Black History Month Livestream — Bonus Films

In addition to the four short films that will be showcased and discussed as part of the Black History Month livestream, the bonus short films below provide an additional avenue to have a conversation around the themes of racism, oppression, equity, and justice with your class in even greater depth. It’s your choice if, when, and how you’d like to incorporate them into your courses.

To request links for any of these bonus films, please complete the Order Form below.

If you have already worked with REEL CANADA before, please refer to one of our teacher newsletters, or send an email to [email protected] to ask for your personalized form. (This will ensure that your registration is logged with your existing REEL CANADA account, and will also make it quicker and easier for you to complete the form).

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ÂME NOIRE (10 min)

(Grades 3-12)

2000. Director: Martine Chartrand.

A young boy traces his roots through the stories his grandmother shares with him in this exhilarating voyage through the defining moments of black history.

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CAMILLE TURNER (7 min)

(Grades 8-12)

2018. Director: Van Royko.

Performance artist Camille Turner uses her works to explore and expose Canada’s racist history and shines a light on the continuing forms of oppression.

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ENVERS ET CONTRE TOUT (AGAINST ALL ODDS) (9 min)

(Grades 7-12)

2020. Director: Kimberley Ann Surin. (French with English Subtitles)

Envers et contre tout is a documentary about the continued racism experienced by Black children in hockey. A mother’s description of her child’s current experience with discrimination in his local hockey programme is juxtaposed with an interview with former NHL star Georges Laraque, who overcame his racist peers to beat the odds and realize his dream.

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JOE (8 min)

(JK – Grade 7)

2002. Director: Jill Harras.

An animated tribute to real-life African Canadian hero Joe Fortes, who overcame discrimination and prejudice to become a beloved member of the Vancouver community.

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MAHALIA MELTS IN THE RAIN (11 min)

(Grades 6-12)

2018. Directors: Emilie Mannering, Carmine Pierre-Dufour.

A young Black girl feels alienated at her ballet school’s photo shoot when her hair stops her from joining the other girls to play in the rain.

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NANCY’S WORKSHOP (20 min)

(Grades 7-12)

2020. Director: Aïcha Diop.

Hairdresser Nancy Falaise conducts a workshop for young Black girls showing them how to care for their hair and encouraging them to feel proud of themselves and their racial identity.

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NOEUDS (KNOTS) (9 min)

(Grades 6-12)

2021. Director: Aïcha Morin-Baldé. (French with English Subtitles)

Noeuds is a poetic and moving examination of how society views Black women’s hair. Three Montreal women share their experiences of learning to embrace their natural hair, and recount the societal stigmas that they encounter as a result.

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VIOLA DESMOND IS ON THE MONEY (21 min)

(Grades 8-12)

2019. Directors: Pat Jeflyn and Kim Kristy.

Lesley McCurdy discusses her one woman show about unheralded but historically important Black Canadian women, including Viola Desmond, an icon of Canada’s civil rights movement, and the face on the country’s new ten dollar bill.