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Anbessa

Displaced from their farm, a mother and her precocious 10-year-old scavenge on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital. When encroaching condominiums further threaten them, the youngster taps into the fierce power of his own imagination to battle forces beyond his control.
Film Info
Runtime:85
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Italy
USA
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Amharic
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Africa
Poverty
Urban Cultures & Issues
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Mo Scarpelli
Producer(s):Caitlin Mae Burke
Executive Producer(s):Danielle Perissi
Gelila Bekele
Editor(s):Nico Leunen
Thomas Pooters
Cinematography:Mo Scarpelli
Composer:Erik K. Skodvin
Sound:Tijn Hazen
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Behind the Shutters

The poetic musings of the director, who moved into her grandmother's house while pregnant with her first child, offer a visually enchanting reverie about memory, women's bodies and the difficulties of intergenerational understanding.
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Runtime:50
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Belgium
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:French
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Labour & Working People
Personal Histories
Women & Women's Stories
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Formally Adventurous
Highlight:Highlight
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Director(s):Messaline Raverdy
Producer(s):Messaline Raverdy
Editor(s):Ivanne de Cannart
Rudi Maerten
Writer(s):Messaline Raverdy
Cinematography:Olivier Dekegel
Composer:Hilde Nash
Sound:Messaline Raverdy
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Beloved

Shot in glorious colours in the mountains of Northern Iran, this portrait of an 82-year-old female cowherd captures the sublime independence and profound isolation of a life well lived on the rugged fringes of the world.
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Runtime:54
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Iran
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Rating:G
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Persian
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Aging & the Elderly
Agriculture & Fishing
Women Trailblazers & Rule Breakers
Middle East
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Director(s):Yaser Talebi
Producer(s):Elaheh Nobakht
Editor(s):Reza Shirvani
Writer(s):Farzaneh Fathi
Yaser Talebi
Cinematography:Yaser Talebi
Composer:Akbar Rastgar
Sound:Hossein Abolsedgh
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Bojayá: Caught in the Crossfire

Through the eyes of a survivor of one of the worst massacres in the 50-year conflict between the Colombian military and FARC guerillas, discover the darker reality that lingers beneath the veneer of recent peace talks.
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Runtime:80
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:UK
Ireland
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:14A
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Spanish
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Survivor Stories
War, Conflict & the Military
Latin America
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Director(s):Oisín Kearney
Producer(s):Trevor Birney
Editor(s):Juangus Dinsmore
Cinematography:Oisín Kearney
Composer:Rod Morris
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Confucian Dream

An aimless young wife and mother in China discovers Confucianism and becomes a zealous convert, intent on planting a seed in her impressionable four-year-old and resistant husband—but will her new values die on the vine?
Film Info
Runtime:86
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:China
USA
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Chinese
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Families & Family Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Asia
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Highlight:Highlight
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Director(s):Mijie Li
Producer(s):Mijie Li
Betsy Tsai
Violet Feng
Jeff Reichert
Editor(s):Evita YuePu Zhou
Mijie Li
Writer(s):Mijie Li
Evita YuePu Zhou
Cinematography:Mijie Li
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Dear Brother

After a tragic car crash leaves his brother catatonic, a man strives to tether his sibling to life through a one-sided dialogue of music, videos and touch that deepens their bond and reveals the profound mutual value of caregiving.
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Runtime:106
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:German
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:People with Disabilities & Disability Issues
Families & Family Relationships
Health & Healthcare
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Julia Horn
Producer(s):Erik Winker
Martin Roelly
Editor(s):Alexandra Karaoulis
Johannes Hiroshi Nakajima
Writer(s):Julia Horn
Cinematography:Timm Lange
Composer:Jörg Follert
Sound:Filipp Forberg
Michael Arens
Michael Ciesla
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Dying for Gold

Long-hidden archives finally expose how the South African gold mining industry, dependent on cheap labour coerced under colonial rule, sparked one of the world's largest epidemics of tuberculosis and silicosis.
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Runtime:98
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:South Africa
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
Isixhosa
Sesotho
Shangaan
Siswati
Afrikaans
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Africa
Capitalism & Big Business
Families & Family Relationships
Health & Healthcare
Indigenous Cultures & Issues
Labour & Working People
Race & Racism
Website:http://www.dyingforgold.com
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Catherine Meyburgh
Richard Pakleppa
Producer(s):Richard Pakleppa
Catherine Meyburgh
Editor(s):Catherine Meyburgh
Cinematography:Richard Pakleppa
Composer:Philip Miller
Sound:Mapula Lehong
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Faire-Part

