During the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, numerous Black films premiered during the second weekend of September. Fans should be prepared for various movies, short films, and documentaries that will soon grace the small and big screen!
With notable titles like Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Woman King, Tyler Perry’s A Jazzman’s Blues, and The Inspection starring Gabrielle Union, these captivating storylines hit on several themes that are often talked about within the Black community.
BET.com has gathered some of the films that movie buffs should be on the lookout for in the coming months.
The Woman King
This film is about the Agojie, an all-female warrior unit that protected the West African kingdom of Dahomey back in the 19th century. The Woman King stars Viola Davis, a general who trains the next generation of warriors to fight their enemies.
Cast: Viola Davis, Lashana Lynch, Thuso Mbedu, Shelia Atim and John Boyega.
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Producers: Viola Davis, Cathy Schulman, Maria Bello
Where to watch: Nationwide starting on Sept. 16
A Jazzman’s Blues
This is a story of forbidden love and family drama that unravels 40 years of secrets and lies in the Deep South.
Cast: Solea Pfeiffer, Joshua Boone, and Amirah Vann
Director: Tyler Perry
Producer: Tyler Perry
Where to watch: Netflix
This documentary pays homage to the iconic Sidney Poitier and his trailblazing legacy as an actor, filmmaker and activist at the center of Hollywood, and the Civil Rights Movement.
Features interviews from Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Robert Redford, Lenny Kravitz, Barbra Streisand, Spike Lee
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Producer: Oprah Winfrey
Where to watch: AppleTV+ on Sept. 23
Gabrielle Union plays Inez French, a homophobic prison guard that can't come to terms with her son Ellis French (played by Jeremy Pope) being gay as it conflicts with her strong religious background.
Cast: Jeremy Pope, Gabrielle Union, Bokeem Woodbine
Director: Elegance Bratton
Where to watch: Theaters nationwide on Nov. 18
When Morning Comes
This Canadian-Jamaican drama film follows Jamal (Djamari Roberts), a young boy in Jamaica who is processing his uncertain feelings about his widowed mother’s decision to relocate to Canada.
Cast: Djamari Roberts, Shaquana Wilson, Jarden Crooks
Director: Kelly Fyffe-Marshall
Producers: Sasha Leigh Henry, Iva Golubovic, and Tamar Bird
The King’s Horseman
This movie is an adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s classic anti-colonial stage play, Death and the King’s Horseman.
Cast: Odunlade Adekola, Shaffy Bello, Olawale-Brymo Olofooro, Deyemi Okanlawon, Omowunmi Dada
Director: Biyi Bandele
Where to watch: Netflix
This documentary examines the history of racism in hockey, specifically from the segregated leagues of the 19th century to the current professional leagues, where Black athletes continue to struggle against hatred and bigotry.
Cast: Akim Aliu, Wayne Simmons, Matt Dumba, Anthony Duclair, Saroya Tinker, Sarah Nurse, P.K. Subban
Director: Hubert Davis
Producer: Vinay Virmani
This film is an adaptation of David Chariandy’s novel. It follows the story of two Jamaican Canadian brothers whose dreams are affected by living during the violent reality in the 1990s in Scarborough, Canada.
Cast: Lamar Johnson, Aaron Pierre, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Kiana Madeira, Lovell Adam-Gray
Director: Clement Virgo
Producers: Damon D’Oliveira, Aeschylus Poulos, Sonya Di Rienzo, Clement Virgo
This is a historical drama inspired by the true story of composer Joseph Bologne.
Cast: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucy Boynton, Minnie Driver
Director: Stephen Williams
Producers: Stefani Robinson, Dianne McGunigle, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe
This drama centers on three queer Toronto kids whose friendship is tested after one critical summer season comes with the ups and downs of early teenagehood.
Cast: Matteus Lunot, Harlow Joy, Zion Matheson, Miyoko Anderson, Krista Morin, Trevor Hayes, David Lafontaine, Matt Willis.
Director: Joseph Amenta
Producers: Alexandra Roberts and Danny Sedore
This tale seemingly revolves around UFOs terrorizing the population of a rural mountain town.
Cast: Keke Palmer and Daniel Kaluuya
Director: Jordan Peele
Producer: Jordan Peele
Where to watch: Out in theaters now
This film follows the theme of toxic masculinity and takes a hard look at the effects of toxic masculinity on a boy desperate for parental guidance.
Cast: Trevante Rhodes, Shamier Anderson, Shinelle Azoroh and Jalyn Hall
Director: Miles Warren
After moving to New York, a young Senegalese woman is haunted by violent visions while working as a nanny and planning for the arrival of her son; this film explores the dangers of trying to live the American Dream as an immigrant.
Cast: Anna Diop, Michelle Monaghan, Sinqua Walls, Morgan Spector, Rose Decker, and Leslie Uggams
Director: Nikyatu Jusu
Producers: Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Nikkia Moulterie
La Gravité (The Gravity)
This film centers on a mysterious planetary event that upsets the gravity and the fragile equilibrium of a Parisian suburb ruled by a cosmically-connected crew of young “entrepreneurs.”
Cast: Jean-Baptiste Anoumon, Max Gomis, Steve Tientcheu, Oliver Rosemberg, Thierry Godard, Hafsia Herzi
Director: Cédric Ido
The Umbrella Men
This South African comedy-crime film focuses on Cape Malay’s struggles for freedom in the midst of a carnival, a bumping brand brass section, and a bank heist.
Cast: Jaques De Silva, Shamilla Miller, Keenan Arrison, Bronte Snell, Abduragman Adams, June van Merch, Kagiso Lediga, Joey Rasdien
Director: John Barker
Producers: Thembalethu Mfebe, Joel Phiri, John Barker, Dan Jawitz, Tshepiso Chikapa-Phiri
This film follows a teacher recently released from prison who renegotiates the physical world's confines while being forced to face his nightmare in reality.
Cast: Justin Mirichii
Director: Angela Wanjiku Wamai
Producer: Wangechi Ngugi
This documentary chronicles the consequences of what happens when a US organization offers everyone in the Kenyan village of Kogutu a universal basic income.
Cast: Jael Rael Achieng Songa, Emma Anyango Adiambho, John Omondi, Larry Madowo, Caroline Teti, Andrew Yang, Michael Faye
Director: Sam Soko and Lauren DeFilippo
Producer: Amanda Pollak, Jordan Fudge, Jeremy Allen, Lauren DeFilippo, Sam Soko