FNC 2017: Black Cop (Canada – 2017)

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Minority Popo. Black Cop. Our antihero has heard all the slurs related to his job and to the color of his skin. With these two traits combined, he angers #blacklivesmatters protestors and white policemen alike. After being harassed and mis-identified as a random street thug, the officer decides to take vigilante action against the continuous abuse of power toward black people of all stripes. Cory Bowles (best known for his participation in the Canadian TV series, Trailer Park Boys, also formerly part of hip-hop trio Hip Club Groove) has fleshed out a 2016 short, to offer his first feature length film, Black Cop.

The presumption that every black youth is up to no good causes the black community at large to feel afraid. They might get defensive when under unnecessary fire, which leads police to think they are then guilty of some crime. Both sides provoke each other, and the debacle ends in police brutality. Racism causes violence, and usually not the other way around. As much as US government or Continue reading

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13th Montreal International Black Film Festival

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13th Montreal International Black Film Festival started yesterday and goes on until the first of October.

Topics like racism, refugees, Black Lives Matter movement and many more are on the menu of the fest showcasing 66 Films from 25 countries at numerous venues around the city, including Imperial Theatre, Cinema Du Parc as well as Concordia and UQAM universities.

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Some highlights include an afternoon tribute to (and with) High class Jazz legend Oliver Jones (Saturday September 30th 3 PM at Parc). At the same time (cruel choice it is) there is a showing, among a short films selection, of segments of the upcoming Irene Angelico film of REACHING FOR ZION which features Bob Marley’s granddaughter, Donisha Prendergast, an amazing woman activist who is simply a class act on her own (Sept 30, 2017 – 3:00 PM at the so-called Ancien Cinema ONF, 1564 rue St denis).

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A bit later (7:30PM), if You never got the chance to see an Haitian Feature (well it’s actually 52 minutes with Continue reading

Oscars – Best Documentary Feature

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While there is still some work ahead in other fields, a bit of change seems to bring some fresh air to the 2017 Academy Awards with this year’s improved recognition of the works of Afro-Americans in front and behind the camera.

As the favorite, in the Best Documentary Feature category , Ezra Edelman’s O.J : Made in America, the 7 hour long ESPN drama which had a limited theatrical release making it Oscar qualified, will compete with Netflix backed 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay. A well documented and edited piece, DuVernay’s film efficiently scrutinize the American penal system and its calculated racial inequalities.

Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, is like Continue reading