Afro Canada, must-see series!

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With this documentary series, Radio-Canada is doing useful work for black people as I would prefer it to do for aboriginal people.

african canadian (on duty at the new federal service!) will be present at 9 p.m., from August 13 to September 3. It’s neither the best day of the week nor the best broadcast time for a parallel series. At the public broadcaster, the management must have concluded that it does not attract crowds. True to his bad habits, he therefore leaned towards the ratings side rather than the side of a major series.

I’ve only watched the first two episodes, plus if the last two are of the caliber of the first, this will be the best documentary series I’ve seen so far this year. In a completely different genre, it is of the exceptional quality ofEgypt from the sky by Yann Arthus Bertrand, who comes from the broadcaster TV5. In two hours, I learned (and understood) more about black history in America than in all my studying and reading.


Montrealer Henri Pardo, who seems to have abandoned his acting profession for that of director, leads african canadian of butler. We also owe him the screenplay. He refined it with Judith Brès, who participated, among other things, in the scripting of the fiction I would like to be erased. In addition to her participation with my singer, Dominique Fils-Aimé, who had been a semi-finalist in the 3and edition of The voice in Pierre Lapointe’s team, the composition of music that perfectly suits the context.

african canadian “learns” 13 young Quebecers from diverse backgrounds with Aly Ndiaye as teacher. This one, better known under the pseudonym of his Webster, is absolutely impeccable. He listens, he explains with clarity and he does not infantilize his young interlocutors. He is a very good pedagogue. Webster even manages to explain in a rendered way the emotional charge that the n-word carries for black people, although I am not convinced that it should be banished, because it could still be useful in a historical context.


It is also history as much as topicality that the series deals with. It traces the complex and surprising journey of blacks in America, from Mathieu da Costa, the first African to set foot on the Atlantic coast. Da Costa lived with the First Nations in the early 17and century and acted as interpreter for Samuel de Champlain when the French explorer went back to Saint-Laurent. In pursuit also Olivier Le Jeune, a slave who belonged to the owner of the naval commander David Kirke before the sale for 50 crowns to a Frenchman who gave him up to Guillaume Couillard, ancestor of the former premier of Quebec. Quebec is tightly woven! This young slave, whose memory is remembered on a plaque in the courtyard of the Séminaire de Québec, is one of the 4185 slaves who labored here from 1629 to 1800. These unfortunate people were the subject of a thesis by the historian Marcel Trudel.

The series sheds light on characters as important as Toussaint Louverture, a key figure in the Haitian revolution, as on more anecdotal characters. Like Viola Desmond, who stands up against discrimination at a movie theater in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. I had never noticed that to remember her gesture, in the $10 bills she presents her in the opposite direction of all the characters honored in the banknotes. Thanks, african canadian !

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