HIGHLIGHTS: Toronto DOC Festival December 2022

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:

Best Feature Film: BORN IN 1938 KIM HAN-OK


Best Human Interest Film: THE CRITICS
Best Cinematography: FEARLESS JUAN
Best Environmental Film: SHIRINGA: AMAZON WHITE GOLD
Best Sports Film: BURN. // A SKI FILM
Best Society Film: QUIET MINDS SILENT STREETS
Best Long Form Short Film: FREE TO RUN
Best Short Form Short Film: WIN(D) OVER CANCER

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

THE CRITICS, 24min., Nigeria
Directed by Sebastian Andrei, Povel Torudd
A documentary about a young collective of filmmakers in a remote part of Nigeria whose self-taught approach to filmmaking has captured the attention of the internet and Hollywood.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


FEARLESS JUAN, 15min., Columbia
Directed by David Pombo
After having dedicated his whole life to pleasing the dead, Juancho begins to worry about who will fulfill his wishes when his time comes.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


SHIRINGA: AMAZON WHITE GOLD, 9min., Canada
Directed by Oscar Akamine, Joseph Neyra
Jorge Escompani is a “Shiringa” master, “Shiringa” is a tree which produces natural latex. This is considered a tradition that preserves great passion and environmental awareness. The extraction of latex from the Shiringa three led to the death of thousands of indigenous people due to slavery during “the fever of latex” in the 19th century.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


QUIET MINDS SILENT STREETS, 14min., Canada
Directed by Karen Chapman
A community plagued by gun violence turns to an unlikely solution: mindfulness and meditation.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


FREE TO RUN, 31min., USA
Directed by Carrie Highman, Tim Highman
After completing the TOR330 race four times, Stephanie Case’s next goal in sight was the TOR450, all while working behind the scenes to organize an all-women expedition in Afghanistan with Free to Run. These women include Zeinab and Zahra, who represent not only Free to Run’s ethos but the spirit of many other women in Afghanistan who believe in education and progress. Captured by the lenses of Dream Lens Media, this is a truly unique moment in history documenting Stephanie’s unshakeable strength and incredible belief in the power of the women around her.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


BURN. // A SKI FILM, 12min., USA
Directed by Kellen MacDonald
burn. is a ski film telling the story of how forest fires are impacting large swaths of terrain in the western United States and Canada. The MacDonald family lost their home in a fire that consumed more than 500 homes and was the most costly fire in Colorado history at the time. Since then, fires have continued to rage and are even more destructive. In the wake of the fires, certain areas are transformed into beautiful playgrounds for skiers and snowboarders.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


WIN(D) OVER CANCER, 9min., USA
Directed by Andrew Jowett
Last summer the world was closed, but our waters were open. This crew took the opportunity to make a difference – More Kids On Sailboats, a 501(c)(3) organization is proud to present our first short film – WIN(D) OVER CANCER.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


BORN IN 1938 KIM HAN-OK, 105min., South Korea
Directed by 소리 이
Seunghoon-eun is deeply fighting for the philosophy that his mother, Kim Han-ok, suffered from hypoglycemia. The director directed the film for 10 years. He was also in charge of the older brother, and he must have been old this year. As I became close with him, my parents’ life was peaceful.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

https://www.wildsound.ca/videos/born-in-1938-review

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