TIFF 2021: Encounter

A man fears for the well-being of his sons in Encounter. Malik (Riz Ahmed) is an ex-navy seal who is on a different kind of mission. He has been researching extraterrestrial parasitic organisms that take over humans through insects, and worried about his sons Jay (Lucian-River Chauhan) and Bobby (Aditya Geddada), decides to rescue them... Continue Reading →

TIFF 2021: Beba

Image courtesy of TIFF A young Afro-Latina woman filmmaker examines her life in four parts in Beba. Rebeca “Beba” Huntt is an artist and filmmaker who documents 8 years of archival film on her life with a Black Dominican father and a light-skinned Venezuelan mother. She goes back to how they met, the sacrifices they... 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: 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 →

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 →

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 →

Hot Docs 2021: One of Ours

Transracial adoption is a difficult road travelled by well-meaning parents and children constantly looking for acceptance. In Yasmine Mathurin's One of Ours, she follows Josiah Wilson, a young Haitian-born Canadian with Native status due to his adoptive father, Don. Josiah's journey of acceptance in the Indigenous community and by himself is spurred by a human... Continue Reading →

Cinema Throwback: RAW at the Royal

Growing up is difficult for most. Learning who you are, what influences you, and nurture versus nature all factor in developing as a human being. When family secrets and dysfunction come into play, the “coming of age” process becomes much more complicated. Julia Ducournau’s film Raw takes these factors with a female perspective, creating a... Continue Reading →

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