Black Box crafts a taut, suspenseful intrigue, unraveling the events behind a tragic incident in the aeronautics industry. Matthieu, is a young and talented black box analyst on a mission to solve the reason behind the deadly crash of a brand-new aircraft. Yet, when the case is closed by authorities, Matthieu cannot help but sense there is something wrong with the evidence. As he listens to the tracks again, he starts detecting some seriously disturbing details. Could the tape have been modified? Going against his boss' orders, Matthieu begins his own rogue investigation—an obsessional and dangerous quest for the truth that will quickly threaten far more than his career. Progressively obsessed by inexplicable evidence that doesn’t add up, and spiraling further and further into the realm of paranoia, he gradually loses credibility at the BEA, the bureau that investigates aviation safety in France. So he’s forced to go rogue, risking both career and life, but determined to uncover the sordid truth.
After the bombing of his family's chocolate factory, Tareq Hadhad, a charming young Syrian refugee, struggles to settle into small-town life in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Despite moving to a new country, he's intent on pursuing his dream to become a doctor. But when his father, Issam, insists that he must focus on survival, Tareq and his family move towards a familiar path: rebuilding Issam's chocolate business. When what seemed like a nostalgic attempt to cling onto remnants of an old life past becomes an overnight sensation, Tareq is shocked. He must choose between the demands of an exponentially growing business and an offer to go back to medical school. New challenges arise between a rival chocolatier, while the heartbreak of Tareq's sister left behind in Syria weighs heavily on the family. As father and son both struggle to find common ground and navigate the complexities of family duty, the heightening tension between them threatens to tear the family apart. Based on the internationally recognized true story.
WIFF LOCAL WIFF is committed to promoting and fostering local films and filmmakers and welcomes local short and feature film submissions for programming consideration to the festival. This year’s films were selected by judges on the basis of quality and originality, and on their ability to contribute significantly to the overall success of WIFF 2022. WIFF Local Judges Hermano Beaumont - Vancouver, Canada Writer - Director - Producer Kurt Kaminaka - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA Actor - Writer - Director Madeline DeCorso - Toronto, Canada Actress WALKERVILLE’S WILLISTEAD MANOR: A HOME THAT SHAPED A COMMUNITY Willistead Manor has served all types of functions including home, gallery, library and even jail - all while successfully retaining its architectural integrity. The stunning, Albert Kahn-designed building has even survived multiple attempts to "pave paradise and put up a parking lot". For more than 100 years and in the face of constant pressure, Willistead Manor has become a symbol of strength and adaptation. In interviews with people from all walks of life including architects, craftspeople, historians and Walker family descendants, Willistead Manor: The Home that Shaped a Community examines the significance of the breathtaking architectural marvel to generations of people throughout Southwestern Ontario.
WIFF LOCAL WIFF is committed to promoting and fostering local films and filmmakers and welcomes local short and feature film submissions for programming consideration to the festival. This year’s films were selected by judges on the basis of quality and originality, and on their ability to contribute significantly to the overall success of WIFF 2022. WIFF Local Judges Hermano Beaumont - Vancouver, Canada Writer - Director - Producer Kurt Kaminaka - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA Actor - Writer - Director Madeline DeCorso - Toronto, Canada Actress A YEAR IN THE FOREST To Mike Evans, A Year in the Forest was a gift—a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore and discover the wildlife that surrounds us. He made discoveries that, under normal circumstances, he may never have had a chance to uncover without the pandemic. He headed into a small patch of Old Growth Forest near his South Windsor home called Oakwood Bush, intending to photograph the Spring bird migration. The global pandemic and the shutdown that accompanied it, allowed Evans more time. Time he would use wisely, not only to photograph the bird migration, but also to film it over four seasons. Over the course of the year, he was able to chronicle critically endangered and rare species such as Fox Snakes, Coyotes, Tree Frogs, Giant Moths, Screech Owls and dozens more. He spent hours in the field filming and photographing nature in one of the most bio-diverse regions in all of Canada.