Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 7:00pm | TIFF Bell Lightbox | Cinema 3  


2018, documentary, US, 96 min, dir: Suzannah Herbert, co-dir: Lauren Belfer Manuel Tera – Canadian premiere

J.O. Johnson High School in Huntsville, Alabama, has long been on the state’s list of failing schools. The school’s wrestling team is one bright spot. Yet, while four young wrestlers pursue their dreams of a state championship, splintered family lives, drug use, teenage pregnancy, mental health struggles, and run-ins with the law all threaten to derail their success on the mat in a deeply affecting depiction of growing up disadvantaged in the American South.

Screening with

The Match

2018, fiction, Finland, 15 min, dir: Pia Andell – Canadian premiere

Two women on a tennis court. One desperately wants to win, the other is afraid of competing.  Will breathing exercises help?

2019 Schedule

Thursday, June 6

Wrestle @ 7pm


Friday, June 7

Freedom Fields @ 7pm


Saturday, June 8

Long Time Coming @ 4pm


Saturday, June 8

Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation @ 7pm

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