Film - CineMasters Competition Filmfest 2023


Directed by Clement Virgo


Director: Clement Virgo
Section: CineMasters Competition
Country: Canada
Year: 2022
Language: English
Version: Original version
Cast: Lamar Johnson, Aaron Pierre, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Kiana Madeira, Lovell Adams Gray
18+ (no age rating)


Magnificent Black Cinema from Canada, at once contemporary and universal. A story of the bond between siblings, the resilience of a community, and the indomitable power of music.

Francis and Michael, the sons of immigrants from Jamaica, grow up in Toronto's vibrant hip-hop scene. During the sweltering summer of 1991, against the backdrop of gang violence and police harassment, a well-kept family secret comes to light. The latent tension in the neighborhood threatens to escalate, ultimately triggering a series of events that will change the brothers' lives forever.

Meet the director


Clement Virgo

Clement Virgo is a Canadian film director. His first feature film, RUDE, premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 1995 and went on to other festivals around the world, including TIFF and Sundance, before being invited back to Locarno in 2019 as part of the Black Light retrospective of significant 20th-century Black Cinema. Virgo's other feature films include LIE WITH ME (2005) and POOR BOY'S GAME (2007). Known for his point of view as a black filmmaker, Virgo has brought his cinematic approach to such TV dramas as THE WIRE, MONSTER, BILLIONS, and GREENLEAF (as an executive producer alongside Oprah Winfrey). In 2015, Virgo wrote and directed a limited series adaptation of Lawrence Hill's THE BOOK OF NEGROES which was nominated for two Critics' Choice Awards and a Peabody Award.


Screenplay: Clement Virgo
Original Material: David Chariandy
Director of Photography: Guy Godfree
Film Editor: Kye Meechan
Composer: Todor Kobakov
Production Designer: Jason Clarke
Costume Design: Hannah Puley
Sound: Richard Penn, Joe Morrow, James Bastable, Jack Heeren
Sound design: Jane Tattersall, David McCallum, Paul Germann, Krystin Hunter, Kevin Banks, Sandra Fox, Kevin Jung
Make-up artist: Joan Chell
Casting director: Deidre Bowen
Producer: Damon D'Oliveira, Sonya Di Rienzo, Aeschylus Poulos
Production Company: Conquering Lion Pictures, Hawkeye Pictures