Those of you with children in high school should check out the Caribbean Tales Youth Film Festival website and ask your child(ren)'s school to schedule some field trips. Like it or not, if our main institutions are going to do anything to promote Black/African-Canadian contributions, it's during Black History Month. The festival screens films at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm, and sometimes include a talk back session so students can speak directly to members of the filmmaking community. How often do Canadian children get a chance to do this, let alone be in the same space with a black filmmaker? The festival is a good mix of shorts, dramas, music videos, live action and animation. A particular favourite of mine is "Where Do White People Go When the Long Weekend Comes" by Powys Dewhurst.
The Festival is also open to the general public, not just school groups/students.
Caribbean Tales Youth Film Festival
February 2nd - 25th
William Doo Auditorium (south of Harbord off Spadina)
45 Willcocks Street (south of Harbord off Spadina)
Tickets available at UofTtix Box Office
University of Toronto’s Central Box Office
Open Mon-Fri 11am-5pm in Hart House, UofT.
SPECIAL GROUP RATES:
Miki Nembhard, Festival Coordinator
Invisible City by award-winning director, Hubert Davis, and The Incomparable Jackie Richardson by Lana Lovell
The CaribbeanTales Youth Film Festival is produced by CARIBBEANTALES