|Directed by Mina Shum|
|Canada, 2015 (documentary, 81 minutes, colour / black and white, English)|
|Also known as "Neuvième étage"|
|Photo © National Film Board of Canada|
|Video (National Film Board of Canada)|
"It started quietly when a group of Caribbean students, strangers in a cold new land, began to suspect their professor of racism. It ended in the most explosive student uprising Canada had ever known. Over four decades later, Ninth Floor reopens the file on the infamous Sir George Williams Riot -- a watershed moment in Canadian race relations and one of the most contested episodes in the nation's history. Making a compassionate and audacious foray into non-fiction, writer and director Mina Shum locates the protagonists in clandestine locations throughout Trinidad and Montreal, the wintry city where it all went down. In a cinematic gesture of reckoning and redemption, she listens as they set the record straight -- and lay their burden down. Can we make peace with the past? What lessons have we learned? What really happened up there on the 9th floor?"
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)
|Film Credits (partial):|
|Written by:||Mina Shum|
|Produced by:||Selwyn Jacob, Shirley Vercruysse|
|Participants:||Rodney John, Clarence Bayne, Anne Cools, Nantali Indongo, Robert Hubsher, Claude-Armand Sheppard, Noel Lyon, Marvin Coleby, Duff Anderson, Naim Indongo-Bangoura, Bukka Rennie, Terrence Ballantyne, Valerie Belgrave, Hugo Ford, Lynne Murray, Mark Chang|
|Film Editing:||Carmen Pollard|
|Production Company:||National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada|
"I had never heard of the story, but as soon as [Selwyn Jacob approached me about the project], I started researching and was quickly convinced that it should be a feature film. What really struck me was what was at stake for the occupiers, their loss of innocence. They really believed they could change things, then they had their hearts broken."
-- Mina Shum (source)
"I was confident because I knew what kind of archival material there was [for Ninth Floor] and I knew we had a number of interesting characters. So if I could get someone to direct who could challenge us in terms of taking a cinematic approach to telling the story, I was fairly certain it would all come together. Mina [Shum] was able to bring such originality to it all, both on a visual and on a narrative level."
-- Selwyn Jacob (source)
"Less than 10 minutes into the revealing documentary Ninth Floor [...] filmmaker Mina Shum has already offered shocking snapshots of racial discontent in Montreal, Canada, 1969. Over 81 minutes of rarely seen and chilling archival footage, juxtaposed against skillfully positioned current testimony from black and white students who were in the eye of the conflict, Ninth Floor peels back the curtain on a time few remember and most of us never knew existed."
-- Royson James (source)