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    When news broke last year that CBC was looking for “Canada’s Kerry Washington” to star in the new crime show Diggstown, the excitement about this historic role was palpable.

    A 2018 University of Southern California study found that less than 1% of directors were women of colour, based on statistics related to the top-grossing 1,100 films and 1,233 directors in America, 2007 to 2017. In Canada, those type of statistics don’t even exist. But we know that women of colour are woefully underrepresented and underpaid.

     A tall lean man of mahogany hue moves with ferocity of purpose, arms swinging with piston like precision belying a man of his 81 years. He propels his body forward, all swinging arms, contorted limbs and suspended frame. His steely eyes are locked on a hard won prize. The same prize that compatriots from the diaspora like Stephen Roach and Dudley Laws were severely punished for daring to reach.

    Frances-Anne Solomon is an artistic force to be reckoned with. As the director of CaribbeanTales and the International Film festival of the same name, she has grown the entity into a globally recognized institution that gives voice to filmmakers throughout the Caribbean diaspora.

    Netflix and chilling is now part of our regular routines and the ever ready stream of entertainment has made it easy for 1 in 4 Canadians to cut the cord.

    There may be slight variances in new film Maternal, but this is a tale as old as time.

    For her first film, emerging documentary filmmaker Sasha-Gay Lewis chose one of the most tumultuous moments in recent Jamaican history as her subject: The Tivoli Incursion. It is an official selection of this year’s staging of the Caribbean Tales Film Festival in Toronto.

    Actors Laura Harrier and John David Washington humorously and believably drive home the film’s strong racial irony/Universal Pictures

    My dad came to Canada from Jamaica when he was 17 years old. Everything was new and interesting to him, and he made friends quickly because he is extremely personable (a trait that rubbed off on his kids).

    Jordan Oram, is one of Toronto's most talented DOP's (director of photography).

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