Executive produced by Spike Lee and directed by NYU grad Joseph Wladika, the Colombian production, "Manos Sucias" ("Dirty Hands"), will open at this year’s Toronto Black Film Festival’s 3rd edition, presented by Global News, which kicks off today, February 10th – 15th.
Scripted by Alan Blanco and Wladika, "Manos Sucias" stars Cristian Advincula and Jarlin Martinez as Delio and Jacobo; the latter is a desperate fisherman and seasoned trafficker, who along with the naive Delio, decide to traffic millions of dollars worth of cocaine up the Colombian Pacific coast: Towing a submerged torpedo in the wake of their battered fishing boat, ‘Jacobo,’ a desperate fisherman and Delio, a naive kid, embark on a journey trafficking millions of dollars of cocaine up the Pacific coast of Colombia. While Jacobo is a seasoned trafficker, young Delio is unprepared for the grim reality. Shot entirely on location—in areas that bear the indelible scars of drug trafficking and guerrilla warfare—director Josef Kubota Wladyka establishes a sense of place with meticulous sensitivity, capturing the visceral paradox of incredible vibrancy yet devastating poverty which permeate this war-torn region. Refusing to glamorize the drug trade, Manos Sucias instead offers a rare glimpse of its devastating effects.
The opening night event kicks off at 7:30 PM, at the Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7.
This year, TBFF offers works from 38 filmmakers and feature premieres from 18 countries, including Belgium, Canada, Cameroon, Colombia, England, France, Germany, Haïti, Israël, Kenya, Nigeria, Portugal, Sénégal, South Africa, South Sudan, The Netherlands, Uganda, and USA.
Also, this year, TBFF pays tribute to Blaxploitation icon Fred “The Hammer” Williamson and Hollywood legend Bill Cobbs this year. They will be the first to receive an honorary award from TBFF. As part of TBFF’s special events programming, the Festival is proud to run a three-part “Blaxploitation” series, featuring a screening the 1975 cult-classic "Boss," as well as “An Intimate Night With Fred “The Hammer” Williamson,” and the closing night TBFF Blaxploitation Party.
TBBF will also host a “Black Actors in Hollywood, Then and Now” panel discussion – featuring actors Fred Williamson, Lanette Ware and Bill Cobbs.
Other highlights include: "Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind," "Terrible Love," "Nina’s Dowry," "AIDependence: The Many Ills of the NGO System," "The Supreme Price," "We Are The Ones," "You Belong To Me: Sex, Race and Murder on the Suwannee River," "Sewing Hope: The Story of Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe," "Bound: Africans VS African-Americans," "Des Étoiles" ("Under the Starry Sky"), "Haleema," "Freedom Road," "Narvalo" and many more!
Watch the melodious and intriguing trailer for the opening night film, "Manos Sucias" ("Dirty Hands"), below: