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In Conversation with Clement Virgo

Director, Brother

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Acclaimed director-writer Clement Virgo is one of Canada’s foremost film directors. His numerous TV credits include Empire, The Wire, The L Word, and CBC’s record-breaking The Book of Negroes, which he directed and co-wrote.

Join us for a unique conversation and get new insights into his highly anticipated film, Brother, a VIFF 2022 Showcase selection. The talk is moderated by his fellow Canadian Film Centre graduate, Vancouver-based director Mina Shum.


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Moderated by Mina Shum

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Oct 2


6:00-7:00 pm


Annex Theatre

60 min

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Clement Virgo

Director, Brother

Clement Virgo is one of Canada’s foremost film directors. His first feature film, Rude (1995), premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section, and was included at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival’s Black Light Retrospective of significant 20th century Black cinema. Virgo’s other features include Lie With Me (2005) and Poor Boy’s Game (2007).

Known for his unique POV as a Black filmmaker, he has brought his cinematic approach to TV dramas including The Wire, Monster, and Billions. Virgo’s adaptation of Lawrence Hill’s The Book Of Negroes was nominated for two Critics Choice Awards and a Peabody Award.

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Moderator: Mina Shum


Canadian filmmaker, Mina Shum has written and directed five award-winning feature films which all had World Premieres at TIFF, and two films with US premieres at Sundance. Mina’s first feature DOUBLE HAPPINESS won Best First Feature at the Berlin Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Torino Film Festival. Her most recent film, MEDITATION PARK premiered at TIFF, and was acquired by Netflix. Mina’s work also includes art installations, essays, lectures and short films, and she has also directed episodic television in all lengths for a variety of networks including ABC/Sony TV, Netflix, Nickelodeon and MTV/Logo.

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Brother film image, director Clement Virgo, based on the novel by David Chariandy


Against the backdrop of suburban Scarborough, two brothers (Lamar Johnson and Aaron Pierre) strive to justify their mother’s sacrifices and realise their own ambitions. However, fate has other plans. Maintaining the precision of David Chariandy’s acclaimed novel, Clement Virgo’s adaptation is a richly cinematic work. Virgo’s direction is both elegant and authoritative as Brother details the devastating repercussions of violence, while also exploring masculinity, family, race, and the healing process.


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