Yvano Wickham-Edwards (Yvano Antonio) is a Canadian film director best known for the Canadian Screen Award winning documentary Being Black In Toronto.
Yvano is also well known for his set photography on the two-time Canadian Screen Award winning documentary Mr. Jane & Finch.
In 2019, Yvano made his directorial debut at the 15th annual Montreal International Black Film Festival, premiering the short documentary #BLACK.
#BLACK has been selected in 11 film festivals since its debut and won Best Documentary at the 2021 Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival. The film was also nominated for best VFX & colour and best editing of a Canadian short doc at the 2020 Hollywood North Film Awards.
#BLACK now streams in an episode of Absolutely Canadian on CBC Gem titled Being Black In Toronto.
Following the CBC premiere, Being Black In Toronto has been selected in a number of film festivals across North America and won Best Youth Film at the 2020 Gary International Black Film Festival.
In May 2021, Yvano won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction, Documentary Series for Being Black in Toronto.
Canadian Screen Awards Winner: Best Direction, Documentary Series
Being Black In Toronto on CBC Gem
#BLACK is one of six documentaries featured in the Canadian Screen Awards winning documentary Being Black in Toronto.
My work is driven by a combination of mindfulness and ingenuity.
I'm largely inspired by the works of Aaron McGruder and Pulitzer Prize winning photographers Stanley Foreman and Gordon Parks. Foreman and Parks opened a window in my mind and taught me that there's more to an image than meets the eye. McGruder's iconic animated series "The BoonDocks" taught me the power of motion picture.
#BLACK is meant to continue the conversation on how social media has disillusioned Canada's Black youth. I'm concerned about what's in store for my generation and the next, but I believe that change can occur when we share knowledge and experiences — and what better way to do that than through imagery.
My mission is to affect positive change in Canada’s Black communities. Motion picture is a step in that direction.
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A film by Alison Duke
A new Neorealism short based on true events about a young teenager who has hope and is adamant in caring for her mother as her health takes a turn for the worse. Loyal, she insists on sticking by her mother's side until the very end.
*synopsis via IMDB
Photographs by Yvano Antonio
Mr. Jane & Finch
Directed by Ngardy Conteh George
Winston LaRose, an 80-year-old community activist, inspires a Toronto community to challenge the traditional powers as he runs for political office for the first time.
*Synopsis via CBC Gem
Photograph by Yvano Antonio
Directed by Yvano Antonio
A short documentary about the affects of social media on Canada's Black youth.