Noami Binder Wall, who passed away on October 18, 2020, was a beloved Toronto rabble-rouser of the first order. As an artist, organizer, adult educator, and community activist in the city for 40+ years, she had a profound effect on so many of us, bringing her energy, artistry and passion to every cause she championed. She influenced, mentored, collaborated with, and got in “good trouble” with several generations of fellow activists and artists, focusing on Nicaraguan and Palestinian solidarity, combatting racism and poverty, promoting LGBT and women’s rights, and celebrating culture as a force of progressive social change.
Naomi used video to document solidarity events and tours, community events, demonstrations, and community histories. Vtape is the proud distributor of three of her video works: Growing Together (1994) documents women organizing in Regent Park, a housing community in downtown Toronto; My Mother, My Mirror (1995), a richly-felt video essay exploring the arc of her mother’s turbulent life; and Poster Woman! (1999, her first S8 film!) a short fable about a young woman’s alienation and transformation.
In Naomi’s memory, Vtape is providing this public access to My Mother, My Mirror for two weeks, until November 13, 2020