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  • Toronto Black Film Festival Review – ‘Ninah’s Dowry’ Is a Brutal, Moving Look at the Bride Price

    Editor’s Note: It next screens at the Toronto Black Film Festival’s 3rd edition, which kicked off today, and will run through February 15th. 

    There’s a scene in Victor Viyuoh’s film "Ninah’s Dowry," where Ninah (Mbufung Seikeh) is beaten and then strung up to a ceiling by her severely abusive husband, Memfi (Anurin Nwunembom), who leaves her there as a form of punishment. This scene, and many others, reminded me of a scene in Steve McQueen’s "12 Years A Slave," where Solomon Northup is left hanging to a tree for an entire day, as he holds onto life. But the brutality in this film is not based on race, but rather gender. Like…

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