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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.

Opening Night

Golden Delicious

Jason Karman
DRAMA | 120 MINS | ENGLISH | CANADA |

When basketball-obsessed Aleks moves in across the street, Asian-Canadian teen Jake finds himself trying out for the basketball team to get his attention in this classic coming-of-age drama set in the digital age

Bite of a Mango

Ron Dias
DRAMA | 82 MINS | ENGLISH | CANADA |

After a casual hook up between Jayne and Tray in the early stages of lockdown, Jayne, a strikingly independent half-Nigerian half-Jamaican woman, is left feeling alone in dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. In Jayne’s absence, Tray, seeks the friendship of an old flame only to realize how he truly feels about Jayne.

Exegesis Lovecraft

Qais Pasha
DOCUMENTARY | 120 MINS | ENGLISH | CANADA |

A cathartic journey that Qais, a Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker embarks on as he traces the life of H.P. Lovecraft, from cemeteries in Rhode Island, to the docks of New York and on to the cobbled stoned streets of Quebec City.

Dear Jackie

Henri Pardo
DOCUMENTARY | 90 MINS | ENGLISH, FRENCH | CANADA |

Dear Jackie paints a picture of the Black community in Montreal's Little Burgundy ("Harlem of the North") by way of a cinematic letter to Jackie Robinson, the first Black man to break the colour barrier in professional baseball, unraveling the myth of a post-racial society.

In-person Screening

Kite Zo A

Kaveh Nabatian
DOCUMENTARY | 75 MINS | HAITIAN CREOLE | CANADA | TORONTO PREMIERE

In 1791, in Haiti, a Vodou ritual started a revolution and led to the creation of the first Black republic. Rituals of transformation have been at the core of this thriving culture as the country faces foreign oppression, poverty, and natural disasters. “Kite Zo A” is a sensorial film about rituals in Haiti, made with artists, fishermen, daredevil rollerbladers, and Vodou priests, set to poetry by Haitian author Wood-Jerry Gabriel.

Reset

Min Bae
DOCUMENTARY | 90 MINS | KOREAN | CANADA |

South Korea’s worst maritime disaster traumatized a nation while simultaneously sinking the country’s emotional spirit, resulting in the death of 304 passengers.

The Myth of the Black Woman

Ayana O’Shun
DOCUMENTARY | 90 MINS |ENGLISH, FRENCH | CANADA |

"The Myth of the Black Woman" is a feature-length documentary that investigates the images of Black women in Western societies, from the hypersexual Jezebel to the lovable Nurse to the sassy « Bitch ». The film works to break down The Myth by featuring a diverse group of women and a wealth of realities rarely seen on screen and supported by engrossing archival footage from the 1800s to the present day.

Tzouhalem

Harold C. Joe, Leslie D. Bland
DOCUMENTARY | 90 MINS | ENGLISH | CANADA |

This documentary examines the near-mythic figure of Cowichan Chief Tzouhalem, the account of his life from both historians and First Nations Elders, the folkloric tales concerning him, his impact on the modern relationship between the Crown and First Nations, and how his legend remains alive to this day, examining critically how his story has been told and passed down to us.

Summer with Hope

Sadaf Foroughi
DRAMA | 108 MINS | PERSIAN | CANADA | CANADIAN PREMIERE

Young swimmer, Omid (whose name means “Hope” in Persian), along with his mother, Leili, and uncle, Saadi, have each placed their individual fates on one vital upcoming swimming competition. In the days and hours before the meet, however, the consequences of failure become clear for each – all of which falls heavily on Omid’s shoulders as a responsibility he refuses to bear. As their community jealously and steadily erode the family’s façade, layer by layer, to find whatever weakness they can, the family itself also begins to crumble like sand under the weight of the encroaching tide. The second film in Sadaf Foroughi’s planned trilogy, SUMMER WITH HOPE examines the pressure-filled expectations of a new generation, for both themselves and their families, as they explore beckoning horizons and newly discovered freedoms. Set against the backdrop of a traditional patriarchal society where tendencies that contradict accepted norms are met with fierce-yet-cloaked resistance, SUMMER WITH HOPE is a classic tragedy of real world proportions.

Pattern

Ivan Madeira
DRAMA | 75 MINS | ENGLISH | CANADA

It’s 5 months after the death of Curtis’ partner Mia due to post-birth complications. As the initial fog of grief starts to lift, he is at a crossroads of how he wants to raise their daughter Salome.

This year all films at the Reelworld Film Festival will be screening in-person and online, please refere to the list of feature screening times and locations below. 

Tuesday, October 12th at The Royal Theatre ( 608 College St.)
7:40 pm Opening Night Film: Golden Delicious (120 min)


Saturday, October 15th at The ROM: Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre (100 Queens Park)
11:00 am Pattern (75 min) 

1:25 pm Tzouhalem (92 min)

3:45PM The Myth of the Black Woman (90 min)

6:15 PM Bite of Mango (94 min)
8:45 PM Kite Zo A (67 min)


Sunday, October 16th at The ROM: Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre  (100 Queens Park)
11:35 PM Dear Jackie (90 min)
1:55 PM Reset (90 min)

4:25 PM Exegesis: Lovecraft (120 min) 
7:25 PM Summer With Hope (100 min)