Coming To Voice

Anthony A. Browne and Glace W. Lawrence

1999, 51:00 minutes, colour, English


Coming To Voice is a dynamic, visually stylistic documentary exploring the emergence of Black film and video makers in Canada. Featuring Black filmmakers from Atlantic to Pacific Canada , we experience the journey taken by director Clement Virgo and his producers Karen King and Damon D'Oliveira in the making of the feature film RUDE. A journey that takes us behind-the-scenes from financing the feature, through production, to the world premiere at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), RUDE'S theatrical release and the aftermath.

Cameron Bailey, film critic/writer and founding programmer of the Planet Africa Program at the TIFF weaves us through this history of Black filmmakers COMING TO VOICE in Canada. Conversations with Emmy Award winning, New York-based filmmaker William Greaves reveal the edge he had on his American colleagues when training at the National Film Board in the 1950's. Other Canadians featured include Sylvia Hamilton (SPEAK IT!
From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia"), Halifax, Stephen Williams (SOUL SURVIVOR), Toronto, Claire Prieto and Roger McTair (HOME TO BUXTON), Toronto, Selwyn Jacob (THE ROAD TAKEN), Edmonton and Selina Williams (SAAR), Vancouver.

Black Audio Film Collective director John Akomfrah (THE LAST ANGEL OF HISTORY and SEVEN SONGS FOR MALCOLM X) speaks to the international perspective on differences and similarities between African Canadian and Black British cinema. A U.S. perspective is provided by veteran filmmaker St. Clair Bourne (MAKING "DO THE RIGHT THING") and the Wesley Snipes executive produced feature documentary JOHN HENRIK CLARKE: A GREAT & MIGHTY WALK).
Coming to Voice is backed by the music of Canada's hottest rhythm & blues, rap and hip hop artists.

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