Shots ring out one winter night and a bullet meant for a local street dealer kills a ten-year-old boy.
In the downtown Toronto community of Parkdale, grief and suspicion hang heavily in the air, while the nightly patrons at Miss G’s Caribbean TakeAway resume their ritual of beer and banter.
But one of them, Gene Wright, cannot go on. He begs his friends for help. In a most unusual development, six Black men make a pact to form a support group in hopes of salvaging their broken spirits and redeeming their besieged community.
A Winter Tale is set against the backdrop of a multicultural community’s unrealized hopes and dreams. Bitter and tragic, funny and hopeful, the film tells a uniquely Canadian story that features Toronto as a central character
“A Winter Tale” launched the “ReelWorld Film Festival 2007”, and won the Tonya Lee Williams Award for Outstanding Canadian Feature, and Special Mention in the Outstanding Screenplay category, as well as the following awards:
- 2007 Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival,
- 2008 Award for Best Foreign Film at the San Diego Black Film Festival,
- 2008 Remi Award – Best Editing Worldfest Houston Int Film Festival,
- 2008 Zuma Film Festival, Nigeria: – Award for Best Editor, – Award for Best Cinematographer & – Ousmane Sembene Award for Best Foreign Film,
- 2008 Festival of Black International Cinema Berlin – Best Film.
- 2009 Fespaco Film Festival – Paul Robeson Diaspora Award, Special Mention.
It screened at the following festivals among others:
- Montreal World Film Festival (Pick of The Fest, Montreal Gazette),
- Atlantic Film Festival,
- Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (Opening Gala),
- Bite The Mango Film Festival (Closing Gala),
- Abuja Film Festival,
- 15th New York African Diaspora Film Festival (Opening Gala),
- Best of The New York African Diaspora Film Festival,
- Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival (Los Angeles),
- Best of the Pan African Film Festival (Atlanta),
- Hollywood Black Film Festival,
- Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival,
- Atlanta Women of Color Arts and Film Festival (Opening Gala),
- Kasserian Ingera, Montreal. (Opening Night).
Lead actor Leonie Forbes was honored at the ReelWorld Film Festival with an Award of Excellence, and both Forbes & actor Peter Williams were honored by the Jamaican Consulate, New York and the City of New York for their roles in the film.
The film had a limited Canadian release in February 2008; and opened on general release in Jamaica on April 9 2008, in Trinidad on May 15th, in Antigua on May 22nd – all to positive critical reception.