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This powerful documentary tells the story of six largely unsung heroes of the Black civil rights movement in Canada. Among them are Viola Desmond, a Halifax businesswoman who insisted on keeping her seat in the whites-only section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia in 1946 rather than move to the balcony reserved for Black patrons (Desmond is now featured on Canada’s $10 bill); and Fred Christie, a Jamaican‑born Quebecker who took his case to the Supreme Court of Canada after being denied service at a Montreal tavern in 1936. In the years spanning the 1930s to the 1950s, these brave and pioneering activists risked much in order to secure justice for all. The film will be preceded by a short introductory talk.

Produced and distributed by the National Film Board of Canada.


Curated in conjunction with the performance of “We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” at the Chan Centre on Saturday, February 29 at 8:00 pm.