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Screening: The Little Black School House (followed by a discussion with the director)
April 4, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm| Free
Screening: The Little Black School House (followed by a discussion with the Director)
Dir. Sylvia D. Hamilton, 2007, 60m
April 4, 6:30pm – Paul O’Regan Hall
This one-hour documentary unearths the story of the children, women, men who were students and teachers in Canada’s racially segregated schools. With a vibrant musical score composed by jazz legend, Joe Sealy, it is a poignant and unfailingly honest evocation of the struggle of African Canadians to achieve dignity and equality through education. Extraordinary archival film footage, rare photographs, and touching first hand accounts from past students, teachers, historians and community leaders, are interwoven in this unflinching look at the heart of racial inequality in Canada. Shot on location in villages and cities in Ontario and Nova Scotia, the film is a compelling illustration of how many of the students who attended Canada’s all-Black schools look back on the experience with conflicting feelings: fondness for the dedication of their Black teachers, and outrage at being denied a right, fundamental to democracy in Canada: equal access to quality education.
Sylvia D. Hamilton is a Nova Scotian filmmaker and writer who is known for her award-winning documentary films as well as her publications, public presentations, and extensive volunteer work with artistic, social, and cultural organizations at the local and national levels. Her films include Black Mother Black Daughter, Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia, and Portia White: Think On Me, a documentary about the legendary Canadian contralto Portia White, and The Little Black School House, an exploration of Canada’s segregated schools.
The Radical Imagination Project is pleased to partner with Cinema Politica and the Halifax Central Library to bring you powerful and inspiring documentaries about social justice on alternating Monday nights. For more information and our schedule, visit our website.