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Film as Activism: Black and Indigenous Voices

19 August 2021 | 8:00 pm


Film as Activism: Black and Indigenous Voices Shorts Program

A Niagara original short film program highlighting Black and Indigenous stories of local historic heroes and current social justice movements. 50 min screening with Q+A to follow. 

Echoes of Chloe Cooley
Canada, 2021. Directed by Andrea Conte. 10 min. NR
The Echoes of Chloe Cooley tells the story about how the resistance of one woman and witnesses to her assault on the Niagara Frontier forged the beginning of a new era for enslaved people in Upper Canada. Featuring conversations with Order of Ontario Historian, Wilma Morrison,who speaks of the legacy of an omitted and misrepresented history of enslaved Black peoples in Canadian society and how this contributes to systemic racism today.

Walking the Talk
Canada, 2020, Directed by Ayo Adewumi. 18 min. NR
The murder of George Floyd by the police in the USA sparked another round of anti-racism protests all around the world. “Walking the Talk” is an account of how people in some Canadian cities rose in solidarity with Black Americans in June 2020, to condemn years of ongoing systemic racism and social injustice in Canada.

Filmmaker Ayo Adewumi has been living and working in Niagara since 2007. His previous films Wilma (2016) and The Guy From Niagara (2019) also investigate social justice and Canadian Black history.

Blood and Water
Canada, 2020. Directed by Layla Black. 22 min. NR
Layla Black’s new documentary featuring Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Juno Nominated Musicians, Authors, Elders and youth. A self-narrated documentary exposing new light on the modern-day impact and generational trauma caused from residential schools.

Layla Black is Mohawk Turtle Clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River. She shares her family’s journey to reclamation through their eternal connection to the water and the discovery of traditional teachings.


Niagara Artists Centre – TCO Rooftop Terrace
354 St. Paul Street. St. Catharines, ON

Thu 19 August 2021
Doors open at 8PM
Screening starts at sunset (approx 9:15PM)

Note: Sorry for the inconvenience, this venue is only accessible by staircase. Washroom access downstairs in NAC Gallery. Street level accessible venue is at Silver Spire Church next door. 



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19 August 2021
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Niagara Artists Centre
354 St. Paul St.
St. Catharines,
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Niagara Artists Centre