Film & TV

    Passing is a subtle and elegant film based on Nella Larsen’s 1929 novella of the same name set in New York, during the Harlem Renaissance. This was a time of great possibility for Black people in America, as well as ongoing and entrenched repression.  The book and resulting screenplay written by director Rebecca Hall, explores these and other dualities through the lives of two Black women of mixed race. Formerly childhood friends, they connect as adults where one is living as a Black woman, while the other is passing as white.

    Film still: Antonese Anthon aka "Ocean Queen" in Lavado Stubbs short film Antonese (Photo Courtesy: Lavado Stubbs and OnlyOne) The line-up for this year’s 22nd Planet in Focus International Film Festival, running Thursday, October 14, 2021, until October 24, 2021, includes the Bahamian short film: Antonese, directed by Bahamian-born Lavado Stubbs.

    ByBlacks.com caught up with Amanda Brugel as she's about to start her stint as one of the new hosts of Canada’s Drag Race Season 2. Amanda's probably best known in Canada for her recent work in The Handmaid's Tale, Kim's Convenience and Working Moms, however, the award-winning actress has over 2 decades worth of experience under her belt. Amanda, whose biological dad is Black and her mother white, is currently in Hungary working on a film production. I was curious about her experiences as a Black mixed-race woman in a foreign country. 

    Zendaya in Dune | CREDIT: WARNER BROS. I love to read and watch sci-fi and fantasy, and apparently, that makes me a Blerd. A Black nerd. A Black person that likes nerdy things. I’m so much of a Blerd that I thought the word was a part of the common Black lexicon. I’m so much a Blerd that I thought lexicon would be a fitting replacement for slang. Now whether Blerd means smart or insufferable, I’ll leave to you. 

    DIGGSTOWN is a Canadian original legal television drama series premiering on CBC and created by Floyd Kane, the executive producer and showrunner.

    The usage of monuments dates back millennia as an ode to history and important people who have passed away. But they don't always represent the best parts of history or even the truth about our history.  New Monuments is an hour-long original film that blends activism and art around issues related to Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour (IBPOC) communities with music, while tracing the story of Canada from its earliest history all the way up to the present day. What does the future hold? Over 40 internationally recognized IBPOC Toronto talents will give us an exhilarating tour of history,…

    TESSEL is a short film magnifying the stories and lived experiences of 14 Black Canadian dance makers.

    The short film, Blaxites, critically explores how “Big Data” and surveillance technology have blurred the line between safety and privacy, especially for marginalized communities of colour.

    Battleground(18m) is an Escarpment Films documentary short released a day after the Derek Chauvin verdict.

    It’s hard to feel that you belong to a group if its members constantly remind you that you’re different and not good enough. Written and directed by Black Canadian filmmaker Yasmine Mathurin, One of Ours is a new documentary that portrays the story of a young man whose life is stretched out between his Blackness and Indigenous identities.

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