Documentaries by Werner Herzog and Laura Poitras added to Toronto International Film Festival lineup

New films from Werner Herzog, Laura Poitras, Cristian Mungiu and Jerzy Skolimowski have been added to the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival lineup, TIFF organizers announced on Wednesday.

The new films are in the TIFF Docs and Contemporary World Cinema sections and together will make up nearly 75 additions to the festival lineup, which runs September 8-18.

The TIFF Docs section will open with the world premiere of “Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues” by Sacha Jenkins. Other films in the section include Herzog’s “Theatre of Thought,” which examines new brain research; “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” by Poitras, about artist Nan Goldin and her campaign to get museums to reject the patronage of the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma; and “In Her Hands,” Tamana Ayazi and Marcel Mettelsiefen’s film about Zarifa Ghafari, Afghanistan’s youngest female mayor when the Taliban returned to power there.

Other documentaries headed to TIFF include Patricio Guzman’s “My Imaginary Country”, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s “The Grab” and Vinay Shukla’s “While We Watched”.

Several of the films, including “Theatre of Thought”, “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” and “In Her hands”, will be featured in “Doc Conversations” programs at the TIFF Industry conference.

The Cinema of the Contemporary World section will be made up of 50 films from 48 countries. Among the 19 world premieres are “Sparta” by Ulrich Seidl, “Winter Boy” by Christophe Honoré and “The Hotel” by Wang Xiaoshuai.

The section will also include a number of films that screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May, including Charlotte Wells’ “Aftersun”, Jerzy Skolimowski’s “EO” and Cristian Mungiu’s “RMN”.

Additional information is available at

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The full list of new features:

“752 is not a number”, Babak Payami | Canada
“All the Beauty and the Bloodshed,” Laura Poitras | UNITED STATES
“Buffy Sainte-Marie: carry on”, Madison Thomas | Canada
“Casa Susanna”, Sébastien Lifshitz | France, United States
“Ciné-Guérillas: Scenes from Labudovic’s reels”, Mila Turajlic | Serbia, France, Croatia, Montenegro
“The Color of Ink,” Brian D. Johnson | Canada
“Documentary Now!” Alex Buono, Rhys Thomas, Micah Gardner | UNITED STATES
“Always deadly Tanya Tagaq”, Chelsea McMullan | Canada
“Free Money”, Sam Soko, Lauren DeFilippo | Kenya, United States
“Mariupolis 2”, Mantas Kvedaravičius | Lithuania, France, Germany
“The Grab”, Gabriela Cowperthwaite | UNITED STATES
“In His Hands”, Tamana Ayazi, Marcel Mettelsiefen | United States, Afghanistan
“The Black and the Blues of Louis Armstrong”, Sacha Jenkins | United States (opening night)
“Maya and the Wave,” Stephanie Johnes | UNITED STATES
“Miúcha, the voice of Bossa Nova”, Daniel Zarvos, Liliane Mutti | Brazil, France
“My imaginary country” (“Mi País Imaginario”), Patricio Guzmán | Chile, France
“Patrick and the Whale”, Mark Fletcher | Austria
“Pray for our sinners”, Sinéad O’Shea | Ireland
“Self-Portrait in a Coffee Pot”, William Kentridge | South Africa, United States
“Theatre of Thought”, Werner Herzog | UNITED STATES
“To kill a tiger”, Nisha Pahuja | Canada
“While We Watched”, Vinay Shukla | UK

“VISIONARIES: Inside the brain of Werner Herzog”
With director Werner Herzog, brain scientist Rafael Yuste and entrepreneur Jamie Davies

“VISIONARIES: What Laura Poitras learned from Nan Goldin”
With director Laura Poitras

“DIALOGUES: Covering Afghanistan for In Her Hands”
With filmmakers Tamana Ayazi and Marcel Mettelsiefen

“PERSPECTIVES Board Game Truth, Lies, and a Million Dollars”
With filmmaker Vinay Shukla

