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Antiracism Video Resources

The videos listed below are available to borrow from the BCTF Information Services Department.

  • A Class Divided: recommended for teachers to view as a resource. It is a documentary about an experiment by an elementary school teacher to illustrate racism with her Grade 3 students. The video can be used as a starting point for a discussion and an activity for the class.
  • Fallen Feather is documentary on residential school survivors.
  • For Angela is an excellent video to springboard into conversations regarding racism against Aboriginal people. Based on a true story, this drama is about Rhonda Gordon and her determined stand for dignity and against ignorance and prejudice when she and her daughter Angela were harassed by three boys on a bus.
  • Game Over: Gender, Race, and Violence in Video Games: a documentary examining racial stereotypes; asks students to think critically about the video games they play.
  • Let’s Get Real: antibullying video that deals with all types of oppression and gives voice to targeted students while providing strategies for students to stand up for themselves and their classmates.
  • Not in Our Town: documentary set in a rural Montana town. It shows a community taking collective action against hateful incidents.
  • Prom Night in Mississippi is an excellent video that shows contemporary issues and the realities of racism. Prior to showing the video, ask students to predict when they believe the first integrated prom took place in this Mississippi school. During the video, use a response sheet to have students document the incidents of institutional and individual racism they see in the film. Ask students to report out their observations. Afterward, ask students how segregation based on race plays itself out within their social circles, peer groups, school, and community. As a follow-up lesson, work with students on how to challenge and interrupt racism within their school and wider community.
  • Reel Injun: Hollywood has an impressive track record, one that spans more than 4,000 films, of blatantly misrepresenting Aboriginal people and their cultures. Featuring interviews with filmmakers and activists such as Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch and Russell Means, Reel Injun delves into the fascinating history of the "Hollywood Indian" with razor-sharp insight and humor, tracing its checkered cinematic evolution from the silent film era to today.
  • Schooling the World: The White Man's Last Burden: What really happens when we replace a traditional culture's way of learning and understanding the world with our own? Schooling the World: The White Man's Last Burden takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world's last sustainable indigenous cultures.
  • Steel Toes: A Jewish liberal humanist is the court-appointed lawyer for a neo-Nazi skinhead on trial for a racially motivated murder. An intense and fiery relationship develops between the two men as they explore their emotional and intellectual differences.

On YouTube 

Other

  • 21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear On A Daily Basis  
  • Al Helm--Martin Luther King in Palestine: An African-American gospel choir goes to Palestine to sing in a Palestinian play about Martin Luther King, Jr. They become witnesses to life under occupation and a non-violement movement for social justice. Connie Field, English, 93 min., USA.
  • Diet Racism
  • Extreme dialogue: A series of short documentary films tell the personal stories of Canadians profoundly affected by violent extremism; a former member of the extreme far-right and a mother whose son was killed fighting for ISIS in Syria. The films are accompanied by a set of educational resources that can be used with young people in classrooms or community settings, and are intended to build resilience to extremism through active discussion and enhanced critical thinking. These resources include Prezi presentations and practitioners’ resource packs, and are available via the “Stories” pages in both English and French.
  • Welcome to Dresden: Between 1949 and 1956, the small town of Dresden in Ontario was the scene of an elaborate campaign by the National Unity Association to end anti-Black racism. The courage of community leaders, with the solidarity of the Toronto Joint Labour Committee for Human Rights, resulted in the Fair Practices Accommodation Act of 1954. This film highlights salient moments of the campaign and the contribution of union activists to the struggle for racial equality in Canada. Esery Mondesir, English, 14:18, Canada.
  • When the Drum is BeatingWhen the Drum is Beating is a documentary that interweaves the story of Septentrional’s six decades of music with the history of Haiti and how it went from being the first free black republic with a huge wealth of natural resources to a shattered country that could not support its citizens. The film moves back and forth in time between the past and present, and gives broad context to the current problems facing the country: from the brutality of French colonialism and the bloody revolution that brought Haitians their freedom to the crushing foreign debt and the 15-year American occupation that helped usher in the brutal dictatorship of Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier. We see the hope that was created by the rise of Jean Bertrand Aristide, and the despair that followed the coup that drove him from power. Most importantly, we learn how all these events contributed to creating the conditions that made the horrific death toll of the earthquake inevitable.

Below are the winning PSAs for the “Racism. Stop it! National Video Competition.”

Templeton Secondary (Vancouver) 

  • 2010 WINNER:   Diversa T
    Diversa-T” brings the viewer to an exciting fashion show where a designer is being interviewed about his new clothing line, the “Diversa collection.” The video uses upbeat dance music, dramatic lighting and a fast editing style to bring a message about the appeal of diversity and multiculturalism in Canada.
  • 2009 WINNER:   Multiple Choice 
    This PSA emphasizes the importance of empowering students to be active witnesses during discriminatory incidents rather than merely ‘bystanding’.  This PSA supports the school-wide program, Break the Silence: The Power of Active Witnessing.
  • 2008 WINNER:  I Remember 
    This PSA was inspired by a discussion regarding the web of laws that were developed in the past to create racism and discrimination in BC and Canada. Most students learn about European, American and Colonial history before they learn about the historical, oppressive events that have marked our own history.
  • 2007 WINNER:  That Joke
    This PSA was the result of a powerful dialogue around whether racial jokes were harmful and hurtful. Some students argued that they were harmless because they were understood among their peers as ‘just jokes’. Some brave students shared that they’ve been hurt by these jokes in the past, whether or not they were the targets, but did not have the courage to speak out. Our 45 minute courageous conversation led to this PSA.
  • 2007 WINNER:  Not the Colour 
    Students were intrigued by the notion of privilege, one's unearned entitlement which can be misused as control or dominance over others . . . and the term 'White privilege’, described as those who tote an “invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools, and blank checks” (Peggy McIntosh, 1989) Students felt compelled to create a PSA that would initiate dialogue around the impact of ‘White privilege’ in their lives.

David Thompson Secondary (Vancouver): 

  • 2009 WINNER:   Diversity is a gift
    This PSA celebrates and values the notion of diversity and sends the important message that we must ‘Celebrate our differences’!

Killarney Secondary (Vancouver): 

  • 2010 WINNER: “ Monoculturalism
    In the video a bland looking Roste seamlessly appears as multiple versions of himself, an editing method called “cloning.”  In a Monocultural world everyone looks the same and we see black and white shots of the multiple characters playing at the playground. Mundane music and the sameness of this world culminate in the message “Life is dull without diversity.” In contrast, a colourful classroom scene is introduced with a group of joyful students dancing to upbeat music, bringing a fun ending to the video.

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