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A curated online series of six documentaries by Black Canadian filmmakers from across the country, available for free across Canada.

DOC Institute and Hot Docs are partnering this Black History Month to co-present Black Light: A Celebration of Canadian Filmmakers, a series of six documentaries by leading Black documentary voices in Canada. This series is presented as part of For Viola, Hot Docs’ free screening series centering BIPOC-led stories and filmmakers, named in honour of Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond.

Access the films here. (No registration or tickets required.)


Curated by Hot Docs Industry and For Viola co-programmer Julian Carrington, Black Light: A Celebration of Canadian Filmmakers explores and weaves in loose themes relevant to Black Canadian culture and history. The program features the work of Black filmmakers from many corners of the country, from the prairies to the Maritimes, providing a more inclusive and robust representation of the Black Canadian experience:

BLACK MOTHER BLACK DAUGHTER (Sylvia D. Hamilton & Claire Prieto, 1989)

COMING TO VOICE (Glace Lawrence & Anthony Brown, 1999)

FINDING SALLY (Tamara Mariam Dawit, 2020)

HARDWOOD (Hubert Davis, 2004)

JOHN WARE RECLAIMED (Cheryl Foggo, 2020)

MIGHTY JEROME (Charles Officer, 2010)

Stay tuned for releases of panel discussions with filmmakers and film subjects of the series!


Black Light: A Celebration of Canadian Filmmakers is made possible with the support of sponsors Rogers Group of Funds and the Toronto Arts Council, co-presenter The National Film Board of Canada, and community partners POV Magazine, BIPOC TV & FILM, and the Black Screen Office.