Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Documentaries

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1. American Dharma (2018)

95 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

A portrait of controversial political strategist and former Donald Trump advisor, Stephen K. Bannon.

Director: Errol Morris | Star: Stephen K. Bannon

Votes: 156

2. Angels Are Made of Light (2018)

117 min | Documentary

A dozen years after his Oscar-nominated Iraq in Fragments, American documentarian James Longley delivers a sweeping, profoundly compassionate group portrait of Afghan students and teachers still weathering national turbulence.

Director: James Longley | Stars: Fazula, Hasiba, Yaldash Mir-Habibullah, Rostam Mir-Mohammed-Ullah

Votes: 18

3. Carmine Street Guitars (2018)

80 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

Five days in the life of fabled Greenwich Village guitar store Carmine Street Guitars.

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Eszter Balint, Christine Bougie, Nels Cline, Kirk Douglas

Votes: 70 | Gross: $0.03M

4. Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

A documentary that explores the rise and fall of the late Roger Ailes, from his early media influence on the Nixon presidency to his controversial leadership at Fox News.

Director: Alexis Bloom | Stars: Tony Waag, Babette Bombshell, Catherine Corcoran, John Reardon

Votes: 200 | Gross: $0.04M

5. Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)

R | 128 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Jim Acosta, Roger Ailes, Brooke Baldwin, Ashleigh Banfield

Votes: 11,207 | Gross: $6.35M

6. Free Solo (2018)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary, Sport

83 Metascore

Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Cheyne Lempe

Votes: 30,922 | Gross: $17.54M

7. Freedom Fields (2018)

97 min | Documentary

An intimate look at post-revolution Libya through the eyes of an aspiring all-female soccer team, whose struggle to gain mainstream acceptance mirrors the broader challenges facing women in contemporary Libyan society.

Director: Naziha Arebi

Votes: 21

8. Ghost Fleet (2018)

90 min | Documentary

Ghost Fleet follows a small group of activists who risk their lives on remote Indonesian islands to find justice and freedom for the enslaved fishermen who feed the world's insatiable ... See full summary »

Directors: Shannon Service, Jeffrey Waldron | Stars: Tun Lin, Patima Tungpuchayakul

Votes: 36

9. Graves Without a Name (2018)

115 min | Documentary

In Rithy Panh's latest exploration of the lasting effects of the Cambodian genocide, a 13-year-old boy who loses most of his family begins a search for their graves.Cambodian-born, ... See full summary »

Director: Rithy Panh | Star: Randal Douc

Votes: 74

10. Heartbound: A Different Kind of Love Story (2018)

90 min | Documentary

In the small northern region of Jutland, Denmark, over 900 Thai women are married to Danish men, a trend that started 25 years ago when a former sex worker from Northeastern Thailand ... See full summary »

Directors: Janus Metz, Sine Plambech

Votes: 89

11. Maria by Callas (2017)

PG | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

71 Metascore

An intimate look at the life and work of Greek-American opera singer Maria Callas, as told in her own words.

Director: Tom Volf | Stars: Fanny Ardant, Joyce DiDonato, Maria Callas, Aristotle Onassis

Votes: 805 | Gross: $1.27M

12. Meeting Gorbachev (2018)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

The life of Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union in chronological order.

Directors: Werner Herzog, André Singer | Stars: Yuri Andropov, James Baker, Leonid Brezhnev, Konstantin Chernenko

Votes: 259 | Gross: $0.12M

13. Monrovia, Indiana (2018)

Not Rated | 143 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

Following the 2016 presidential election, Frederick Wiseman's documentary dissects small-town America to understand how its values impact and influence the political landscape of the nation.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 236 | Gross: $0.06M

14. Prosecuting Evil (2018)

83 min | Documentary, Biography, History

77 Metascore

A portrait of Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg Trial prosecutor, who continues to wage his lifelong crusade in the fight for law and peace.

Director: Barry Avrich | Stars: Rosalie Abella, Fatou Bensouda, Wesley Clark, Alan M. Dershowitz

Votes: 79

15. Putin's Witnesses (2018)

102 min | Documentary

A rare glimpse at the young Putin and the vast political machine that brought him to power.

Director: Vitaliy Manskiy | Stars: Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Vitaliy Manskiy, Boris Yeltsin

Votes: 407

16. Quincy (2018)

TV-MA | 124 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

An intimate look into the life of icon Quincy Jones. A unique force in music and popular culture for 70 years, Jones has transcended racial and cultural boundaries; his story is inextricably woven into the fabric of America.

Directors: Alan Hicks, Rashida Jones | Stars: Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Clarence Avant

Votes: 2,312

17. Screwball (2018)

105 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Billy Corben's true-crime dramedy investigates the MLB's infamous doping scandal involving a nefarious clinician and his most famous client: the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.

Director: Billy Corben | Stars: Bryan Blanco, Frankie Diaz, Jonathan Blanco, Jake Alexander Martin

Votes: 112 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Searching for Ingmar Bergman (2018)

99 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Internationally renowned director Margarethe von Trotta takes a closer look at Bergman's life and work and explores his film legacy with Bergman's closest collaborators, both in front and ... See full summary »

Directors: Margarethe von Trotta, Bettina Böhler, Felix Moeller | Stars: Liv Ullmann, Olivier Assayas, Ruben Östlund, Mia Hansen-Løve

Votes: 249 | Gross: $0.04M

19. The Elephant Queen (2019)

96 min | Documentary, Family

Athena is a mother who will do everything in her power to protect her herd when they are forced to leave their waterhole. This epic journey, narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, takes audiences across the African savannah, and into the heart of an elephant family. A tale of love, loss and coming home.

Directors: Mark Deeble, Victoria Stone | Star: Chiwetel Ejiofor

20. This Changes Everything (2018)

97 min | Documentary

An investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring accounts from well-known actors, executives and artists in the Industry.

Director: Tom Donahue | Stars: Brit Marling, Chloë Grace Moretz, Zoe Saldana, Natalie Portman

Votes: 107

21. Walking on Water (2018)

105 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

An uncensored look into the artistic process and personal relationships of Christo, an artist known for his large-scale installations. For the first time since the passing of his wife and ... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Paounov

Votes: 298 | Gross: $0.03M

22. What Is Democracy? (2018)

107 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

This documentary examines the philosophy behind the concept of Democracy, from ancient Athens to modern Greece and the American Civil Rights movement.

Director: Astra Taylor | Stars: William Barber, Wendy Brown, Angela Davis, Silvia Federici

Votes: 56 | Gross: $0.04M

23. When Arabs Danced (2018)

90 min | Documentary

A fundamentalist hates life. For him, it presents temptation, a moving away from God and a loss of time before the celestial paradise with its rivers flowing with milk of eternal taste, its... See full summary »

Director: Jawad Rhalib | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Zouzou Ben Chikha, Chokri Ben Chikha, Feyrouz

Votes: 10

25. The Truth About Killer Robots (2018)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

HBO Original Documentary that shows how humans are becoming more and more dependent on robots nowadays. This film also features several points of view from engineers, journalists, and ... See full summary »

Director: Maxim Pozdorovkin | Stars: Leon Gonzalez, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Zheng JiaJia

Votes: 215

26. Maiden (2018)

PG | 97 min | Documentary

The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

Director: Alex Holmes | Star: Tracy Edwards

Votes: 84



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