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Cinema Politica is committed to supporting alternative, independent, and radical political film and video, and the artists who dare to devote time, passion and resources to telling stories from the margins. We program works that feature under-represented subjects and tell stories which confront and challenge conventional fiction and documentary narratives.
The Little Black School House
This one-hour documentary unearths the little known story of the women, men, and children who studied and taught at Canada’s racially segregated Black schools. It is a poignant and unfailingly honest evocation of the struggle of African Canadians to achieve dignity and equality through education- a right fundamental to a democratic society. Extraordinary archival film footage, rare photographs, and touching first hand accounts from past students, teachers, historians and community leaders, are interwoven in this unflinching look at the heart of racial inequality in Canada. It sheds historical perspective on the contemporary calls to create “Black-focused” schools, after ongoing claims from within Black communities that African Canadian students are being ill served by the education system.
SYLVIA HAMILTON / CANADA / 2007 / 60'
All proceeds generated from the streaming of this video are split between the artists/rights holder and Cinema Politica