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Interspersing interviews with archival footage, Jamila Pomeroy’s Union Street documents the history of Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, the formerly Black neighbourhood which was destroyed by the construction of the Georgia viaduct in the 1970s. This local history speaks to systemic racial injustice towards Vancouver’s Black community that has continued to this day. Revelatory conversations are had in the film surrounding the erasure of Black history in Canada, and the proliferation of hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan which had chapters in Vancouver. Histories of now-closed Black-owned businesses in Hogan’s Alley such as Vie’s Chicken and Steakhouse have inspired a new generation of Black business owners in the neighbourhood, and the Black Lives Matter movement has reinvigorated discussion surrounding the destruction, as well as the history and memory of Hogan’s Alley. This beautifully shot portrait commemorates legacies, but also celebrates a new generation of Black Vancouverites working to rebuild community, reclaim cultural space, and facilitate Black joy.

 

Feb 2: Intro by director Jamila Pomeroy

Feb 3: Intro & Q&A with director Jamila Pomeroy

Feb 5: Intro & Q&A with director Jamila Pomeroy

Director

Jamila Pomeroy

Credits
Country of Origin

Canada

Year

2022

Language

In English and Swahili

19+
79 min

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Tuesday February 27

1:30 pm
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Wednesday February 28

12:00 pm
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Sunday March 03

2:30 pm
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Friday March 08

7:45 pm
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Credits

Executive Producer

Jamila Pomeroy, Mack Stannard

Producer

Mack Stannard

Screenwriter

Jamila Pomeroy

Cinematography

Liam Mitchell

Editor

Coline Debray

Original Music

Amine Bouzaher

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