The Toronto Black Film Festival has announced the lineup for the second edition of the event, presented by Global Toronto.
Coinciding with Black History Month, the Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) celebrates diversity within Black communities through film and provides a forum to debate cultural, social and socio-economic issues. In addition to film screenings, the festival consists of concerts, panel discussions, exhibits, workshops, conferences and opportunities to meet artists and speakers from Canada and around the world.
“The year 2014 is a symbolic year for us, commemorating several ground-breaking anniversaries such as 210 years of Haitian Independence, 20 years of the Rwandan Genocide; 20 years since Mandela was elected president of South Africa, and five years since Barack Obama became the first Black American president,” said Fabienne Colas, president and founder of the festival. “TBFF is proud to dedicate the second edition of the festival to the memory of the legendary leader, Nelson Mandela, and to celebrate 20 years of democracy in South Africa.”
Ward Smith, Senior Director and Station Manager, Global Toronto, said his network is delighted to be a part of the event.
“For a second year in a row, Global Toronto is proud to be a part of the Toronto Black Film Festival,” he said. “We’re excited to be a part of unique stories that will be told and look forward to continuing our relationship with the festival organizers and diverse audiences for another year.”
This year, TBFF will offer 33 films depicting the lives of Black people from around the globe and a variety of special events.
The festival will open at the Isabel Bader Theatre with the award-winning film The Forgotten Kingdom, by Andrew Mudge. It is the first film ever made in Lesotho.
In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa, TBFF will present a series of nine South African films, including a tribute to Nelson Mandela through a film retrospective and a concert by award-winning singer Lorraine Klaasen.
The award-winning American film The Retrieval, by Chris Eska, which won Best Narrative Feature at the Montreal International Black Film Festival in 2013, will close the festival at the Carlton Cinema, located at 20 Carlton St.
The festival will feature a special conference hosted by Stedman Graham, entrepreneur, educator, speaker and New York Times bestselling author, titled, “The Nine-Step Plan for Success” at TIFF Bell Lightbox, located at 350 King St. West.
TBFF will also present a discussion with political activist and author Robert Hillary King, who spent 32 years (29 of them in solitary confinement) in Angola Prison (Louisiana) for a crime he did not commit. In addition to the films and special events, movie goers will also be able to enjoy free panel discussions at the Carlton Cinema through the TBFF Community Program.
The Toronto Black Film Festival will be held from Tuesday, February 11 to Sunday, February 16.
For more information, including a full schedule of films and events, visit www.torontoblackfilm.com.