Mr. Jane and Finch
Catalogue Number: OYA000
Producer: OYA Media Group
Subject: Biography, Black History, Canadian History, Canadian Politics, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Citizenship Education, Criminal Justice & Law, Current Events, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Guidance, History, Politics, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Social Studies
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2019
Running Time: 45:22
Winston LaRose, a beloved 80-year-old activist/amateur documentarian who has documented the Black community throughout the Black Diaspora for the past 60 years throws his hat into local politics and is met with unflinching systemic racism in the Canadian political system. This award-winning film gives an insider perspective of Black community activism in Canada.
This documentary follows Winston’s fight for the community of Jane and Finch that ultimately highlights the lack of representation for black people and POC within the Canadian political system. As LaRose campaigns for a position as councillor, new challenges add to old ones that make it harder for him to succeed within a system that is inherently racist. Doug Ford’s decision to slash the number of seats within City Council, to the blatant racist remarks from fellow candidate Mammoliti to gain votes, exemplifies how the Canadian political system does not offer equal or fair opportunities for the politically marginalized.
This documentary shows the issue of systemic racism within the Canadian political system, the lack of representation for the marginalized and the negative generational effect colonialism has had on individuals, communities, and societies. However, this film also displays the undeniable strength of community, grassroots organizations, and the power and impact one person can have to change the world around them.
Best Writing in A Documentary: 2020 Canadian Screen Awards
Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary: 2020 Canadian Screen Awards
“Lovely and poignant…Timely and meaningful.” – John Doyle, The Globe and Mail
“It’s a story about what it takes to be a pillar of your community.” - Byron Armstrong By Blacks
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