Black Films At TIFF 2022, Here's What To Keep On Your Radar

From ‘The Woman King’ to ‘Sidney’ and ‘A Jazzman’s Blues’ there are a lot of films headed your way soon that you have to watch!

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.

RELATED: Gabrielle Union Talks About Playing A Homophobic Character In New Movie has gathered some of the films that movie buffs should be on the lookout for in the coming months.

See below:

  • 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

  • Sidney

    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

  • The Inspection

    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

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    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

  • Black Ice

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    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

  • Brother

    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

  • Chevalier

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    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

  • Soft

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    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

  • Nope

    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

  • Bruiser

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    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

  • Nanny

    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)

    (Photo by TIFF Media)

    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

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    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

  • Shimoni

    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

  • Free Money

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    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

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