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Bring it Black: Films by Black Artists in Canada

February 14, 2021 - February 21, 2021

ABOUT BRING IT BLACK

Cinema Politica is thrilled to launch our hand-picked program Bring it Black: Films by Black Artists in Canada, co-curated with Ella Cooper and Henri Pardo. From fiction to experimental to documentary, and everything between, this collection of shorts combines creative flair with political potency and unwavering voice. We hope audiences are as awe-struck as we are by this rich selection of cinema from Black directors working across the country known as Canada. This program represents many voices – revolutionary, innovative, poetic, passionate, queer, young, experienced, leading, moving, migratory, teaching, dreaming – that are part of a much larger community of Black filmmakers and we are honoured and delighted to share some of their work with you.

This program is made possible through funding by the Canada Council for the Arts.

BRING IT BLACK FILMS

 

1 VERS(US) 1
Kourtney Jackson / 2018 / 5'
A young woman explores and confronts her reflections on being a woman, migration and faith.

CONTINUUM
Noncedo Khumalo / 2016 / 3’
A gorgeous animated vision of Black queer community and solace.

 

HEARTBREAK
Nadine Valcin / 2016 / 1’
A poetic moment paused for Black motherhood, for Black bodies and Black resilience.

RIDE FOR PROMISE
Sherien Barsoum / 2018 / 23'
A cross-Canada cycle tour with CFL prospect Curtis Charmichael raises awareness on racism and racialized youth in the country.

SIRA
Rolla Tahir / 2019 / 6'
Displacement, exodus, family and belonging are explored in this experimental archival "biography" ("sira" in Arabic).

TESFAYE
Daniel D Negatu / 2019 / 32'
There is no singular immigrant experience, a fact beautifully rendered in this story of trauma, migration and the strain to navigate "home."

THE SHIRLEY CARD
Sonya Mwambu / 2017 / 3'
Gesturing to the racial bias behind Kodak's mid-century "Shirley Cards," Mwambu brings deeply textured layers of Black artistry, history and the racial politics of popular culture.

BONUM
Sabrina Naz Comanescu / 2017 / 12'
The politics of perseverance, revealed through the imagination of dance and performance.

CAMFRANGLAIS
Mylène Augustin and Feven Ghebremariam / 2018 / 12'
Weaving the histories and place-politics of Cameroonian and Mohawk peoples, this documentary futurism short won the CP Audience Choice Award for 2019.

MARATHON
Kelly Fyffe-Marshall / 2019 / 4'
The companion film to its breakout counterpart BLACK BODIES, this stunning short provokes (metaphoric) consideration of running a marathon you can't afford to lose.

FREEDOM SUMMER
Lu Asfaha / 2018 / 12'
At Black Live Matter Toronto's Freedom School, 13-year-old Moon learns to be a leader while Rihanna, who is seven, discovers that being Black is indeed beautiful.

MR. JANE AND FINCH
Ngardy Conteh George / 2019 / 45'
A moving and inspired portrait of Toronto activist Winston LaRose, whose commitment to community and justice in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood should be shared nationally.

 

ADDITIONAL INFO

All films will be made available for streaming at any time between Sunday February 14 (12 PM EST) and Sunday February 21 (10 PM EST). Eventbrite link will be made available on the screening page below:

screenings

Sunday
Feb 14
12:00 pm
Sabrina Naz Comanescu / CA / 2017 / 12 '
The politics of perseverance, revealed through the imagination of dance and performance.
 

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