It was all so simple. A group of friends, happily leaving the Airbnb they had rented in California on their way back home to Toronto, when the situation quickly got out of hand.
While loading their suitcases into their rental cars, several police cars had encircled them, with a helicopter overhead, and were immediately detained and questioned.
Black representation in film (and television) is making inroads in new ways this year. I’m not talking about the usual one dimensional tropes of blackness we’ve gotten used to being fed as “diversity” every award season. There are no affable butlers, matronly maids, or black characters in need of white saviours on anybody’s awards list this year.
TIFF is drawing to a close and is leaving us all with an idea of which films will be early Oscar favourites.
Not too many of us can add both filmmaker and marine cadet to our resume. Unless you’re Thyrone Tommy, of course.
TIFF opens tonight and we thought you may be wondering what Black focused films are out there this year. Well look no further. Here's a quick guide. We'll have reviews of a few films in the coming week. Click on titles for more info!
A documentary featuring an unlikely musical collaboration that “went platinum,” in viral standards, premiered in this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
On the rare occasion that Canada’s race relations are the featured topic for public discussion, the phrase “Burn, Nigger, Burn” would probably not come to mind.