TIFF Flashback: Putin’s Witnesses
By Ramanan Sundaralingam
Putin’s Witnesses is riveting, to say the least. An inside look at the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin, that the outside world will probably never again get to see in their lifetime.
By Danny Sheahan
“Film history has been sexist by omission,” says narrator Tilda Swinton in the first few minutes of director Mark Cousins’ epic documentary film Women Make Film: A Road Movie Through Cinema (2018). The documentary had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) ‘18.
By Aaron Zaretsky
Israeli writer and director, Michael Aviad’s feature film Working Woman is very relevant in today’s industry regarding current issues of sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace. Orna (Liron Ben-Shlush) is a married woman with three children.
TIFF ’18 Flashback: Stupid Young Heart
By Muniyra Douglas
Finnish film Stupid Young Heart made its World Premiere at TIFF this year to an overflowing theatre audience. Directed by Selma Vilhunen, the film features two teenage outcasts grappling with peer pressure, unsettling home life and their journey into unexpected parenthood. Vilhunen is a director and writer whose short film “Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?” was nominated for an Oscar in 2012.
TIFF ’18: 3 Faces
By Munyira Douglas
3 Faces made its North American premiere at TIFF ‘18 and VIBE 105 was in attendance along with a packed theatre. Iranian Writer-Director Jafar Panahi, plays himself and is one of three main characters in this steady-paced ‘mockumentary’ styled film.
TIFF ‘18: Roads in February - Winner of City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film
By Aaron Zaretsky
Canadian writer/director Katherine Jerkovic’s debut feature length film, Roads in February, tells the story of a young woman named Sarah (Arlen Aguayo-Stewart) who was born in Uruguay but immigrated to Canada with her father. After her father’s passing, she goes on a journey to visit her paternal grandmother, Magda (Gloria Demassi) in Uruguay. Upon arrival, Magda is pleasantly surprised, but would have preferred to see her son.