The Ground We Won
2015, documentary, New Zealand, 91 minutes, director: Christopher Pryor
Saturday, June 10, 2017 | 9:30PM | TORONTO PREMIERE | TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
A knock-about New Zealand rugby team - made up of salt-of-the-earth dairy farmers - is trying to reverse a long run of bitter losses. With pluck, determination and no shortage of bawdiness and camaraderie, the men unite to inspire their small community. In the face of the hefty demands of farming and fatherhood, the Saturday game becomes the focus of the men's passions and the ground on which their worth is proved.
HEROES OF THE DEMOLITION
2016, documentary, Canada, 17 minutes, director: David Ridgen
Demolition derbies are central to some communities in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. Competition between friend and foe, man and woman, Anglophone and Francophone takes on the epic fervency of a Shakespearean tragi-comedy amidst the cathartic impact of metal and the loyal screaming of maniacal fans.