TORONTO - Oscar winners Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer feud over custody of a biracial child in “Black & White,” offering audiences a fresh and intimate perspective on race in America.

The film, which premiered at the Toronto film festival, is loosely based on (“Reign Over Me,” “The Upside of Anger”) screenwriter-director Mike Binder’s own life.

His wife’s sister died young and had a biracial son whose father wasn’t in his life, and so Binder and his wife helped raise him. “He was a big part of our life. He had another big family down in South Central (in Los Angeles), especially a grandmother who was really big in his life. We lived in Santa Monica at the time and it was two different worlds,” Binder said.

“And the only one who didn’t make a big deal about being black or white was him. He was just a little boy and he just loved the people in his family, in his life.

“I wanted to tell that story in some way, give my particular take on this whole race conundrum that we all live with every day of our lives.”

“Black & White” was coincidentally filmed during the trial of pistol-toting neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman mid-2012 for the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, and is being released after the recent public outcry over the police shooting of another unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Zimmerman claimed he acted in self-defense and went on to be acquitted of murder. Brown’s death is still being investigated. The film also comes on the heels of two recent blockbusters on American race relations: “The Butler” and “12 Years A Slave.”