On the eve of postponed elections in the DRC, a team of Congolese and Belgian directors turn the lens on performance art as political protest, but the true subject is their efforts to interrogate the colonial history that divides them.
Film Info
Runtime:58
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Belgium
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Rating:G
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:French
Lingala
Dutch
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Advocacy & Activism
Africa
Filmmakers & Filmmaking
Performers & Performance
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Formally Adventurous
Website:http://www.collectif-fairepart.com/fairepart-en
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Director(s):Anne Reijniers
Nizar Saleh
Paul Shemisi
Rob Jacobs
Producer(s):Koen Bleuzé
Anne Reijniers
Sound:Aïda Merghoub
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Gods of Molenbeek

Growing up in Brussels' infamous Molenbeek district, a trio of curious six-year-olds grapple with oversized questions of religion and faith in a frightening adult world of subway bombings and police patrols.
Film Info
Runtime:73
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Finland
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:French
Finnish
Arabic
Spanish
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Children & Youth
Immigration, Multiculturalism & Refugees
Religion & Spirituality
Western & Central Europe
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Reetta Huhtanen
Producer(s):Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen
Hanne Phlypo
Alex Tondowski
Editor(s):Jamin Benazzouz
Writer(s):Reetta Huhtanen
Cinematography:Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen
Composer:Tuomas Nikkinen
Cassis B. Staudt
Sound:Senjan Jansen
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A Haunted Past

In this solemn portrayal of a family broken by war, an embittered Tunisian father is left alone to raise his three teenage daughters after he is released from prison on charges of terrorism following the 1990s Bosnian War.
Film Info
Runtime:90
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Qatar
Tunisia
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Arabic
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Africa
Families & Family Relationships
War, Conflict & the Military
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Highlight:Highlight
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Fatma Riahi
Producer(s):Fatma Riahi
Muhammed Refaat
Executive Producer(s):Fatma Riahi
Editor(s):Najwa Khchemi
Writer(s):Fatma Riahi
Cinematography:Hatem Nechi
Sound:Ahmed Maalaoui
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Hi, AI

With artificial intelligence already in our homes and androids at our doorsteps, this poetic contemplation offers a challenging look at the new normal: robots that transcend gadgetry to assume intimate and indispensable roles in the everyday.
Film Info
Runtime:85
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Rating:14A
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
German
Japanese
Italian
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Technology & Culture
Science & Technology
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Isa Willinger
Producer(s):Stefan Kloos
Editor(s):Stephan Krumbiegel
Olaf Voigtlaender
Writer(s):Isa Willinger
Cinematography:Julian Krubasik
Composer:Ralf Pilgram
Sound:Clemens Becker
Tim Hofer
Philipp Sellier
Yoshitake Hashimoto
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Inside Lehman Brothers

A cautionary tale for the ages and a grim portent of what may come again, this detailed autopsy of the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis highlights the mainly female mortgage brokers and accountants whose whistleblowing fell on deaf ears.
Film Info
Runtime:76
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Canada
France
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:America
Capitalism & Big Business
Crime & Justice
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Jennifer Deschamps
Producer(s):Ina Fichman
Frederick Lacroix
Editor(s):Myriam Milent
Lessandro Socrates
Writer(s):John Turner
Jennifer Deschamps
Cinematography:Pierre Taillez
Composer:Medhat Hanbali
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A Kandahar Away

When a family originally from Kandahar, Afghanistan, buys land in the tiny hamlet of Kandahar, Saskatchewan, their journey to consider the potential of the Prairies reveals a generational divide and clashing ideas on what it means to be Canadian.
Film Info
Runtime:83
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Canada
Immigration, Multiculturalism & Refugees
Middle East
Personal Histories
South & Central Asia
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Aisha Jamal
Producer(s):Deborah Parks
Executive Producer(s):Shelley Saywell
Editor(s):Geoff Matheson
Writer(s):Aisha Jamal
Cinematography:John Westheuser
Max Armstrong
Composer:Bruce Fowler
Sound:Sanjay Mehta
Jason Milligan
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Last Breath

When a commercial diver is stranded hundreds of feet underwater with only five minutes of oxygen, his crew launches an eleventh-hour rescue mission in a ferocious storm. Told with incredible underwater access, this suspenseful story stares death in the face.
Film Info
Runtime:86
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:UK
Sweden
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Survivor Stories
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Website:http://www.facebook.com/lastbreathdoc
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Alex Parkinson
Richard da Costa
Producer(s):Al Morrow
Richard da Costa
Stewart le Maréchal
Angus Lamont
Dylan Williams
Alex Parkinson
Executive Producer(s):Jonny Persey
Vesna Cudic
Lesley Finlay
Tony Nellany
Martin Pieper
Bastien Sirodot
Adrian Politowski
Editor(s):Sam Rogers
Writer(s):Alex Parkinson
Cinematography:Alistair McCormick
Eric Börjeson
Composer:Paul Leonard-Morgan
Sound:Ben Baird
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Lourdes

