Still from The Ninth Floor
Still from The Ninth Floor
 

Ninth Floor

par Mina Shum
A chronicle of a troubled chapter in Concordia University’s history where black students occupy the Hall building to protest institutionalized racism.
2015  ·  1h21m  ·  Canada
Anglais
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February, 1969. Two years after Expo 67 and its sixty-plus national pavilions, public figures were taking turns declaring that Quebec was a fine example of a society open to different cultures from all over the world. And yet, an incident on the Sir George Williams campus of Concordia University casts a shadow over the official discourse on the wonders of diversity. Six black students complained that they were not being treated as equals to their white colleagues. Showing the identical work that had received lower grades, the target of their criticism was biology professor Perry Anderson. The confrontation led to a sit-in in the university’s computer centre, lasting fourteen days before ending in chaos and the arrest of ninety-seven demonstrators. Four and a half decades later, Canadian filmmaker Mina Shum looks back on these less than glorious events that helped shape the student movement. Successfully alternating between archival footage revealing the tense atmosphere of the conflict and testimonials from several participants, she has created a remarkable documentary that underscores the essential role of civil disobedience at time when administrative decisions and political power were being questioned for the first time. (FNC)
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Carmen Pollard
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Selwyn Jacob
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Miguel Nunes
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David Austin
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Brent Belke
Director of Photography
John Price
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