TIFF 2021: Attica

Image courtesy of TIFF Dog Day Afternoon was my introduction to Attica. Al Pacino shouting "Attica, Attica!" in that memorable scene, referring to a riot I knew nothing about in my younger years.  In the new Showtime documentary Attica, director Stanley Nelson speaks to former prisoners who survived the rebellion that September 1971, those who... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2021: Scarborough

Image Courtesy of TIFF A neighbourhood in Toronto is the center of the universe for three young kids in Scarborough. Bing (Liam Diaz), Sylvie (Essence Fox), and Laura (Anna Claire Beitel) are three kids growing up in a low-income neighbourhood in Scarborough, an east-end area in Toronto. Their situations are all different: Bing, a Filipino... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2021: The Gravedigger’s Wife

Image courtesy of TIFF The Gravedigger's Wife is an uplifting family drama that's sure to win over any audience. Guled (Omar Abdi) is a gravedigger devoted to his wife, Nasra (Yasmin Warsame). She suffers from a kidney infection that gets progressively worse, and Guled is desperate to make money for her treatment. They have a... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2021: The Middle Man

Image courtesy of TIFF An accident-prone town needs a bearer of bad news in The Middle Man. In the small town of Karmack, mild-mannered Frank Farelli (Pål Sverre Hagen) applies for the job of "middle man," a guy who gives out bad news. He gets the job on a two-month trial period, learning the ropes... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2021: Quickening

Image courtesy of TIFF Quickening covers a unique experience within a range of Canadian films documenting children of immigrants growing up in two worlds, and Haya Waseem’s feature debut firmly places itself in this realm. Sheila (Arooj Azeem), the eldest of three children, is a performing arts major at university. Her protective mother, Aliya (Bushra... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2021: Earwig

Image Courtesy of TIFF Lucile Hadžihalilović’s latest film Earwig is a bleak tableau of strange, artistic nihilism. Albert (Paul Hilton) is tasked with looking after a little girl Mia (Romaine Hemelaers). He must change an intricate headgear that collects what looks like her saliva, freeze those drippings in a cast for teeth, and fit her with previously... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2021: Mlungu Wam (Good Madam)

In Mlungu Wam (Good Madam), archaic ideals take on a nightmarish role for a woman and her family. Tsidi (Chumisa Cosa) is estranged from her extended family after her grandmother dies. She leaves the family home to stay with her mother, Mavis (Nosipho Mtebe), a maid for an ailing, rich white woman named Diane (Jennifer... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2021: Kicking Blood

Image courtesy of TIFF Director Blaine Thurier and his co-writer Leonard Farlinger give us a dryly humorous vampire film in the wintery world of Kicking Blood. Anna (Alanna Bale) is a young woman who works in a library. She is friendly with Bernice (Rosemary Dunsmore), an ailing older woman, the only real friend she seems... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2021: Night Raiders

Image courtesy of TIFF A prophecy holds the key to the future in Night Raiders. After a civil war in the not-so-distant future, minors are taken from their families to "The Academy," a state-run facility brainwashing young minds to serve "one country, one language, one flag." Nika (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers) and her daughter Waseese (Brooklyn Letexier-Hart... Continue Reading →

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