TIFF 2020: The Water Man

Actor David Oyelowo's love for 80s cinema like The Goonies and representation inspired his choice for his feature directorial debut. In The Water Man, he takes us on a heartfelt journey with a boy, legend, and renewed faith in family. Gunner (Lonnie Chavis) is a creative child that his father, Amos (David Oyelowo), doesn’t understand.... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2020: Akilla’s Escape

When a life shaped by manipulation and violence is all you know, it can be difficult to change patterns as an adult. In Charles Officer's Akilla's Escape, we see one man surrounded by danger determined to live by honor and kindness, regardless of the cost. Akilla (Saul Williams) runs a marijuana grow-op in Toronto. He... Continue Reading →

In Plain Sight: Brown Girl Begins

Afrofuturism is a term coined by cultural critic Mark Dery, but I tend to lean towards writer and filmmaker Ytasha Womack’s definition which states: “Whether through literature, visual arts, music, or grassroots organizing, Afrofuturists redefine culture and notions of blackness for today and the future. Both an artistic aesthetic and a framework for critical theory,... Continue Reading →

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