Films

THE COFFEE SHOP
April 21, 2021  -  6:30pm - Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
 
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"Rustic Oracle" (1hr 40 mins- Canada) - Sonia Bonspille Boileau

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"Keep” (6mins - Canada) - Taylor Olson, Koumbie

Chloe has been hoarding items since her mother left her and her brother Kyle when they were kids to fend on their own, but now she risks losing her home if she cannot find a way to stop her destructive compulsion.

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"The Shell I'm In” (8mins - Canada) - Carna Morton

The Shell I‘m In”, is an animated work in progress story of racial discrimination. The story is animated with Brown & White eggs using past and present historical facts to depict the racism, inequality & injustice that has affected people of color for decades. I was inspired to do this animated story with the hopes of educating and inspiring others to incorporate & motivate change.

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Opening night performance:  Jah'mila 

Synopsis: An indigenous woman embarks on a desperate search to find her missing daughter in Canada.

Screening followed by pre-recorded interview with Sonia!!

"Blood Feud” (3mins - Iran) - Sina Rezaei

The world always finds a way to ruin beautiful things

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April 22, 2021  -  6:30pm 

Opening performance: Kye Clayton

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"The Healing" - Papa Jean (USA - 8mins)

No matter how much time has passed, we all need healing from traumatic life experiences.

"Mother Earth" - Almir Chiaratti, ANNÁ (Brazil, 3mins)

In a parallel world in which garbage mingled with nature, Mother Earth creates and send a TecnoCurupira to Earth to show the effects of the excess production of technological waste.

"Love in Transition" - Isioro Tokunbo Jaboro (Canada,15min)

"Love in Transition stars lead actress "Michelle (TÖME) Akanbi" as (KANDIS) a Canadian tour guide and rising star singer who crosses path with the lead actor "Gabriel Olaifa" starring as (OBI), an immigrant from Africa, brought together by the force of nature, only to have their faith tested when faced with the prospect of losing each other through no fault of theirs."

"The Lonely Prince" - Shivin, Sunny (India, 15mins)

A lonely Prince, drowning in melancholy, invites a Sculptor to his court to create a piece of art just for him. As the Sculptor spends his days chiselling away on a block of marble, the Prince too discovers a new side of himself, for a brief moment forgetting the world of solitude that surrounds him.

"Hum" - Maureen OConnell (Ireland, 9mins)

Following a heated discussion with his partner, Tim seeks refuge in an empty gallery space. He prays for silence and solitude. However, his prayers are ignored, as gallery regular Cecil takes him on an abstract journey of interaction and appreciation.

"Signal Fire" - Alice Il Shin (Canada, 8mins)

At a loss for communication, a young man accompanies his stoic traditional Chinese father-in-law to visit a loved one’s grave.

"An Uninvited Guest" - Richard B. Pierre (Canada, 3mins)

Three White people and one Black man wordlessly enjoy dinner while in the front yard a dishevelled Black man is brutally assaulted by police. The sounds of his suffering seem to only momentarily distract these strange people from their meal. However, as events outside escalate, one of the guests, the Black man, grows increasingly anxious. As his demeanour changes from numb to responsive, the people around him grow uncomfortable. Moments later, a police offcers shows up and in a wordless interaction, he singles out the Black man for detention. He is placed in a police car but on the way to the station he senses something sinister is about to occur and he escapes but not for long...

"The Tape" - Kayla Craig (Canada, 5mins)

After popping the ultimate question an actor must decide how far they are willing to go to be famous.

"From" - Sepideh Yadegar (Canada,10mins, Short Film)

This visual and musical feast sets the table for rich conversations about identity, belonging, creative expression, cultural appreciation + appropriation, and the complex terrain between intent, impact, and personal responsibility. Though Kim Villagante’s (aka Kimmortal) journey into the heart of who they are, and ‘what they love’ is doubtlessly unique, this story will deeply resonate with many 2nd generation immigrant youth. This short’s candid portrayal of the push/pull between adolescent pressures to conform, and ‘stand out’ also offers widely relatable gems of wisdom that can help us all along the way.

"Not Black Enough" - Jermaine Manigault (USA, 18mins)

A young African-American male struggling to find his identity within the Black community meets a persuasive relic of the past.

 

Audience choice award ballot (during the Q&A)

Q & A with filmmakers 

April 23, 2021  -  7:30pm 

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"My Heart" - Yaser Talebi (Iran, 2mins,SHort FIlm)

A touching story about the love students have for their teacher who's sick in hospital.

"An Nuo's Spiritual Dance Drama Film: ENLIGHTENMENT FROM THE MOON" - An Nuo (USA, 3mins,Short film)

Nuo created a new spiritual dance film in2021. It embodies all people suffering from Covid-19, a global disaster, and the enlightenment they give us through moonlight. The film reminds us that people miss their parents, family, friends who died and therefore we need to cherish our health, family, and friendships while still present. We appreciate all frontline health workers. Human beings need to help and support each other, lighting up each other's spirits in difficult times.

"The Mask" - Saba Ghasemi (Iran,5mins,Short film)

I don’t think that adults can see correctly behind their masks

"Cinnamon Tea" - Gursimran Datla (Canada,13mins,Short film)

In the contemporary times of major displacements and migrations, what choices do those have who have left their lands? When Aliya arrives at his stepbrother in Toronto with a piece of news, his stepbrother Omar has to decide it. News, which evokes his deeply painful memories like cold winters. will the ice of a relationship melt over a cup of cinnamon tea?

