To help realize our goal to support Canadian film by screening shorts prior to feature films and honour Black History Month, The Civic Theatre is excited to screen current short films from black Canadian filmmakers featured at The Afro Prairie Film Festival in front of our ‘Best of the Decade’ features.
Kourtney Jackson, 10 mins (screening alongside Call Me By Your Name)
As they get ready for the day, three young Black women discuss the public perception of their Blackness in relation to their cultivation of a strong sense of self. Wash Day is an intimate exploration into how private, domestic acts such as washing your hair or putting on makeup become a significant re-acquaintance with the body, before and after navigating the politics of one’s outwardly appearance.
AMi Kenzo, 9.5 mins (screening alongside Gravity)
Kalunga Line is a biomythography that explores trauma, healing and the manner in which the cross section between history, biography and myth informs one’s process of identity formation.
Mylène Augustin & Feven, 15.5 mins (screening alongside Mad Max: Fury Road)
Summer 2117 will be revealing for Sam, an 18-year-old Cameroonian girl. Freshly elected to the tribal council that governs her country, she joins the national delegation that is invited to Tiohtià: ke (Montreal). This trip is a pilgrimage for the young girl, as she traces the steps of her great-grandmother who lived in this northern land over a hundred years ago. She will also come to realize the connection that ties her people to this foreign land, a bond woven through a struggle that will lead Cameroonian people and First nations of Canada to linguistic sovereignty.
Howard Davis, 8.5 mins (screening alongside The Lighthouse)
Set in modern-day during Canada’s sesquicentennial celebration and Montréal’s 375th birthday “C’est Moi” explores the collision of the past as it meets the present in the forgotten story of Marie-Josèphe Angélique, a figure of Black Canadian History and her efforts to fight against slavery in 18th Century New France. How much of our past is erased in the restoration of history? C’est Moi has screened internationally and been nominated for Best Short Film at the Black International Film Festival. Director Haui aka Howard J Davis has worked at Canada’s Stratford and Shaw Festival and most recently worked on Marie Clements feature film Red Snow coming to CBC soon.
Karen Chapman, 8 mins (screening alongside Moonlight)
Nine year old Shane seems to be wandering the streets of Toronto alone, but he is on a secret mission that is too important to fail.
Alicia Harris, 11 mins (screening alongside Only Lovers Left Alive)
A girl wears her afro to school and has to deal with the unexpected consequences.
Christian Anderson, 11.5 mins (screening alongside The Florida Project)
16-year-old Lido and her brother must decide if leaving the security of their motel home is worth the sacrifice to take back control.