TIFF 2017: “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” spotlights the urgent legacy of “Raisin in the Sun” playwright Lorraine Hansberry

TIFF 2017: “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” spotlights the urgent legacy of “Raisin in the Sun” playwright Lorraine Hansberry

Source:  NOW

The selection of documentaries that played at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival consisted of several titles delving into the lives and legacies of influential black and African-American public figures, including “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart.”

Directed by Tracy Heather Strain, the film looks at the impact of Chicago-born playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry who is best known for her landmark play, “A Raisin In The Sun.”

“Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” will air on PBS series American Masters in February.

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TIFF 2017: “Love Means Zero” is an entertaining doc about the tennis world’s greatest monster

TIFF 2017: “Love Means Zero” is an entertaining doc about the tennis world’s greatest monster

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Remember Anwar Congo, the aging mass-murderer profiled in Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing”? Well, imagine if that guy had been born in the United States instead of Indonesia, and had become a children’s tennis coach instead of the genocidal leader of a North Sumatran death squad, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of who Nick Bollettieri is and what he’s all about.

Bollettieri, the star of Jason Kohn’s new documentary, “Love Means Zero,” which premiered earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, spends the vast majority of the film sitting in a chair in front of some dilapidated tennis courts and washing his hands of all the heartache he’s caused

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TIFF 2017: Morgan Spurlock tackles the powerful chicken industry in “Super Size Me” sequel

TIFF 2017: Morgan Spurlock tackles the powerful chicken industry in “Super Size Me” sequel

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Morgan Spurlock is back baiting the food industry with “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!”

In 2004’s Oscar-nominated “Super Size Me,” the filmmaker took on McDonald’s, and this time around Spurlock tackles the chicken industry by opening his own fast-food chicken franchise to investigate and challenge the multibillion-dollar business of chicken.

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“The Rape of Recy Taylor” will world premiere at the Venice Film Festival

“The Rape of Recy Taylor” will world premiere at the Venice Film Festival

Source:  Variety

After joining forces on Raoul Peck’s “I am Not Your Negro,” Wide House is re-teaming with ICM Partners for Nancy Buirski’s “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” a historical documentary that will world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

Slated for Venice’s Horizons section, the documentary feature tells the story of Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper who was gang raped by six white men in 1944 Alabama.

Her six assailants were never prosecuted, and it took nearly 70 years for the rape to be acknowledged by authorities

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Ten Must-See Documentaries at This Year’s Toronto International Film Festival

Ten Must-See Documentaries at This Year’s Toronto International Film Festival

Source:  NOW

1.  Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
2.  Caniba
3.  Faces Places
4.  Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond – The Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman
5.  Ex Libris – New York Public Library
6.  Jane
7.  Mrs. Fang
8.  The Gospel According to Andrè
9.  Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
10.  A Skin So Soft (Ta Peau Si Lisse)

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