Reelworld Film Festival: Empowering Underrepresented Voices

Tonya Williams believes that there is power in storytelling. As a woman of color working in Hollywood as an actress, director, and producer, she recognized that many voices were underrepresented in storytelling and its power wasn’t being sufficiently harnessed for social good. In 2001, she founded the Reelworld Film Festival to showcase films that explore…

African Films Shine at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival

African filmmakers are enjoying a strong representation at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, an event that has garnered a reputation that until recently had been reserved for the Cannes Film Festival. Two of the films that have gained strong attention thus far include the South African spaghetti western Five Fingers for Marseille and the basketball documentary Giants…

Giants of Africa

African “Hoop Dreams” Camp Will Hold Court in Kenya In the mid-1990s, basketball fans around the world were delighted by “Hoop Dreams,” a documentary that chronicles the lives of two young African-Americans in Chicago whose dreams of making it to the lauded National Basketball Association (NBA) were curtailed by socioeconomic factors and other life hardships. “Hoop…