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Ninth Floor

Ninth Floor

| 1 h 21 min

Director Mina Shum makes her foray into feature documentary by reopening the file on a watershed moment in Canadian race relations – the infamous Sir George Williams Riot. Over four decades after a group of Caribbean students accused their professor of racism, triggering an explosive student uprising, Shum locates the protagonists and listens as they set the record straight, trying to make peace with the past.

  • writer
    Mina Shum
  • director
    Mina Shum
  • producer
    Selwyn Jacob
  • editor
    Carmen Pollard
  • director of photography
    John Price
  • composer
    Brent Belke
  • sound designer
    Miguel Nunes
  • production designer
    Elisabeth Williams
    Donna Noonan
  • location manager
    Roman Martyn
    Étienne Desrosiers
  • assistant location manager
    Diane Janna
  • production manager
    Dan Emery
    Jennifer Roworth
  • production fixer
    Simone Princess Donelan
  • sound recordist
    Marco Fania
    Gabor Vadnay
  • 1st assistant camera
    Carla Clarke
    Martine Leclerc
  • 2nd assistant camera
    Camille Baduraux
    Ann Berrie
  • key grip
    Pierre Malouin
    Bob McKenna
    Robin Pishton
  • best boy
    Sylvain Bélanger
    Chris Kralik
    François Warot
  • gaffer
    Walter Klymkiw
    Gaétan St-Onge
    Eric Babin
    Jean-Roger Ledoux
    Iscah Straker
  • data management technician
    Sean Sweeney
    Leon River-Moore
  • assistant production designer
    Geneviève Burke
  • props designer
    Alexander Sergejewski
    Frank Seales
  • props production assistant
    Christopher Vadnay
  • scenic painter
    Alain Clouatre
    Sylvain Gauthier
    Geneviève Reneault
    Melanie Schmitz
    Derek Tyrrell
    Frank Seales
  • production assistant
    Alexandre Cadieux
    Michael Harris
    Camerin Cobb
    Guillaume Labrecque
    Isabelle Limoges
    Jessica Lee
    Carliena Holder
  • creative director
    Carmen Pollard
  • visual effects artist
    Brett Keyes
  • graphic illustrator
    Brock Ellis
  • archival research
    Elizabeth Klinck
    Tom Puchniak
    Lesley-Anne Macfarlane
  • research
    David Austin
  • transcription
    Tracy Sitter
  • participant
    Rodney John
    Clarence Bayne
    Anne Cools
    Nantali Indongo
    Robert Hubsher
    Claude-Armand Sheppard
    Noel Lyon
    Marvin Coleby
    Duff Anderson
    Naim Indongo-Bangoura
    Bukka Rennie
    Terrence Ballantyne
    Valerie Belgrave
    Hugo Ford
    Lynne Murray
    Mark Chang
  • stills photographer
    Véro Boncompagni
    Jonathan Wenk
    Marlon James
  • voice-over
    Mackenzie Gray
  • score mixer
    Vince Renaud
  • music engineer
    Paul Forgues
  • musician
    Mark Ferris
    Cameron Wilson
    Finn Manniche
    Marcus Takizawa
  • sound editor
    Miguel Nunes
  • assistant sound editor
    Simon Cho
  • foley artist
    Ian Mackie
    Don Harrison
  • foley recordist
    Rick Senechal
  • online editor
    Serge Verreault
  • re-recording mixer
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • music recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • digital editing technician
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
    Pierre Dupont
  • technical coordinator
    Steve Hallé
  • associate producer
    Teri Snelgrove
  • production coordinator
    Karen Downing
    Kathleen Jayme
  • technical edit coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • production supervisor
    Kathryn Lynch
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
  • publicist
    Pat Dillon
  • program administrator
    Jennifer Roworth
  • executive producer
    Shirley Vercruysse



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Ages 13 to 18

Mini-Lesson - Ninth Floor

Study Guide - Guide 1

Civics/Citizenship - Human Rights
Diversity - Black Studies
History and Citizenship Education - Civil Rights and Freedoms
Social Studies - Social History

Define systemic racism. What barriers did the student protestors at Sir George Williams University face in Montreal during the 1960s? How did Ninth Floor challenge your notions of justice, civil rights and fair play in Canada? While Prof. Perry Anderson was suspended, he was never found guilty of charges of racism against Black students. What did this protest accomplish in the end? Address how director Mina Shum set up shots when interviewing the now much-older participants of the George Williams protests.

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