Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival 2018: 




By: Sasha Friedlander & Cynthia Wade

While multinational Lapindo was drilling for natural gas in Indonesia’s East Java in 2006, they hit an underground mud volcano, unleashing a tsunami of hot mud that covered an area twice the size of Central Park. Roads, factories and homes were destroyed, 20 lives were lost and nearly 40,000 people displaced. In a film that inspires one to fight against injustice, we see that over a decade later the mud still flows and neither Lapindo nor the government have made the reparations that they promised. Dian was six years old at the time and her mother Harwati has struggled to raise her. The mother/daughter duo, along with many neighbours, fight against the corporate powers accused of one of the largest environmental disasters in recent history. The film bears witness to Dian’s transformation from a young girl to a politically active teenager determined to defend the powerless.

MON, APR 30      8:30 PM          SCOTIA

WED, MAY 2       12:30 PM          TBLB

SUN, MAY 6        10:00 AM        BADER


Images Festival 2018: 

Excavated Narratives: Shorts Program


Images Festival 2018

The Private Property Trilogy: A Survey of the Life and Films of C.B. by Nicolás Pereda (in attendance)
The Private Property Trilogy is a performance lecture that surveys the life and work of C.B., a multifaceted artist, political activist, amateur archaeologist, self-proclaimed anarchist, and creator of a mining museum in the Northern Mexico desert.

AAA Cargo by Solveig Suess
Following the expansion of infrastructure and distribution networks along the New Silk Road—the highly politicized trade corridor linking China and Europe—AAA Cargo maps the the flow of human and non-human agents across this vast landscape.

Bad Mama, Who Cares by Brigid McCaffrey
Bad mama, who cares depicts the domestic ecology of a geologist who has moved into a housing complex at the intersection of a rail yard and an interstate.

SUN, APR 15       9:30 PM        INNIS


Toronto Palestine Film Festival 2017: 

Ryuichi Hirokawa: Human Battlefield



By: Saburo Hasegawa

Ryuichi Hirokawa is a human being first, a photojournalist second. He considers journalism the right to know, and relief work the right to live—two things that have informed his character and career. Recently retired from Days Japan magazine as editor-in-chief, the septuagenarian goes back into the field and revisits the sites and stories of his past. He returns to Israel and Palestine, and remembers a Lebanese refugee camp massacre—images burned into his brain that sent shockwaves around the world. Then he travels back to Chernobyl, where he was the first Western journalist allowed to enter the no-go zone after the nuclear disaster. But all roads lead home, where his focus now rests on fundraising in the wake of Fukushima.

FRI, SEPT 21     9:00PM     TBLB C2


at the Revue Cinema



Winner of the best Canadian Film 2015 at Planet in Focus, After the Last River centres on the remote Indigenous community of Attawapiskat and its fight for justice in the face of hardened indifference.

Including Q&A with Director Vicki Lean and musical performance by The Metis Fiddler Quartet!

This is an official event as part of the world’s largest film festival: National Canadian Film Day 150

Where: Revue Cinema, Toronto

When: April 22nd, 2017

Planet in Focus Family Favourites


We invite you to a selection of FREE screenings of some past-festival favourites, suitable for audiences of all ages. You can also come say hi at the Planet in Focus booth (#1527). See below for screening schedules and details.

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building

Screenings: Room 203 (Street Level)                                       Booth #1527

When: April 8th – 9th, 2017