Thousands converge daily on a tiny market town in southern France, each praying for their own miracle. In this clear-eyed look at one of the world's most important pilgrimage sites, raw hope and humanity merge with the theatre of religious tourism.
Film Info
Runtime:91
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:France
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:French
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:People with Disabilities & Disability Issues
Health & Healthcare
Mortality & Loss
Religion & Spirituality
Western & Central Europe
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Website:http://www.upsidedistribution.com/?LOURDES
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Alban Teurlai
Thierry Demaizière
Producer(s):Stéphanie Schorter
Thierry Demaizière
Alban Teurlai
Executive Producer(s):Stéphanie Schorter
Stéphane Célérier
Valérie Garcia
Editor(s):Alban Teurlai
Writer(s):Alban Teurlai
Thierry Demaizière
Jeanne Aptekman
Sixtine Léon-Dufour
Cinematography:Alban Teurlai
Composer:AVIA
Sound:Emmanuel Guionet
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The Magic Life of V

Armouring herself with a fairy-tale alter ego through live-action role play, a young woman cannot let go of memories of brutal childhood abuse until she's ready to step out of her elaborate fantasy world and face the real monster from her past.
Film Info
Runtime:85
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Finland
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Rating:14A
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Finnish
English
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Mental Health & Addiction
Survivor Stories
Women & Women's Stories
Northern Europe
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Tonislav Hristov
Producer(s):Kaarle Aho
Kai Nordberg
Kirstine Barfod
Andrea Stanoeva
Editor(s):Anne Jünemann
Tonislav Hristov
Writer(s):Tonislav Hristov
Kaarle Aho
Cinematography:Alexander Stanishev
Composer:Petar Dundakov
Sound:Jacques Pedersen
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Massacre River

When over 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent are left stateless after the country rules their citizenship invalid, violence and unchecked xenophobia erupts, and one woman races to gain legal status to stay with her daughter before the clock runs out.
Film Info
Runtime:79
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:R
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Spanish
Haitian Creole
English
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Immigration, Multiculturalism & Refugees
Politics & Political Intrigue
Race & Racism
Carribean
Highlight:Highlight
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Suzan Beraza
Producer(s):Suzan Beraza
David Byars
Executive Producer(s):Abigail Disney
Gini Reticker
Editor(s):Suzan Beraza
Cheree Dillon
Casey Nay
Cinematography:David Byars
Composer:Cleod9 Music
Kirk Drogsvold
Malou Beauvoir
Kyra Kopestonsky
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Midnight Family

In this suspenseful vérité study of a broken system, take a bumpy ride along the streets of Mexico City with a working-class family as they race to save lives and carve out a place in the cutthroat for-profit ambulance industry.
Film Info
Runtime:81
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Mexico
USA
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Rating:14A
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Spanish
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Families & Family Relationships
Health & Healthcare
Labour & Working People
Latin America
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Website:http://www.midnightfamilyfilm.com
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Luke Lorentzen
Producer(s):Kellen Quinn
Luke Lorentzen
Elena Fortes
Daniela Alatorre
Editor(s):Luke Lorentzen
Paloma López Carrillo
Cinematography:Luke Lorentzen
Composer:Los Shajatos
Sound:Matías Barberis
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Midnight Traveler

When the Taliban puts a bounty on an Afghan director's head, he captures on camera his family's uncertain and dangerous quest for asylum in this account of the love shared between a family on the run.
Film Info
Runtime:87
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:USA
Qatar
UK
Canada
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Afghan Persian
English
Bulgarian
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Immigration, Multiculturalism & Refugees
Personal Histories
Religion & Spirituality
South & Central Asia
War, Conflict & the Military
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Website:http://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/midnighttraveler
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Hassan Fazili
Producer(s):Emelie Mahdavian
Su Kim
Writer(s):Emelie Mahdavian
Cinematography:Hassan Fazili
Fatima Fazili
Nargis Fazili
Zahar Fazili
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Mr. Toilet: The World's #2 Man

An eccentric, passionate entrepreneur becomes an unlikely hero on a high-stakes mission: solving the dire global sanitation crisis. When his project to secure six million toilets for India is jeopardized, hundreds of thousands of lives hang in the balance.
Film Info
Runtime:87
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:14A
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
Mandarin
Hindi
Telugu
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Capitalism & Big Business
Ecology & the Environment
Health & Healthcare
South & Central Asia
Website:http://www.mrtoiletfilm.com
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Lily Zepeda
Producer(s):Tchavdar Georgiev
Lily Zepeda
Eugene Efuni
Executive Producer(s):Conrad Whelan
Jason Choo
Co-Producer(s):Greta McAnany
Editor(s):Monique Zavistovski
Hee-Jae Park
Writer(s):Lily Zepeda
Monique Zavistovski
Tchavdar Georgiev
Hee-Jae Park
Cinematography:Khairulhakim Mohamad Bashir
Saptarshi Roy
Mrinal Desai
Siyan Lu
Composer:Nick Urata
Sound:Ugo Derouard
Animation:Kunal Sen
Tisha Deb Pillai
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