A special presentation of Paul Justman's passionate account Standing In The Shadows Of Motown (pictured) and the highly cinematic Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur) from Jacques Perrin are among the 32 documentary feature films announced for the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs September 5-14.
The international premiere of the musical Standing In The Shadows Of Motown reunites the Funk Brothers, the session band responsible for the music and number-one hits behind such legends as Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations and many others.
Described as "an astonishing feat of cinematography," Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur follows dozens of species of birds on their migratory odyssey through more than 40 countries around the world, portraying the humour, drama and profound sadness inherent in nature.
Other festival documentaries feature encounters with famous people, past and present, including:
Blind Spot - Hitler's Secretary profiles Traudl Junge, who speaks - after 50 years of silence - on being Adolph Hitler's private secretary and confidante (North American premiere);
My Name Was Sabina Spielrein (world premiere), explores a former patient of Carl Jung, who was involved in the personal lives of both Jung and Freud;
The Trials of Henry Kissinger (world premiere), asks whether the former U.S. Secretary of State should be put on trial for war crimes;
The international premiere of Juan Carlos Martin's Gabriel Orozco portrays this Mexican artist, hailed as the third-world Messiah of art, but little known in his own country;
The Sweatbox is the world premiere of Trudie Styler and John-Paul Davidson's account of the musician Sting's trying experience of working with the Walt Disney Company.