Last week the Toronto Black Film Festival unveiled its 2014 lineup. In its second year, the goal of the festival is to highlight the best in black cinema from around the world. This year’s festival features 34 filmmakers from 22 countries, including Canada, The United States, The United Kingdom, Nigeria, South Africa, Germany, France, Ghana and Brazil. There are even a few notable names, such as Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, and Danny Glover, who lend their talents in various ways. The Festival runs from February 11-16, 2014. Here are six titles screening at the festival that caught our eye:
THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM – OPENING NIGHT FILM
Andrew Mudge -Lesotho, South Africa | 2012 | 97’ | Sesotho with English subtitles
While finding his roots in Lesotho, a young man becomes fascinated by its mystical beauty and the difficulties experienced by its people.
Alexandre Moors – USA | 2013 | 93’ | English
An abandoned boy is lured to America and drawn into the shadow of a dangerous father figure. Inspired by the real life events that led to the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks.
ANGELS IN EXILE
Billy Raftery -South Africa | 2013 | 74’ | English, Zulu | Narrated by Charlize Theron
This documentary unveils the difficult lives of homeless youth in Durban, South Africa. Faced with constant violence, rape, abductions and murder, the street kids of Durban have next to no way out.
Michelle Bello – Nigeria | 2013 | 79’ | English
When her relationship hits troubled waters, Kemi seeks the help of movie superstar Tunde and they hatch a plan to get her what she wants -but the plan doesn’t quite work out as they anticipate.
Ron Harpelle – USA | 2013 | 40’ | English
Hard Time is a documentary about Robert Hillary King who spent 32 years in jail, 29 of them in solitary confinement, at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, for a crime he did not commit.
Pia Marais – Germany, South Africa, France, Netherlands | 2013 | 105’ | English
Layla Fourie, a young single mother in South Africa receives a job assignment as polygraphist. In the constant presence of mistrust, lies and fear, Layla soon becomes a suspect herself.
The full list of titles screening at the festival can be found on the Toronto Black Film Festival website.