(via CNW) From February 10 to 14, Toronto is hosting the largest diversity celebration for Black History Month: Toronto Black Film Festival’s fourth edition. Today, TBFF has announced the lineup for this year’s festival, hosted along with Global News and TD Bank to celebrate diversity in Toronto’s community.
TBFF will be honouring 2o countries with 44 world films and eight movie premieres. It starts out on opening night will be THINA SOBABILI, which means “the two of us.” This film is a drama about two siblings living together, directed by Ernest Nkosi, and is currently South Africa’s film submission for Best Foreign Language Film in the Academy Awards.
TBFF will be honouring the Black Panthers’ 50th anniversary with full length feature documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. Other interesting documentaries will include Game Face, In My Father’s House, and Soul On Ice: Past, Present, Future. TBFF will be closing with South-African set film, BREATHE UMPHEFUMLO, which is a modern remake of the opera La Boheme.
Aside from screenings regarding the black community around the world, TBFF will also include a new addition called the Black Market, which will have workshops and industry panels with some of the world’s finest experts from both international and local perspectives, as they discuss the most critical problems of filmmaking today. There will also be Q+A and panel discussions with director Clement Virgo of The Book of Negroes, and filmmaker Trey Anthony who will be dwelling on the topic of diversity in movies. ACTRA Toronto will also be hosting a workshop on the how and why of making short films.