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Black Gold celebrates Grace Jones (again!): BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI!

  • The Royal Cinema 608 College Street Toronto, ON, M6G 1B4 Canada (map)

BLACK GOLD is back at it again! Celebrating the best of black cinema and its icons from then 'til now, Black Gold invites you to join us Friday, August 3rd in celebration of the life and music of Ms. Grace Jones with a screening of Sophie Fiennes' stunning documentary, BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI! Yes, we celebrated her in October, but there is no limit to our love!

"In a movie about someone who has shown you everything, what you’re looking for is something you never expected to see. “Bloodlight and Bami” delivers. Ms. Jones shucks her own oysters — stressfully. She does her own make up and performs her own vexed yet amusing contract negotiations. She counsels, watches, listens and sort of kids around (“Heads are gonna roll,” she sings after one sour phone call)...

This isn’t a career retrospective or a treatise on the importance and wide influence of Grace Jones. (Someone should feel free to make either or both of those.) “Bloodlight and Bami” is all vérité. The director Sophie Fiennes began filming Ms. Jones in the mid-2000s and simply observes her on stage and off. She follows her home to Jamaica, where the diva mellows, almost unconsciously, into a daughter, sister and parishioner. She watches her record her 2008 album “Hurricane” and become a grandmother...

The documentary is a feat of portraiture and a restoration of humanity. It’s got the uncanny, the sublime, and, in many spots, a combination of both."
- New York Times

7:30 PM: PRE-SHOW
8:00 PM: FILM STARTS

There will be prizes!

Generously sponsored by The Beguiling Books & Art and Eyesore Cinema!

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RSVP FOR ACCESSIBLE SEATING:
We have 5 accessible sections in our theatre which you can reserve ahead of time by calling 416-466-4400 ext 0. One of our accessible seating areas has space for two mobility devices and a small section behind for the party to join. The other three are for single mobile devices with 2-3 seats beside it.

Please note that we do not have accessible washrooms. All of our washrooms are upstairs.

Black Gold wishes to acknowledge the Haudenosaunee and the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the original keepers of this land, for hosting Black Gold and The Royal Cinema. Today, the meeting place of Tkaronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and present in this territory.

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