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Toronto Pan Afrikan Film Festival

Welcome to the newest and soon to be most talked about Film Festival this summer!

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The Black Beauty Effect

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The Black Beauty Effect

Created by: Andrea Lewis

Friday

This docu-series explores how influential Black professionals in the beauty industry challenged and redefined standards around their representation.

"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

The Black Beauty Effect: The Crown Effect

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The Black Beauty Effect: The Crown Effect

Created by: Andrea Lewis

Friday

A celebration of Black hair in all its diversity and examines the evolution of ways to style and care for it.

The Black Beauty Effect - Friday Night (Gala)

BLACK BEAUTY EFFECT: The Beat Effect

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The Beauty Effect - The Beat Effect

Created by: Andrea Lewis

Saturday 

Major figures shaping the conversation around Blackness and beauty reflect on the history of cosmetics for Black women and the shift toward inclusivity.


The Beat Effect - Saturday August 19 - Oakwood Village Library

The Beat Effect - Saturday August 19 - Maria A. Shuchuka Library

Ice Queens

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Ice Queens

Directed by: Kwame Mason

Saturday

A documentary showcasing Black women in hockey, will make its broadcast debut across North America during Women’s History Month. Ice Queens is a film about resilience, perseverance and jubilance as well as the continued efforts and valuable contributions of Black women to the game of hockey.


Ice Queens - Saturday August 19 - Oakwood Village Library

Ice Queens - Saturday August 19 - Maria A. Shuchuka Library

A Mother Apart

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A Mother Apart  

Directed by: Laurie Townsend

Saturday

An emotionally sweeping tale of healing and forgiveness, A Mother Apart accompanies powerhouse Jamaican-American poet and LGBTQ+ activist Staceyann Chin as she re-imagines the essential art of mothering—having been abandoned by her own mother.

A Mother Apart - Saturday August 19 - Oakwood Village Library

A Mother Apart - Saturday August 19 - Maria A. Shuchuka Library

Ray of Hope

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Ray of Hope

Directed by: Ryan Singh

Saturday

The 26-year armed conflict in Sri Lanka compelled numerous Eelam Tamils to seek refuge in foreign nations, notably in Canada. Among them is Rathika Sitsabaiesan, a former Canadian Member of Parliament, who fled the armed conflict in Sri Lanka with her Tamil family as a five-year-old child. The anguish and tales of the conflict drove Rathika's advocacy. In 2013, her visit to Sri Lanka rekindled her own traumatic memories, as she was surveilled by the very government accountable for widespread suffering.


Ray of Hope - Saturday August 19 - Oakwood Village

Ray of Hope - Saturday August 19 - Maria A. Shuchuka Library

The Black Beauty: The Skin Effect

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The Black Beauty: The Skin Effect

Created by Andrea Lewis


Sunday


Major figures shaping the conversation around Blackness and beauty reflect on the history of cosmetics for Black women and the shift toward inclusivity. The discussion on Black beauty continues with an in-depth look at the development of skincare products for melanated complexions.

"The Skin Effect" - Sunday August 19 - Oakwood Village

"The Skin Effect" - Sunday August 18 - Maria A. Shuchuka Library

Thirsty AF

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Thirsty AF 

Directed by: LA Wade

Sunday

Based on the book series "The Adventures of a Recovering Sex Addict", Thirsty AF is a side-splitting series that traces the escapades of a charming ensemble, spearheaded by Cali Church, a recovering sex addict. The group embarks on a journey to confront their personal addictions, navigating a landscape of both poignant and uproarious blunders. As they join a writing group aimed at overcoming trauma, led by an African immigrant renowned for his treasury of African proverbs, the group unearths profound revelations about the universal human yearnings for love, connection, and self-discovery.

"Thirsty AF" - Sunday August 18

"Thirsty AF" - Sunday August 18 - Maria A. Shuchuka Library

Can You Hear Us Now? a SMALL book

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Can You Hear Us Now? a SMALL book

Directed by: LA Wade

Sunday

Embark on a profound journey into Black mythology and African retentions with 'a SMALL book,' part of the Can You Hear Us Now? Docuseries. Led by Pan-Africanist scholar Professor James Small, this captivating documentary delves into historical threads and cultural concepts, fostering self-reflection and exploration. Through insightful commentary, Professor Small illuminates the impact of cultural heritage on individuals and communities, offering a thought-provoking exploration of cultural narratives and their significance in shaping our understanding of ourselves and the world.


"Can You Hear Us Now? a Small book" - Sunday August 18 - Oakwood Village

"Can You Hear Us Now? a Small book" - Sunday August 18 - Maria A. Shuchuka Library

Sister Nancy

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Sister Nancy
Directed by: Alison Duke

Sister Nancy is one of the most legendary Dancehall artists to grace a mic, and yet the understanding of her impact and legacy suffers beyond diehards of the genre. It’s time to rectify that. The song that has become a sample darling and star-making vehicle for many artists now brings into focus the trials, tribulations and rousing success of its original songstress.

Sister Nancy - Sunday screening time and location

Unarmed Verses

Unarmed Verses
Unarmed Verses
Directed by: Charles Officer 

This feature documentary presents a thoughtful and vivid portrait of a community facing imposed relocation. At the centre of the story is a remarkably astute and luminous 12-year-old black girl whose poignant observations about life, the soul, and the power of art give voice to those rarely heard in society. Unarmed Verses is a cinematic rendering of our universal need for self-expression and belonging.

Unarmed Verses - Sunday August 18 screening

TPAFF is coming back this August 16-18 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.  


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