About the Festival
This 2nd Annual Toronto Black Film Festival, presented by Global Toronto, will be held this year February 11-15. The 2014 selection presents the latest works from 34 filmmakers and features premieres from 22 countries including Canada, USA, UK, Sweden, Nigeria, South Africa, Haiti, Germany, Lesotho, Cameroun, France, Dominican Republic, Ghana and Brazil.
The festival will open at the Isabel Bader Theatre with the award-winning film THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, by Andrew Mudge, a Lesotho and South African co-production. The first ever film to be made in Lesotho. In commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of ‘Democracy in South Africa’, TBFF will be presenting a South African Series of 9 films – a tribute to Nelson Mandela through a film retrospective and a concert by award-winning singer Lorraine Klaasen. The award-winning American film THE RETREIVAL, by Chris Eska – Best Narrative Feature at the Montreal International Black Film Festival in 2013 – will close the festival at the Carlton Cinema.
Caribbean Films at TBFF
Cristo Rey is a unique Caribbean retelling of Romeo and Juliet to the big screen. It is set in the Dominican Republic that is home to over a million Haitians, the country’s biggest minority facing widespread discrimination. The film showcases the story of these mostly undocumented migrants and follows the love between a kind teenager, ostracized for his mixed Haitian-Dominican descent, and the beautiful sister of a local drug boss he’s hired to protect.
For more information, visit the film’s FB page. Watch the trailer here:
by Randy Wilkins
Haiti Untold chronicles the transformation of Haiti from the Earthquake in January 2010 until now. The film premiered at the Bahamas Film Festival in December 2012, and has its USA premiere at the Palm Beach International Film Festival in April 2013. Haiti Untold features Sean Penn, Donna Karan, George Laraque, and a host of other notable individuals whose ongoing efforts in the country are effecting radical change in the country. For more information, visit the film’s website. Watch the trailer here: