Toronto Pan Afrikan Film Festival
Welcome to the newest and soon to be most talked about Film Festival this summer!
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One of Ours
"We look forward to seeing you at our Gala Screening this Friday. Make history! Be one of the attendees of our first Toronto Pan African Film Festival, let's make it a night to remember." ~ Festival Organizer
One of Ours - Friday Night (Gala)
Finding the Light
Finding The Light -
Saturday Aug 19, 2023 12:00pm - 12:21pm
"Finding the Light" is a powerful documentary that tells the story of Donna Hylton and her social justice nonprofit, "A Little Piece of Light." The film explores Donna's personal journey within the prison system and how she uses her experience to advocate for reform and support the reentry of Black women and LGBTQ+ individuals. It sheds light on the inspiring work of Donna and her organization, highlighting the importance of their efforts in promoting social justice.
Directed by: Brandon Hayes
Finding the Light - Saturday August 19 - Oakwood Village Library
Finding the Light - Saturday August 19 - Maria A. Shuchuka Library
Mr. Jane and Finch
Mr. Jane and Finch
Saturday, Aug 19, 2023 12:45pm - 1:30 pm
Winston LaRose, an 80-year-old community activist, inspires a Toronto community to challenge the traditional powers as he runs for political office for the first time.
Directed by: Alison Duke
Mr. Jane & Finch - Saturday August 19 - Oakwood Village Library
Mr. Jane & Finch - Saturday August 19 - Maria A. Shuchuka Library
Memento: A South African Artventure
2:20PM - 3:00PM Saturday Aug 19, 2023
“Memento: A South African Artventure” is a lively, energetic archival documentary that chronicles the maiden voyage of several Afro-Canadian persons and their friends on an excursion to South Africa.
Directed by: Ryan Singh
Memento- Saturday August 19 - Oakwood Village Library
Memento - Saturday August 19 - Maria A. Shuchuka Library
Subjects of Desire
Subjects of Desire
1h 41 min
4:00PM - 5:45 PM Saturday August 19
Explores the cultural shift in North American beauty standards towards embracing Black female aesthetics and features while exposing the deliberate and often dangerous portrayals of Black women in the media. From society’s new fixation on the ‘booty’, fuller lips, the dramatic rise of spray-tanned skin, ethnic hairstyles, and athletic bodies, some argue that Black women are having a beauty moment. But others, primarily Black women, argue that traditional Black features and attributes are seen as more desirable when they are on White women.
Directed by: Jennifer Holness
Subjects of Desire - Saturday August 19 - Oakwood Village
Subjects of Desire - Saturday August 19 - Maria A. Shuchuka Library
6:30 pm - 7:50 pm Saturday August 19
Tells the incredible story of a 23-year-old woman from an upper-class family who became a communist rebel with the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party. Idealistic and in love, Sally got caught up in her country’s revolutionary fervour, landing on the military government’s most-wanted list. She went underground, and her family never saw her again. Four decades after Sally’s disappearance, filmmaker Tamara Dawit pieces together the mysterious life of her aunt Sally and revisits the Ethiopian “Red Terror”, a period of violence, upheaval, and mass killings that nearly wiped out a generation of educated young people in the country.
Directed by: Tamara Mariam Dawit
"Finding Sally" - Saturday August 19 - Oakwood Village
"Finding Sally" - Saturday August 19 - Maria A. Shuchuka Library
School to Prison Pipeline
School To Prison Pipeline
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm Sunday, Aug 20
The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) led a province-wide research and advocacy initiative on anti-Black racism and oppression in our educational and justice systems and produced Links to Justice — a documentary on the school-to-prison pipeline in Ontario, produced by Moses Latigo Odida.
Directed by: Moses Latigo Odida
"School to Prison Pipeline" - Sunday August 20 - Oakwood Village
"School to Prison Pipeline" - Sunday August 20 - Maria A. Shuchuka Library
Dope is Death
Dope Is Death
1h 18 minutes
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm Sunday August 20
The story of how Dr. Mutulu Shakur, stepfather of Tupac Shakur, along with fellow Black Panthers and the Young Lords, combined community health with radical politics to create the first acupuncture detoxification program in America in 1973 - a visionary project eventually deemed too dangerous to exist.
Directed by: Mia Donovan
"Dope is Death" - Sunday August 20 - Oakwood Village
"Dope is Death" - Sunday August 20 - Maria A. Shuchuka Library
TPAFF is coming this August 18-20 in the month of Emancipation.
What is TPAFF, we are a FREE community event that showcases local filmmakers and filmmakers of the diaspora whose stories speak on African Liberation, Spirituality, Displacement and Exploitation.
This season's film selection was curated but will host submissions next year and moving forward.
More events to look forward to this summer in Toronto! We are the Toronto Pan Afrikan Film Festival ***NO TALES, just Truths!!
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