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Julie MacArthur

Assistant Professor of African History, University of Toronto

Dr. Julie MacArthur is an Assistant Professor of African History at the University of Toronto. She holds a PhD in African history from the University of Cambridge and has taught African history and culture at universities across Canada, the UK and eastern Africa. Her first book manuscript on mapping, ethnogenesis and dissent in colonial Kenya is currently under contract with Ohio University Press and she is also working on two forthcoming book projects, one on mapping decolonization, sovereignty and border conflicts in eastern Africa and the other on the trial of the infamous Mau Mau general Dedan Kimathi.

She has also worked extensively in the field of African cinema. She has worked as a programming associate with the Toronto International Film Festival and Film Africa in London as well as serving as the Director of the Cambridge African Film Festival for several years. She previously served as the Director of Content Acquisition for Buni.TV, an online platform for the distribution of African content and she regularly curates film programmes and participates in film forums and festivals across the world.

'Selma' Wasn't Historically Inaccurate, It Was Just Another Side of the Story

If Spielberg's Lincoln can erase Frederick Douglass from the story of abolition with little opposition, and if American Sniper can repackage Chris Kyle's memoirs through rebooting cowboy movie aesthetics to shape a mythic version of the Iraq war that recasts a kind of patriotic racism as heroism and entertainment, then certainly Selma should be allowed to put the contribution of Lyndon B. Johnson into sharper perspective.
02/25/2015 05:54 EST

TIFF 2012 Backstage Pass: Singing Purple Rain at Karaoke

Day 7. 9:00AM -- Although I've probably only slept for 4 hours, felt so luxurious to have a leisurely wake-up! After the late night dancing at the City to City Party, I needed to rest up. After all, tonight is our annual Karaoke shindig, my favourite night of the Festival.
09/14/2012 10:32 EDT

TIFF 2012 Backstage Pass: Shhh -- Super Secret Surprise Karaoke Night!

Success! The City to City Mumbai Party was happening, happy guests flooding out into the streets decked out in our gift scarves. Cleaning up and heading home. In the line-up for tomorrow: the most important event to date -- Cameron's super secret, surprise Karaoke Night! Now should I get him to sing "Purple Rain" again or "When Doves Cry"?
09/12/2012 05:04 EDT

TIFF 2012 Backstage Pass: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

9:08 p.m. -- Me: "Hello, Julie speaking." Voice on the other end: "Hi, this is Angela Davis." My stomach leaps into my throat. 10:57 p.m. -- Festival Highlight: Annette Benning joins our dinner party for a drink and asks Angela Davis for a hug. Remarkable, inspiring, re-affirming. I love my job.
09/09/2012 06:20 EDT

TIFF 2012 Backstage Pass: Day One Recap

2:30AM -- Finally leaving the office to sneak in a few hours sleep before the show begins! 7:23AM -- Alarm did not go off as planned, ominous start. Jumped in the shower, threw on some heels and squeezed into a packed streetcar headed towards TIFF Bell Lightbox, my home away from home. 12:10PM -- Caught up with one of my favourite people, Director of the Sydney Film Festival.
09/07/2012 12:15 EDT

Welcome to TIFF, I'll Be Your Backstage Pass

The day before the festival always sneaks up on you, the office buzzing with equal measures anticipation and anxiety. Now it's time to take care of all those last minute details: fighting with the printer, stuffing guest mailboxes and trying to squeeze in a quick pedicure, a pre-fest must.
09/06/2012 12:06 EDT