"The Hill We Climb" - Destiny Brown (USA, 2mins,Short film)

Though I'm only 19 years old, half-way through my major at NYU Tisch, I'm proud to also teach high school students at a non-profit in Baltimore City, Wide Angle Youth Media. It’s hard to find any text that represents what our students are doing now better than Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb”. WAYM’s virtual event student planners have been working hard on Wide Angle’s Prom: A Dance Through the Decades. First delving through history and finding key figures and events that aren’t always mentioned in our history books, students then created virtual backgrounds that celebrate these moments in an artistic way. Inspired by this work, planners in class created and narrated a piece for Black History Month using a combination of student-filmed and stock footage.

"Swoosh" - Daniel Cawthorne (UK, 2mins,Music video)

Contemporary Dance film shot on super 16mm and full frame digital combined with the ARRI Trinty, I wanted to make a short dance film combining these elements to create dream world, without special effects.

"Trandafirul lui Buni (Grandma's Rose) - Roxana Baloiu (Canada,5mins, Short Film)

Director Roxana Baloiu's personal reflection on the loss of her grand-mother’s mind to Alzheimer’s. A deeply personal tale of longing, loss and regret. A love letter from a grand-daughter to a grand-mother.

Student Film made at Concordia's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal.

 

"Dad" - Mohamamd Keivanmarz (Iran,7mins, Animation)

A young boy tries to attract his father's attention who is in a depression.

"Sebastiana" - Claudio Martins (35mins, Animation)

In a small and poor village in the interior of Brazil, a girl is born with a special gift that brings happiness to everyone. But when she grows it ends up bringing problems for many. A film adapted from the award winning book "Ela tem olhos de céu" by Socorro Acioli.

Audience choice award ballot (during the Q&A)

Q & A with filmmakers 

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April 24, 2021 -  6:30pm 

Opening performance: Laviita Shanel

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"Good Love" - Gary Beals (Canada, 14mins, Documentary)

"Good Love" is a documentary film of a collection of conversations surrounded around love. In an intimate sit down, each participant discusses their own personal perspectives on the complexity of love. Ranging from 5-year Kiera to 84-year-old Gaytri and everyone in between, "Good Love" is a reminder of the beauty of love as Gary Beals and team sit down with everyday people who give us hope that the world is a much better place when we contribute to giving just a little bit more love. (Set against the backdrop of Gary Beals song "Good Love")

"No Justice, No Peace" - KhaRa Azania Martin (Canada, 2mins, Short Film) 

No Justice No Peace is a short film about police brutality within the Black community and how over 40 years later we as a community are still facing the same problems. It takes the underbelly of the 1978 Buddy Evans protest and puts it with the faces of Black youth of today. This film reflects on how the pain of our ancestors still affects us. Nothing has changed.

"Being Black in Toronto" - Valerie Amponsah, Adrian Wallace, Yvano Wickham-Edwards, Sharine Taylor, Omolola Ajao, Yasmin Evering-Kerr 

(Canada, 38mins, Documentary)

“Being Black in Toronto” enabled 6 young filmmakers from Toronto to create documentary shorts. The promising filmmakers were guided through many steps in film production (screenwriting, directing, editing, post-production, etc.) and creation of a documentary short. This process was carried out under the professional tutelage of industry professionals.

BEING BLACK IN TORONTO FILMS:
1) Joseph, Margaret, and I, Directed by Valerie Amponsah
2) Black Sun, Directed by Adrian Wallace
3) #BLACK, Directed by Yvano Wickham-Edwards
4) Tallawah Abroad, Directed by Sharine Taylor
5) YYZ, Directed by Omolola Ajao
6) The Onyx Butterfly, Directed by Yasmin Evering-Kerr

Being Black in Canada was made possible thanks to the support of Fabienne Colas Foundation, Montreal International Black Film Festival, Toronto Black Film Festival, Halifax Black Film Festival, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec, Conseil des Arts de Montréal, l’inis, Oya Media Group, Black Youth Pathway2Industry, Screen Nova Scotia and Current Studios.

"Artist in Black" - Liesl Mulholland, Dawn Shepherd, Ryan Gray

(Canada, 10mins,Short Film)

Dualing Roots is a contemporary circus piece performed on aerial straps by an African-descended artist of mixed heritage living in Nova Scotia The theme of the piece speaks to the need to centre ourselves and to embrace the wisdom imparted to us by our ancestors. Through wisdom and understanding, we are able to shine a light on oppressive forces and negative experiences to help bring about positive systemic change.

"Artist in Black" - Dawn Shepherd, Liesl Harewood Mulholland, Ryan Gray

(Canada, 38mins,Documnetary)

Artist in the Black is a documentary short that speaks to the experience of an African Nova Scotian circus artist of mixed heritage (trained in Montreal, QC) and the need for more access, representation and inclusion within the arts in Canada. An aerial straps performance piece, “Dualing Roots” is included in the documentary in its entirety. The theme of the piece speaks to the need to centre ourselves and to embrace the wisdom imparted to us by our ancestors. Through wisdom and understanding, we are able to shine a light on oppressive forces and negative experiences to help bring about positive systemic change.

"Living in My skin" - ALI TV 

This video documentary is a compilation of the voices of several African Nova Scotian Youth talking about their experiences with Anti-Black Racism and what can be done to stop it.  The interviews were shot by African Nova Scotian high school students using their cell phones.  The documentary is a production of the Africentric Learning Institute of Nova Scotia.

 

Audience choice award ballot (during the Q&A)

Q & A with filmmakers