TIFF 2017: TIFF Docs

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

85 min | Documentary

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

Director: Sabiha Sumar | Star: Kalki Koechlin

Votes: 27

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

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

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

Director: Sara Driver | Stars: Alexis Adler, Fab 5 Freddy, Patricia Field, Coleen Fitzgibbon

Votes: 287 | Gross: $0.17M

3. Cocaine Prison (2017)

90 min | Documentary, Drama

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: 51

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

TV-MA | 135 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

62 Metascore

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 | Stars: Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Ginger Baker, Chuck Berry

Votes: 1,506

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

197 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

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

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Stars: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Elvis Costello, Richard Dawkins, Edmund de Waal

Votes: 895 | Gross: $0.16M

6. Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2017)

PG | 115 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

75 Metascore

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, Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar, Jean-Paul Goude, Marjorie Jones

Votes: 876 | Gross: $0.37M

7. Jane (II) (2017)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and work of the renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Jane Goodall, Hugo Van Lawick, Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick

Votes: 3,404 | Gross: $1.72M

8. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)

TV-MA | 94 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

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, Peter Bonerz

Votes: 20,235

9. Living Proof (2017)

93 min | Documentary, Biography

When a young man is diagnosed with a debilitating autoimmune disease with no cure, he and his father go on a journey to find answers and hope. Filmmaker Matt Embry and his family are ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Embry

Votes: 118

10. Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle (2017)

90 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

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: Julita Salmerón, Antonio García Cabanes, Ramón García Salmerón, Paloma García Salmerón

Votes: 1,003

11. Love Means Zero (2017)

TV-PG | 89 min | Documentary

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

Director: Jason Kohn | Stars: Nick Bollettieri, Andre Agassi, Carling Bassett, John F. Bassett

Votes: 277

12. Makala (2017)

96 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

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: 496

13. Of Sheep and Men (2017)

78 min | Documentary

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

Votes: 20

14. One of Us (IV) (2017)

95 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

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: Etty, Chani Getter, Ari Hershkowitz, Luzer Twersky

Votes: 3,656

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)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary, Biography

67 Metascore

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: Scotty Bowers, Lois Bowers, William Mann, David Kuhn

Votes: 814 | Gross: $0.46M

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

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

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: 479

18. The Carter Effect (2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Sport

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: 1,073

19. The China Hustle (2017)

R | 82 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

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 | Stars: Soren Aandahl, Carson Block, Dan David, Matthew Wiechert

Votes: 1,892 | Gross: $0.05M

20. The Final Year (2017)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A chronicle of the Barack Obama administration's foreign policy team and the events of Obama's final year in office.

Director: Greg Barker | Stars: Ben Rhodes, Samantha Power, John Kerry, Susan Rice

Votes: 2,272 | Gross: $0.19M

21. The Gospel According to André (2017)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

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 | Stars: André Leon Talley, Bethann Hardison, Marc Jacobs, Anna Wintour

Votes: 328 | Gross: $0.40M

22. The Judge (2017)

76 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

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 | Star: Kholoud Al-Faqih

Votes: 91 | Gross: $0.02M

23. The Legend of the Ugly King (2017)

122 min | Documentary, Biography

A young filmmaker sets out to explore the eventful 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: Yilmaz Güney, Tarik Akan, Patrick Blossier, Costa-Gavras

Votes: 141

24. The Other Side of Everything (2017)

100 min | Documentary, Biography

83 Metascore

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 | Stars: Mirjana Karanovic, Srbijanka Turajlic

Votes: 896 | Gross: $0.00M



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