This set of powerful and moving short films that reimagines histories and diasporic futures, marks the end of the ReMIX History public program and the Discordant Absences film series. A special Q+A with a few of the directors will follow the screening.
The docufiction, “Welcome to Africville” (1999) directed by Dana Inkster is set in the historical site of Africville on the outskirts of Halifax and captures poignantly the impact on a family of the forced destruction of their community in 1969, under the guise of “urban renewal.” The film speaks of lost community history and lost sexual histories and identities. Nadine Valcin’s “Fire and Fury” (2007) is a fictionalized account of Marie-Joseph Angélique, an enslaved African accused of setting the Great Fire of 1734 that destroyed half of the city of Montreal. “The Crying Conch” (2017), directed by Vincent Toi, centres on a man who is drawn into a rebellion that parallels the 18th-century story of Haitian revolutionary François Mackandal. “Pouvoir” (2021) is a collaboration between filmmaker Paul Tom, Paul-Gérin-Lajoie d’Outremont High School, a group of their recently emigrated young students, and the PHI Foundation.