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network 20/07/2016 - 10:00PM

Montreal starry summer screenings

As much as summer is a time for hanging out in parks or at the beach, it’s also a time for sweaty but refreshing protests and actions. At CP headquarters in Montreal, we are keeping ourselves busy and nourished with a series of summer screenings.

Our first screening was Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis’s THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING. This heartfelt call for global action documents mass mobilizations against extractive industries and ecologies. Organized with Cinéma urbain à la belle étoile de la Société des arts technologiques, the CP screening took place on a balmy summer night. Audience members poured into the park, all eagerly looking forward to learning more about capitalism vs. the planet. Klein and Lewis’s film took us from tar sands country where Crystal Lameman and the Beaver Lake Cree Nation are fighting against environmental violence to Andhra Pradesh, India, where Jyothi and her fellow villagers are combating a proposed coal-fired power plant. As the night drew to a close and the end credits rolled, hopeful conversations could be heard throughout the park about what to do next.

Our second screening, held at Parc des Jazzmen and in collaboration with Funambules Média’s Cinéma sous les étoiles, was of NINTH FLOOR; Mina Shum’s masterful and moving investigation of the explosive uprising that ensued after a small group of Carribean students confronted a racist biology professor at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) in 1969.

Looking back at the racism experienced by Black and immigrant students in 1969 and how the student occupation of the Sir George Williams computer lab was met by violent police repression, the unfortunate realization sets in that there remains much work to be done four decades later. During the post-screening discussion with special guest, activist, and documentary maker Will Prosper, the audience reflected on the changes and continuities between 1969 and the current context. One audience member commented on how the 1969 occupation formed her as a Black activist and another shared how the students’ actions inspired his own present work as a Black student activist in Toronto.

With #BlackLivesMatter activists courageously disrupting systems of capitalism and anti-Blackness across the continent in places like Ferguson, Baton Rouge, Minnesota, as well as in so-called Canada at Toronto Pride and in Montreal, an inspiring activist legacy remains. During the upcoming months, look for ways in your own city or town to support #BlackLivesMatter activists as they continue to rise up against police brutality.  

We hope to see you at our next screenings for moments of collective learning and action. Lets keep working together to make this summer a hot one for those in power!  

August 5thTHE PRICE OF PEACE with Festival Presence Autochtone

August 8thTRANSGENDER PARENTS with Cinéma sous les étoiles

August 9thHIJA DE LA LAGUNA (Fille du lac) with Festival Presence Autochtone

August 20thFRACTURED LAND with Cinéma sous les étoiles

August 22ndTHIS CHANGES EVERYTHING with Cinéma sous les étoiles