FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Lamoureux Hall, University of Ottawa. room 339
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
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
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
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
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.