25 YEARS SINCE THE FIRST EDITION
CELEBRATE WITH US SEPTEMBER, 10 - 19
Created in 1995 by Cameron Bailey, Planet Africa was a Festival programme dedicated to cinema from Africa and the African diaspora. Programmed by Cameron Bailey, followed by June Givanni and then Gaylene Gould, it ran as a part of the TIFF Festival for 10 years (1995 - 2004).
Planet Africa 25: Film Screenings | September 10 - 19
TIFF has selected four new films for the Official Selection that embody the spirit of Planet Africa. For screening and ticket details, click on the film titles:
The Way I See It | Dawn Porter | USA
Fri, Sep 11, 6pm - Online at Bell Digital Cinema
Akilla’s Escape | Charles Officer | Canada
Sat, Sep 12, 9pm | Sun, Sep 13, 9:15pm
Downstream to Kinshasa (En route pour le milliard) | Dieudo Hamadi | The Democratic Republic of the Congo/France/Belgium
Mon, Sep 14, 6pm - Online at Bell Digital Cinema
40 Years A Prisoner | Tommy Oliver | USA
Thu, Sep 17, 6pm - Online at Bell Digital Cinema
Sunday, September 13, 6pm | FREE
This is an online panel in which Bailey and the team that built Planet Africa will be looking at what the programme’s legacy means today. Joining the panel June Givanni, Gaylene Gould, maxine bailey, Hayet Benkara, Karen Carter, Grecia Mayers, Orla Garriques and Clement Virgo for a conversation, about how it all started, obstacles, successes, and what Planet Africa means in this age of Black Lives Matter.
In celebration of what was often called the hottest night of the Festival, TIFF presents Planet Africa 25: The Return of the Planet Africa Party, where
movie stars mingled with local artists, international filmmakers, and Toronto’s Black community on the dance floor. This year join legendary DJ Dave Campbell and a special guest from B.L.A.C.K. for a dance party live-streamed from a secret location. Audiences can join by going to [URL To Come] - SAVE THE DATE!
Wednesday, September 16, 3pm | FREE
Black Film Now brings this year's selected Planet Africa filmmakers Dieudo Hamadi, Charles Officer, Tommy Oliver and Dawn Porter together with Bailey for a conversation on the vitality and challenges of contemporary Black filmmaking.
Commemorating the Programme, Planet Africa Legacy is a digital time capsule, a chronology of one of the most influential decades in Black film history. Celebrating the films, filmmakers and legacy as part of the 25th Anniversary Celebrations.
Artistic Director & Co-Head, TIFF
Founder, Planet Africa
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