Toronto Palestine Film Festival 2017: 

Ryuichi Hirokawa: Human Battlefield



Directed 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.

Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox C2

When: September 21, 2017

Water Docs Film Festival & Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema: 

Chasing Coral



Directed By: Jeff Orlowski

In this high-stakes follow-up to the hit documentary Chasing Ice, director Jeff Orlowski joins up with a team of marine biologists to dive into the world of coral reefs, armed with state-of-the-art cameras. Mass bleaching events that leave populations of coral reef devastated and ecosystems completely disrupted are increasing with the rise of of water temperatures—but it’s not too late to save them. Filmed over three years, with 650+ hours underwater, and incorporating volunteer submission footage from over 30 countries, join Orlowski and his team on their globe-spanning adventure to help save our oceans.

Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

When: July 13th, 2017

Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2017:




Directed By: Avi Belkin

Winding is the story of the most infamous river in Israel, the Yarkon. Our film begins with the arrival of the Zionist settlers to the Promised Land at the end of the 19th century and their attempt to build a new society on the banks of the Yarkon.  We sail the full length of the Yarkon’s winding path to tell the unknown story of its water; water that no longer springs from the earth’s depths, that is associated with fear and death. Water that remembers, accumulates, and then avenges. Through the use of archival materials and social and personal stories, we paint a portrait of a river that flows in the heart of our society.

Where: Toronto Jewish Film Festival

When: May 4th – May 14th, 2017

Hot Docs Festival 2017:

A River Below



Directed By: Mark Grieco

A River Below captures the Amazon in all its complexity as it examines the actions of environmental activists using the media in an age where truth is a relative term. The film follows a reality TV star and a renowned marine biologist as they each attempt to save the Amazon pink river dolphin from being hunted to extinction. With gorgeous, sweeping aerial views we gain perspective from above, but as the film plunges deep into the murky, tangled rivers, we uncover a scandal that has no simple solution. A River Below is a completely unexpected film—a knotty poem of duality and dissonance and a journey into ourselves as we attempt to better this world.

Where: Scotiabank Theatre 4

When: April 29th, 2017 

Water Docs 2017 Award Night:

Sea of Life



Directed By: Julia Barnes

When people become aware of what’s going on the world will change. Right now what’s happening in the ocean is largely out of sight and out of mind. Sea of Life is about to change that. Filmed over three years in seven countries, Sea of Life dives into some of the most spectacular ecosystems on the planet. It exposes both the destruction that’s happening in the ocean and the efforts underway to stop it. Creating a world that’s beautiful for all species will require the greatest heroes of our generation to rise up and tackle the biggest challenge the world has ever faced.
Also screened: Short film, In Season, by young Toronto filmmaker from Ryerson University, Sydney Boniface.

Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

When: March 31st, 2017


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