Southern Europe
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Ingrid Veninger
Producer(s):Ingrid Veninger
Editor(s):Claudia Munuera
Cinematography:Leon Guallart Diaz
Composer:Sensacion Gemela
Sound:Eric Apps
John Switzer
Jakob Thiesen
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Your Last Walk in the Mosque

After a lone gunman opens fire in a Quebec City mosque, killing six, the survivors and families of a community in shock come together to heal, sharing stories and honouring the lives of those who were taken from them.
Film Info
Runtime:50
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Toronto Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:French
Arabic
English
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Canada
Crime & Justice
Race & Racism
Religion & Spirituality
Survivor Stories
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Ubaydah Abu-Usayd
Abderrahmane Hedjoudje
Producer(s):Tariq Syed
Editor(s):Myriam Terristi
Ubaydah Abu-Usayd
Abderrahmane Hedjoudje
Cinematography:Ubaydah Abu-Usayd
Sound:Abderrahmane Hedjoudje
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