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A Dress Rehearsal for an Execution

Official Selection, Hot Docs 2014

Director Bahman Tavoosi recreates the Pulitzer prize-winning photograph of political prisoner executions in post-revolution Iran which was so powerful it prompted the photographer to hide his identity for 27 years.

Director Bahman Tavoosi and Amnesty International Canada Board member Renee Saviour will participate in a post-screening Q&A.

Co-presented by Amnesty International.

WED, JAN 14, 6:45 PM.


Composers On Screen: A look at a composer's work through performances by world-renowned musicians.

Created by award-winning documentary filmmaker Phil Grabsky, In Search of Mozart showcases more than 80 of Mozart's works, produced with leading orchestras and musicians from around the world.

Co-presented by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

SAT, JAN 10, 1:00 PM.

Last Days in Vietnam

"Heartrending and inspiring." - The Hollywood Reporter

A stunning look at the final days of the Vietnam War and the heroic efforts of Americans who took matters into their own hands to help evacuate 135,000 South Vietnamese.

FRI, JAN 16 - 29, select dates and times.

Monk with a Camera

Nominee—Audience Award, Best Documentary, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014

After abandoning a privileged life and promising photography career to become a Buddhist monk, Nicholas Vreeland – grandson of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland – renews his artistic pursuit years later to raise funds to rebuild a Tibetan monastery.

FRI, JAN 9 - 15, select times.

Toronto Jewish Film Society: Tinghir-Jerusalem: Echos From the Mellah

(France, Morocco, 2013, 86 min.) Documentary. Curious about the Jewish Berbers who used to live in his Moroccan village, and wondering why they left, historian and filmmaker Kamal Hachkar heads off to Israel and Morocco to solve the mystery. A fascinating examination of a little known facet of Jewish history, Tinghir-Jerusalem will astound you. Guest Speaker: Yigal S. Nizri.


Toronto Jewish Film Society: The Matchmaker

(Israel, 2010, 122 min.) It’s Haifa in the summer of ’68. Sixteen year-old Arik finds himself working for a mysterious matchmaker, survivor. This is 1960s Israeli society, where echoes of the Holocaust meet the summer of free love. An alluring and joyous, yet sobering coming-of-age comedy/drama that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.
Presented as part of Spotlight on Israeli Culture.
Guest Speaker: Professor Kalman Weiser
Al Green Theatre
4:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Individual tickets:

Toronto Jewish Film Society: Cupcakes

(France/Israel, 2013, 92 min.) When a bunch of Tel Aviv neighbours composes a tune to cheer up one of their own, they don’t imagine that it will be entered into a European song contest. From Israeli’s best filmmaker (Eytan Fox, The Bubble), comes this exuberant and uplifting film that will have you dancing in the aisles. Co-presented with Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival and Kulanu Toronto.  Guest Speaker: Jamie Levin.
Al Green Theatre

DOC SOUP: Evolution of a Criminal

Official Selection, SXSW 2014
Winner—Filmmaker Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2014
Winner—Special Jury Prize, 2014 Dallas International Film Festival

This honest and raw self-portrait dissects the factors that drove director Darius Clark Monroe from a lighthearted childhood to robbing a bank at the age of 16.

Director Darius Clark Monroe will introduce the film and answer questions following select screenings.

DEC 3 & 4, select times.


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