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The Ontario Black History Society will hold a Film Festival

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The Ontario, Canada, Black History Society will host the Black International Film Festival May 12th and 13th with three movies at Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto.

The films that will be shown are “Dear White People,” “Honour Before Glory” and “Prisoner 46764: The Untold Legacy of Andrew Milangeni.”

“Dear White People,” which is co-directed by Justin Simien and Adriana Serrano, is a 2014 comedy about African-American students attending a mostly white college. It will be shown at 6:30pm Tuesday, March 12. Doors open at 6:00p.m.

“Honour before Glory” is a one-hour docudrama about Canada’s one and only all-black military battalion that was organized during World War 1 in Nova Scotia because blacks were not allowed to fight side-by-side with white soldiers.

The film is based on the diary of Capt. William White who was chaplain for the 2nd Construction Battalion and the only black commissioned officer in the British Army during World War 1. Anthony Sherwood directed the 47-minute film.

Capt. William White, the only black officer in the British Army during World War I.
Capt. William White, the only black officer in the British Army during World War I.

“The Untold Legacy of Andrew Milangeni,” which is directed by Leogang Rasethaba, is about one of South Africa’s unsung heroes in their battle against apartheid.

“Honour before Glory” and “The Untold Legacy of Andrew Milangeni” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13th. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Seating is limited for all three films so email admin@blackhistorysociety.ca to reserve a place. The festival is the result of a partnership between the Consul General of South Africa and the Ontario Black History Society.

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