Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Documentaries

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1. American Dharma (2018)

95 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

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

Director: Errol Morris | Star: Stephen K. Bannon

Votes: 138

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: 15

3. Carmine Street Guitars (2018)

80 min | Documentary

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: 27

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: Roger Ailes, Glenn Beck, Babette Bombshell, Catherine Corcoran

Votes: 60 | 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: Roger Ailes, Brooke Baldwin, Ashleigh Banfield, Stephen K. Bannon

Votes: 7,798 | Gross: $6.35M

6. Free Solo (2018)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Alex Honnold, Sanni McCandless

Votes: 3,535 | Gross: $12.32M

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: 10

8. Ghost Fleet (2018)

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

Votes: 20

9. Les tombeaux sans noms (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

Votes: 57

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: 41

11. Maria by Callas (2017)

PG | 119 min | Documentary, Biography

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: 620 | Gross: $1.24M

12. Meeting Gorbachev (2018)

90 min | Documentary

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

Directors: Werner Herzog, Andre Singer

Votes: 65

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: 166 | Gross: $0.06M

14. Prosecuting Evil (2018)

83 min | Documentary

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: Fatou Bensouda, Wesley Clark, Alan M. Dershowitz, Benjamin Ferencz

Votes: 15

15. Svideteli Putina (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: 212

16. Quincy (2018)

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: 1,888

17. Screwball (2018)

Documentary

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: 20

18. Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies (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: Felix Moeller, Margarethe von Trotta, Bettina Böhler | Stars: Liv Ullmann, Ruben Östlund, Olivier Assayas, Mia Hansen-Løve

Votes: 186 | Gross: $0.04M

19. The Elephant Queen (2019)

96 min | Documentary, Family | Completed

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

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: Sandra Oh, Natalie Portman, Jessica Chastain, Zoe Saldana

Votes: 55

21. Walking on Water (2018)

105 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy

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: 18

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

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: 154

26. Maiden (2018)

93 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: 14



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