April 22

OBSCURED PICTURES HOTDOCS 2022 SLATE-MILLION DOLLAR PIGEONS

Million Dollar Pigeons is an uplifting and ever dramatic story about the world of international ‘money races’ and the rapidly growing industry that surrounds these athletes of the sky.Whether you keep pigeons in your back garden shed or a loft made for kings, the principals do not change. To win the Olympics of pigeon racing you need to be a world class breeder with exceptional pigeons AND… have a lot of luck too. The more birds you can afford to enter, the better your chances, making it extremely difficult for the working class man to compete.The world is a smaller place these days and all eyes are on the results of these prestigious races. Chinese billionaires keep a close eye on which pigeons have the winning recipe while the contestants watch and smile through gritted teeth because a million dollars is worth fighting for!Section: Special PresentationsDirected by: Gavin FitzGerald Festival Screenings: Friday, April 29, 8:30pm ET: World Premiere, Isabel Bader TheatreTuesday, May 3, 10:45am ET: Screening, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2Saturday, May 7, 8:00pm ET: Screening, TIFF Bell Lightbox
This beautifully nuanced, deeply personal documentary journeys across four generations of an Italian-American family as they unpack multigenerational sexual abuse, one conversation at a time. Smith weaves stirring home movies with candid interviews, constructing an intimate yet poetic exploration of what it looks and feels like to break the silence on trauma.  Each story gives way to the intricacy of human experience: examining the spaces between judgment and verdict, shame and blame. This is not just a story of one family but one of countless stories all over the world that are sitting in silence.Relative is a first-hand exploration of the complexity of abuse and the power of voice in breaking the cycle to create lasting change.Section: Hidden HistoriesDirected by: Tracey Arcabasso Smith Festival Screenings: Sunday, May 1, 2:15pm ET: International Premiere, Varsity 8Friday, May 8, 2:15pm ET: Screening, Isabel Bader Theatre