Black History Month
VIFF Vancity Theatre marks Black History Month with the BC premieres of the powerful and timely migrant saga Mediterranea (Tues Feb 2), acclaimed new documentaries dedicated to the African film pioneer Ousmane Sembene (Sembene (Tues Feb 9) and the radical Black Panther movement (Mon – Weds, Feb 15, 16 and 17), and Mina Shum’s award-winning Ninth Floor (Mon 15, Tues 16). The series also features two music documentaries, Josephine Baker – Black Diva in a White Man’s World (Feb 9) and Tango Negro (Feb 23).
A 5-Film Ticket Pack is available for $35
Black History Month programming also includes a free screening of A Ballerina’s Tale at the Revue Stage on Granville Island, Sunday February 21 at 2pm Presented by The Vancity Theatre and the Granville Island Cultural Society. Send your RSVP To - Subject Line: ABT to firstname.lastname@example.org, by February 18, 2016, a maximum of 4 tickets per household.
The Black History Month film series is co-curated by Barbara Chirinos
Films in this Series
Mina Shum’s documentary documentary reopens the file on what is now seen as a watershed moment in Canadian race relations and campus politics, the moment in 1967 when a professor at Sir George Williams University in Montreal was accused of racism, and student uprising that followed.
Who knew the tango came from Africa? Filmmaker Dom Pedro reveals the depth of the footprints of the African music on the tango, through this rich movie combining musical performances and interviews from many tango fans and historians in Latin America and Europe, including the renowned Argentinean pianist Juan Carlos Caceres.
50 years ago: cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging, and at the vanguard was The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. "What is clear from this sober yet electrifying film is that the power of the Panthers was rooted in their insistence - radical then, radical still - that black lives matter." AO Scott, New York Times