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Black Future Month feature film: We are the Roots

February 22nd 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Black Future Month feature film: We are the Roots

With We are the Roots

Flipp Realty Hall at Studio Bell

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We are the Roots

“An intriguing and moving new documentary” Paula Simons, Edmonton Journal

We are the Roots: Black Settlers and their Experiences of Discrimination on the Canadian Prairies tells the story of a wave of African American immigrants who moved to Alberta and Saskatchewan between 1905 and 1912 to escape racism and persecution in the United States. Taking advantage of Canada’s offer of 160 acres of land for a $10 fee, 1000-1500 individuals moved to the Prairies and helped develop several settlements throughout the provinces.

Through the stories of 19 descendants of the original settlers, We are the Roots focuses on the experiences of discrimination these individuals encountered while living in the rural communities and in Edmonton.

A special Black Future Month film presentation and panel on Saturday, February 22 (included with all Saturday afternoon Block Heater tickets).

Watch the trailer and find more information about this special event here.

Produced by Bailey and Soda Films.

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.

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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.