#TIFF19: “THE OBITUARY OF TUNDE JOHNSON”
Review by Amanda Gilmore for Mr. Will Wong
Tunde Johnson (Steven Silver) keeps reliving the day he dies at the hands of Los Angeles police officers.
While the concept of reliving a day repeatedly has been done before, this Film does an entirely unique take on it. Screenwriter Stanley Kalu uses the repeated day to address racial stereotypes, race relations, and police brutality. Kalu’s focused Script is also a story of accepting one’s identity and presenting oneself honestly. Silver is a magnetic force on the screen. He gives one-hundred percent whether he is exploring Tunde’s sexuality, friendships, familial relationships or identity.
The Obituary Of Tunde Johnson screens at TIFF on Sun, Sep 9 at TIFF Bell Lightbox at 12 PM, Tue, Sep 10 at Scotiabank Theatre at 4:15 PM, and Sat, Sep 14 at Scotiabank Theatre at 9 PM.