Black Films Win Big
Finally, Black films get recognized at one of the most prestigious film festivals.
This year at the Toronto International Film Festival, a slew of Black films, actors, and directors were paid homage.
Amongst the films presented at the Toronto International Film Festival is “12 Years a Slave.” The film centers around American Black colonial slavery and is directed by Black filmmaker, Steve McQueen. The film has been critically acclaimed and earned the festival’s prestigious People’s Choice Award.
Other movies are “1982,” which is about the 80’s crack epidemic and one family’s story of survival. “All Is By My Side,” focuses on the guitar legend Jimi Hendrix featuring Andre 3000 as Hendrix. “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” moves across the ocean and explores the life of South African President Nelson Mandela. The film features Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as Mr. and Mrs. Mandela, respectively of course.
Also joining the front runners of the festival are “Half of a Yellow Sun,” “iNumber Number,” “Belle.” Actors who gained recognition at the film are Mos Def, Rob Brown, and Terrance Howard.
Have you seen any of the films at the Toronto International Film Festival?