A special Black Future Month presentation as part of Block Heater
We are the Roots: Black Settlers and Their Experiences of Discrimination on the Canadian Prairies
This made-in-Alberta documentary film tells the story of African American immigrants who moved to Alberta and Saskatchewan between 1905 and 1912 to take advantage of an offer to settle land in Canada for a $10 fee.
Watch the trailer.
Panel: Part of the root, part of the landscape
Moderator Monique Minvielle leads a wide ranging discussion on the diverse black Canadian experience with artists, academics and filmmakers as they share stories about roots, the unseen contributions the black community has made toward Canadian culture, and the inspiring, innovative initiatives they are planning to help shape our future. Panelists include David Este, Deborah Dobbins, Cécile Doo-Kingué, and Adrianne Williams.
What is Black Future Month?
Black Future Month (BFM) explores African diaspora roots, music, and culture through an Afrofuturism lens by connecting and celebrating a Black artist renaissance. Linking past and present, BFM examines and revises historical events to envision black futures through innovative cultural expression.
At Block Heater 2020, AfrotroniX, Son Little, Cécile Doo-Kingué, Élage Diouf, Sunny War, Lynn Olagundoye and Karimah electrify with nu-soul, Afrofuturism, raw country blues, R&B, electric 12-bar grooves, African blues, funk and gritty soul in concert, and collaborative sessions.
A Saturday afternoon ticket to Block Heater includes the film and panel discussion and all other afternoon programming. Purchase of a Saturday combo ticket or a 3-day wristband also includes access to the film, all Black Future Month concerts, and more! See the full schedule here.