TIFF PRESENTS A SPECIAL ONLINE CONVERSATION ONPOLICING BLACK LIVES AND POLICE PORTRAYALS IN FILM
TIFF will explore the representation of the policing of Black lives with a special conversation hosted by Cameron Bailey. Then, on June 19, the TIFF + Crave Stay-at-Home Cinema experience returns with Steve Mc Queen’s thriller Widows. On Tuesday, June 16 at 7pm EDT, Cameron Bailey will host a special online conversation via tiff.net on policing Black lives and police portrayals in film and TV. Special guests include visual culture scholar Nataleah Hunter-Young; Dr. Courtney Baker, an Associate Professor at the University of California; and award-winning Toronto filmmaker Clement Virgo. Viewers are encouraged to continue the conversation on Twitter. “It’s essential for TIFF to utilize our platforms and initiatives to amplify Black voices,” said Bailey, TIFF Artistic Director and Co-Head. “Images matter, and their ability to persuade audiences will ensure these imperative conversations continue until systemic racism within the industry is dismantled.” Friday, June 19 marks Juneteenth, the oldest national commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. To mark this date, Stay-at-Home Cinema presents a stand-out film by a Black artist, the TIFF 2018 selection Widows, accompanied by a Q&A at 7pm EDT via livestream at tiff.net. Bailey’s special guest for the Q&A is yet to be confirmed. Following the chat, audiences are invited to watch W idows on Crave. Amplifying Black voices and learning from Black experiences is imperative in confronting systemic racism and social oppression. In solidarity with Black communities across Canada and in line with Bell Media’s Content Diversity Task Force, Crave is shining a light on Black stories with two curated collections: The Continued Fight for Civil Rights and Black Excellence (which includes the film W idows). Stay-at-Home Cinema continues to bring impactful films to moviegoers and provide industry perspective with special guests. Additional movie titles — all available on Crave — are announced weekly on TIFF and Crave’s social media channels. For more information, please visit t iff.net and c rave.ca.