7 films to see at the Montreal International Black Film Festival

7 films to see at the Montreal International Black Film Festival< /p> UPDATE DAY

Nearly a hundred films dealing with such important subjects as racism, the status of women and LGBT issues are on the menu at the 18the edition of the Montreal International Black Film Festival (FIFBM) to be held in theaters and online, from September 20 to 25. Here are seven feature films not to be missed.

Lovely Jackson

Presented at the opening of the festival on Tuesday at the Imperial Cinema, this documentary by director Matt Waldeck focuses on the psychological journey of Rickey Jackson, a man who spent 39 years in the most dangerous prisons in Ohio after being accused of a murder he did not commit. Matt Waldeck and Rickey Jackson will be in Montreal to attend the screening and answer questions from the audience.

A Star Without A Star < /em>

Long before diversity issues were raised in Hollywood, African-American actress Juanita Moore starred in dozens of films and was nominated for an Oscar in 1959 for her role in Mirage de la vie, by Douglas Sirk. However, in 2003, a group of strangers discovered with amazement that this legendary actress still did not have her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In this documentary, director Kirk E. Kelleykahn tries to understand why.


In this first feature film by French director Constance Meyer, Gérard Depardieu plays an aging movie star who must replace his faithful bodyguard who has accompanied him for years with a young rookie security guard (Déborah Lukumuena). Coming from two totally different worlds, the two new accomplices will eventually become friends, against all odds.


Nils Tavernier, the son of the late French director Bertrand Tavernier, signs this romantic comedy in which the singer Dadju plays the role of a popular musician who returns to Kinshasa, the city of his childhood, to give a concert. He will fall under the spell of Ima, the daughter of a rich and powerful businessman.

Twins but not too many

In this comedy by Olivier Ducray and Wilfried Meance which will be released in France at the end of the month, actors Ahmed Sylla and Bertrand Usclat slip into the shoes of two twin brothers who discover the existence of each other, 33 years after their birth. The news is surprising, especially since one is white and the other black. 

Tropic of violence

Presented at the end of the festival, on September 25, this drama by Frenchman Manuel Schapira, adapted from the eponymous book by Nathacha Appanah , recounts the daily life of a 13-year-old teenager who, after the sudden death of his mother, joins the slums of the French island of Mayotte, where dozens of young people live alone, isolated from society. 

Tribute from a daughter to her father

In this documentary which was presented at the last Cannes Film Festival, director Fatou Cissé pays tribute to his father, filmmaker Souleymane Cissé. Through the testimonies of his friends, relatives and collaborators, the film traces the life and career of this important figure in the history of Malian cinema, from his childhood to today.

< strong>The Montreal International Black Film Festival will take place from September 20 to 25. For more details on the program: montreal-blackfilm.com