Tag: TIFF

#TBT: ‘Queen of Katwe’ at the Toronto International Film Festival – Part 2

#TBT: ‘Queen of Katwe’ at the Toronto International Film Festival – Part 2

In the second half of this roundtable round up, I had the opportunity to sit down with the inspiration for the book and film Queen of Katwe Phiona Mutesi, her mentor Robert Katende, director Mira Nair and a group of other journalists during the 2016 Toronto International Film […]

#TBT: ‘Queen of Katwe’ at the Toronto International Film Festival

#TBT: ‘Queen of Katwe’ at the Toronto International Film Festival

I had the opportunity to sit down with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo – stars of Disney’s Queen of Katwe – and a group of other journalists during the Toronto International Film Festival. Here are the highlights of our conversation that covered everything from the […]

TIFF 2017 Review: ‘Damiana’ and ‘Mother (Madre)’

TIFF 2017 Review: ‘Damiana’ and ‘Mother (Madre)’

Making its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, Damiana is a Spanish-language selection directed by Andrés Ramírez Pulido and starring newcomer Magaly López. Isolated deep in the Colombian jungle, Damiana and a group of teen girls withstand strenuous indoctrination to steer them […]

TIFF Next Wave Spotlight with Sadaf Foroughi

TIFF Next Wave Spotlight with Sadaf Foroughi

Director Sadaf Foroughi is an Iranian born, Montreal-based filmmaker. She began her career in 2003 by creating and producing short films, documentaries, and video art pieces. I had the chance to speak with Foroughi – a first-time TIFF attendee – and talk about what it […]

TIFF 2017 Review: ‘Ava’

TIFF 2017 Review: ‘Ava’

Sixteen-year-old Ava’s family is forever changed after her overprotective mother accuses her of having an inappropriate relationship with a boy and sets off a chain of events that escalate her rebellious behavior, triggering serious and life-altering choices. She’s an upper middle-class girl in Tehran with a […]