Category Archives: Toronto Film Festivals

CINEFRANCO: Redressing the legacy of France in North Africa

Film as an alternative voice Over the past few days, each movie I have seen from the Cinéfranco’s lineup has included an enthusiastic “Bonjour” from Cinéfranco’s artistic director Marcelle Lean. What I appreciated most though was Marcelle’s sharing of how Canadian artist Andréa Cohen’s short film Sheket resonated with her because it was her story [...]


The voices speaking in these films from my series on Toronto Film Fests have been Indigenous & European, Arab Christian, Jewish Arab, African from the North, South, East, West. The voices also include a deaf Korean-American artist whose first language was sign language in a home where two Korean speaking parents struggled to learn the [...]


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 [...]


February 28, 2012 – 5:25 pm

(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 [...]

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

February 28, 2012 – 3:31 am

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 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

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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 ) This year marks IMAGES FESTIVAL’s 25th year. The Festival runs from April 12 [...]

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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 [...]

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