The relationship between church and state is an interesting one, but when you aren’t part of a heteronormative world, it becomes a major obstacle to worship or serve your country. It’s no secret that many faiths don’t accept the LGBTQ+ community, and when worshippers are openly gay, they are often shunned. This dilemma is highlighted... 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: 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: 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 →
End of the World Fun with Save Yourselves!
In act of bettering ourselves and being less self-absorbed, we become self-aware and more self-absorbed, and it’s facilitated through technology. If you’re not following me, you might get it when you watch the alien invasion comedy Save Yourselves! Su (Sunita Mani) and Jack (John Reynolds) are a millennial couple. They live in Green Point, Brooklyn... Continue Reading →
October Chills with “Welcome to the Blumhouse” on Amazon Prime
This Halloween season, Blumhouse released four films under the banner "Welcome to the Blumhouse." The production company known for Get Out and Happy Death Day presents tales of suspense, betrayal, and thrills with a large helping of representation. Black Box: Directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr. and written by Stephen Herman, Black Box is a sci-fi... Continue Reading →
TIFF 2020: Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois)
Tall tales, danger, and a dark world of honor take center stage in Philippe Lacôte’s Night of the Kings. MACA is a notorious prison in Côte D’Ivoire, D’Abijan. It’s overcrowded and neglected, and the inmates are left to their own devices, creating a hierarchy and society that suits their needs. From the outside, MACA looks... Continue Reading →
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