Caribbean American Heritage Month: DC Caribbean Film Fest

NINTH FLOOR – June 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm

It started quietly, when a group of Caribbean students, strangers in a cold new land, began to suspect their professor of racism. It ended in the most explosive student uprising Canada had ever known. More than four decades later, NINTH FLOOR reopens the file on the infamous Sir George Williams Riot of 1969 — a watershed moment in Canadian race relations and one of the most contested episodes in the nation’s history. Making a compassionate and audacious foray into non-fiction, writer and director Mina Shum (DOUBLE HAPPINESS) tracks down the protagonists in clandestine locations throughout Trinidad and Montreal, the wintry city where it all went down. In a cinematic gesture of reckoning and redemption, she listens as they set the record straight — and lay their burdens down. Official Selection, 2015 Toronto Film Festival; Women in Film Artistic Merit Award, 2015 Vancouver Film Festival. DIR/SCR Mina Shum; PROD Selwyn Jacob. Canada, 2015, color, 82 min, DCP. In English. NOT RATED

Run Time: 82 Minutes

Genre: Documentary – history