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2022 TIFF: Laura Poitras, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Werner Herzog & Sacha Jenkins in TIFF Docs

2022 TIFF: Laura Poitras, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Werner Herzog & Sacha Jenkins in TIFF Docs

Docu-helmer Sacha Jenkins will see his Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues lead the TIFF DOCS section in 2022 with the privileged opening night spot. After preeming in Telluride, Werner Herzog will be heading to Toronto with Theatre Of Thought — the docu is a deep dive into the human brain. After competing for the Venice Golden Lion, Laura Poitras is headed to TIFF for the premiere of All the Beauty and the Bloodshed. The award-winning docu-helmer will also be part of a talk – Visionaries: What Laura Poitras Learned from Nan Goldin.

Another docu that will ruffle up some feathers is Gabriela Cowperthwaite‘s The Grab — we imagine the super secretive docu (based on leaked docuuments) will give several black eyes to governments. According to the program’s Thom Powers,  the doc has been in the works for almost a decade – it follows journalist Nathan Halverson as he undertakes a deep investigative look at the increasing land grab that’s taking place by governments who are recognizing that their resources for food and water are running out. Here is the line-up:

752 Is Not A Number Babak Payami | Canada – World Premiere
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed Laura Poitras | USA – North American Premiere
Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On Madison Thomas | Canada – World Premiere
Casa Susanna Sébastien Lifshitz | France, USA – North American Premiere
Ciné-Guerrillas: Scenes from the Labudovic Reels Mila Turajlic | Serbia, France, Croatia, Montenegro – World Premiere
The Colour of Ink Brian D. Johnson | Canada – World Premiere
Documentary Now! Alex Buono, Rhys Thomas, Micah Gardner | USA – World Premiere
Ever Deadly Tanya Tagaq, Chelsea McMullan | Canada – World Premiere
Free Money Sam Soko, Lauren DeFilippo | Kenya, USA – World Premiere
Mariupolis 2 Mantas Kvedaravičius | Lithuania, France, Germany – North American Premiere
The Grab Gabriela Cowperthwaite | USA – World Premiere
In Her Hands Tamana Ayazi, Marcel Mettelsiefen | USA, Afghanistan – World Premiere
Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues Sacha Jenkins | USA – World Premiere (TIFF Docs Opening Film)

Maya and the Wave Stephanie Johnes | USA – World Premiere
Miúcha, The Voice of Bossa Nova Daniel Zarvos, Liliane Mutti | Brazil, France – Canadian Premiere
My Imaginary Country Patricio Guzmán | Chile, France – North American Premiere
Patrick and the Whale Mark Fletcher | Austria – World Premiere
Pray for our Sinners Sinéad O’Shea | Ireland – World Premiere
Self-Portrait as a Coffee Pot William Kentridge | South Africa, USA – World Premiere
Theatre of Thought Werner Herzog | USA – International Premiere
To Kill a Tiger Nisha Pahuja | Canada – World Premiere
While We Watched Vinay Shukla | UK – World Premiere

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include 1976 (Manuela Martelli), Godland (Hlynur Pálmason), Corsage (Marie Kreutzer), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen).

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