THEATRICAL SCREENINGS NOW EXTENDED UNTIL JULY 15
Montreal, Tuesday, May 27, 2022
Cinema Politica Distribution and Catbird Productions are proud to present DEAR JACKIE, Henri Pardo‘s debut feature documentary. The film is a cinematic letter to baseball legend Jackie Robinson, and offers a historical and social perspective on racism in Montreal. Dear Jackie will open in theatres on Friday, June 17 in Montreal at Cinéma du Musée, the Cinémathèque québécoise, Cinéma Public and Cinéma Moderne, with filmmaker Henri Pardo in attendance for special Q&A screenings.
DEAR JACKIE had its world premiere at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) in 2021, where it won the Magnus-Isacsson Prize. This was followed by its Canadian premiere at DOXA Documentary Film Festival, where it competed for the Nigel Moore Award. DEAR JACKIE will have its international premiere at Sheffield DocFest, where it is slated to compete for the International First Feature Competition. DEAR JACKIE also screened as the closing night film at Stlouis’Docs Festival.
DEAR JACKIE is a cinematic letter to Jackie Robinson, the first African American player in Major League Baseball, after a stint with the minor-league Montreal Royals, and a civil rights activist in the United States. The film addresses Robinson directly and connects history with present in its focus on the vibrant Black community in Little Burgundy, once known as the “Harlem of the North,” while drawing thought-provoking parallels between the two eras. Through eloquent interviews, testimonies, and powerful vérité moments in black and white, DEAR JACKIE paints a portrait of racism and racial inequality in Montreal and Quebec as a whole. The film unfolds as an intimate correspondence, presenting a unique historical and social perspective that unravels the myth of a post-racial Quebec society.
To request interviews, screeners or visual material,
please contact Caroline Rompré.
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