Toronto 2021: Documentary Overview

The 46th Toronto International Film Festival

September 9-18

This Fall cinema mainstay retains its slimmed down lineup for the second year of the pandemic, screening only 20 documentaries, up slightly from 2020’s edition.

Among the offerings:

Director: Stanley Nelson
An examination of the largest prison uprising in US history through dozens of new interviews with inmates, journalists, and other witnesses.

Director: Rebeca Huntt
A raw, poetic self-portrait in which the young, NYC-born Afro-Latina filmmaker stares down historical, societal, and generational trauma.

Director: Eva Orner
A look at the devastating fires in Australia and the lack of political will to address climate change.

Director: Gian Cassini
The filmmaker investigates several generations of men in his family caught up in violence, including his father, who was a hitman in Tijuana.

The Devil’s Drivers 
Director: Mohammed Abugeth, Daniel Carsenty
Palestinian smugglers are followed on high-speed trips to help workers cross the border.

Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over
Director: Dave Wooley, David Heilbroner
A chronicle of the iconic singer’s fascinating six-decade career in both music and Black and LGBTQ activism.

Hold Your Fire
Director: Stefan Forbes
Captives, cops, and robbers in New York City’s longest hostage siege reflect in this suspenseful and enlightening take on an event long misunderstood.

Director: Alison Klayman
Alanis Morissette reflects on her 1990s rise to rock stardom.

Listening to Kenny G
Director: Penny Lane
A witty and provocative look at the easy-listening saxophonist’s story while asking: what makes music good or bad?

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