TIFF’s documentary films observe an askew planet (ours)

TIFF’s documentary films observe an askew planet (ours)

Maple leaf rags: Dressed in Canadian colours, The White Stripes star in a documentary about their tour across the Great White North (Photo by Michael Morel)
Maple leaf rags: Dressed in Canadian colours, The White Stripes star in a documentary about their tour across the Great White North (Photo by Michael Morel) 

Official TIFF blogger Thom Powers says the selection of documentaries at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival reveals a “world out of balance,” with movies addressing our changing oceans (Turtle: The Incredible Journey), struggling Iraq war vets (How to Fold a Flag) and even the coming apocalypse (Chris Smith’s Collapse). We can’t seem to remember a time when documentary makers weren’t saying the world is coming to an end. But no matter, there is plenty of levity here, too, including the premiere of Chris Rock’s look at African American beauty in Good Hair. He may be exploring serious questions about race, but we’re sure it will still be funny. More documentary film notes after the jump.

Perhaps the biggest title to be announced today was the world debut of The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights. Director Emmett Malloy followed Jack and Meg White’s 18-date tour from an arena in Iqaluit to the back of a fishing boat in Charlottetown. Jack White singing “Hotel Yorba” with a bunch of kids on a Winnipeg city bus should serve as an inspiring primer for the more daunting fare.

The 17-film slate of documentaries also includes Mehran Tamadon’s look at Islamic extremists (Bassidji) and Presumed Guilty, which tackles corruption in Mexico’s justice system.

Full details, a complete line-up, and ticket info are all available here.