The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) has announced the lineup for its 3rd edition, which will run from February 10 to 15, coinciding with Black History Month. The goal of the young festival is to celebrate diversity within black communities through films, a community program and special events.

This year, TBFF is offering 38 films, all of which portray black realities from around the globe, as well as several special events.

This year’s festival opens at Toronto’s Isabel Bader Theatre with Joseph Wladyka’s award-winning film Manos Sucias (Dirty Hands), which was executive produced by Spike Lee. TBFF will also pay tribute this year to Blaxploitation icon Fred “The Hammer” Williamson and Hollywood legend Bill Cobbs, who will both receive the first honorary awards from the Toronto Black Film Festival. As part of TBFF’s special events programming, the Festival will run a three-part “Blaxploitation” series, featuring the 1975 cult classic Boss, “An Intimate Night With Fred “The Hammer” Williamson”, and the closing night TBFF Blaxploitation Party.

This year’s festival will also host a “Black Actors in Hollywood, Then and Now” panel discussion, which will featuring Williamson, Cobbs and Lanette Ware.

“TBFF showcases the most outstanding and amazing black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social, and socio-economic issues,” said TBFF President and founder Fabienne Colas. “Over the course of six days, festival-goers will have the chance to see actors and directors from here and abroad sharing their passions.”

The TBFF organizers also pointed out the significance of this year’s Black History Month in their announcement of the festival:

Black History Month allows movie-goers to reflect on the past in order to better understand the present and prepare for the future. 2015 is a symbolic year for the TBFF, commemorating 60 years since Rosa Parks’ refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama, initiated a new era in the American quest for freedom and equality. Fifty years since the assassination of human rights activist Malcolm X. Five years since the devastating earthquake in Haiti killed hundreds-of-thousands of people and left millions homeless.

Some of the notable films at the 2015 Toronto Black Film Festival include Bound: Africans vs. African-Americans (which we’ve previously covered here), Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind, Terrible Love, Nina’s Dowry, AIDependence: The Many Ills of the NGO System, The Supreme Price, We Are The Ones, You Belong To Me: Sex, Race and Murder on the Suwannee River, Sewing Hope: The Story of Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, Des Étoiles (Under the Starry Sky), Haleema, Freedom Road, and Narvalo, among others.

The Toronto Black Film Festival runs from February 10-15. More details about the festival can be found at the TBFF website.

Source: Toronto Black Film Festival