Toronto Black Film Festival
For the second year running, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences failed to nominate an actor from black or ethnic-minority backgrounds for the Oscars. Against that contentious backdrop, this local festival showcases black films and encourages debate on diversity issues. Highlights include an opening-night screening of the South African drama Thina Sobabili (Feb. 10, Isabel Bader Theatre) and a tribute to (and the appearance of) acting icon Alfre Woodward (Feb. 13, Art Gallery of Ontario). TBFF runs from Feb. 10 to 14, various venues; torontoblackfilm.com.
For a group of young men who fled war-torn Somalia and ended up in rural Sweden, the sport of bandy was dandy when it came to integrating themselves into the community. An uplifting documentary follows their hockey-ish, fish-out-of-water aspirations. Feb. 5 to 15 (various dates), Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.
What an Idiot
Or is he? In a Canadian comedy written and directed by Peter Benson (Death Do Us Part), a man befriends a bombshell female co-worker by pretending to be gay. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty. (14A) Feb. 5 to 11 (various dates), Kingsway Theatre.