Each NCFD, we strive to curate a Spotlight that will entertain, intrigue and be relevant to Canadians. This year, nothing felt more urgent than the fact that we are living in a time of massive change. The rise of divisive nationalism, economic inequity, misogyny and xenophobia mark a global shift away from values we hold dear, against the frightening backdrop of the climate crisis.
In a time of such urgent concerns, movies can be a beacon of hope. They carry the emerging voices of youth, Indigenous peoples, new Canadians and other artists. They can comfort, unite, and even change us. We hope these films will make you think, inspire you to act, or give you a much-needed laugh. All of them reflect a uniquely Canadian perspective on a world in crisis.