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What I'm Watching at TIFF '18: Tre'vell Anderson

"Amandla is the future — and the now — of Hollywood"

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Sep 2, 2018
Tre'vell Anderson

What I’m Watching asks the friends of the Toronto International Film Festival, both old and new, what films they’re most excited to watch at this year’s Festival.

Today: Tre'vell Anderson, film reporter and TIFF Long Take guest.




Stats:


Job:
Reporter, Los Angeles Times

Location:
Los Angeles

Number of years attending TIFF:
This will be my first time covering TIFF, though I attended for one day only last year to be on the African-American Film Critics Association panel.

Favourite past TIFF movie:
The Gospel According to André by Kate Novack.




Tre’vell, what are you watching at TIFF this year?


If Beale Street Could Talk
dir. Barry Jenkins

Barry Jenkins took Tarell Alvin McCraney's Black queer brilliance and created Moonlight. Let's see what he does with the Black queer brilliance of James Baldwin.

If Beale Street Could Talk plays TIFF on September 9 and 10 as part of the Special Presentations programme.

The Weekend
dir. Stella Meghie

Following her not-talked-about-enough major studio project Everything, Everything, Stella Meghie is a force bubbling just below the surface. And now with a film starring Y'Lan, DeWanda, Sasheer, and everybody's favourite auntie Kym Whitley? Sign me up!

The Weekend plays TIFF on September 11, 13, and 14 as part of the Special Presentations programme.

Where Hands Touch
dir. Amma Asante

While I'm not too jazzed about the storyline, I love seeing Black women directors working with Black leading ladies. I loved Amma's A United Kingdom, and Amandla is the future — and the now — of Hollywood.

Where Hands Touch plays TIFF on September 9, 10, and 15 as part of the Special Presentations programme.

The Hate U Give
dir. George Tillman, Jr.

While 2018 has seen a number of movies tip their hats to the Black Lives Matter movement, very few of them centre Black women and girls. I'm looking forward to George Tillman, Jr.'s adaptation of Angie Thomas' young adult novel because it does the exact opposite, a comment for me on the enduring role Black women and girls play in the struggle for liberation.

The Hate U Give plays TIFF on September 7, 8, 13, and 16 as part of the Gala Presentations programme.

Widows
dir. Steve McQueen

Why? Viola.

Widows plays TIFF on September 8, 9, 13, and 16 as part of the Gala Presentations programme.