Opening Night Two Shorts (Black Film Festival)

The University of Waterloo and The Congress of Black Women are thrilled to present BLACK@WATERLOO: BLACK FILM FESTIVAL, a celebration of storytelling for and by Black creatives.

The festival showcases the diversity and creativity of Black filmmaking, from both political and musical documentaries to the telling of real Black Canadian narratives.


Reel Black: Our Film Stories (2022, 21 min.) In an exploration of Black Canadian filmmaking, emerging filmmakers Christian Anderson and Ajahnis Charley quickly discover the realities of the industry. Through insights from veteran filmmakers such as Claire Prieto-Fuller, the young filmmakers learn that sometimes if you aren’t given a seat at the table, you have to make your own.

Directed By Ayan Tani, Émeraude Domingos Mbuku, And Tristen Sutherland


Eyes of the Rainbow (1997, 63 min.) Documentary. The life of Assata Shakur, the Black Panther and Black Liberation Army leader who escaped from prison and was given political asylum in Cuba, where she has lived for close to 15 years. In it we visit with Assata in Havana, and she tells us about her history and her life in Cuba. This film is also about Assata's AfroCuban context, including the Yoruba Orisha Oya, goddess of the ancestors, of war, of the cemetery and of the rainbow.

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