Every year in the lead-up to the May DocLands Documentary Film Festival, there are a few documentaries being released theatrically — documentaries that we would consider quintessential DocLands’ films, but that will be released before the Festival takes place. Documentaries that shine in terms of story and production value.  Documentaries that fit perfectly into one or more of DocLands programming strands The Great Outdoors, Art of Impact, and Wonderlands. The DocLands Presents series will showcase just a few of these films.

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Alex Lowe’s ill-fated climb and his son’s arduous journey to return to the spot where his father perished.

On Oct. 5, 1999, legendary climber Alex Lowe was tragically lost alongside cameraman and fellow climber David Bridges in a deadly avalanche on the slopes of the Tibetan mountain, Shishapangma. Miraculously surviving the avalanche was Alex’s best friend and climbing partner, renowned mountaineer Conrad Anker. After the tragedy, Anker and Alex’s widow, Jennifer, fell in love and married, and Anker stepped in to help raise Alex’s three sons. Torn delivers a profoundly intimate look at the Lowe-Anker family using never-before-released archival footage of the ill-fated 1999 expedition, early footage of Alex and Anker as young climbers, personal home videos and strikingly candid interviews with the Lowe-Ankers, the film follows Max in his quest to understand his iconic late father as he explores family’s complex relationships in the wake of his father’s death. Director Max Lowe (US 2021) 92 min


$12.50 General  |  $9. Senior • Youth • Matinée  |  $7 CFI Members