Monthly Archives: February 2012

THE DIASPORA FILM FESTIVAL: Forget Baghdad

Sorry, could only find the German trailer for now! As a rule, the treatment of Jews during World War Two is informed by references to the Holocaust in Europe. But there is a lesser known narrative that is tangled up in the net cast by Hitler and his xenophobia that stretches beyond Europe, further east, [...]

imagineNATIVE FILM FESTIVAL: Robert’s Paintings

The documentary that stood out for me at the imagineNATIVE Film Festival was Robert’s Paintings. As challenging as some of the subject matter was – the damage caused to generations of First Nations children in the Reservation Schools – because of the strength and talent of Canadian artist Robert Houle and artist / director Shelley [...]

THE TORONTO PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL: (No) Laughing Matter

(No) Laughing Matter / Blague à part by Vanessa Rousselo If a documentary is to break stereotypes of how a person living in an occupied land engages with his or her world then this is the film. It is an existence that can be bleak and as some young girls take the filmmaker through the [...]

HOT DOCS: Imagining Emanuel & Family Portrait in Black and White

Imagining Emanuel by Thomas A Østbye “Imagining Emanuel” by Thomas A Østbye I usually leave documentaries hopeful no matter how bleak the subject matter is but this movie left me lost. The story of Emanuel is desolate. In between the borders of identity Emanuel falls through the cracks. It is like a nightmare. It is [...]

CINEFRANCO: Halal Police D’Etat 2011 & Venus Noire 2012

February 27, 2012 – 3:55 pm

Halal Police D’Etat / Halal Five-O by Rachid Dhibou The Comedy & The Tragedy of Life Running from March 23 – April 1 this year Cinéfranco will be celebrating its 15th year. The Full Festival Schedule will be available on March 1st but as a preview for what is to come Cinéfranco offered a screening [...]

AFTERNOON DELIGHT HIGHLIGHT @ RAFF: Christine Sun Kim

February 26, 2012 – 11:01 pm

No need for words here. Just listen with your eyes. Beautiful short of performance artist Christine Sun Kim by The Selby. For more stories visit www.nowness.com. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

IMAGES FESTIVAL: More of Toronto’s Amazing Film Festivals

February 26, 2012 – 3:21 pm

Re-colonizing-Reframing Africa from Images Festival on Vimeo. Covering everything from Reframing Africa to Sonic Youth. Toronto’s second oldest film festival, IMAGES FESTIVAL is also the “the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture” (sited from www.imagesfestival.com ) This year marks IMAGES FESTIVAL’s 25th year. The Festival runs from April 12 [...]

LAST NIGHT’S RAFF HIGHLIGHTS: Portrait of Resistance

February 25, 2012 – 3:00 pm

Art is Political. Portrait of Resistance: The Art & Activism of Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge started last night’s line up at the Reel Artists Film Festival. In a time in art’s history where words like community, collective, and collaborative easily fit into the conversation it is hard to imagine that this wasn’t always the [...]

REEL ARTISTS FILM FESTIVAL: Great Art Docs @ TIFF

February 22, 2012 – 7:12 pm

William Kentridge and “Anything is Possible” Some of last year’s RAFF Doc on South Africa’s brilliant William Kentridge. Canadian Art’s REEL ARTIST FILM FESTIVAL is now upon us and I am super excited. Last year’s lineup of fantastic documentaries was incredible and this year’s promises to be as good. You can download the full REEL [...]

FILM FEST FANTASTIC! Toronto’s Independent Film Festivals reviewed

February 22, 2012 – 3:14 am

In 2011 I decided to give myself a self-directed course in film studies. It has been my luxury and my escape. Everyone knows about the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) but if Hollywood hipster hype and star gawking is not entirely your thing then you can get your film fix in so many other brilliant [...]