Critical Writing Index

Don't Go to Dat Place and Fool Around Like Rich Girls: Black Canadian Women Filmmakers and Video Artists

by Gabrielle Hezekiah

cineACTION, Fall 1993, no. 32, pp. 68-76

Black Canadian women have been engaged in film and video creation since the 1970s, with a penchant towards documentary style. More artistically innovative film and video works have been emerging from the community of black Canadian female film and video makers, however these too would most likely be categorized as documentary. Since conditions in Canada do not favour access by black women to the filmmaking apparatuses and also tend to dictate representations of this community, the aim of many black women in film and video has been to disrupt the dominant narratives and to find spaces within which to explore their identities and creative selves. This article is a survey of works made by black Canadian film and video artists, including Jennifer Hodge de Silva, Christene Browne, and Donna James.

ITEM 1993.175 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Home FeelingJennifer Hodge de Silva

... Some Black WomenJennifer Hodge de Silva

From Nevis To...Christene Browne

Sisters in the StruggleDionne Brand & Ginny Stikeman

Black Mother, Black DaughterClaire Prieto & Sylvia Hamilton

Speak It!Sylvia Hamilton

TracesJulia Browne Figuereo

Mami WataMonik Dofen

Colour CorrectedSelina Williams

The NoiseNadine K. Rowe

Maigre DogDonna James