Bonus Films – French Anti-Racism Livestream

In addition to the five short films that will be showcased and discussed as part of the French livestream, the bonus 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. These works come from filmmakers across the country, with some by francophone artists presented in French and others presented in English with French subtitles. It’s your choice if, when, and how you’d like to incorporate them into your courses.

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Feature Films:

Angry Inuk
ANGRY INUK (85 min)
(English with French subtitles)

2016. Director & Writer: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (Inuk). G. 

We all know about the terrible “brutality” of the arctic seal hunt — or do we? Turns out there’s more to this story: families that need to be fed, a hunting practice that began centuries ago and a tradition central to the economy and food security of Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic. Angry Inuk is a story that’s over 4,000 years old. The seal hunt is not exactly a laughing matter, but humour and technical savvy go a long way to debunk certain claims. Wryly tackling both misinformation and aggressive appeals to emotion, Inuk filmmaker Arnaquq-Baril equips herself and her community with the powers of social media — and yes, #sealfies — to reframe a controversial topic as a cultural issue in this 2016 Audience Award-winning Hot Docs hit.

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Antigone (109 min)

2019. Director: Sophie Deraspe. Writer: Sophie Deraspe. G (Quebec)

In her last year of high school, straight-A student Antigone (Ricci) finds her life suddenly overturned when one of her brothers is murdered by a police officer, while the other is arrested. Having lived in Montreal since arriving as a refugee with her family over a decade ago, Antigone faces a terrible choice. She wants desperately to help her brother in prison, but doing so will not only put her promising future in jeopardy, but also her ability to stay in Canada. As her story becomes a media sensation, Antigone becomes a symbol for a movement of justice, as she makes a decision that will change her life forever.

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MIGHTY JEROME (84 min)
(English with French subtitles) 

2010. Director: Charles Officer.

Harry Jerome, a Black Canadian athlete, was the country’s most promising track star during a time of political turmoil and racial conflict when a life-changing leg injury led everyone to believe that his racing days were over. A triumphant story of courage and redemption.

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ROCKS AT WHISKEY TRENCH (105 min)
(English with French subtitles)

2000. Director & Writer: Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki). PG.

The year 2020 marks thirty years since the Kanesatake/Kahnawake resistance (often referred to as the Oka Crisis). This affecting documentary profiles a key incident that occurred during the 78-day stand-off. On August 28, 1990, a convoy of 75 cars left the Mohawk community of Kahnawake and crossed Montreal’s Mercier Bridge—straight into an angry mob of non-Indigenous people that pelted the vehicles with rocks. The targets of this violence were Mohawk women, children, and elders leaving their community, in fear of a possible advance by the Canadian army. This film is the fourth in Alanis Obomsawin’s landmark series on the Mohawk rebellions that shook Canada in 1990. Nominated for the Genie Award for Best Documentary, Rocks at Whiskey Trench is shocking and absolutely essential viewing for all Canadians.

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Short Films:

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MA BOÎTE NOIRE / MY BLACK BOX (12 min)

2012. Director: Nicolas-Alexandre Tremblay.

A man uses rap to overcome both his speech impediment and his troubled past, and then teaches other young people to do the same.

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Nous Nous Souleverons / We Will Rise Up (4 min)

2015. Director: Natasha Kanapé Fontaine (Innu).

Through a performance of her own powerful and inspiring poem, the talented Innu poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine invites us to rise up to bring light to the world.

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Taxi Libre (13 min)
2010. Director: Kaveh Nabation.

Jose Garcia was a doctor in his home country. Now, as a taxi driver in Canada, he must cope with a playfully taunting prospective employer who takes a seat in his cab.

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The Basketball Game (5 min)
(English with French subtitles)

2011. Director Hart Snider.

When nine-year-old Hart attends Jewish summer camp for the first time, his group must compete in an epic basketball game against the students of a notorious local Holocaust denier. What awaits Hart on the basketball court?

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Boxed In (4 min)
(English with French subtitles)

2009. Director: Shane Belcourt (Métis).

A woman of mixed ancestry struggles with an Equal Opportunity form that requires her to respond to the dilemma “Ethnicity — Choose One.”

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ICE BREAKERS (15 min)
(English with French subtitles)

2019. Director: Sandamini Rankaduwa.

A rising hockey star is introduced to the history of the Black hockey league in Atlantic Canada to inspire him to pursue his dreams in a sport where Black athletes like him remain underrepresented.