The Ottawa Black Film Festival set to begin this weekend

Lauren Roulston • Mar. 21, 2024

Skintone by Jake Wolf Cunliffe, screening for OBFF Sunday, Mar. 24, 2024 (Ottawa Black Film Festival).


The fourth Ottawa Black Film Festival (OBFF) is kicking off this weekend. The festival will be showcasing short films, documentaries and authentic Black stories in a hybrid model to amplify the voices of afro-descendants 

The OBFF has over 40 film screenings lined up, all showcasing Black narratives from around the world. Some of the films lined up come from The UK, Central African Republic, Italy and Germany. These are stories of Black immigrants, Black excellence and creativity and they come in a multitude of different languages. From French to Sango to German and Yoruba. 

Many of these films belong to the festival’s series called Being Black in Canada, which aims to support Black Canadian filmmakers. 

Talia’s Journey by Christophe Rolin, screening at OBFF Friday, Mar. 22, 2024.

The OBFF opens up tomorrow at 7 p.m. with a film called Talia’s Journey.

At Library and Archives Canada, attendees will see the story of a 19-year-old Belgian girl with Senegalese roots as she visits her country of origin for the first time. 

For the next day of the OFF, eight events are set in place on Saturday. Screenings, discussions, and QAs are lined up again at Library and Archives Canada from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The festival wraps up with remote screenings and workshops on Sunday. For more information and tickets for these events head to the Ottawa Black Film Festival’s website.



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