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Black Ice

Ignite High School Screening

Black Ice is a sweeping dissection of systematic racism in Canadian hockey culture. Directed by Oscar-nominated African-Canadian filmmaker Hubert Davis and executive produced by Drake, LeBron James, and Maverick Carter, this engrossing film documents personal stories of Black hockey players dealing with racism from fans, coaches, and other hockey players, and the institutional pressure to stay silent about their mistreatment. Davis also takes us back in time to when segregation existed in Canadian hockey as well as the destruction of the Black community of Africville in Nova Scotia, which was previously home to the Africville Seasides, a significant all-Black men’s hockey team in the Coloured Hockey League of the Maritimes. While portraying many of the struggles of Black hockey players in Canada, past and present, touching moments between a new generation of Black coaches and players reminds us of a more humane way the game can be played.


Presented by


Akim Aliu, Wayne Simmons, Matt Dumba, Anthony Duclair, Saroya Tinker, Sarah Nurse, P.K. Subban

Country of Origin






Content Warning

Racial Discrimination; coarse language; violence

97 min

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Hubert Davis headshot, Black Ice director

Hubert Davis

Hubert Davis has built a strong reputation in the documentary film scene. Davis’ directorial debut Hardwood (2005) was nominated for both an Academy Award and an Emmy. Hubert’s next project, Aruba (2006), won the Grand Jury Prize at Palm Springs International ShortFest. Davis’ most recent feature documentary, Giants of Africa, premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Hubert has directed commercials and short form docs with clients such as Coca-Cola, Ford, Nike, Pfizer and won Cannes Lions with his work for Volkswagen, Special Olympics Canada, and Hewlett-Packard.

Filmography: Invisible City (2009); The National Park Project (2011); Giants of Africa (2016)


Executive Producer

Aubrey “Drake” Graham, LeBron James, Maverick Carter, Adel “Future” Nur, Noah Segal, Adrian Love, Ajay Virmani, Pauline Dhillon


Vinay Virmani, Scott Moore, Karen Volden, Karen Zylak


Hubert Davis


Chris Romeike


Eamonn O’Connor, Aden Bahadori

Original Music

Simon Poole