HIGHLIGHTS: Toronto DOC Festival October 2022

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Feature Film: HIDDEN WOUNDS
Best Short Form Short Film: RANGERS OF THE ULAAN TAIGA
Best Long Form Short Film: CONDUCTING LIFE
Best Student Film: UYGHUR DOLANS

Best Direction: SANCTUARY OF HER
Best Society Film: TOMARO
Best Cinematography: THE OTHER SIDE OF WRONG
Best Nature Film: BUZZ Pollen Nation

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

THE OTHER SIDE OF WRONG, 1hr. 42min., Austria

Directed by Boštjan Slatenšek
1991 – A small battle of the Slovenian war of independence and the long quest for international justice.

Florence Hartmann, a French journalist, author and ex spokesperson to Carla Del Ponte, chief prosecutor of the International criminal court for the ex Yugoslavia, travels to Holmec – a border crossing between Slovenia and Austria to take part in a round-table discussion.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

HIDDEN WOUNDS, 90min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Richard Lui
Hidden Wounds is a revealing film about the importance of mental health for both those living with a disability and in addition, their caregivers too.

It is a film that shows us how mental health is not what we think it is. It is not only the polar extremes of what the movies or media have made it out to be. It often comes in shades of grey and in places we do not expect or notice.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

RAISING GLOBAL CITIZENS, 80min., Canada, Adventure Documentary

Directed by Joel Primus
A couple with two young children decide to embark on a year long journey across the world, travelling through Argentina, Colombia, The Yukon, Vietnam and Lebanon, in hopes of learning how parenting and world travel combine, and what it means to be a citizen of the world.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


Directed by Jajati Karan
The entire Indian coastline is expected to be among the most affected by climate change, impacting approximately more than 250 million people. The Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea are both predicted to be hit by extreme climate variability under future climate scenarios. And globally, climate change could drive an additional 100 million people to poverty by 2030.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

BUZZ Pollen Nation, 9min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Mike Machian
Bombus occidentalis, the Western Bumblebee, was one of the most common species found in the western US. Since the late 90’s, this species has experienced steep decline. Kellie Hayden volunteers her time to help track and conserve native bumblebee species.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


Directed by Iqbal Chand Malhotra
The most intriguing enigma of modern India is the disappearance of her most dynamic and daring freedom fighter, ‘Netaji’ Subhash Chandra Bose, in the middle of August, 1945. Though the goal of a free India was achieved in 1947, there was no trace of the man who had wanted this most passionately through armed struggle; inspired millions to contribute to his war effort and enthused thousands to join his Indian National Army, to fight alongside the Japanese against the British-Indian Forces in South and South-East Asia. Even 77 years later, the mystery stands unresolved with important documents in Russia, France, the UK, and even in India, hidden in top-secret classified archives. The conflicting stories and accounts of this disappearance remain and so do the myriad theories that point to diverse directions.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

TOMARO, 17min., Nigeria, Documentary

Directed by Kimberly Cecchini
Bring out the voices and offer an honest, intimate glimpse into the complexities of life in a riverine community outside of the city in Nigeria.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

CONDUCTING LIFE, 31min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Diane Moore
In the rarified world of classical music, the road to success is a daunting one. Especially for young conductors. CONDUCTING LIFE follows the remarkable journey of Roderick Cox as he tirelessly pursues his dream — to secure a top position with a major orchestra. Poignant and revealing, this is a story about the passion, sacrifice, and courage it takes to succeed in an elusive profession with limited opportunities.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


Directed by Geoff Poister
Two identical twin sisters from Iran create mesmerizing paintings that reflect a major conflict in their lives. Physically, they are two people. But psychologically they feel they are one. The single persona cannot exist in the real world, so the sisters invented an imaginary space where they can go to create their paintings. The mythical person who lives in the imaginary world has taken on a life of her own. As she is growing up and changing, she appears to be guiding the future of the twins in real life.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


Directed by Eric Daft
A short documentary telling the stories of the Rangers who have dedicated their lives to the national parks and protected areas of Mongolia.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

UYGHUR DOLANS, 10min., China

Directed by Haoyang Fu
Following the folk art and the narration of artist Kerhujan Ahiti, we enter the world of the Dolan people, who have fostered an ancient and unique culture that has also become fragile in the age of modernization.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


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