This Week in Film: Sushi, The Global Catch, In My Mother's Arms, CaribbeanTales Toronto FIlm Showcase, what's new in DVD & BluRay
This Week in Film rounds up noteworthy new releases in theatres, as well as key DVD / Blu-Ray releases, festivals, and other cinema-related events happening in Toronto.
Sushi: The Global Catch (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema)
Hands up if you saw the lead photo and thought it was a still from the blockbuster doc Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which recently disappeared from cinemas after a billion-month run at the Lightbox. All raised hands are, of course, wrong. Guaranteed to be the Tree of Life of sushi movies, Sushi: The Global Catch gathers footage from five countries to explore the extensive history and controversial future of the popular cuisine. Why is this film - and the others like it - playing in cinemas instead of airing on the Food Network? Does the ultimate date night consist of dinner-and-a-dinner-movie? Is raw fish just too photogenic for the small screen? This film may hold the answers to some or all of these questions.
In My Mother's Arms (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema)
Here's Robin Smith on this week's other not terrible-looking new release: "There are currently over 800,000 children in Iraq whose parents have either been kidnapped or killed - an astronomical number that Iraq's infrastructure can't handle. The options left for these children are to live in the streets, or in a state orphanage riddled with abuse and violence. One individual, Husham Al-Dhbe, wants to give these children another option. With funding from the Abu Dhabi's SANAD Fund, Husham opens a 'private home' to assist these orphans. Unfortunately, Husham is fighting an uphill battle. In My Mother's Arms follows Husham's efforts in dealing with countless miles of funding red tape, mounting bills and fundraising fiascos."
Also in theatres this week:
CaribbeanTales 2012 Toronto FIlm Showcase (September 4-15; Harbourfront Centre)
CaribbeanTales is a group of companies based in Canada, Trinidad, and Barbados that produces film screenings, festivals, and industry training events around the world. This is the group's third film festival at Harbourfront, and their first since 2010. The festival kicks off with the Opening Night film The Story of Lover's Rock by Menelik Shabazz, which is a documentary about a kind of 'romantic reggae' that developed in the late '70s and '80s and has "a uniquely black British sound." Other highlights include the Sundance and Toronto After Dark hit Juan of the Dead, as well as 'Queer Caribbean' night featuring the lesbian drama Stud Life. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on their website or at the event.
DVD & BLU-RAY
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