Posted by Wilson Morales –blackfilm.com
Biopics took center stage at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival where there were several films featuring and directed by Black talent such as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom with Idris Elba, Amma Asante’s Belle, Biyi Bandele’s Half of a Yellow Sun, and John Ridley’s All Is By My Side. All told compelling stories of individuals (Solomon Northup, Nelson Mandela, Jimi Hendrix) whose lives needed to be in the spotlight. Besides those films, there were others stories by Black talent including Judy Kibinge’s ‘Something Necessary’, Donovan Marsh’s iNumber Number, Jahmil Qubeka’s ‘Of Good Report’ and Tommy Oliver’s 1982. In the end 12 Years a Slave was the festival favorite taking home the People’s Choice Award.
While there doesn’t seem to be any biopics playing this year, there’s no shortage of interesting films and ironically, with the exception of s few, most of them center on race relations. Several talent will be there to promote their latest films and hopefully most, if not all, will be able to pick up distribution for the world to see.
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