Jesse Wente

Jesse Wente has appeared on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning as film and pop culture critic for 20 years. He previously served as Director of Film Programmes, at TIFF Bell Lightbox, where he oversaw theatrical, Cinematheque and Film Circuit programming. Wente is a self-described ‘Ojibwe dude’ with a national and international lens.

Latest from Jesse Wente


Canada can't look away after 2017. We won't let it.

It is certain that the story of Canada will change after this year, says Jesse Wente. The only question: will we move forward with fear or courage?
Keep Calm+Decolonize

As Canada marks 150 years, five filmmakers heed the call to 'Keep Calm and Decolonize'

Curated by Jesse Wente, the film series is inspired by a call to action from Buffy Sainte-Marie.

With Secret Path, Gord Downie is illuminating a way forward to Indigenous artists

Indigenous advocate Jesse Wente reflects on how Gord Downie's newest project is moving the national conversation around reconciliation forward.

The Revenant is not an indigenous story

Like Dances with Wolves before it it is an American fable that uses First Nations characters to support its allegorical intent, and one that never escapes the colonial gaze of the western genre.

The Ridiculous 6 proves Hollywood still has 'an Indian problem'

'Adam Sandler’s film arrives when discourse around race has moved well past the point that insulting nicknames and reductionist portrayals can be considered provocative,' says film critic Jesse Wente.

Top 10 indigenous films of all time

Jesse Wente says that festivals like imagineNATIVE, which opens today today in Toronto, have played a big part in the rapid development of indigenous cinema. And that made narrowing this list to ten a challenging task.