Film Guide 2019

Section
World Cinema Documentary

Examining true stories from across the globe, this eye-opening section looks at a changing world and the individuals helping to shape it. Ranging from headline-grabbing events to small-scale human portraits, these documentaries encapsulate our world in consistently surprising and eclectic ways.

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ALAN PAKULA: GOING FOR TRUTH

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 98 min World Premiere The director of such landmark titles as ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN and SOPHIE’S CHOICE, and producer of seminal films like TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, lauded filmmaker Alan J Pakula was unflinching in h …

Directed by Matthew Miele

BIKRAM: YOGI, GURU, PREDATOR

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 86 min US Premiere As the founder of his namesake system of hot yoga, Bikram Choudhury is responsible for leading one of the most popular movements of its kind in the last century. As the figurehead of the technique, …

Directed by Eva Orner

BORN TO BE

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 92 min Having established himself as a world-renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Jess Ting moves into a new role as the lead gender-affirming surgeon at the Mount Sinai Center—where, for the first time ever, a …

Directed by Tania Cypriano

THE CAPOTE TAPES

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 98 min US Premiere With unprecedented access to the unique interview tapes of George Plimpton’s 1997 best-selling biography Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His T …

Directed by Ebs Burnough

CITIZEN K

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 125 min New York Premiere In Alex Gibney’s (TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, GOING CLEAR) revelatory new documentary, the director looks at the curious case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once said to be the wealthiest man in Russia and n …

Directed by Alex Gibney

IN MEMORIAM

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 90 min World Premiere In the United States, an active shooter incident now occurs every 12 days. IN MEMORIAM looks at the human cost of the country’s mass shooting epidemic through the surviving communities of three of …

Directed by Ben Steele

THE KINGMAKER

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 100 min New York Premiere Continuing her career-long fascination with the extremely wealthy, documentarian Lauren Greenfield (THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, GENERATION WEALTH) profiles Imelda Marcos, the former Filipino politician …

Directed by Lauren Greenfield

MIDNIGHT FAMILY

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 81 min Mexico City has fewer than 45 government-run ambulances to serve a population of 9 million people. The void is filled by an ecosystem of private ambulances and EMTs. Documentarian Luke Lorentzen fol …

Directed by Luke Lorentzen

MUSEUM TOWN

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 76 min Once a flourishing textile mill town, the closing of the factories in North Adams, Massachusetts in the 1980s cast the community into becoming one of many post-industrial ghost towns scattered throu …

Directed by Jennifer Trainer

OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 110 min • WINNER: HIFF27 Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature Shortly after receiving the news of a fatal diagnosis in early 2015, world-renowned British neurologist, historian, physician, and auth …

Directed by Ric Burns

ON BROADWAY

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 82 min World Premiere An all-star cast tells the inside story of Broadway theatre, and how it came back from the brink thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion, and a sometimes uneasy balance between art a …

Directed by Oren Jacoby

ROMANTIC COMEDY

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 78 min East Coast Premiere As a teenager, Elizabeth Sankey’s understanding of love, relationships, and romance was defined by her obsession with romantic comedies. Now a filmmaker herself, she returns to the films she loved …

Directed by Elizabeth Sankey

TELL ME WHO I AM

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 85 min East Coast Premiere Alex Lewis was just 18 when a severe motorcycle accident left him in a coma. He wakes up to an unfamiliar world, unable to remember his parents, his home, or even his own name. The only comforting p …

Directed by Ed Perkins

VARDA BY AGNÈS

2019 World Cinema Documentary | feature documentary | 120 min For her final film, the late Agnès Varda leaves us with a playful, profound, and personal summation of the extraordinary career that earned her the title of godmother of the French New Wave. With h …

Directed by Agnès Varda