Join us on a brief visual journey through Regent Park and hear from Executive Director Angela Britto and festival Programmer Faduma Gure on the story behind this year’s virtual festival and its theme of “Dis-Place.” Stay for our opening night presentation of the “Being Black in Toronto” selection of films by local filmmakers, followed by a talkback with the directors.
Opening Night: Thursday, November 26 at 6pm
Mahlikah Awe:ri, Enml’ga’t Saqama’sgw
Haudenosaunee Kanien’kéhà:ka & Mi’kmaw L’sitkuk, Canadian Poet Of Honor, Mahlikah Awe:ri is an Artist For Social Change, “Shifting paradigms through Indigenized ways of knowing and being; while reimagining what it means to be “In-Relation”, to the Land and to each other”.
Awe:ri is a nationally recognized Spoken Word Artist, Arts Educator, Musician, Land Defender & Water Protector, Public Speaker, Performance Artist, Curator and Afro-Indigenous Futurist Writer & Digital Artist, who was awarded the 2019-2020 Paula Fund for the development of new works for younger audiences for her acclaimed solo work Tionnhéhkwen Tionnká:non (Our Sustenance Our Medicines).
Angela Britto has been the Executive Director of the Regent Park Film Festival since 2019. She is a writer and arts administrator who came to the Festival from the public sector where she supported increased access to arts and culture in Ontario. She has a background in communications, stakeholder relations, and program management that she developed at arts organizations such as Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), Scarborough Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres.
She has an MA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and her creative writing most recently appeared in The Unpublished City II (2018).
Faduma Gure is a Toronto-based curator and arts organizer. As the founder of The Black Nerds, Faduma is dedicated to hosting and cultivating spaces for Black nerds. Past Black Nerds events included video game tournaments, art exhibits and film screenings. Faduma Gure is also a co-founder of Own the Walls- a curatorial project that showcases the work of emerging BIPOC artists.