Three films on immigration and diversity for Black History Month: Stream online

February 24, 2021

By Canadian Immigrant Magazine |

From the journey of a Haitian artist and activist who settled in Quebec to a Black cowboy and rancher in Alberta to a group of Canadians who took racism to court, watch National Film Board of Canada (NFB) documentaries that amplify inspiring voices and stories that aren’t heard enough, during Black History Month. 

The National Film Board of Canada is a federal cultural agency within 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.

Kenbe la, Until We Win
Ranging from the lush Haitian countryside to the icy landscapes of Canada, this sensitive film chronicles the journey of the late artist, philosopher and activist Alain Philoctète, whose dreams remain universal, resonating across generations and continuing to inspire us. In French with English subtitlesWatch here.

John Ware Reclaimed 
The filmmaker re-examines the story of John Ware, the Black cowboy who settled in Alberta prior to the turn of the 20th century. The film uncovers who this iconic figure might have been, and what his legacy means in terms of anti-Black racism, both past and present.  Watch here

Journey to Justice
 The 2000 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 here

Visit the NFB website to access a collection of films by award-winning Black filmmakers, creators, and allies of Black communities, detailing a rich history to better understand the present.

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