Filmmaker Aube Giroux and her mother embark on a very personal and poignant investigative journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and Canada, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world. Interweaving the personal and the political, Modified is anchored in the filmmaker’s relationship to her mom, a gardener and food activist who battled cancer during the film's production. Their intimate mother-daughter quest for answers, fuelled by a shared love of food, cooking and gardening, reveals the extent to which the agribusiness industry controls our food policies, making a strong case for a more transparent and sustainable food system. World-renowned chef Jacques Pépin calls the film "a very personal, tender, touching tribute and a well-researched, enlightening and powerful documentary”.
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS (running time 143 minutes)
Black Sheep – Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn, UK, 27 minutes
End Game – Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, USA, 40 minutes
Lifeboat – Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser, USA, 40 minutes
A Night at the Garden – Marshall Curry, USA, 7 minutes
Period. End Of Sentence. – Rayka Zahtabchi and Melissa Berton, India, 26 minutes
In Icelandic with English subtitles. Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias "The Woman of the Mountain," Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla's actions grow bolder, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and savior of the Highlands, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow. “Along with “Green Book,” this was one of our favorite films at the Toronto Film Festival. Here’s a film that our local audience will love. It’s full of surprises, and a delightful sense of humor. And its heart is in the right place.” –Mike and Barbara Getz