Opening on the arrival of several overseas flights at Pearson International and the many diverse faces that populate the city’s landscape, a young boy arrives at a customs desk unaccompanied and with no papers. He is taken into the custody of the immigration office, but when a back is turned he is drawn by curiosity into the throng of the airport. He then makes his way onto an express bus and into the city alone. —Wikipedia
Sook-Yin Lee was born in Vancouver. She worked as a VJ for MuchMusic, and is currently the host of Definitely Not the Opera on CBC Radio. In 2006, she starred in John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus. Her short films include Girl Cleans Sink (04), Unlocked (05) and a segment of the omnibus film Toronto Stories (08), all of which screened at the Festival. Year of the Carnivore (09) is her feature-directing debut. –tiff.net
It took over 20 years and countless reviews for a writer to accurately capture the essence of David Sutherland’s work, but in 2006, a piece from the Baltimore Sun finally hit the nail on the head. “No one makes documentaries the way David Sutherland does. And perhaps no one ever will; the toll is too great. The documentarian’s methods more closely resemble an ethnographer’s than a television director’s. He steeps himself in the minute details, emotions and struggles of his subjects’ lives, trying to see the world through their eyes. Never mind closing the distance between viewer and object viewed, this filmmaker all but obliterates that distinction through his own intense identification and empathy with the people he films.”
No one makes documentaries the way David Sutherland does. And perhaps no one ever will; the toll is too great.
The quote is especially well-suited to his most recent film, “Country Boys,” which took seven years to bring to fruition as Sutherland returned… read more