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On Now: Africa at TIFF 2012.

Oh how time flies! It feels like it was just yesterday that we were compiling a similar list for the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. The criteria is simple. We comb through the hundred of movies showing at the festival and shortlist movies that are set in Africa (and the diaspora) or prominently feature people of African origin in the cast or crew. Narrowing it down this way still leaves us with more films than we could possibly see so we filter it further by eliminating films that are likely to get a wide theatrical release, films that sound like many films we’ve already seen e.g the foreign “saviour” stories and films with yawn-inducing blurbs (though we sadly recall a yawn-inducing film from last festival that had a fantastically intriguing blurb). This patented editing process leaves us with an attainable wish-list of films to see. This time around we’ve decided to include trailers of the films where possible so that you can quickly preview them. The SUPAFRIK selection of films to see at TIFF 2012 are (drumrolls please!):

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Tonight (Thursday). AFTER HOURS | Party and Buy Sh*t!

If you happen to be in downtown Toronto tonight(Thursday) for the launch of the film festival or for the city’s first Fashion’s Night Out, come check us out at the “After Hours” party (and buy sh*t) we’ll be throwing with Sauvage (inside their shoe boutique at 639 Queen St W), photographer Raissa Biscotti and DJ Dirty Dale. 6PM – 11PM. Great shopping and complementary wine and beer while quantities last. Who could resist? p.s. TIFF is in town so you never know who you might see coming out of the changing room. See ya!

On Now: Africa at TIFF

Around this time every year Toronto is bitten by a film bug named TIFF. Even without all the film festival-related promotions and print media coverage, it is nearly impossible to avoid the second largest international film festival in the world (after Cannes) if you live or work in downtown Toronto. There’s always the block-long ticket line ups at the box office, the paparazzi and stargazers posted outside the Ritz Carlton or Hazleton Lanes in Yorkville waiting for a chance to snipe a celebrity, the official black TIFF Cadillac Escalades zipping the VIPs across the city and the proliferation of muscle bound men in suits with dark shades and ear pieces. The biggest problem we have always had with the Toronto International Film Festival is Continue reading