09 Apr 2016

    Black Films At The Toronto Jewish Film Festival

    The line up for the 24th Toronto Jewish Film Festival has just been announced, and there are some Black films worth checking out. The festival runs May 5th to 15th. 

    That Daughter’s Crazy directed by Elzbieta Szoka is the story of Richard Pryor’s daughter, Rain Pryor, which explores her childhood in Beverley Hills in the 1970s as a half-black half-Jewish girl with a famous father. It features her one-woman comedy show, Fried Chicken and Latkes.

    So what’s it like to grow up in Beverly Hills in the 1970’s as a half-Black half-Jewish girl… with Richard Pryor as your dad? Well, Rain Pryor will tell you… That Daughter’s Crazy features interviews with Rain, her Jewish mother and grandmother. In clips from her award-winning one-woman show, Fried Chicken and Latkes, she dramatizes growing up as a Black-Jewish girl who didn’t fit incomplete with impeccable impersonations of her father and grandmothers. A performer in her own right, Rain has a bold and energetic voice, that results in an insightful, loving and hilarious narrative.

    Wednesday 11 May 2016 | 8:30 PM, Innis Town Hall

    Doing Jewish: A Story From Ghana directed by Gabrille Zilkha will have its World Premiere. Zilkha films a small but vibrant African Jewish community as it strives to develop and strengthen its identity.

    When Gabrielle Zilkha, a Canadian filmmaker working in Accra, Ghana, gets a call from her mother telling her that she’s found Jews for her to celebrate Rosh-Hashanah with, she sets off across the country to find the tiny but vibrant Sefwi Jewish community. Filming over the course of five years, Zilkha observes this small African Jewish community’s efforts to develop and strengthen its identity. She brings us along on her journey to better understand what it means to belong to the Jewish people and why some people’s Judaism is questioned while that of others is taken at face value.

    Tuesday 10 May 2016 | 6:00 PM, Innis Town Hall
    Sunday 15 May 2016 | 3:30 PM, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk 6

    Black Jews, the roots of the olive tree directed by Laurence Gavron portrays those who “choose to be chosen” in Ethiopia, Uganda, Cameroon as well as the United States, where Chief Rabbi Capers Funnye Jr, cousin of Michelle Obama, heads a large black Jewish community in Chicago.

    Filmmaker Laurence Gavron presents an inspirational portrait of people who choose to be “chosen.” The Ethiopian and Ugandan Jewish communities are well known, but what about the Jews of Cameroon? Feeling limited by their Pentecostal Christianity, this remote congregation began their communal path to Judaism by reviving and practicing the laws of the “Old Testament.” The community observes Jewish customary prayer, holidays and dietary restrictions in a country not always understanding of this foreign religion. Through insightful and incredibly poignant interviews, the Jews of Cameroon's story unfolds.

    Monday 9 May 2016 | 3:30 PM, Innis Town Hall
    Tuesday 10 May 2016 | 6:00 PM, Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk 9


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