Ken Burns, Alex Gibney, others headline Toronto documentary lineup


Ken Burns, Alex Gibney and Julien Temple headline the Toronto International Film Festival’s documentary lineup this year, a program that also features work by Marina Zenovich and Matthew Cooke.

Fans of nonfiction film can take in movies on everything from wrongful convictions in the U.S. justice system to Middle East relations and the continuing saga of Roman Polanski.

Gibney, the Oscar-winning director best known for his U.S. military torture expose “Taxi to the Dark Side,” focuses his attention on the child abuse scandal and cover-up within the Roman Catholic Church in his new film, “Mea Maxima Culpa.” The movie stretches from Wisconsin to Ireland to the Vatican in an effort to expose wrongdoing and responsibility at various levels of the church’s hierarchy.


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Cooke, the producer of “Deliver Us From Evil,” will screen his take on the drug war with “How to Make Money Selling Drugs.” The film features interviews with Woody Harrelson, Susan Sarandon and 50 Cent and drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross.

British documentarian Temple has turned the camera on his hometown in his latest film “London -- The Modern Babylon” to depict how the British capital’s immigrants -- musicians, artists, writers and just ordinary people -- changed the city over the past century.

Zenovich has returned with another chapter in the life of Polanski -- this time centered on the director’s 10-month imprisonment in Zurich, Switzerland.

Three films explore the complicated situation in the Middle East. Dror Moreh interviews six former heads of Shin Bet, Israel’s secret security agency, in “The Gatekeepers.” Dan Setton examines Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s effort to seek statehood for his people in “State 194.” And Mahdi Fleifel creates a portrait of three generations living in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon in “A World Not Ours.”

Burns, in partnership with David McMahon and his daughter Sarah, tell the story of how five black and Latino teenagers were wrongly convicted of raping a jogger in Central Park. Their film,"The Central Park Five,"initially bowed at the Cannes Film Festival in May to positive reviews and will have its North American premiere at TIFF.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 6 through 16.


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