25 years ago, post the '92 LA uprisings, Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of Toronto International Film Festival launched Planet Africa, a programme of African diaspora films. In 2000, Gaylene took over the programme for its' final four years. This year, the year BLM went global, Planet Africa would have turned 25. TIFF is hosting a special reunion to reflect on the legacy of Planet Africa and black film and cultural politics now on 13th Sept.
Gaylene will be chatting with author Bernadette Russell at the launch of Bernadette's new book How To Be Hopeful in September 2020. Bernadette is a "compassionate activist" and a treasured friend and has been working to create imaginative toolkits to help us thrive with grace.