This year, the Toronto International Film Festival presents a series that brings together the worlds of film and education by partnering with the Munk School pairing experts with five festival films.

This initiative pairs five films in the Contemporary World Cinema programme with expert scholars from the Munk School.

Audiences will have the chance to interact with filmmakers and scholars in extended discussions, following each film’s second public screening. Here, the films serve as springboards to facilitate a deeper understanding of film aesthetics in relation to the broader issues facing the world today. Speakers include Ron Deibert, Janice Gross Stein, Ron Levi, Brian Stewart and Michael Ignatieff. The Contemporary World Speakers series is programmed in conjunction with the TIFF Adult Learning department.  From exhibitions and presentations to hands-on workshops, TIFF Adult Learning provides students, teachers and the community with innovative ways to engage with the moving image on a year-round basis.

The Contemporary World Cinema programme delivers cinematic gems from around the globe at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival®. Offering a variety of filmmakers’ voices and perspectives from around the world, the lineup draws from Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Israel, India, Japan, Mozambique, Spain, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Canada and more. This smorgasbord of global trends in cinema also features the world premieres of films by directors such as Sara Johnsen, Kasia Rosłaniec, Edward Burns, Sion Sono, Robert Connolly, John Akomfrah, Saïd Ould-Khelifa, Annemarie Jacir, Jo Sung-hee and Licinio Azevedo.

Find out more about each film on the Toronto International Film Festival® website