Human interest stories that meld with personal with the political highlight 11th annual Canadian Sport Film Festival

2019 CSFF releases full Schedule (June 6-8, 2019)

The Canadian Sport Film Festival (CSFF) is back for its 11th year, showcasing dramatic and moving stories from across the world of sport, running June 6-8 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

This year’s festival highlights the intersections between the personal and the political, featuring the struggle for human rights and the pursuit of personal transformation through sport.

“We’ve programmed a selection of powerful films from around the world,” states CSFF Executive Director Russell Field. “The eight films in this year’s program include five Canadian premieres. From captivating cinematography to inspirational moments of social change, these films will stimulate discussion and debate, which is at the core of our mandate,” said Field, who founded CSFF in 2008.

Opening Night of CSFF 2019 features the Canadian premiere of “Wrestle.” This moving look inside the lives of four high school wrestlers from Huntsville, Alabama, follows their pursuit of a place at the state championships as they battle both opponents on the mat and the circumstances of their own lives.

The 11th annual CSFF closes with the Canadian premiere of “Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation.” The Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team is a symbol of Indigenous resurgence, competing internationally as representatives of their own nation, with their own passports. “Spirit Game” chronicles the hosting of the world indoor lacrosse championships in Onondaga.

Guests from both films are expected to be in attendance.

The rest of the festival program covers a wide range of subjects, from Libyan women asserting their right to play soccer, to a racially-charged Little League baseball game in the 1950s, to a woman hoping to change the gender dynamics of sumo wrestling.

Post-screening panel discussions will feature filmmakers, cast members, and local guests who will offer diverse perspectives from across the GTA.

The full program is now available online at sportfilmfestival.ca. Tickets will be available on May 22, 2019. All screenings are taking place at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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