Freep Film Festival | ‘The Documentary Podcast’ Ep. 15: TIFF, including ‘He Named Me Malala’ and ‘A Flickering Truth’
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04 Oct ‘The Documentary Podcast’ Ep. 15: TIFF, including ‘He Named Me Malala’ and ‘A Flickering Truth’

Two key films from the recently wrapped Toronto International Film Festival are the focus of the latest installment of “The Documentary Podcast.”

The episode talks about the documentary slate at TIFF, one of the world’s most prestigious film fests, including the world premiere of Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next.”

But it is anchored by interviews with directors of two festival films, both set in fractious situations in the Middle East:

Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”) talks about his latest, “He Named Me Malala.” It’s about Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, a teenager who was shot by the Taliban and went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize.”Malala” opens in metro Detroit on Friday.

Guggenheim, who has also helmed documentaries about Barack Obama (“A Mother’s Promise”) and a musical powwow between Jimmy Page, Jack White and the Edge (“It Might Get Loud”), talks about only wanting to pursue subjects who “really inspire” him, and how Malala fits into that equation.

Pietra Brettkelly

Pietra Brettkelly

Pietra Brettkelly provides the lowdown on her “A Flickering Truth,” which tells the story of Afghanistan residents who hope to preserve thousands of hours of cinematic output that was hidden during the Taliban’s outlawing of film.

Brettkelly recalls seeing footage as it unspooled after years of storage and the dangerous conditions she faced during shooting.

“The Documentary Podcast” is hosted by Free Press arts & entertainment editor Steve Byrne and Free Press visuals director Kathy Kieliszewski, two leaders of the Freep Film Festival.

You can listen to this episode of “The Documentary Podcast” below or via iTunes.


Watch the trailer for ‘He Named Me Malala’

Watch the trailer for ‘A Flickering Truth’

 

 

Malala Yousafzai, left, speaks with director Davis Guggenheim in Birmingham, England during the filming of the documentary, "He Named Me Malala."

Malala Yousafzai, left, speaks with director Davis Guggenheim in Birmingham, England during the filming of”He Named Me Malala.”

A scene from "The Flickering Truth."

A scene from “The Flickering Truth.”