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Celebrate Carnival Again at CaribbeanTales Film Festival’s Opening Night With the Canadian Premiere: Toronto Caribbean Carnival – Fun and Free

Dr Rita Cox

August 26, 2022 (Toronto, ON) – Get ready to jump up one more time with the feature film documenting North America’s largest outdoor street festival at the 17th annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival’s Opening Night Canadian Premiere of Toronto Caribbean Carnival: Fun and Free, directed by Irina Volkova taking place at the Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street, Toronto at 7:30pm EST.

The night features a special talkback with Canadian filmmaker Irina Volkova and Dr. Rita Cox – who was there at the very beginning of what was then known as Caribana, sealing envelopes for the festival after school! “We are very excited to have this amazing insight from the legendary Dr. Rita Cox, who contributed immensely to this documentary,” says Festival Director Diana Webley. “This film will bring to light the artistry and roots of this vibrant festival that has a 55 year history in this country.

In honour of the 50th anniversary in 2020, Volkova captures the meaning of carnival and highlights the importance of diversity and unity. From the history to the traditions that encompass it to the riveting music and rich Caribbean culture, Volkova takes the audience on a journey that showcases the authentic essence of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival.

Volkoa is a highly acclaimed director, writer, and producer with a unique filmmaking approach. Over the years, she has built a well-known repertoire working with over 30 ethnic communities across the country. Combining her artistic expression and the ability to evoke emotion on a higher level helps bring her visionary projects to life and capture the audience’s attention.

To open up the night, two short films will be screened:

Bomba Ancestral, directed by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi (Puerto Rico)

Shari Petti (Trinidad and Tobago)

The CaribbeanTales Film Festival takes place September 7th- 23rd with a programme of films from the African and Caribbean diaspora, talkbacks with actors and directors as well as the popular Big Pitch in partnership with TIFF.


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