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Subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) leader Netflix is to boost its growing original programming slate by unveiling four non-fiction titles at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

amanda knoxThe titles are: Amanda Knox, making its world premiere, a human story that goes past the headlines to examine the often-fraught relationship between true crime tragedy, justice and entertainment; Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer’s Into the Inferno, a global cinematic journey on the deeply rooted relationship between humans and volcanoes; The Ivory Game, from directors Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson, is an international thriller on the frontlines of ending African elephant extinction that counts Leonardo DiCaprio as an executive producer; and the timely short The White Helmets, from the filmmaking team behind Virunga.

“The breadth of our slate at the Toronto International Film Festival speaks to Netflix’s continued celebration of diverse voices and styles in the world of nonfiction,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of original documentary programming. “We are committed to pushing the boundaries of the documentary form, and our films screening at Toronto represent both emerging talent and iconic filmmakers during a thrilling time for documentaries.”

Netflix previously announced that Ava DuVernay’s The 13th, a look at the history of racial injustice in the US, will be the first-ever non-fiction film to premiere opening night of the New York Film Festival.

Two Sundance acquisitions, Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s Audrie & Daisy, which examines two teen assault cases tried in the new public square of shame of social media, and Kevin Macdonald’s Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang, a bio doc of the titular fireworks artist, are slated for 2016 releases along with winner of the Tribeca Best Documentary Short, Extremis, which explores the harrowing decisions faced in urgent end-of-life cases. Its first documentary, the Short Game, debuted in 2013

In 2015, Netflix saw two documentary titles, What Happened, Miss Simone? and Winter on Fire, compete in the Oscar race following successful festival runs.