TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities will open #TBFF17 as a Canadian Premiere

Stanley Nelson’s ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ explores Black education and revolution in unapologetic documentary

Toronto (January 11, 2017) – Toronto Black Film Festival, co-presented by TD Bank in collaboration with Global News, launches February 15 to 19, 2017 for its fifth year with PBS documentary ‘Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities‘. Helmed by Emmy-award-winning director Stanley Nelson, the film will be presented as the Canadian premiere on Wednesday, February 15th at 7:30 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles St. W.) in Toronto.

“We are celebrating our fifth year with a triumph in black filmmaking and in black history,” says TBFF founder Fabienne Colas. “Toronto Black Film Festival encapsulates the spirit of diversity and raises the curtain for unheard voices.”

#TBFF17’s opening night feature, which also was an official selection at Sundance Film Festival, is the follow-up documentary to Stanley Nelson’s award-winning works, ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguards of the Revolution‘, exploring the schools that educated the engineers of freedom movements and revolutions. ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ unapologetically captures the birthplace of Black leaders in America.

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