Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, SAMRU will be celebrating Black History Month with programming that uplifts the voices of members of the Black community and honours the multitude of lived experiences within the Black diaspora.

Film Screening: “Step Into the Black Experience”

Tuesday, February 4 | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Room EL 3345 (Immersion Studio)

In collaboration with the African Caribbean Student Affiliation

Equity in Education Speakers Series Celebration & Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, February 5 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Jenkins Theatre

Presented by the Women and Gender Studies (WGST) Program and the MRFA Diversity & Equity Committee

Black History Month Film Festival

Mount Royal University and the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) are proud to present the second annual Black History Month Film Festival, featuring work by black filmmakers from Calgary, Canada and across the globe. Closing night will end with one of the last performances by recently passed filmmaker and community beacon, Gerrick Winston. There will be a moderated discussion between audience and filmmakers each night of the festival. Admission is free.

Thursday, February 6 | 7:00 p.m. | Jenkins Theatre

THE STOIC directed by Nauzanin A. Knight
An underdog’s artistic journey unfolds in this thoughtful, subtle snapshot of a great writer in the making. Drama. Run time: 11 minutes.

BASKART directed by Ryan Singh
Inspiration never gets old. Nothing could be truer for outsider artist, Roberta Baskett-Middleton, an eighty-year old African-American woman whose insights provide a refreshing glimpse into the creative process. Documentary. Run time: 5 minutes.

THE COLOUR OF OUR SKIN directed by Badria Abubaker and Olivia Baychu
The critical links between race and colorism, beauty and the cosmetics industry are unflinchingly confronted in this stunning and insightful documentary co-directed by Mt. Royal University student, Badria Abubaker. Documentary. Run time: 16 minutes.

Tuesday, February 11 | 7:00 p.m. | Jenkins Theatre

BRIDGES directed by Rogers Ofime, produced by Bukky Abaniwonda
Poverty, abuse and family secrets receive poignant treatment in Roger Ofime’s short film shot on location in Nigeria. Drama. Run time: 7 minutes. Mature content.

THE TRIAL OF MISS MUDIMBE directed by Melanee Murray-Hunt, produced by Omatta Udalor
This powerful story delves into the complexities of mental health, sexual assault and the criminal justice system. Drama. Run time: 15 minutes. Mature content.

MOM directed by Ryan Singh.
An expecting dad reflects on the recurrence of absent fathers in his family as well as his desire to end the problematic cycle once and for all. Documentary. Run time: 9 minutes. Mature content.

Wednesday, February 26 | 7:00 p.m. | Jenkins Theatre

END OF THE ROPE directed by Sabine Mondestin and Ryan Singh
A woman’s ideal life is interrupted by a series of disturbing, vividly real dreams. She fights a rising sense of panic when parts of the dream- a rope, a locket, and an uncanny stranger- start showing up in her real life. Thriller/Supernatural/Drama. Runt time: 11 minutes. Mature content.

KICKING UP A FUSS directed by Cheryl Foggo

In 1914 a Black man named Charles Daniels tried to see a play at the Grand Theatre in Calgary and was refused entry. This short film looks at what happened next in one of Calgary’s first Civil Rights cases and the myths that surround it.

BREACHERS directed by Tolu Sholanke
Be prepared to go on a journey through time and kinship in this imaginative narrative, starring the late and much beloved Gerrick Winston. Science Fiction/Drama. Run time: 3 minutes. 

PRESS CONTACT: Melanee Murray-Hunt, mjmhunt888@gmail.com, 403 890 7998

Indigenous and People of Colour Connect

Friday, February 7 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Council Chambers, Wyckham House

Black Board Discussion: “Answer This”

Wednesday, February 12 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Main Street

In collaboration with the African Caribbean Student Affiliation

Live Music at West Gate Social

Thursday, February 13 | 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | West Gate Social

Vibe ‘N Out: Black History Month Variety Showcase

Tuesday, February 25 | 7:00 p.m. | West Gate Social

Let’s Talk Hot Topic: Group Discussion Soul Food

Thursday, February 27 | 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | 2nd Floor Lounge, Wyckham House

In collaboration with the African Caribbean Student Affiliation

Black History Month: Celebrating the Heroes Among Us

Saturday, February 29 | 6:00 p.m. | Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association (5600 Centre St North Calgary)

Join the Caribbean Associations in Calgary for a celebration of individuals who have made substantial contributions in their field. Admission is free.

Contact

Cory Cardinal
Cultural and Indigenous Inclusion Programmer
Office: Wyckham House, Z305
Email: c.cardinal@samru.ca
Phone: (403) 440-7795