Black at Waterloo Black Film Festival

Thursday, March 16, 2023 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT Friday, March 17, 2023 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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Introducing BLACK AT WATERLOO: BLACK FILM FESTIVAL, a celebration of Black Cinematography!

Our festival showcases the diversity and creativity of Black filmmaking, from both political and musical documentaries to the telling of real Black Canadian narratives.

To champion Black youth being represented not only on screen but behind the screen too, we are showing the Reel Black: our film stories to launch the festival. This is a short documentary on the state of the Black film industry right here in Canada.

The festival is open to everyone. Tickets are available for purchase at the Princess Twin Cinema, located at 46 King St N, Waterloo, ON N2J 2W8. The showing of the Summer of Soul will be held at the Princess Cinema (6 Princess St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 2X8)

Please visit the Princess cinema webpage to select the showing to attend.

University/College Students: $10
General Public: $15

The schedule is meant to show something for all tastes, whether you're a seasoned film buff or just looking for a night of entertainment with some friends and family!

Some highlights:

  • A screening of "Eyes of the Rainbow" the 1997 documentary that looks at the experience of Assata Shakur in Cuba and unique Afro-Cuban practices.
  • “Summer of Soul” a documentary about the never-before-seen footage of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival where greats such as Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder took the stage. Directed by Questlove, from the Roots; and,
  • The closing night screening of "Brother,” from renown Black Canadian director Clement Virgo.

Full schedule is available at