Toronto Black Film Festival(Feb.1oth-Feb.14th,2016)
Toronto Black Film Festival #tbff16 http://www.TorontoBlackFilm.com now in it’s 14th year is a fun and entertaining festival with programs,documentaries,animation,short/medium films and narrative films that take on issues that are at the forefront of world news.
Some of the showcased films include the 50th anniversary of The Black Panther Party, Opening Film-Thina Sobabili”The Two Of Us” and Closing Film-Breathe”Umphefumlo”
Thina Sobabili”The Two Of Us” is a 2015 film by Ernest Nikosi from South Africa and the dialog is in Zulu with English subtitles. The story surrounds siblings: Thulani and Zanele as they go through life knowing that they have no one but each other to depend on. Upon tragic circumstances, they forged a bond and begin life together in the Alexandra Township where their family bond is tested as Thulani takes care of her sister and is over protective of her sibling throughout the movie. A red carpet reception was held at the Isabel Bader Theatre for the premier of this movie.
Breathe”Umphefumlo”is a 2015 film by Mark Dornford-May. This is a story about student life and the realities of it as they struggle for food, shelter and medicine. A death to a friend from T.B. sends a message to the audience as we North Americans have the luxury of modern medicine and other things we sometimes take for granted while other countries struggle to have the basics essentials of life.
The Black Panthers:Vanguard Of The Revolution is a 2015 American movie by Stanley Nelson. This is the first feature-length documentary of the Black Panther Party and its significance to American culture. There are rare archival footage with voices of people who were there such as: Journalist, FBI informants, White supporter,and members of Black Panthers. This is an important part of history and this documentary was shown at both 2015 Sundance Film Festival and the 2015 Montreal Int. Black Film Festival.
BK on the SCENE would like to thank Max Mosher of Clutch PR for the invitation and hospitality during the Toronto Black Film Festival