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The global appeal of Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

In January of 2015, the Toronto International Film Festival held its decennial poll to determine Canada’s All Time Top Ten films. TIFF polled filmmakers, critics and academics to come up with consensus choices, and the result was a bit of a surprise to the...

Resistance and resilience: a talk with Alanis Obomsawin

Alanis Obomsawin has just returned to Toronto from Chile at 5:30 this morning. It’s now 11:30 am, and she shows hardly a shred of jet lag or lethargy. She’s returning from a festival in Chile where all of her documentaries were screened to appreciative...

Beyond badass: the anatomy of the female action hero

In her introduction to TIFF’s 2015 fall series, Beyond Badass: Female Action Heroes, programmer Kiva Reardon states that the films she’s programmed “test the limits of feminism, but they also inspire us to think of women’s roles on screen and [in]...