'Remember Africville' added
Chronicle Herald | April 20, 2010
In recognition of the International Day to End Racial Discrimination, the National Film Board of Canada is launching five new films on its Work For All website (workforall.nfb.ca), an online film project about racial discrimination, part of a national event combining online videos, blogging and activities in selected Canadian cities.
Online now is Remember Africville (1991) by the late filmmaker Shelagh Mackenzie which depicts Halifax’s black community of Africville. In the 1960s, the families who lived there were uprooted and their homes demolished in the name of urban renewal and integration. Now, more than 20 years later, the site of the community of Africville is Seaview Park. Former residents, their descendants and some of the decision-makers, speak out and, with the help of archival photographs and films, tell the story of that painful relocation. In February of this year, Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Peter Kelly apologized to the former residents of Africville and their descendants for the destruction of the black district.
One new Work For All film or racism-related title from the NFB collection will be posted online each week until May 25, following the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
There’s also a Work For All blog, with hip-hop videos, public awareness campaigns, full-length documentaries and commentaries from guest bloggers. This online forum will enable Canadians to watch films, connect with others and share ideas on how to take action against racism.
The Work For All online event combines the National Film Board’s long history of creating audiovisual works that explore issues of importance to Canadians and promote cross-cultural understanding with the NFB’s expertise in digital media. The new NFB Screening Room generated millions of views in its first year.
Canadians can also follow this online event via the NFB’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The NFB is also collaborating with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and the Centre for Race and Culture.
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