Opening Night Film: Keepers of the Game
2016, documentary, US, 82 minutes, director: Judd Ehrlich
Friday, June 9, 2017 | 6:30PM | TORONTO PREMIERE | TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
Although lacrosse on Akwesasne Mohawk Territory has historically been the preserve of men, an aboriginal girls’ lacrosse team is formed at nearby Salmon River High School in Fort Covington, New York. But the team faces ambivalence in their own community and the girls must prove that the game of lacrosse is their rightful inheritance. With more than just the championship on the line, the girls fight to blaze a new path for the next generation of Mohawk women, while honouring their people’s tradition in a changing world.
2015, documentary, Switzerland, 7 minutes, director: Nikola Sanz
A little boy rides his bicycle, around and around the camera, all the while sharing his own philosophical thoughts on life.
2017, documentary, Greece, 11 minutes, director: Evripidis Karydis
Cleopatra is an open-water marathon swimmer training to cross Greece’s Toroneos Gulf. The lack of support she receives from her husband reflects the persistence of patriarchy in the economic climate of contemporary Greece.