What has it meant to be a Black star over the years? What are the historical, social and political conditions that have informed notions of Black stardom? Begining November 3rd, the BFI's celebrated Black Star comes to TIFF celebrating a range of influential figures from Hollywood icons like Sidney Poitier, Lena Horne and Denzel Washington to independent trailblaizers like Oscar Micheaux, Marlon Riggs and Barbara O. Jones. Explore the vibrancy and resilience of Black representation in cinema with a programme that spans decades, with over 40 films screened, including:
Nov 18, 4:30pm: MALCOLM X (dir. Spike Lee) starring Denzel Washington.
Nov 30, 9:15pm: POOL OF LONDON starring Earl Cameron.
Dec 2, 4:00pm: STORMY WEATHER starring Lena Horne.
Dec 3, 6:00pm: COMING TO AMERICA starring Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and James Earl Jones. Introduced by Kardinal Offishall.
Dec 7, 6:15pm: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION starring Will Smith, introduced by Boosie Fade Film Club's Jordan Sowunmi.
Dec 9, 2:45pm: BUSH MAMA + THE DIARY OF AN AFRICAN NUN, starring Barbara O. Jones, introduced by Lydia Oh.
Dec 15, 6:30pm: RUDE introduced by director Clement Virgo.
Dec 16, 3:15pm: CAR WASH starring Richard Pryor.
Dec 17, 6:30pm: SET IT OFF starring Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox introduced by BLACK GOLD 's Sarah-Tai Black.
Dec 21, 6:15pm: LADY SINGS THE BLUES starring Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams.
Dec 22, 6:30pm: MIDDLE OF NOWHERE starring David Oyelowo.