2023.10.18 [Topic]
36th TIFF “SDGs in Motion”

TIFF SDGs in Motion Talk
Part of the Outdoor Screenings’ SDGs Program, a TIFF programmer will talk with directors HARADA Masato (Kakekomi) and Ljubo Stefanov (Honeyland, participating online).
Date & Time:10/28[Sat]15:15~
Guests:Andrijana Cvetkovik (SDGs Program Curator), Harada Masato (Director), Cameron Bailey (CEO, Toronto International Film Festival), Ljubo Stefanov (Director)

SDGs in Motion, our new film section at TIFF, is on a mission this year—to shine a spotlight on films aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: Goals 1 (No Poverty), 5 (Gender Equality), 13 (Climate Action), and 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions). These goals are not just abstract ideals; they are a call to action, a roadmap for change. We’ve meticulously curated this program with films that serve as catalysts for sparking crucial conversations, pushing boundaries, and nurturing global unity on these pressing issues. Our open-screen exhibitions showcase commercially released masterpieces interwoven with deeply human, often real-life narratives, with the goal of spreading enlightenment far and wide.
Looking ahead, we envision this initiative flourishing through partnerships, vision, and collaborative creation, evolving into a competitive platform. Change starts with audacious dreams, and cinema provides the canvas. Together, let’s envision cinema as a potent spark propelling SDG progress, guiding us toward a more equitable and sustainable future.
These times in history are critical, and when we unite, our collective actions hold tremendous potential for change. Cinema and filmmakers possess a profound capacity to drive this transformation. That is the magic of storytelling—to make us see clearly why promoting wide-reaching action for issues that matter is imperative, without delay.

Andrijana Cvetkovikj, Ph.D. Chief Curator, SDGs-in Motion Program


Curator’s Profile
Andrijana Cvetkovikj, a versatile professional in film, diplomacy, entrepreneurship, and UN SDGs advocacy, was Macedonia’s youngest Ambassador in Japan. Currently, she serves as a Special Advisor for International Cooperation to Japan’s Cultural Agency, holding a Doctoral Degree in cinema studies from Nihon University. Her expertise includes Japanese cinema and digital technology, with roles like Visiting Professor at Kyoto University. Andrijana has presented at international conferences, produced and directed film in Japan and Europe, and been a jury member at the Tokyo International Film Festival and International CG Anime Cup Festival. She received the WIN Inspiring Women Worldwide Award in 2022 for her contributions to film and gender equality initiatives.

SDGs in Motion Screening Films
36thTIFF@Hibiya Step Square Outdoor Screenings 2023

Date:10/24[Tue] – 11/1[Wed]
Venue:Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, Hibiya Step Square
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*Free admission
SDGs in Motion Screening Films
10/24[Tue] 15:20-
Wonder Woman [141min]
SDGs in Motion

WONDER WOMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. © 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and RatPac-Dune Entertainment LLC.

Director: Patty Jenkins
10/25[Wed] 15:30-
On the Basis of Sex [120min]
SDGs in Motion


Director: Mimi Leder
10/26[Thu] 13:00-
Honeyland [86min]
SDGs in Motion

©2019,Trice Films & Apollo Media

Director: Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska
10/27-[Fri] 15:00-, 11/01[Wed] 10:00-
Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody [144min]
SDGs in Motion

©2022 NYBO Productions LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Director: Kasi Lemmons
10/30[Mon] 12:30-
Erin Brockovich [131min]
SDGs in Motion

©2000 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
10/31[Tue] 10:00-
Kakekomi [144min]
SDGs in Motion

© 2015「駆込み女と駆出し男」製作委員会

Director: Harada Masato
10/31[Tue] 13:30-
Promised Land [106min]
SDGs in Motion

©2012 Focus Features LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Director: Gus Van Sant

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