Documentary from NFB archives a must-watch for Black History Month

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2019 20:20:09 +0000

Canadian Immigrant presents National Film Board films on immigration and diversity

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a federal cultural agency within the portfolio of the Canadian Heritage Department. Its mission is to provide, through film, “new perspectives on Canada and the world from Canadian points of view” — and immigrant voices have been a big part of their documentary film library.

For Black History Month (February), let’s look back at this NFB 2010 documentary that pays tribute to a group of Canadians who took racism to court in the fight for Black civil rights. Focusing on the 1930s to the 1950s, this film documents the struggle of people who refused to accept inequality, including Viola Desmond, a woman who insisted on keeping her seat at the Roseland movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia in 1946 rather than moving to the section normally reserved for the city’s Black population.

Watch the full film here.

Journey to Justice, Roger McTair, provided by the National Film Board of Canada