Monthly Archives: February 2018

Feb 17 – Urban Gentrification and Black History Month

CINEMA ACADEMICA

FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Lamoureux Hall, University of Ottawa. room 339

Map: http://www.uottawa.ca/maps/
For Black History Month, Cinema Academica is showing two Urban Studies short documentaries about black communities, and gentrification, or poor and disenfranchised people being pushed out of areas as more monied people and interests take interest in those areas and reshape them to their own vision and needs.

 

Chocolate City (gentrification in Washington, DC) 45min

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In this 45 minute-long documentary film-makers Sam Wild and Ellie Walton address the issue of gentrification of Washington, DC. Through the experiences of a number of largely black residents the film explores how the city is being altered as property prices rise and local communities are forced out of the world’s most famous capital.

Africville (Nova Scotia) 35min

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This short film depicts Africville, a small black settlement that lay within the city limits of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In the 1960s, the families there were uprooted and their homes demolished in the name of urban renewal and integration. More than 20 years later, the site of the community of Africville is a stark, under-utilized park. Former residents, their descendants and some of the decision-makers speak out and, with the help of archival photographs and films, tell the story of that painful relocation.
Director: Shelagh Mackenzie

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Cinema Academica hosts film screenings during the academic year at the University of Ottawa on various social, political and economic issues in order to increase social consciousness and encourage activism in the community. All films are completely free of charge. All films are followed by discussion.

For more information:cinemaacademica.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/UOttawa-CinemaAcademica/111045945712456

Parking: There is limited metered parking on campus on Séraphin-Marion (the continuation of Wilbrod west of Cumberland) and in the adjacent lot east of Tabaret Hall, and also on Louis Pasteur, between MacDonald Hall and Gendron Hall. The meters are enforced 24/7. There is also a pay-and-display lot beside Simard Hall. The best bet is on nearby streets in Sandy Hill, e.g., Henderson, where there are signs for 2 or 3 hour parking up to 7:00 p.m., unrestricted after 7:00.

 

 

Feb 10 – The Aaron Swartz Story

CINEMA ACADEMICA

FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Lamoureux Hall, University of Ottawa. room 339

Map: http://www.uottawa.ca/maps/

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz is a 2hr long 2014 American biographical documentary film about Aaron Swartz written, directed, and produced by Brian Knappenberger.

The film depicts the life of American computer programmer, writer, political organizer, and Internet activist Aaron Swartz. Footage of Swartz as a child is featured at the start and end of the film. The film is narrated by figures from Swartz’s life, including his mother, brothers, and girlfriends.

Aaron Swartz was  a digital pioneer, using internet and computer and tech savvy in activism to very powerful effect.  He believed the public needed and deserved access to good information as a right and to support a healthy society, and found a quasi-legal method to download vast amounts of research studies and papers to make them free and accessible on the web.  He was given an unconscionably long sentence for doing this, some say to make an example out of him, and it was reported that he committed suicide before he did his sentence.  Some say that his example of how powerful individual people could be to change the system by innovating positive technologies put up red flags for the wrong people, who made sure he got dealt with, and they have tried to put genie back in the bottle.  But his story lives on, a story of tragedy, but also of hope, and the generosity of time, love, and spirit to try to give back something to the world and make a positive difference with the gifts he was given.


Cinema Academica hosts film screenings during the academic year at the University of Ottawa on various social, political and economic issues in order to increase social consciousness and encourage activism in the community. All films are completely free of charge. All films are followed by discussion.

For more information:cinemaacademica.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/UOttawa-CinemaAcademica/111045945712456

Parking: There is limited metered parking on campus on Séraphin-Marion (the continuation of Wilbrod west of Cumberland) and in the adjacent lot east of Tabaret Hall, and also on Louis Pasteur, between MacDonald Hall and Gendron Hall. The meters are enforced 24/7. There is also a pay-and-display lot beside Simard Hall. The best bet is on nearby streets in Sandy Hill, e.g., Henderson, where there are signs for 2 or 3 hour parking up to 7:00 p.m., unrestricted after 7:00.