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Toronto Black Film Festival kicks off virtually

The president and founder of the festival Fabienne Colas joined The Morning Show to talk about this year’s lineup and what to look out for.
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WATCH: Festival president and founder Fabienne Colas gives a sneak peek of the powerful titles and voices headlining this year’s Toronto Black Film Festival – Feb 10, 2021

The annual Toronto Black Film Festival is set to raise its virtual curtains on Wednesday.

The festival will showcase more than 150 films and special events amplifying Black voices and talents until Feb. 21.

The president and founder of the festival, Fabienne Colas, joined The Morning Show to talk about this year’s lineup.

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A well-known actress in Haiti, Colas decided to “conquer America” and moved to Canada in 2003.

“Unfortunately, there were no opportunities for me because I was considered a young, Black woman with an accent,” she said.

“There was no diversity on screen.”

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She said through this frustration she set out on her journey to build a strong platform for people to showcase their talent.

She says diving into the festival is taking the first concrete step to supporting diversity.

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Science fiction film ‘H.E.N.R.I.’ premieres at Toronto Black Film Festival – Feb 7, 2021

“You are supporting a whole inclusive movement, you are amplifying more black voices.”

The festival will also include panel discussions on social issues, BIPOC narratives among many others, she said.

To find out more about this film and the Toronto Black Film Festival, watch the full video.