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FEATURES

ALL OF OUR FILMS ARE CREATED BY CANADIAN FILMMAKERS AND STORYTELLERS WHO ARE BLACK, INDIGENOUS, ASIAN, SOUTH ASIAN, AND PEOPLE OF COLOUR.

WE ARE CHANGING THE FACE OF FILM.

Emergence: Out of the Shadows

Vinay Giridhar
DOCUMENTARY | 80 MINS | ENGLISH | CANADA | ONTARIO PREMIERE

For Kayden, Jag, and Amar, awakening to and expressing their sexuality within conservative South Asian families was a lonely and terrifying experience. Heart-wrenching and healing, their distinct coming-out paths offer comfort, compassion, and inspiration to individuals and communities struggling with acceptance.

A Brief Record of My Father's Time at Sea

Jeanette Kong
DOCUMENTARY | 63 MINS | CHINESE, ENGLISH | CANADA | WORLD PREMIERE

Canadian filmmaker Jeanette Kong weaves together the strands of her Jamaican-Chinese identity as she recounts her father’s immigration journey—from China to Jamaica—and then eventually to Toronto, Canada. Drawing on her dad’s eloquent journal writing, and connecting with family around the globe, the filmmaker paints a deeply honest portrait of the Hakka migration experience. Why brave the hardships of immigration, not once, but twice in a single lifetime? Part personal memoir and part archival history, this is a story of courage, resilience and sacrifice: a daughter’s loving tribute to her immigrant father and to her Hakka heritage.

DƏNE YI’INJETL: The Scattering of Man

Glezhe Na’che (Luke Gleeson)
DOCUMENTARY | 75 MINS | ENGLISH | CANADA | TORONTO PREMIERE

DƏNE YI'INJETL is told from the perspective of the Tsay Keh Dene Nation and its membership about the events that took place before and after the flood caused by the W.A.C. Bennett Dam issued by the Province of British Columbia . Viewed by many critics as a Provincial vanity project, development of the dam was pushed forward and completed ahead of schedule, with little thought given to the resulting impacts that the natural environment and Tsay Keh Dene people would soon face.

African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey

Roy T. Anderson
DOCUMENTARY | 86 MINS | ENGLISH | CANADA | ONTARIO PREMIERE

A feature-length documentary-film that chronicles the life and legacy of the world's foremost Pan-Africanist, Marcus Garvey considered by many to be the greatest mass leader of the twentieth century.

Sin La Habana

Kaveh Nabatian
DRAMA | 95 MINS | ENGLISH, SPANISH, FARSI | CANADA | ONTARIO PREMIERE

Sin La Habana is a film about power, prophecy, and destiny as seen through the eyes of three people. Leonardo (Yonah Acosta), a ballet dancer, and Sara (Evelyn O’Farrill), an ambitious lawyer, are young black Cubans desperate to leave their country. They realize that their ticket off the island is for Leonardo to seduce one of the foreign students at the salsa school where he teaches. When he meets Nasim (Aki Yaghoubi), a Canadian-Iranian divorcée, and moves to Montreal, the international love triangle disintegrates into a situation where nobody gets what they wanted, but everyone ends up closer to their true destiny.

La Fortaleza

Jorge Thielen Armand
DRAMA | 108 MINS | SPANISH | CANADA | TORONTO PREMIERE

To escape the crisis in Venezuela, and his alcoholism, a man retreats into the jungle and meets old friends. But their former happiness is transformed into evil intentions by the lure of gold.

8:37 Rebirth

Juanita Peters
DRAMA | 100 MINS | ENGLISH | CANADA | TORONTO PREMIERE

Jared Peters and Sergei Radic, two youth from vastly different backgrounds become forever linked in a split second with the four pound trigger pull of a snub nosed 38. Twenty two years later, that single moment still reverberates when Jared Peter is released from prison. As one forges ahead into a better life another descends into an abyss of revenge driven obsession. Both men must face their sins and each other; where one man might lose his life, the other his last gripe on his sanity.

Pink Lake

Emily Gan, Daniel Schachter
DRAMA | 80 MINS | ENGLISH | CANADA | TORONTO PREMIERE

Sam and Cora are a couple whose peaceful life in the Gatineau hills is disrupted when Nadia, one of Sam’s dearest friends, visits from out of town. When Nadia asks Sam to be her sperm donor, Cora initially gives her blessing but soon grows apprehensive about the arrangement.

With Wonder

Sharon Lewis
DOCUMENTARY | 75 MINS | ENGLISH | CANADA | CANADIAN PREMIERE

Born out of the Director, Sharon Lewis’, muted struggle with not fitting into neat racial/Queer/Christian boxes, With Wonder takes an intimate look at the journey of members of the Queer, Christian community of color and their attempts to answer the question: Can you be both Christian and Queer? In this feature length documentary, we hear and see diverse members of the LGBTQI+ community, including high profile queer activists and Queer clerics, in places like Jamaica, New York, London, and Los Angeles. They each have their own unique ways of amplifying their voices and finding their way back to spiritual health, despite the shaming tactics of some Christian institutions. With Wonder is a love letter to God from the BPOC LGBTQI+ community.

ECHOES

Andrew Seok
MUSICAL | 65 MINS | ENGLISH | CANADA | ONTARIO PREMIERE

Spanning three wars, and 2 centuries, ECHOES is a musical of love and loss. Two slaves during the American Civil War are separated after the birth of their child, a young couple during WWI hopes their love will carry them through the war, and a father during WWII struggles with coming home to his daughter after the death of his wife and time spent on the front lines.

Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story

Preston Chase
DOCUMENTARY | 62 MINS | ENGLISH | CANADA | TORONTO PREMIERE

Mr. Emancipation is a colourful documentary about a man, his progressive ideas for an Emancipation festival that flourished in spite of or even because of racism, in one of the most significant places and times in North American History.

In The Rumbling Belly of Motherland

Brishkay Ahmed
EXPERIMENTAL | 84 MINS | CANADA | ONTARIO PREMIERE

In the midst of Taliban and US peace talks, journalists from The Women News Network in Kabul, Afghanistan report on breaking news amidst insecurity and uncertainty.

From Patrice To Lumumba

Patrick Kayeba
DOCUMENTARY | 70 MINS | FRENCH | CANADA | TORONTO PREMIERE

As his fate was decided, Patrice Lumumba decided to write a letter to his wife, as a token of the promise he had made to himself about his country and his people. This letter, although keeping a militant tone, reveals the more private side of Lumumba, yet freer still to express what is deep inside him. This story, mainly told in his own words, gives Lumumba back the humanity he was not afforded throughout his career. It is about understanding the passion that animated his convictions. But above all, it is about seeing the man behind the political emblem, facing a destiny that gradually escapes him.