To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Documentary Organization of Canada, DOXA is proud to present two films about labour and civil rights pioneers in Canada and the US. Please join us for a reception following the May 5 screening of this program.
The Road Taken - From the early 1900s through the 1960s, black men from across Canada, US, Africa and the Caribbean worked as sleeping-car porters for Canada’s railway companies. As one of the few jobs available for people of colour at the time, the occupation was well-respected but also full of challenges. Set to a jazz score by Joe Sealy (whose father was also a porter), Selwyn Jacob interviews retired por-ters and their families to craft a vibrant portrait of these civil rights trailblazers. -MS
The Issue of Mr. O'Dell - In the early 1960s, when America was brimming with racial tension and Martin Luther King was marching in Alabama, Jack O’Dell was at his side. At age 94, O’Dell eloquently recounts his experiences and views—from his early membership in the Communist Party to his opinions on the current state of racial affairs in the US, as well as the significance of Black Lives Matter. -PP