INTERVIEW | ‘Maria By Callas’, In Her Own Words, Makes Us Re-Think Everything We Thought We Knew About Her

There are two people in me. I would like to be Maria, but there is the Callas that I have to live up to.

There was Maria, and there was Callas. Maria was the private woman, known only to a small circle of friends. The poised perfection that was Callas was the persona she gifted to her fans and the rest of the world. A fascinating portrait of both emerges in the new documentary Maria by Callas by French filmmaker Tom Volf which received its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018.

Read more at: https://www.ludwig-van.com/toronto/2018/09/13/interview-maria-by-callas-in-her-own-words-makes-us-re-think-everything-we-thought-we-knew-about-her/

Congolese Actor Stéphane Bak on His Intense Experience Shooting ‘The Mercy of the Jungle’ In Uganda

We catch up with the actor after the film made its North American premiere at TIFF.

When actor Stéphane Bak first got the script for The Mercy of the Jungle (La Miséricorde de la Jungle), he knew there was one person he had to consult: his father. “My dad did school me about this,” he says. While Bak was born and raised in France, his parents had emigrated from what was then Zaire in the 1980s—before the events of the movie, and not exactly in the same area, but close enough to be able to pass on firsthand knowledge of the simmering ethnic tensions that underpin the action.

Read more at: http://www.okayafrica.com/the-mercy-of-the-jungle-staphane-bak-tiff-2018/

Jahmil X.T. Qubeka on Telling the Visceral Story of South Africa’s Legendary Outlaw, John Kepe

We touch base with the South African director for an in-depth review on his second TIFF premiere, ‘Sew The Winter To My Skin.’

The tagline for Sew The Winter To My Skin, a new film by South African director Jahmil X.T. Qubeka—One man’s bandit is another man’s champion—frames the essential question at the heart of the story. Distinctly South African in flavor, but universal in its themes is what drew Qubeka to reimagine the story of John Kepe, a legendary outlaw of the early days of apartheid.

Read more at: http://www.okayafrica.com/jahmil-xt-qubeka-sew-the-winter-to-my-skin-tiff-2018/

Meet the Director of ‘Fig Tree,’ a New Film About Young Love in the Midst of the Ethiopian Civil War

At TIFF, we talk to Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian, the Ethiopian-Israeli filmmaker telling a story that has parallels to her own life

To be 16, in love, and in the middle of a civil war—that’s the territory mined by Ethiopian-Israeli filmmaker Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian in Fig Tree, which received its official World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It’s her first feature film, and one of several directorial debuts by Africans – and African women, in particular – that premiered at TIFF in 2018 where Davidian was named one of the “Directors to Watch.”

Read more at: http://www.okayafrica.com/alam-warqe-davidian-fig-tree-at-tiff/

We Spoke to Kenyan Filmmaker Ng’endo Mukii About Taking Part in TIFF’s Filmmaker Lab

Mukii was the only African to take part in the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival’s professional development program.

“As a Kenyan filmmaker, it means a lot. It validates my journey.”

Ng’endo Mukii spent a busy week at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) taking part in the Filmmaker Lab program. The professional development program is part of TIFF’s industry conference, and brought together 22 emerging directors from all over the world. Ng’endo was the only filmmaker selected from the African continent.

Read more at: http://www.okayafrica.com/kenyan-filmmaker-ngendo-mukii-tiff/