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Giving you our points of view on the latest docs in release and on the circuit.

Review: ‘Thank You for the Rain’

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Thank You for the Rain (UK/Norway, 87 min.) Dir. Julia Dahr Programme: International Spectrum (North American Premiere)   Kenyan farmer Kisilu Musya has a life-changing revelation when the clouds part in Thank You for the Rain. Musya experiences the consequences of climate change firsthand when his small farm endures severe drought followed by a near-Biblical storm of rain and winds that crash down on the land like the wrath of the Old Testament. This natural disaster is appropriately followed by a plague of (humanoid) locusts, which come in the form of the world’s leaders as they convene for the COP21

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Review: ‘Kedi’

“A cat meowing at your feet, looking up at you, is life smiling at you,” says one of the many affectionate cat people of Kedi. “Those are the moments when we’re lucky they remind us we’re alive.”

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TIFF Review: ‘Miss Sharon Jones!’

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Miss Sharon Jones! USA, 93 min. Dir. Barbara Kopple Programme: TIFF Docs (World Premiere) Barbara Kopple has the distinct honour of being one of three filmmakers in the class of TIFF 2015 who premiered a film at the Festival’s inaugural edition forty years ago. (The others are Wim Wenders and Chantal Akerman.) Kopple’s Harlan County, USA debuted at the then Festival of Festivals in 1976 before going on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and solidifying its place in the canon of great documentaries. (It screens free at this year’s festival.) Kopple’s latest effort Miss Sharon Jones!

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