August 7, 2023

When Morning Comes

Film and Panel

Canada, Jamaica

Follow Jamal on his journey from Jamaica to Toronto in this gripping coming-of-age story that premiered at TIFF 2022. Free popcorn will be served!

When morning comes

Still provided by the artist


When Morning Comes is a 95-minute dramatic narrative film focused on 10-year-old Jamal Sutherland, who lives in rural Jamaica, and the domino effects of his actions after he overhears that he is being sent to live with his grandmother in Toronto. We follow Jamal as he grapples with growth and the idea of leaving behind his homeland of Jamaica for the ever-elusive “foreign.” The film is a love letter to Jamaica, where we bring ourselves back to the beginning of a vital journey familiar to so many of our families and loved ones and loosely based on director Kelly Fyffe-Marshall’s own immigration story in 2000.   

Guest starring the king of comedy Oliver Samuels (Oliver at Large) and Paul Campbell (Shottas, Dancehall Queen), the film aims to pay homage to Jamaica’s lively culture and some of its biggest homegrown legends. With a visually rich journey through the island as seen through the eyes of a young Jamaican boy, When Morning Comes is a heartwarming tale about the importance of family and the places we indeed call home. 

About Kelly Fyffe-Marshall

Kelly Fyffe-Marshall is making impactful films about the expansiveness of Blackness. The award-winning director’s distinct visual style has afforded her name to be woven into the tapestry of Canada’s film landscape, garnering recognition from TIFF, Sundance and the Canadian Academy of Film and Television. Het work, using the medium to challenge negative depictions of Black people across the diaspora, has been praised for its innovation and how it translates into social change. Her most notable work includes Haven, Black Bodies, OMI and her debut feature When Morning Comes, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2022. Inspired by the textured lives Black people across the diaspora lead, Fyffe-Marshall is making space for myriad Blackness on screens. 

Dates & Times

August 7
7pm – 9:15pm


Studio Theatre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON

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This event has a standby line. Please arrive and check-in to your event 10 minutes prior to the start time. Just before the start of the event, unclaimed seats will be released to the standby line. Late admissions may be allowed at the discretion of the venue. Once a venue reaches capacity, the event is full.

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