Enjoy this cathartic watch in our boutique-style cinema. This shows two complementary and contrasting feature-length films examining cultural influences and social implications of multiple aspects of Caribbean life at home and abroad. The two films featured are Zarico, a 1984 film directed by Andre Gladu, and Ninth Floor, a 2015 film directed by Mina Shum.
Length: 57 mins
Director Andre Gladu
Producer Jacques Vallée, Michel Brault, Daniel Pinard
Zarico is the distinct folk music of southwestern Louisiana’s Black francophone Créole culture. In retracing the footsteps of the Créole population, who came from Africa, the Caribbean and Acadia, the style’s various musical influences and development are shown. Through the movement of the population during the Depression and World War II, the rhythms and melodies of Zarico, in turn, influenced jazz, blues and even rock.
Length: 81 mins
Director Mina Shum
Producer Selwyn Jacob
Director Mina Shum makes her foray into feature documentary by reopening the file on a watershed moment in Canadian race relations–the infamous Sir George Williams Riot. Over four decades after a group of Caribbean students accused their professor of racism, triggering an explosive student uprising, Shum locates the protagonists and listens as they set the record straight, trying to make peace with the past.