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.
Ages 13 to 18
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.