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 →

TIFF 2021: Petite Maman

Image courtesy of TIFF In the leafy childhood paradise of Céline Sciamma's Petite Maman, you'll discover one girl's journey to understanding and love. Nelly (Joséphine Sanz) is an eight-year-old girl helping to pack up her recently deceased grandmother's house. Nelly's mother (Nina Meurisse) is sad because of the loss, and grief makes her distant. One morning,... Continue Reading →

We Need to Do Something

A family trapped in the master bathroom of their suburban home wait for the horrors beyond the door in We Need to Do Something. Mel (Sierra McCormick) is a teen with a little brother Bobby (John James Cronin), mom Diane (Vinessa Shaw) and dad Robert (Pat Healy). When a nasty storm hits, the family head... Continue Reading →

In Plain Sight: Candyman

The day has finally come. Gone are the moments of scrutinizing every second of the Candyman trailer, with the brilliant and unexpected use of shadow puppetry, the gorgeous face of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and the quick shots of that infamous hook. This week, we can finally see the greatly speculated, hotly anticipated reimagining of Candyman... Continue Reading →

In Plain Sight: Blood Conscious

Trust, family and race lie at the heart of Blood Conscious. Kevin (Oghenero Gbaje), his big sister Brittney (DeShawn White), and her fiancé Tony (Lenny Thomas) are heading to a vacation cabin to join their parents. When they arrive, they find the dead bodies of their parents and surrounding neighbours littering the nearby dock. Trying... Continue Reading →

Dachra

For a debut feature, Abdelhamid Bouchnak presents Dachra, a stylish addition to the folk horror cannon.   Yasmine (Yasmine Dimassi), Belil (Belil Slatinia) and Walid (Aziz Jbali) are journalism students with a project due. Their professor wants a fresh and exclusive story, nothing run of the mill, and they have 15 days to complete it.... Continue Reading →

HBO’s The Legend of the Underground

In many countries, living out and proud can be something that puts your life at risk. After seeing the HBO documentary The Legend of the Underground, that risk is more than evident. Living in plain sight but not living their truths, several young people in Nigeria struggle with acceptance due to strict Nigerian laws. Imagine... Continue Reading →

My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To

Jonathan Cuartas's debut feature My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To cuts deep into a world of family ties, classic lore and sacrifice. Thomas (Owen Campbell) has a doting brother Dwight (Patrick Fugit) and an overbearing sister Jessie (Ingrid Sophie Schram), taking care of him like helicopter parents. The reason being that Thomas... Continue Reading →

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