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Documentary & Discussion: Speakers for the Dead

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Aaniin Community Centre and Library

5665 14th Avenue

Markham, ON L3S 3K5

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This 2009 National Film Board documentary directed by Jennifer Holness & David Sutherland reveals some of the hidden history of Blacks in Canada.

In the 1930s in rural Ontario, a farmer buried the tombstones of a Black cemetery to make way for a potato patch.

In the 1980s, descendants of the original settlers, Black and White, came together to restore the cemetery, but there were hidden truths no one wanted to discuss. Deep racial wounds were opened. Scenes of the cemetery excavation, interviews with residents and re-enactments—including one of a baseball game where a broken headstone is used for home plate—add to the film's emotional intensity.
See the Speakers for the Dead trailer & more: https://www.nfb.ca/film/speakers-for-the-dead/

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Speakers for the Dead
Jennifer Holness & David Sutherland | 2000 | 49 min

Âme noire
Martine Chartrand | 2000 | 9 min


PLEASE NOTE: THIS FILM DEALS WITH MATURE SUBJECT MATTER. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED

This event is made possible by a collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada.


This event is part of Black History Month at Markham Public Library.

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