TIFF 2017: TIFF Docs

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1. Azmaish: A Journey Through the Subcontinent (2017)

85 min | Documentary

7.0
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A transnational journey through India and Pakistan, uncovering the common humanity beyond the divisive political rhetoric.

Director: Sabiha Sumar | Star: Kalki Koechlin

Votes: 5

2. Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2017)

78 min | Documentary

5.6
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Exploring the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and '80s shaped his vision.

Director: Sara Driver

Votes: 7

3. Cocaine Prison (2017)

90 min | Documentary, Drama

6.6
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From inside Bolivia's craziest prison a cocaine worker, a drug mule and his little sister reveal the countries relationship with cocaine.

Director: Violeta Ayala | Stars: Mario Bernal, Daisy Torres, Hernan Torres

Votes: 13

4. Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars (2017)

135 min | Documentary

8.4
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A look at the life and work of guitarist Eric Clapton told by those who have known him best, including BB King, Jimi Hendrix, and George Harrison.

Director: Lili Fini Zanuck | Star: Eric Clapton

Votes: 10

5. Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017)

197 min | Documentary

7.6
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91 Metascore

A look within the walls of the New York Public Library.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 34

6. Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2017)

115 min | Documentary

6.9
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Larger than life, wild, scary and androgynous - Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits ... See full summary »

Director: Sophie Fiennes | Stars: Grace Jones, Jean-Paul Goude, Sly & Robbie

Votes: 14

7. Jane (II) (2017)

90 min | Documentary

8.9
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Using a trove of unseen footage, the film tells the story of Jane Goodall's early explorations, focusing on her groundbreaking field work, her relationship with cameraman and husband Hugo van Lawick, and the chimpanzees that she studied.

Director: Brett Morgen

Votes: 14

8. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - The Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017)

94 min | Documentary

7.8
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A behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon (1999).

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Milos Forman, Judd Hirsch

Votes: 62

9. Living Proof (2017)

93 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Matt Embry

10. Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo (2017)

90 min | Documentary

8.2
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Spanish actor Gustavo Salmerón steps behind the camera to capture the winsome eccentricities of his extraordinary mother Julita, who had three dreams: having lots of kids, owning a monkey, and living in a castle.

Director: Gustavo Salmerón | Stars: Julieta Salmerón, Gustavo Salmerón

Votes: 6

11. Love Means Zero (2017)

89 min | Documentary

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Nick Bollettieri coached a generation of tennis champions, but his relentless desire to win cost him the relationship he valued most.

Director: Jason Kohn | Star: Nick Bollettieri

12. Makala (2017)

96 min | Documentary

8.8
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Trials tribulation dreams and aspirations of a young farmer earning a living making and selling charcoal in Congo.

Director: Emmanuel Gras | Stars: Kabwita Kasongo, Lydie Kasongo

Votes: 127

13. Of Sheep and Men (2017)

78 min | Documentary | Completed

Algiers, Bab el Oued, 2016. 16-year-old Habib dreams of becoming a veterinary. But as he didn't study, he decided to train a ram named 'El Bouq' to become a sheep fight champion. Samir, 42,... See full summary »

Director: Karim Sayad

14. One of Us (IV) (2017)

95 min | Documentary

8.5
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Penetrating the insular world of New York's Hasidic community, focusing on three individuals driven to break away despite threats of retaliation.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Chani Getter, Luzer Twersky

Votes: 11

15. I've Gotta Be Me: The Many Lives of Sammy Davis JR. (TV Movie)

Biography | Announced

The definitive documentary about crossover performer of music, stage, film, and TV -- the incomparable Sammy Davis Jr.

Director: Marc Henry Johnson | Star: Sammy Davis Jr.

16. Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017)

98 min | Documentary

5.8
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A portrait of unsung Hollywood legend Scotty Bowers, whose bestselling memoir chronicled his decades spent as sexual procurer to the stars.

Director: Matt Tyrnauer | Stars: Peter Bart, Scotty Bowers, Robert Hofler, William Mann

Votes: 6

17. Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2017)

93 min | Documentary

7.5
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Morgan Spurlock reignites his battle with the food industry - this time from behind the register - as he opens his own fast food restaurant.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Jonathan Buttram

Votes: 23

18. The Carter Effect (2017)

60 min | Documentary

9.4
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In his latest documentary, Sean Menard gives viewers an unprecedented look at Vince Carter: the six-foot-six, eight-time NBA All-Star from Daytona Beach who made waves in the Canadian basketball scene when he joined the Raptors in 1998.

Director: Sean Menard | Stars: Vince Carter, Drake, Tracy McGrady, Steve Nash

Votes: 17

19. The China Hustle (2017)

82 min | Documentary

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An unsettling and eye-opening Wall Street horror story about Chinese companies, the American stock market, and the opportunistic greed behind the biggest heist you've never heard of.

Director: Jed Rothstein

20. The Final Year (2017)

89 min | Documentary

7.5
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A sweeping, insiders' account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team during their final year as they set out to define their legacy, promote diplomacy - and react to the unexpected... See full summary »

Director: Greg Barker | Stars: John Kerry, Barack Obama, Samantha Power, Ben Rhodes

Votes: 15

21. The Gospel According to André (2017)

94 min | Documentary

7.7
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From the segregated American South to the fashion capitals of the world, operatic fashion editor André Leon Talley's life and career are on full display, in a poignant portrait that ... See full summary »

Director: Kate Novack

Votes: 6

22. The Judge (2017)

76 min | Documentary

8.0
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A verité legal drama about Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih, the first woman appointed to a Shari'a court in the Middle East, whose career provides rare insights into both Islamic law and gendered justice.

Director: Erika Cohn

Votes: 7

23. The Legend of the Ugly King (2017)

122 min | Documentary

8.8
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THE LEGEND OF THE UGLY KING follows the life of the famous Kurdish director, actor, and revolutionary Yilmaz Güney, who achieved international attention by films like Yol (Palm d'Or, 1982) or Sürü (Golden Leopard, 1978).

Director: Hüseyin Tabak | Stars: Tarik Akan, Patrick Blossier, Costa-Gavras, Leyla Demirezen

Votes: 9

24. Druga strana svega (2017)

100 min | Documentary

For Serbian filmmaker Mila Turajlic, a locked door in her mother's apartment in Belgrade provides the gateway to both her remarkable family history and her country's tumultuous political inheritance.

Director: Mila Turajlic