The Being Black in Canada 2019 series, part of the Fabienne Colas’ Youth & Diversity Program, gave a voice and a platform to 15 emerging Black filmmakers in Montreal, Toronto & Halifax who, after dedicated training and mentorship, created their first short films on the theme: Being Black in Canada.

 

BEING BLACK IN MONTRÉAL

  • Marina Mathieu, F
  • Alexa Carrenard, Le dilemme de Ma
  • Justice Rutikara, Le Muzungu québécois
  • Stella Lemaine, Prendre sa lumière
  • Sara-Claudia Ligondé, Rest is a right

 

BEING BLACK IN TORONTO

  • Sharine Taylor, Tallawah Abroad
  • Adrian Wallace, Black Sun
  • Yasmin Evering-Kerr, The Onyx Butterfly
  • Valerie Amponsah, Joseph and Margaret
  • Omolola Ajao, YYZ
  • Yvano Wickham-Edwards, #BLACK

 

BEING BLACK IN HALIFAX

  • Francesca Ekwuyasi, Black and Belonging
  • Latesha Auger, Journey of self-love
  • Bradley Bright, Normal
  • Harmony Adesola, Youth, Hip-Hop and Halifax

 

THE PARTNERS

Being Black in Canada, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, produced by Zaza Production, was made possible with the collaboration of:

MONTREAL: La SODEC, Montreal Black Film Festival, Quebec Arts Council, Montreal Arts Council, L’Inis.

TORONTO: Toronto Black Film Festival, Oya Media, Pathway2industry.

HALIFAX: Halifax Black Film Festival, Screen Nova Scotia, Current Studio et AFCOOP.

Programme « Relève et Diversité » de la Fondation Fabienne Colas

RÉSUMÉ COURT

La série Ëtre Noir.e au Canada, du Porgramme Relève et Diversité de la Fondation Fabienne Colas, donne la parole à cinq cinéastes noir.e.s Montréalais émergents qui, en 2019 suite à une formation et du mentorat, ont créé en toute liberté leurs premiers courts-métrages sous le thème Etre Noir.e à Montréal.

 

F, réalisé par Marina Mathieu – 9 mn 39 s I Canada I 2019

F présente la tumeur bénigne la plus fréquente chez les femmes au Canada, les fibromes. Les femmes afro-descendantes sont les plus touchées par cette maladie et personne ne sait pourquoi. Le film représente la quête de Marina Mathieu, la réalisatrice, pour prévenir un mal incontournable en informant et en éduquant sur la problématique. Elle dénonce le manque de recherches, de support et de solutions pour toutes les femmes, mais surtout ses soeurs racisées.

 

Le dilemme de Ma’, réalisé par Alexa Carrenard – 9 mn 35 s I Canada I 2019

Le dilemme de Ma’ est une conversation avec l’artiste visuelle et graffeuse montréalaise Maliciouz. Elle fait le point sur sa position de femme noire au sein de la scène artistique qui faillit à laisser une place à la diversité montréalaise. Entre la frustration d’être étiquetée constamment et le désir d’exprimer librement qui elle est, Maliciouz nous invite dans sa quête identitaire, symbole d’un espoir pour les prochaines générations de Québécois dans un Montréal exponentiellement multi-ethnique.

 

Le Muzungu québécois, réalisé par Justice Rutikara – 9 mn 55 s I Canada I 2019

Peut-on être à la fois Québécois et Africain ? Sur un ton cocasse, Justice se balade dans des microcosmes africains de Montréal pour aborder l’importance et les paradoxes des identités ethnoculturelles des immigrants et des enfants d’immigrants au Québec. C’est ce qu’explore le film le Muzungu québécois.

 

Prendre sa lumière, réalisé par Stella Lemaine – 11 mn 11 s I Canada I 2019

À travers des mises en situation et des témoignages de comédiennes noires, Prendre sa lumière aborde la dure réalité du manque de diversité à l’écran au Québec ainsi que la problématique de certains rôles clichés offerts aux personnes racisées.

 

Le repos est un droit (Rest is a right), réalisé par Sara-Claudia Ligondé – 9 mn 17 s I Canada I 2019

Le repos est un droit (Rest is a right) explore et démystifie le stéréotype de la femme noire forte dont on exige trop souvent d’être excellente, parfaite et performante; ce qui peut mener à la dépression, au surmenage et à d’autres formes de maladies mentales ou physiques.

