(February 12, 2024 – Toronto, ON) Clement Virgo arrived with his family from Jamaica in 1977. He attended West Preparatory Public School in north Toronto before the family moved to Regent Park, the city’s largest public-housing estate, known for its troubles with drugs and crime. He completed high school at Danforth Technical School, where his interest in men’s fashion landed him a job as a window dresser. Always very strongly visually oriented, film directing was a life-long dream for him. He applied for and was accepted into the inaugural 1991 Summer Lab program at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre. His 2022 feature, Brother, was nominated for 14 Canadian Screen Awards in 2023 and took home 12, the most for any film in Canadian Screen Awards history.
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