As a director and television editor, Sonia Godding Togobo has nearly two decades of media experience. With the heft of her expertise being in post-production, Sonia has edited television programs for the Oprah Winfrey Network, Channel 4, The Discovery Channel, HGTV, BBC, and many others. Sonia edited Mr. Jane and Finch, a film highlighting the activism of local Toronto hero Winston LaRose which premiered on CBC this past February to critical acclaim. Most recently, Shella Record: A Reggae Mystery premiered at the prestigious Hot Docs 2019 Film Festival and was a ‘Top Twenty Audience Favourite.’
As a director, Sonia is interested in illuminating the polymathic and resilient nature of the Black experience. Her first feature, Adopted ID, explores race and class from the perspective of a Haitian adoptee. The film played at film festivals all over the world including The Images of Black Women Film Festival in London, England, The BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia, The Hollywood Black Film Festival and Caribbean Tales Film Festival. In 2016, Sonia co-produced and directed In The Black: Canada, a documentary web series and video installation which gave voice to and space for Black Canadians to tell their own stories, authentically. The Windsor Project, the last incarnation of In The Black, is now a part of the Art Gallery of Windsor's permanent collection. Sonia was part of the award-winning directing team behind The Akua Benjamin Legacy Project co-produced with Ryerson University. Sonia has also had the honour of documenting the impactful work of progressive initiatives and organisations such as Confronting Anti-Black Racism for the City of Toronto, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, The 100 Strong Foundation and Women's Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre.
Sonia is the Founder of A Black Woman's Gaze - a networking and masterclass series that builds bridges between filmmakers and their audiences. When she's not scrubbing through video, she's scrubbing grass stains from her daughter's soccer shorts. Along with her partner, the happy trio travels the world in search of the best jollof rice and their next untold story.