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Black Soul / Âme noire ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB523438
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Yves Leduc, Pierre Hébert, Marcel Jean
Directors:  Martine Chartrand
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Animation, Arts, Black History, Canadian Social Studies, Diversity, History, Social Studies, World History
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2000
Running Time:  9:47

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BLACK SOUL is an exhilarating immersion into the heart of Black culture via a whirlwind voyage through the defining moments of Black History. As an old lady initiates her grandson into his past, a series of perpetually transforming images painted directly under the animation camera unfolds before our eyes. In a mesmerizing swirl of light and colour, the boy traces his ancestry to mighty Pharaohs, and to valiant kings whose praises are sung by a griot beneath the baobab tree. Suddenly, the beating of drums conjures forth the slave market and far-flung exile. At long last, rocked by the rhythms of gospel and jazz, the boy makes his way from the lush Caribbean to the snows of the Americas. A film without words.

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