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Support emerging Black filmmakers in Winnipeg and across the country —
Saturday, February 24 / 3:00 PM — Cinematheque
Emerging Black Canadian Filmmakers Shorts and the Winston W Moxam Award (Best Short)
Black Space Winnipeg was pleased to see such incredible talent in the films submitted this year for the Afro Prairie Film Festival. Our programming committee has selected five films that explore Black narratives:
'I Don't See Colour'
Directed by Kelechi Asagwara
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR — Kelechi is a Nigerian-Canadian born in Winnipeg. His professional background is in marketing with skills in photography, videography & design. From photoshoots and workshops to online videos & live events he’s created a collection of content that showcase different aspects of the black community which challenge racial stereotypes. Through his creative work and using social media, Kelechi and his partner, Niasha McKoy, formed ÉZÈ STUDIO. ÉZÈ STUDIO is an Afrocentric creative platform created by black creators for black creators. As written on their website, “We share our stories, our talents and create unique content that celebrates the diversity within the black community.”
Directed by Patrick Mugosa
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR — Patrick Mugosa is a cinematographer, editor, producer and director. He is also
an award-winning playwright with an undeniable, passion for storytelling. His creative skills have attracted the attention of various international humanitarian organizations, which retained him to produce unique and informative programming. Born in Bukavu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Patrick is no stranger to oppression. He fled his homeland in 2007 during the Great War of Africa. Patrick lived as refugee in Nakivale, Uganda for four years before immigrating to Canada in 2011.
Directed by Shimby Zegeye-Gebrehiwot
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR —
Hagere Selam (shimby) Zegeye-Gebrehiwot is an artist and filmmaker and the first in her family to be born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada. In February 2010 she went to Greece to be with and film her maternal grandmother resulting in the experimental documentary yaya/ayat, which was her first film. Zegeye’s practice is experimental, diasporic and meditative. Her role as an artist is deeply vested in building community.
Directed by Sabrina Naz
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR — Casa De Naz was established in 2012 by Sabrina “Naz” Comanescu in her home town of Calgary, Alberta. Combining dance, fashion and film with a Caribbean flare, the goal of the collective is to excite and educate art hubs across Canada about the thriving Caribbean communities in Calgary and the vivacious art of the Caribbean as a whole. Naz is a dynamic emerging talent and an energetic supporter of the Calgary dance and Caribbean Community through her work as a dance instructor, performer, and choreographer. Sabrina is also the current major force behind The Diversity Performing Arts Club of Calgary. Sabrina has performed in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax, Trinidad and Tobago, Finland and New York City with such companies as House of Dangerkat, The Bad Girls Club YYC and ILLFX Entertainment.
Directed by Bisong Olaoye Taiwo
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR — Bisong Taiwo is a film director, screenwriter, software developer, animator, and video game designer. Some say he is a jack of all trades and master of none kinda guy. He currently runs a video production company in Winnipeg and provides videography services for weddings/birthdays as well as produces and directs short films.
Directed by Thyrone Tommy
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR — Based on the director’s own time as a navigation cadet in Ontario, Thyrone Tommy’s Mariner is a stylish and atmospheric 20-minute short that explores themes of anxiety and isolation. Looking to shed light on the “black Canadian experience”, as well as giving an insight into the experience of studying such a specialized craft, Tommy’s short is a distinct viewing experience heralding an original storytelling voice.
We will open with a Sand from Winston W Moxam. Afro Canadian Filmmaker, Winston Washington Moxam attended the film production program at Confederation College in Thunder Bay before moving to Toronto, where he completed his first documentary, From the Other Side. In 1992, Winston returned to Winnipeg, where he completed a body of short films prior to Barbara James, his first feature film. His 2009 feature film, Billy, based on the life story of Billy Beale, earned him and co-writer and co-producer Ernesto Griffith a 2010 Human Rights Commitment Award of Manitoba. Winston passed away in Winnipeg in April 2011 and it is due to his influence and contribution to filmmaking in the Prairies and throughout Canada that we were honoured to give this award for the best Canadian short film in his name.
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