Black Soul

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Director Film Black Soul
Martine Chartrand

How do you condense hundreds of years of Black history into ten minutes? Haitian-Canadian animator Martine Chartrand sucessfully depicts the African-American,
African Canadian experience in this beautiful, impressionistic animated view which took 4 years and
tens of thousands of images.

Using paint on glass and the framing device of an elderly woman instructing her grandson, this unique short presents a whirlwind tour that incorporates images of African ancestry, the iniquities of slavery and discrimination, and a celebration of creativity.

This could be used as the backbone (and what a creative device) of a history curriculum.

Animated. 2003. 9 min. SEE THIS IF YOU CAN!

Contact: festuvaks @nfb.ca [Animation/Youth Studio of the National Film Board of Canada French Program.]