 

 

Fabienne Colas Foundation’s « Youth & Diversity » Program

The Onyx Butterfly, directed by Yasmin Evering-Kerr – 6 min 16 s I Canada I 2019

The Onyx Butterfly follows Jordan as he grapples with the societal pressures of being a black male in a traditionally white feminine landscape while also struggling against the cultural gender expectations placed upon black men. The film aims to explore the psychological impact of stereotypes on a black male who is determined to redefine black masculinity.

 

Joseph, Margaret & I, by Valerie Amponsah – 8 min 06 s I Canada I 2019

Initially a film about the filmmaker’s parents’ immigration journey from Ghana to Canada and how that impacted their life, the film takes a life of its own and becomes a story of forgiveness and healing of Joseph’s substance abuse with his wife Margaret and daughter, Valerie.

 

Black Sun, directed by Adrian Wallace – 7 min 55 s I Canada I 2019

The film follows Sherri Bonnelli, a white woman who raised and lost her black son, as she looks to advocate for anti-gun violence through her community activism. We also follow Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, a black filmmaker, as she aims to shed emotional intelligence through the creation of her first feature, “Summer of the Gun” based on one of Toronto’s deadliest summers.

 

YYZ, directed by Omolola Ajao – 5 min 30 s I Canada I 2019

The film YYZ is an intimate portrayal and discussion between that of a Nigerian-Canadian family and their last-born child. For Omolola and her family, their first night in Toronto was spent at Pearson airport – that night full of anticipation, expectation, and fear. Specifically looking back at her family’s journey, as well as their present and future, this film focuses on the feelings of rootlessness and loss of identity that often accompany immigration.

 

Tallawah Abroad, directed by Sharine Taylor – 7min 10 s I Canada I 2019

Little Jamaica, a neighbourhood in Toronto’s west end, was a once-thriving hub for Black and Caribbean business owners until the ills of gentrification reared its ugly head. Vernal Small, the owner of the 47-year old business Jamall Caribbean Custom Tailor, is now tasked with confronting how the construction of the incoming light rail is shifting the dynamic of his community, changing their future and slowly erasing their presence in the process. Tallawah Abroad aims to discover how Small, residents and other business owners have been affected and are or have prepared themselves for the adjustments on the horizon.

 

#Black, directed by Yvano Antonio – 4 min 20 s I Canada I 2019

Canada’s black youth have a responsibility to lead the next generation, but social media are disillusioning them. They’ve made progress, but there’s still plenty of work to be done. It’s up to them to hold themselves accountable and use social media to their advantage.

Fabienne Colas Foundation’s « Youth & Diversity » Program

SHORT SYNOPSIS

The Being Black in Canada series, part of the Fabienne Colas’ Youth & Diversity Program, gave a voice and a platform to four emerging Black filmmakers who, after dedicated training and mentorship in 2019, created their first short films on the theme: Being Black in Halifax.

 

Normal, directed by Bradley Bright – 10 min 48 s I Canada I 2019

Normal is about how Bradley and his father and sister and are the only 3 people in Canada that have a rare bone disease and how they are coping. It is a gentle, yet emotional story about his journey and a film that not only explored Bradley to share his narrative, it allowed him to hone his animation craft.

 

Journey of Self Love, directed by Latesha Auger – 11 min 34 s I Canada I 2019

Journey of Self Love has received critical praise from audiences and media alike. Based on Latesha’s emotional journey through the social services system as a young child, her emotional journey highlights her experiences. It’s a brave exploration of how she tacked her healing process, leading her to purse her dream of storytelling.

 

Black & Belonging, directed by Francesca Ekwuyasi – 12 min 43 s | Canada | 2019

Black & Belonging was created by a writer, filmmaker, and visual artist from Lagos, Nigeria. Her work explores themes of belonging, faith, family, queerness, consumption, and loneliness. Black & Belonging examines how black artists across various mediums in Halifax find belonging and community through their craft.

 

Youth, Hip Hop Halifax, directed by Harmony Adesola – 9 min 14 s I Canada I 2019

Youth, Hop Hop Halifax was created out of sheer frustration by a young black immigrant who, after moving to Halifax, discovers the younger hip hop scene floundering. The artist talks to other young emerging black hip hop muscians in the Halifax area. We hear about the struggle have their art validated, understood and appreciated in a city that is typically more open to celebrating other forms of music.