Dear Jackie

by Henri Pardo
About the Film

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?

Shot in black and white, Dear Jackie unfolds as an intimate correspondence with Jackie Robinson, who became a prominent civil rights activist, by contrasting key milestones from his time in Montreal with the actual experience of the Black Community revealed in powerful vérité moments.

2021  ·  1h30m  ·  Canada
English, French
Festivals and Awards
Hamilton Black Film Festival, Official Selection
DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Official Selection
Recontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), Magnus Isacsson Award
Recontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), Official Selection
May 25 - 30, 2022
Hamilton Black Film Festival (Hamilton, Canada)
May 14, 2022
DOXA Documentary Film Festival (Vancouver, Canada)
November 14-17, 2021
Recontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), Online (Montreal, Canada)
November 11, 2021
Recontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) (World Festival Premiere)
Henri Pardo
Henri Pardo
Dominique Sicotte
Katarina Soukup
Production Company
CatBird Productions
Alex Margineanu, Vanessa Abadhir
Original Music
Ramachandra Borcar
Catherine Van Der Donckt, Stéphane Barsalou, Lynne Trepanier, Benoît Dame
Art Direction
Marc-Alain Félix
Henri Pardo
With the participation of
Ivan Livingstone, Jaz’marie Whyne, Beverly Jones, Ethel Bruneau, Suzanne Bruneau, Majiza Philip, Charlene Hunte, David Shelton, Ronald Jones, Leslie Jones, Dezy Jones, Jesse Chase, Pat Dillon-Moore, Fo Niemi, Keith Riley, Shaheed Livingstone
About the Director

Henri Pardo

Henri Pardo is a graduate of the Institute of Image and Sound (Inis) in 2005. Henri wrote and directed the short film Sous-bois, which was funded by SODEC, and produced and directed the documentary series Black Wealth Matters. In 2016, Henri founded Black Wealth Media, a production company dedicated to developing and producing Afrocentric movies and film series.

More recently he worked as a producer developing four fiction web series, and has also produced the feature documentary Afro-Prosperity. In 2019, Black Wealth Media received funding from the CBC and the Corus Fund for the development of a documentary series on the history of African Canadians.

Henri has received support from the Documentary Chanel for the feature documentary Dear Jackie, which is produced by Katarina Soukup of Catbird Productions, as well as support for the writing of the feature film Kanaval, which is financed by Sodec and produced by Yzanakio films.

Henri has sat on the Doc Québec Executive Committee, a chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada. He is a founding member of Black on Black Films, the filmmakers collective of Afrodescendants. He regularly participates in many panels on cultural diversity.

Other films by Henri Pardo


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