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TIFF: World Premiere of “Stamped from the Beginning” by Roger Ross Williams

Netflix Documentary “Stamped from the Beginning,” by Oscar-Winning Director Roger Ross Williams, and Based on the Acclaimed Book by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi to Have World Premiere at Toronto Film Festival

Film features Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and thought leaders Dr. Angela Davis,
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers and Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams brings Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s New York Times bestseller to the screen with Stamped From the Beginning. Published in 2016, Dr. Kendi’s National Book Award winner chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history.

Williams’ documentary adaptation uses an innovative animation process that blends live action with the art of the era to illuminate figures and moments both well-known and obscure, both historical and contemporary. Leading female academics and activists such as Dr. Angela Davis, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Dr. Jennifer L. Morgan, and Dr. Kendi guide viewers through a searing account of how racist tropes and imagery were developed and enshrined in American culture.

Directed and produced by Williams (CassandroMusic by PrudenceLove to Love You, Donna Summer), Stamped From the Beginning is executive produced by Dr. Kendi and NAACP Image Award winner Mara Brock Akil (GirlfriendsThe GameBeing Mary Jane).

Director Roger Ross Williams, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Executive Producer Mara Brock Akil are available for interviews upon request at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Toronto Film Festival Screening Schedule

Stamped from the BeginningPress & Industry Screening
Thursday, September 7 at 2:30pm ET
TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5, Canada

Stamped from the Beginning, World Premiere
Saturday, September 9 at 12:00pm ET
TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5, Canada

Stamped from the BeginningPublic Screening
Sunday, September 10 at 5:30pm ET
TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5, Canada

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Runtime: 91 Minutes
Review Embargo: Saturday, September 9 at 3pm ET

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