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Festivals,Film

2017 Toronto Int'l Film Fest "Discovery" lineup includes first feature doc on Lorraine Hansberry & more

The Toronto International Film Festival announced its 2017 Discovery program lineup with 45 first and second feature films by up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world. “Uncovering new talent is one of the key roles of the Festival,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. “The Discovery program allows us to carve out a space for emerging filmmakers to be seen by the...

Film

Acclaimed docu 'Cinema Novo' chronicles most prominent film movement in Latin American history

The most prominent movement in Latin American film history in the past century, Cinema Novo ("New Cinema" in Portuguese) is a film movement that rose to prominence in Brazil during the 1960s and 1970s, noted for its emphasis on social equality and intellectualism. It was formed in response to class and racial unrest both in Brazil and the United States. Influenced by Italian...

Film,Opinion

10 upcoming African films to get excited about!

I should first make it clear that this isn't a definitive, finite list. These are projects that I am currently aware of that are in some stage of development/production, and that I'm most excited about. You're more than welcome to help me grow the list by chiming in with your own suggestions, alerting me to projects in the works that I may not be aware of at this time, so that I can at...

Film

Watch the trailer for another Omar Sy crowd-pleaser & potential awards contender in 'Knock'

Knock (original French title, Knock ou le Triomphe de la médecine) is a French satirical play written in 1923 by Jules Romains. It follows the ambitious Dr. Knock who arrives in the rural village of Saint-Maurice to succeed Dr. Parpalaid, an honorable man, but with very few patients, because the people of the district are all in excellent health. Realizing that he was duped by his...

Opinion

In bleak times like these, use your pen, camera and/or talent as a weapon

If only because we've previously tackled current events (even when not film or TV-related) on Shadow & Act, a number of readers have emailed me asking if I (or any S&A writers) plan to address last weekend's incidents in Charlottesville, Virginia which, as I'm sure you're all aware, have led to nationwide disgust and vehement protest, both on and offline; occurrences that...