DEAR JACKIE receives Magnus Isacsson Award at RIDM 2021

DEAR JACKIE Magnus Isacsson Award at RIDM 2021

Cinema Politica is thrilled to announce that Henri Pardo’s feature-length documentary DEAR JACKIE was awarded the Magnus Isacsson Award at Recontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) 2021! The Magnus Isacsson Award is presented in collaboration with ARRQ, DOC Québec, Funambules Médias, Cinema Politica and Main Film.

RIDM jury statement:

Our choice for the Magnus Isacsson Award goes to a film that also takes us into inaccessible worlds, this one much closer to home. Its inspired direction and formal audacity come together in a film that also delivers an urgent message. Yet it is a joyful film that inspires us to grow even as it compels us to act. We are inspired by the author’s courage to say, poetically and forcefully, what official discourses suppress, and whose truth resides in the intimate relationship and trust established between the director and the community represented.

A special mention is given to ZO REKEN by Emanuel Licha.

The jury for the Magnus Isacsson Award was composed of Jocelyne Clarke (producer, director and editor), Amandine Gay (Main Film), Nicole Giguère (ARRQ), Steve Patry (Funambules Médias), Amélie Tintin (Doc Québec) et Svetla Turnin (Cinema Politica).


Baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s short stay in Montreal is a pretext to tell the story of ordinary citizens of Little Burgundy, Montreal’s first Black community, famously known throughout North America as the Harlem of the North. When Jackie Robinson became the first Black man to join the Brooklyn Dodgers’ farm team, the Montreal Royals, in 1946, he broke the colour barrier in Major League Baseball. The impossible seemed possible in a segregated North America. But did Montrealers use this historic moment to perpetuate a myth of a post-racial society?

Produced by CatBird Productions, DEAR JACKIE will be available to acquire through CP Distribution in 2022.