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

 Toronto (January 11, 2017) – Toronto Black Film Festival launches February 15th to 19th, 2017 for its fifth year with PBS documentary ‘Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically 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 founder of Toronto Black Film Festival Fabienne Colas. “Toronto Black Film Festival encapsulates the spirit of diversity and raises the curtain for unheard voices.”


#TBFF17’s opening night feature 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.


The fifth annual Toronto Black Film Festival is co-presented by TD Bank in collaboration with Global News.


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#TBFF17 will be announcing all celebrity guests and programming for their 2017 edition on January 19th via Facebook Live at 2PM at www.Facebook.com/torontoblackfestival. Previous guests of Toronto Black Film Festival include Alfre Woodard, Stedman Graham, Bill Cobbs, Clement Virgo, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, Trey Anthony, and more.


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More about Toronto Black Film Festival

Founded by the Fabienne Coles Foundation, Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to celebrating the very best in cinematic work dealing with the varied experiences of black people from diverse communities. Their mandate is to provide an opportunity for filmmakers to shine the spotlight on authentic stories that reflect the realities of black experiences. Along with its sister festival, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (now in its thirteenth year), TBFF showcases new voices in cinema and encourages audiences to see the world in new ways. In connecting black films with viewers of all ethnic origins, they recognize the differences that make the communities they serve unique while celebrating the shared values that bring people together.


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