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TIFF Review: Formerly Banned ‘Rafiki’ Is A Fully Black, Beautiful, Lesbian Love Story

While on a rooftop before  their first date, Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) make a pact that reverberates throughout their whole relationship: “We’re gonna be something real.” This is what makes the film Rafiki shine bright: While the community may question the seriousness of the love between these two women, we as the audience get a personal, intimate view of how...

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TIFF Review: ‘Where Hands Touch’ Is A Well-Researched Film With Concerning Politics

If there was one kind word to describe Amma Asante’s interracial love story set in Nazi Germany, it would be “ambitious.” Indeed, the writer/director aspires to hit many points in her film: An introduction to fascist Germany’s contentious relationship with interracial people, the forced sterilization of black Germans, labor camps during World War II, etc. These topics are all...

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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Is A Profound Love Letter To James Baldwin, Harlem And The Enduring Power Of Black Community

Overwhelmed with emotion after the TIFF world premiere of If Beale Street Could Talk, Brian Tyree Henry reacted candidly: “Black love is f*cking beautiful. Barry, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it like that.” It’s true that the “Barry” mentioned, director Barry Jenkins, has a penchant for centering Black love in his films. But it’s the way he chooses to show this love on screen in...

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TIFF Review: Viola Davis Is A Calculating, Emotional And Complex Leader In Steve McQueen’s Heist Thriller ‘Widows’

Beyond the grief of losing your spouse, the financial responsibility of a loved one’s death is often overlooked, especially if you happen to be down on income. However, if you’re the wife of a man who stole from a gang, being down on income is the tip of the iceberg. In Steve McQueen’s Widows, Veronica Rawlings (Viola Davis) finds herself in this situation, inheriting her deceased...