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TIFF Review: Akilla’s Escape is a Tense, Electrifying Crime Drama Led by a Stand-Out Saul Williams

TIFF Review: Akilla’s Escape is a Tense, Electrifying Crime Drama Led by a Stand-Out Saul Williams
There is a palpable sense of exhaustion and an air of dread over nearly every scene in Akilla’s Escape. It’s no wonder that despite the legalization of marijuana in Canada, Toronto-based drug dealer Akilla Brown is desperately trying to leave the trade. After all, in the film’s first thirty minutes, Brown has watched as a man is hacked to death before his eyes, was held at gunpoint, and was forced to knock out said gunman with a shocking act of quick-thinking. Meanwhile, his decision to exit the dealer life has drawn consternation from his colleagues. And he still has to break the news to “The Greek”––who, we can infer, is most likely not going to be happy. Oh, and Akilla must also step in to save the adolescent gunman’s life before he is suffocated to death by one of the Greek’s henchmen.

It’s not an easy night,
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Canadian Actors And Directors Unions Launch Helpline For Reporting Harassment

Actra, the Canadian actors union, and the Directors Guild of Canada are launching a helpline “to support members when reporting incidents of harassment.”

“We owe it to the courageous individuals who’ve exposed the truth about harassment and misconduct in our industry to have their backs,” said Dgc president Tim Southam.

Notably, the joint press release issued by the two unions doesn’t identify sexual harassment as the problem they seek to address, referring to it obliquely instead.

“Over the past 18 months, it has become clear a cultural shift within our industry is needed to prevent and reduce harassment,” said Actra national president David Sparrow. “Actra has remained dedicated in our commitment to address this issue.”

That cultural shift came about after a wave of sexual harassment claims surfaced in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal that broke on October 5, 2017.

Later that same month, Theresa Tova, president of Actra’s Toronto branch,
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Canadian Actors Union Branch President Says She Was Sexually Assaulted Four Times

Canadian Actors Union Branch President Says She Was Sexually Assaulted Four Times
Theresa Tova, president of the Toronto branch of Actra, the Canadian actors union, is the industry's first union leader to acknowledge that she has been sexually assaulted – in her case, four times. She doesn't say when it happened, or by whom, but she's gone public with it in a video statement to the union's members. "As your president, and as a woman who's been sexually attacked four times myself, I promise you, I am fiercely committed to fighting this on every front,"…
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Canadian Actors Union Branch President Says She Was Sexually Assaulted Four Times

Theresa Tova, president of the Toronto branch of Actra, the Canadian actors union, is the industry's first union leader to acknowledge that she has been sexually assaulted – in her case, four times. She doesn't say when it happened, or by whom, but she's gone public with it in a video statement to the union's members. "As your president, and as a woman who's been sexually attacked four times myself, I promise you, I am fiercely committed to fighting this on every front,"…
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Canadian Actors Union On Harvey Weinstein Scandal: End “Culture Of Silence”

Canadian Actors Union On Harvey Weinstein Scandal: End “Culture Of Silence”
Leaders of Actra, the Canadian actors union, have vowed to do their part in "ending the culture of silence" about sexual harassment in the film and TV industry. "The disturbing allegations about producer Harvey Weinstein are an important reminder of the work we all need to do to make work spaces safe for all performers," Actra president David Sparrow, vice president Alvin Sanders and treasurer Theresa Tova said in a joint statement. "We know sexual discrimination and…
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Canadian Actors Union On Harvey Weinstein Scandal: End “Culture Of Silence”

Leaders of Actra, the Canadian actors union, have vowed to do their part in "ending the culture of silence" about sexual harassment in the film and TV industry. "The disturbing allegations about producer Harvey Weinstein are an important reminder of the work we all need to do to make work spaces safe for all performers," Actra president David Sparrow, vice president Alvin Sanders and treasurer Theresa Tova said in a joint statement. "We know sexual discrimination and…
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Allison, Dykstra, Toronto's Jersey Boys and More Lead 'Song & Celebration' Benefit, 11/16

The line-up of performers for Toronto's Songs & Celebration: An Evening of Songs from Jewish Composers has been announced.  The event, hosted by Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrathwill take place at Toronto's St. Lawrence Center on November 16 at 7:30pm.

The all-star list of performers includes: Thom Allison, Adam Brazier, Michael Burgess, Brent Carver, Melanie Doane, Ted Dykstra, Lisa Horner, Sharron Matthews, Elicia MacKenzie, Avery Saltzman, Theresa Tova, Aaron Walpole, Paula Wolfson, and cast members from the Toronto company of Jersey Boys. 

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company, Toronto's only professional theatre company whose mission is to celebrate, showcase and share Jewish culture.

Tickets for the event are $100 and $125 and can be purchased by calling 416-366-7723, 1-800-708-6754, or visit by visiting www.stlc.com.

Harold Green Jewish Theatre is a professional non-profit theatre company that produces a season of four plays that reflect the Jewish experience,
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