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Ninth Floor

Directed by Mina Shum
Canada, 2015 (documentary, 81 minutes, colour / black and white, English)
Also known as "Neuvième étage"
Ninth Floor
Photo © National Film Board of Canada
Video (National Film Board of Canada)

Film Description:
"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
Cinematography: John Price
Film Editing: Carmen Pollard
Music: Brent Belke
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada
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