NFB Documentary Film Screening - RIVER JOHN

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Thursday, 28 February, 2019 - 6:15 PM to 7:45 PM
River John Public Library; 2725 West Branch Road; River John NS
Organized By: River John Public Library

All welcome to join us!

Black Soul (2000 | 10 min), Christopher Changes His Name (2000 | 6 min), and Journey to Justice (2000 | 47 min)

Thursday, February 28, 6:15pm - 7:45pm

Black Soul is an exhilarating immersion into the heart of Black culture via a whirlwind voyage through the defining moments of Black history.

Christopher Changes His Name - it's just too common! When Aunt Gail from Trinidad tells him a story about a larger-than-life character called Tiger, Christopher changes his name to Tiger. But then he finds a better name...

When he has trouble cashing Aunt Gail's birthday cheque made out to Christopher Mulamba, he realizes how special his name truly is. Maybe he could stick with it... or maybe not!

Journey to Justice pays tribute to a group of Canadians who took racism to court. They are Canada's unsung heroes in the fight for Black rights.

Focusing on the 1930's to the 1950's, this film documents the struggle of six people who refused to accept inequality.

  • Viola Desmond insisted on keeping her seat at the Roseland movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, in 1946 rather than moving to a section normally reserved for the town's Black population.
  • Fred Christie was denied service at a Montreal tavern because of his skin colour and took his case to the Supreme Court in 1936.
  • Hugh Burnette and Bromley Armstrong pressured the Ontario government to enact fair accommodation practices in the 1940's.
  • Donald Willard Moore dedicated his life to reforming Canada's biased immigration policy.
  • Stanley G. Grizzle, president of the Toronto Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, worked to ensure fair employment practices for his predominantly Black union members.

These brave pioneers helped secure justice for all Canadians. Their stories deserve to be told.


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