Bronwen & Yaffa (Moving Towards Tolerance)

Bronwen & Yaffa (Moving Towards Tolerance)

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This documentary presents two young women from Halifax who are organizing rock concerts to raise money for the group Eastcoast Against Racism. Bronwen and Yaffa believe that the universal language of music will help unite the community. At the same time, they struggle to renew their friendship with Scott, a former Ku Klux Klan member. This moving film is set against a vibrant soundtrack of punk and rap music.

Three extraordinary young people from Halifax unite to fight racism. Bronwen and Yaffa are alarmed to see how much racism is prevalent in their home town. Not content to sit around, they organize the Eastcoast Against Racism benefit concert and invite Scott, who just recently left the Ku Klux Klan, to tell his story. A powerful documentary that shows that people can work together and preach the message of tolerance, regardless of their ethnic background.

Albert Ohayon
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Bronwen & Yaffa (Moving Towards Tolerance), Peter d'Entremont, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Peter d'Entremont
  • producer
    Mike Mahoney
  • executive producer
    Marilyn A. Belec
    Don Haig
  • camera
    Robert Guertin
    Michael Koszyca
    Dean Brousseau
  • sound
    Alex Salter
    Jane Porter
    Frank Kavanagh
    Holly Fitzgerald
  • editing
    Tim Reed
  • re-recording
    Allan Scarth
  • narrator
    Joanne Napier
  • music
    Cory Bowles
    John Rosborough

  • ffocaj

    It's so nineties! I think cause it's from 96, which is sad... where are all the people to care about the most important social issue facing us throughout history. Don't let this work fall thru the cracks. Gotdam' resubmit... polish... sundance...

    ffocaj, 21 Feb 2022
  • RravenN

    What phenominal young women Bronwen & Yaf were (& are!). I'm not just saying that cause they were Very Close Friends to me. It kills me that I missed out on this entirely - I think I was in Northern Ontario (thoroughly "Lost" myself...)!? But WOW!! They worked their butts off & they actually DID SOMETHING - going to those schools, talking to ALL the people/strangers/kids, different ages, colours, races, etal., on the streets of Halifax - I remember how people looked at you when I was a "punk rocker" or whatever the F*@& name you want to use! And Scott! Way 2 Go man... it took guts to get up on that stage & admit to being, EVEN "ex", Ku Klux Klan.... swallowing all that Evil bile of racist hate, AND living to tell the tale!

    RravenN, 14 Jan 2012

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