Toronto, ON (September 5, 2017) – For its 17th year, Reelworld Film Festival returns with hard-hitting, critically acclaimed documentaries, feature films, shorts and virtual reality to confront the need for social change. The festival, running October 11 – 15, is highlighting a plethora of pertinent issues of our current society; From media and war journalism with FREELANCER ON THE FRONTLINES to democracy in India with NEWTON, the crisis of capitalism in Venezuela with LA SOLEDAD; To the erasure of cultural genocide and need for reconciliation in Canada in closing night film, IN JESUS’ NAME, Reelworld Film Festival takes an unflinching look at the world’s most pressing issues.

“For almost two decades, Reelworld has been at the forefront in providing diverse filmmakers a platform for their films”, says Reelworld founder, Tonya Williams.  “It is our hope these stories advance social change and create a productive dialogue of tolerance from all sides.”

For the 2017 edition, Reelworld Film Festival will be selecting a Reelworld Reel Activist in the Canadian film community to honour their work activating change through the medium of film. The 2017 Reelworld Reel Activist, along with the Reelworld Film Festival opening film and full lineup, will be announced onSeptember 20th, 2017 via Facebook Live at

“We are thrilled to include this award in our 2017 edition,” says Reelworld Executive Director Gave Lindo who is in his second year of taking Reelworld through its annual festival. “The Reelworld Reel Activist Award gives us a chance to highlight a vocal community and industry member, be it a filmmaker or programmer, who moonlights as an activist and affects change in Canada and abroad.”

First wave of films announced for Reelworld Film Festival 2017:
FREELANCER ON THE FRONTLINES (Toronto Premiere, 86 min, Canada — Dir. Santiago Bertolino, 2016)
Journalism has changed in the age of Internet. Follow freelancer Jesse Rosenfeld as he writes his way across the Middle East war-zones, from interviewing Al Jazeera journalists in a cage to budgeting for a bulletproof vest.


IN JESUS’ NAME (World Premiere, 42 min, CANADA — Dir. Susan G. Enberg, 2017) — Closing night presentation
In collaboration with the survivors of St. Anne’s Residential School, IN JESUS’ NAME breaks the long-held silence imposed upon the children forced to attend the notoriously violent school. Suffering isolation, beatings, and rape carried out by Catholic missionaries, Canadian audiences will be forced to ask how they can contribute to reconciliation and healing.


LA SOLEDAD (Canadian Premiere, 89 min, Venezuela | Italy | Canada — Dir. Jorge Thielen Armand, 2016)
Part documentary, part realist-fiction, LA SOLEDAD paints a vivid portrait of the crisis of capitalism in Venezuela with harrowing stories portrayed by those who truly experienced them. The film picked up awards at Atlanta Film Festival, Miami Film Festival and more.

HALF TICKET (Toronto Premiere, 112 min, India — Dir. Samit Kakkad, 2016)
The award-winning feature film captures the story of two young brothers living lives of “have-nots” in a world of people who “have”. Faced with yearning for what seems unattainable for those living in the slums of India, these two boys go to any means to try to get what they think they cannot.

NEWTON (Toronto Premiere, 103 min, India — Dir. Amit Masurkar, 2017)
This dark-comedy and Berlinale Jury Prize winner takes an unusual approach to the universal issue of democracy and the fight for it during election time in India. With its dark-humour and multi-layered approach to capturing Indian culture, NEWTON is a hilarious art-house gem.


Reelworld Film Festival screenings will be held at Famous Players Canada Square Cinema with the opening night film at Glenn Gould Studio at 250 Front St W – opening film TBA. Reelworld is supported by TD, Cineplex, Telefilm Canada, CBC, the Bell Fund and its media sponsor, NOW. Reelworld runsWednesday, October 11 to Sunday, October 15, 2017.

About Reelworld Film Festival
Founded in 2001 by Tonya Williams, Reelworld Film Festival is dedicated to harnessing the power of film and storytelling for social good. As a platform for underrepresented voices, Reelworld showcases Canadian and International films that explore some of the most current and pressing social issues facing the world. In addition to hosting industry panels, workshops and talks, Reelworld showcases narrative features, documentaries, shorts, music videos, episodic content and VR/360 films that spark conversation and advance social change.

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