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Colour Blind ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB526596
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  George Johnson, Svend-Erik Eriksen
Directors:  Ginder Oujla-Chalmers
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Architecture, Character Education, Documentary, Education, Family Studies/Home Economics, Social Issues, Social Studies, Violence
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1999
Running Time:  25m 42s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Colour Blind is a film about subtle racism and its daily impact on teenagers in high school. To outsiders, Princess Margaret Senior Secondary, in the heart of Surrey, BC, looks like an ordinary high school. To teachers and students, however, it was a school full of racial rage, segregation and violence. Its troubles began in 1995 when the predominately white student body became a predominately ethnic majority. Five years later, we follow five teenagers as they learn tolerance for each other's differences. Colour Blind documents that painful and confusing process of overcoming racial conflicts. The video's purpose is to encourage young students to examine their own behaviours and attitudes and to ask probing questions of themselves about how they react to racism within their own high school.

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