Black History Month

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The following is a guest post by Aisling Chin-Yee.

In celebration of Black History Month, take a look at Sobaz Benjamin‘s short film, Making It.  The film looks at the career paths of a few Black youths. The subjects – who were first interviewed in 1984 – are now in their 40s, and they look at their journeys to “make it” in the workforce, and the barriers they faced along the way.  “Working twice as hard to go half as far” is a common theme in this film, and it quickly becomes apparent that the subjects are judged in the workplace not as individuals but as representatives of their entire race.

This film was made as part of the first series of Work For All films, a web project about racism in the workplace.  We have also compiled a playlist of films that celebrate and look at Black history in Canada.

UPDATE: Also, there are free Black History Month screenings and activities all month at the the Montreal Cinerobotheque and the Toronto Mediatheque.

Aisling Chin-Yee is a line producer for the NFB documentary project about racism in the workplace, Work For All. You can follow Aisling on Twitter here and Work For All Project on Twitter here.