Tag Archives: Female Filmmakers

March 10

Shadow Girl

“Going blind is a fear of darkness when you can see. Darkness has a different meaning when you are born blind” states filmmaker Maria Teresa Larrain at one point in her moving documentary Shadow Girl. For Larrain, going blind has been both a source of fear and inspiration. After years of working in the visual […]

February 25

Changing Reels Ep. 13 – Beyond the Lights

The world of pop music is often explored in film through a satirical lens. Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Beyond the Lights is one of those rare films that takes an honest look at the complexities of the industry. Centered around a romance between a pop star and a police officer, the film boldly examines topics such as […]

February 24

A United Kingdom

Amma Asante’s latest film, A United Kingdom, tells the real-life story of Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), a prince who nearly lost his throne and country simply because he wanted to follow his heart. A member of the royal family in his native Bechuanaland (now known as Botswana), Seretse meets and falls in love with Ruth […]

January 16

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival: Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming)

If we wait long enough everything will change. Our perception of self, love and family will all have greater meaning. Of course, one needs to be open to the notion that life is rarely what it appears to be. It is this inner journey towards understanding that marks the visual splendor of Ann Marie Fleming’s […]

January 15

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival: Angry Inuk

An Inuit community in Canada’s northern territories faces an interesting challenge. How can a culture, that prides itself on a patient and understated expression of anger, make themselves heard when their opponents are famous for a more aggressive approach? Canadian seal hunting has gotten a lot of media attention since the late 1970s thanks to […]

December 01

Don’t Blink – Robert Frank

When Robert Frank put out a book of his photographs called The Americans in 1958, it was panned by critics. They called him an angry, joyless, outsider. Today that same series of photographs is considered before its time, influential, seminal. The photos haven’t changed at all, nor the man taking them. It is only that the […]

November 30

Miss Sharon Jones!

When a film includes punctuation in its title, it’s a signal that you should pay attention. The exclamation adorning Miss Sharon Jones is no anomaly. The woman is a phenom worthy of exclamation. Often called the female James Brown, you’ll notice the similarities not just in the soulful tone of her voice, but in her […]

November 18

The Birdwatcher

One of the inherent fears that comes with parenthood is the thought of dying before your children are old enough to take care of themselves. While some might be fortunate enough to have family members willing to take on the responsibility, there are those who have no other option but to let child services dictate […]

October 22

ImagineNATIVE 2016: The Land of Rock and Gold

After her partner Willie mysteriously disappears, a panicked Rochelle (Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs) suspects that something grave might have occurred. Her fears only worsen when she locates his truck deep in the woods near the frozen body of an unknown dead man. With their son Dimitri in tow, Rochelle frantically begins a one-woman search that quickly […]

October 21

ImagineNATIVE 2016: We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice

Noted documentarian Alanis Obomsawin (Trick or Treaty?) returns with another powerful film highlighting the injustice First Nations people have endured in Canada. Her latest work follows the legal battle that occurred when activists and organizations, such the Assembly of First Nations of Canada and the Caring Society, filed a human-rights complaint against the Canadian federal […]

October 17

ImagineNATIVE 2016: Angry Inuk

An Inuit community in Canada’s northern territories faces an interesting challenge. How can a culture, that prides itself on a patient and understated expression of anger, make themselves heard when their opponents are famous for a more aggressive approach? Canadian seal hunting has gotten a lot of media attention since the late 1970s thanks to […]

October 10

Netflix Pick: 13th

Back in March I mentioned the encounter my family had two years ago, one in which a complete stranger joked that my then three-year-old son would be chased by the cops one day. It is a moment that I think about often; knowing that it will not be the last time that my son is […]

September 19

TIFF 2016: The Wedding Party

Kemi Adetiba’s film The Wedding Party is one of those romantic comedies that has cross-generational appeal. It is a film that takes a well-travelled trope, of two different families attempting to find common ground during a wedding, and infuses just the right amount of humour and charm. Dunni (Adesua Etomi) has done what no other […]

September 19

TIFF 2016: Toni Erdmann

At this point what more can be said about Maren Ade’s sensational comedy Toni Erdmann? Ever since it debuted at Cannes, the film has been a hit on the festival circuit and it is easy to see why. Few films capture the awkwardness of family in such a hilarious, and at times absurd, way like […]

September 17

TIFF 2016: Okafor’s Law

Terminator (Blossom Chukwujekwu) is a man who has left a trail of broken hearts a mile long. The envy of his friends Fox (Ken Erics) and Baptist (Gabriel Afolayan), Terminator lives his life according to the principles of “Okafor’s Law.” A myth that proclaims once a man has bedded a woman, he is allowed to […]

September 17

TIFF 2016: Jean of the Joneses

Do not be fooled by the jazzy New York vibe of Stella Meghie’s multigenerational comedy Jean of the Joneses. While it is reminiscent of the works of Woody Allen and Whit Stillman, Meghie’s film has its own wonderfully distinct voice. The film follows the mishaps of Jean (Taylour Paige), a promising young writer who is […]

September 16

TIFF 2016: Ayiti Mon Amour

Set five years after Haiti was devastated by an earthquake, Guetty Felin’s Ayiti Mon Amour is both a love letter to the country and a reminder that there is still plenty of work to be done to get the land thriving again. Loosely framing the film around three interlocking narratives, Felin’s tells the story of […]

September 12

TIFF 2016: Clair Obscur

At first glance, it is unclear why Turkish writer-director Yesim Ustaoglu has set her sights on two vastly different women. By all accounts Chenaz (Funda Eryigit) is the embodiment of the modern Turkish woman. She has a successful career, working as a psychiatrist at a local hospital, and lives in a home with long-time partner […]

September 09

TIFF 2016: We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice

Noted documentarian Alanis Obomsawin (Trick or Treaty?) returns with another powerful film highlighting the injustice First Nations people have endured in Canada. Her latest work follows the legal battle that occurred when activists and organizations, such the Assembly of First Nations of Canada and the Caring Society, filed a human-rights complaint against the Canadian federal […]