Dear Jackie

by Henri Pardo
Dear Jackie is a cinematic letter to Jackie Robinson, the first African American player in Major League Baseball and a civil rights activist.
2021  ·  1h30m  ·  Canada
English, French
About the Film

DEAR JACKIE is a cinematic letter to Jackie Robinson, the first African American player in Major League Baseball and a civil rights activist who broke the colour barrier when he joined the minor-league Montreal Royals in 1946. For a short time, 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? 

Through eloquent interviews, archival footage, and powerful vérité moments shot in lustrous black and white, director Henri Pardo masterfully threads together fragments of the past with the present-day realities of Little Burgundy, once known as the “Harlem of the North”. DEAR JACKIE unfolds as an intimate correspondence with Robinson that unravels the myth of a post-racial society, and is a testament to the triumphs and resilience of a community whose stories reveal the insidious racial inequalities in Montreal and Quebec as a whole.

Upcoming Screenings
Cinema Politica is the proud Canadian distributor of Dear Jackie. Visit our distribution catalog to learn more about the licensing options.
Festivals and Awards
Guelph Film Festival, Official Selection
Reelworld Film Festival, Official Selection
Lunenburg Doc Fest, Official Selection
Festival International du Film Black de Montreal, Out of Competition
St LouisDocs, Closing Night Film
Sheffield DocFest, Official Selection - International First Feature Competition
Calgary Black Film Festival, Official Selection
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
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

Portrait of Henri Pardo
Photo of Henri Pardo by Karene-Isabelle Jean-Baptiste

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