Now that we're entering week two of TIFF, we've already seen the likes of some of Hollywood's most prominent stars make appearances throughout the city. However, one star, in particular, has kept herself very busy while she's been in town.
The one and only Angelina Jolie has made a highly anticipated return to Toronto, and she's been in town for more than just the film festival. Her first appearance was for the warmly received world premiere of Nora Twomey’s animated “The Breadwinner,” which Jolie exec-produced, about a young girl who disguises herself as a boy to support her family in Taliban-controlled Kabul.
This was followed by her attendance at the acclaimed Women in the World Summit in Toronto, where she discussed humanitarian crises alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“There's just so much for all of us to do and the first and foremost is we have to just get the best education ... With all that's accessible to us sometimes we get completely overwhelmed and we don't know what to believe and what to do, so I'm just trying to listen to other women, I'm trying to lend my voice where possible,” Jolie told the Women in the World summit in an afternoon panel.
“We all need to do, I think, even more than we've ever done because we're at a very dark time.”
The summit was then followed by the premiere of the film Jolie directed, First They Killed My Father, which is adapted from a memoir by activist and lecturer Loung Ung, which tells of her survival under former Cambodian leader Pol Pot.
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Despite being separated from her former husband Brad Pitt, the actress and humanitarian didn't show up to the red carpet unaccompanied. Jolie was joined by her six children: sons Pax and Maddox, who worked on the film, as well as the rest of her brood – Zahara, Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne.
If one thing's for certain, Jolie's career has certainly evolved over the years and says she prefers working behind the lens these days. “I believe our world is stronger for diversity,” she said. “And great way to learn about each other is to work with each other.”