THE WATER MAN (TIFF20) – Review by Pam Grady

There was magic at the Toronto International Film Festival when actor David Oyelowo’s directing debut The Water Man made its world premiere. A family drama with a precocious young boy at its center, this Oprah Winfrey-executive produced film is full of equal parts of wonder, charm, and heart. Oyelowo has a sure touch with his actors, coaxing strong performances from all, but what is most impressive is his handling of The Water Man‘s visual elements.

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THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM – Brandy McDonnell reviews

The film started out as a collection of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Shorts about the farm’s animals, including the Daytime Emmy-winning Saving Emma, about their pregnant pig, which gave birth to an astonishing litter of 17 piglets and developed a potentially fatal infection. The feature-length documentary doesn’t stint on the gorgeously lit footage of precious piglets, shaggy calves and fluffy puppies, with heartwarming tales.

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TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM – Review by Sheila Roberts

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders inspiring biodoc, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, celebrates the life, career, and potent themes of a literary icon through intimate interviews with the artist herself and an array of distinguished scholars, writers, peers, critics and colleagues. Their collective and in-depth observations are fascinating.

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SPOTLIGHT June 2019: Rita Coburn, Film Activist and Filmmaker, MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE

Rita Coburn’s acclaimed documentary Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, co-directed with Bob Hercules, was released in 2016, but the film is ever timely in its importance and impact. In an ongoing outreach program, Coburn still travels with the film to schools and community centers, bringing to a wide range of audiences — especially impressionable youngsters — an understanding of the brilliant and inspiring Dr. Angelou, of her empowering story, of the importance of storytelling and of documentary film as the record of essential human history — especially the herstory that hasn’t been taught in schools.

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