“PERSPECTIVES DocuMentalité: the growth of a movement”
With DocuMentality team member Malikkah Rollins, DOC’s Sarah Spring and filmmaker Rebeca Huntt. Moderator: Inney Prakash

“After Sun”, Charlotte Wells | United Kingdom, United States
“Alam”, Firas Khoury | France, Palestine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar
“Amanda”, Caroline Cavalli | Italy
“Ashkal”, Youssef Chebbi | France, Tunisia, Qatar
“Autobiography”, Makbul Mubarak | Indonesia, France, Singapore, Poland, Philippines, Germany, Qatar
“Beyond the Wall” (“Shab, Dkheli, Divar”), Vahid Jalilvand | Iran
“Blind willow, sleeping woman”, Pierre Földes | France, Luxembourg, Canada, Netherlands
“Crows Bones,” Marie Clements | Canada
“Coyote” (“The Coyote”), Katherine Jerkovic | Canada
“Domingo and the Mist” (“Domingo y la Niebla”), Ariel Escalante Meza | Costa Rica, Qatar
“El agua”, Elena López Riera | Switzerland, Spain, France
“The End of Sex”, Sean Garrity | Canada
“EO”, Jerzy Skolimowski | Poland, Italy
“Falcon Lake”, Charlotte Le Bon | Canada
“Fixing”, Mercedes Bryce Morgan | Canada, United States, Germany
“Godland” (“Vanskabte Land/Volaða Land”), Hlynur Pálmason | Denmark, Iceland, France, Sweden
“The happiest man in the world”, Teona Strugar Mitevska | North Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, Denmark, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
“The Hotel”, Wang Xiaoshuai | hong kong
“La Jauría”, Andrés Ramírez Pulido | Colombia, France
“Life”, Emir Baigazin | Kazakhstan
“Live”, Oliver Hermanus | UK
“Love and Mathematics” (“Amor y matemáticas”) Claudia Sainte-Luce | Mexico
“Love Life”, Koji Fukada | Japan, France
“Luxembourg, Luxembourg”, Antonio Lukich | Ukraine
“The Maiden,” Graham Foy | Canada
“Manticore” (“Mantícora”), Carlos Vermut | Spain
“Muru”, Tearepa Kahi | New Zealand
“My sailor, my love”, Klaus Hӓrӧ | Finland, Ireland
“Nighttalk”, Donald Shebib | Canada
“North of Normal”, Carly Stone | Canada
“The origin of evil”, Sébastien Marnier | France, Canada
“Plan 75”, Chie Hayakawa | Japan, France, Philippines, Qatar
“Return to Dust”, Li Ruijun | China
“NMR”, Cristian Mungiu | Romania, France
“So much tenderness”, Lina Rodriguez | Canada
“Sparta”, Ulrich Seidl | Austria, France, Germany
“Stellar”, Darlene Naponse | Canada
“Avoiding Obstacles”, Huang Ji, Ryuji Otsuka | Japan
“The Swearing Jar,” Lindsay MacKay | Canada
“The Umbrella Men”, John Barker | South Africa
“Under the fig trees”, Erige Sehiri | Tunisia, Switzerland, France, Qatar
“Valeria is getting married”, Michal Vinik | Israel
“Victim”, Michal Blaško | Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Germany
“Vicenta B.”, Carlos Lechuga | Cuba, France, United States, Colombia, Norway
“War Sailor” (“Krigsseileren”), Gunnar Vikene | Norway, Germany, Malta
“We’re Still Here,” Beck Cole, Dena Curtis, Tracey Rigney, Danielle MacLean, Tim Worrall, Renae Maihi, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Richard Curtis, Chantelle Burgoyne | Australia, New Zealand
“Wildflower”, Matt Smukler | UNITED STATES
“Winter Boy” (“The High School Student”), Christophe Honoré | France
“The worst”, Romane Gueret, Lise Akoka | France
“Zwigato”, Nandita Das | India

“Slugger”, Miles Warren | UNITED STATES

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